Author Archives: Sable Giesler

How equestrians spend money compared to normal people

  If you are a rider or horse owner, odds are that you are not rolling in money. But you are not impoverished either. You are probably considered ‘horse poor’. This means you spend all of your hard earned money on horses so you have none left for ‘normal’ purchases. Why would you spend a dime on pointless luxury items when you can use it fund your passion? Although you might make more money than your non-horsey friends and family, outside the horse world, no one would guess this. Do these spending habits strike a familiar chord? 1) Normal people…

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Save money and clear clutter – 7 tips to host a successful ‘Tack Swap’

  Last week, I shared tips on how to “Unclutter your riding life” by donating, selling and throwing away horsey items that you are no longer using. Another option you have is hosting a ‘tack swap’. This is an event where you and fellow riders get together and trade horsey items with one another. A tack swap is a perfect opportunity to quickly get rid of the things you do not need while acquiring the things you desperately need at zero cost. Perhaps you’ve become a saddle pad hoarder but your bit collection is severely lacking; the good news is…

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Save money with these 10 fuel saving hacks for equestrians

  I am always trying to save money. I live on a very tight budget and I like nice things and nice horses. I hate wasting money on anything, especially truck fuel. Last year, during the Florida season, gas hovered around $2.00 a gallon even spiking much lower a couple of times and it made me very happy. Every penny I save on fuel, I can put towards more lessons and enjoying Sushi night at Tony’s. Today in Ocala, I drove by gas stations trying to entice me in at $2.49. It made me want to puke. I started thinking…

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To tattle or not to tattle: When to tell your coach and when to keep it to yourself

  At most stables, there is a head coach or trainer in charge. Not only do their students look up to them for guidance and approval but coaches are usually responsible for ensuring the stable runs effectively. Even if some riders at a particular stable don’t take regular lessons with the head coach, they still have to follow the barn rules. I have boarded and ridden at many different stables, all with different coaches. At all of these barns, I have noticed there is always one common thread – DRAMA. A lot of this barn drama actually stems from riders…

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Six New Year’s resolutions every equestrian should make

  It’s official, 2019 has begun! The start of a New Year is an exciting time for equestrians. The 2019 competition season hasn’t started yet but you are busy putting in place measures to ensure your year is as successful as possible. For some riders who compete in the South, your show season will begin in a few weeks. For others, the 2019 season is six months away. Regardless of when your first competition is, now is the perfect time to start working on things that will boost your performances this year. Here are some New Year’s resolutions you need…

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Unclutter your riding life in 2019 – Get rid of these things before the end of next month

  Stop hoarding horsey things. It is time that you removed the stuff from your tack room, horse trailer and house that you no longer use. This purge will free you from clutter and it will also be good for your mental health and perhaps even your wallet. Here are the things that need to go straight into the trash: 1) Broken tack that is either not worth the money to fix or is beyond repair. Quit telling yourself that one-day you will be happy that you have a martingale that is snapped in half. If you have had a…

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13 Hilariously depressing truths all equestrians will laugh-cry at

  The horse world is small and only a tiny percentage of the world knows what it is really like being an equestrian. Although non-horsey people are under the delusion that owning and riding horses is glamorous, equestrians know this is far from the truth. Horses are dirty and high-maintenance creatures that equestrians love fiercely despite the grief they can cause us. We wouldn’t trade our horses for anything in the world but sometimes we do question our own sanity. These are just a handful of the depressing truths only equestrians will understand… Which ‘truths’ would you add to this…

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Fashion Alert – Customize your own pinney for the 2019 season

  Welcome to Friday’s fashion where we feature fashion must have items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Lets bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great.   Are you wearing an old and plain pinney…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to remain sane when riding isn’t an option

  It’s a cruel world because no matter who you are or what you do there are going to moments in your life when you cannot ride. Perhaps you just can’t ride for the weekend because you’re out of town. Or maybe you are unable to ride for months because you’re injured. Or your horse has inflicted some self-harm on itself and you are a horseless. Then there are the periods of time that you have already ridden all of your horses for the day so you find yourself bored. Whatever the reason is for not being able to ride…

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11 reasons the holidays are better with horses

  Christmas is only five days away. You have to be a real Scrooge to deny the fact that there is not something merry about this time of year. Even though in many parts of the world it is bitterly cold out, the parties, food, decorations, family time, etc. make for a fun time. But as a rider, I cannot imagine the holidays being even half as enjoyable without horses in my life. Wouldn’t you agree?                 7. Barn Christmas parties are the actual best.        

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