Author Archives: Sable Giesler

Why you need to be a true Eventing fan if you ever want to be a successful eventer

  Eventing is not a mainstream sport. If you tell non-horsey people that you are an eventer chances are they will think that you plan events or just look at you with a confused expression. Eventing is not broadcast on television channels on a regular basis like hockey, football and tennis. Unless you are an equestrian or have an equestrian in the family, odds are you will never have heard of Eventing. Since Eventing is not a popular sport amongst the general public, top eventers don’t reap big salaries and worldwide fame like the top players in other sports. However,…

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15 common sayings that make zero sense in the horse world

  There are dozens of common sayings that people use frequently, many of which even mention horses. However, some of these sayings are not suitable for use in the horse world. If you use one of these sayings when chatting with an equestrian you will confuse of maybe even offend them. So remember to keep these sayings out of the barn… Saying: “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” Equestrian’s reaction: Last I checked, horses don’t talk. Are you all right?   Saying: “Healthy as a horse” Equestrian’s reaction: Are you nuts? Have you seen my vet bills?     Saying: “Too…

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Six super impressive things about being an equestrian that you should brag about

  Eventing is an adrenaline rush for riders and fans. To grow the sport we all have a responsibility to spread the word about what a blast it is to attend a competition. The fact that the entire gamut of Eventing athletes from beginner to Olympian can be seen at almost any show makes it particularly impressive. If people outside the sport are aware of this dynamic and how easy it is to attend a show, they may be more likely to support it as either a spectator, owner, rider, sponsor, etc. People outside of the horse world do not…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to to get in your coach’s good books this year

  Being an instructor is not an easy job. Your coach works his/her behind off to help you achieve your riding goals. Coaches are responsible for many different riders and their horses. Teaching lessons, walking courses, warming people up at shows, planning other people’s competition schedules, doing barn chores and keeping an upbeat attitude at all times are just some of the jobs a coach does during an average day. Competition season is especially taxing on coaches. While most people enjoy their summer weekends hitting the beach, coaches are running around horse show grounds trying to keep their students in…

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Eight things that equestrians should NEVER say

  There are some phrases and variations of them I hear way too often among fellow riders. Sure they are only words, but words are powerful. What comes out of your mouth can lower people’s opinions of you, your own self-esteem and change the way you start to think. Let’s work together to put an end to these cringe-worthy said things in the horse world. You are in control of what you say so with a little bit of self-control you can quit saying these eight things right now… 1) “I had an unlucky rail.” – First of all, what…

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A super simple exercise to seriously improve your jumping equitation

  Are you tired of looking at your competition pictures only to feel disappointment because your position looks weak? Does your position interfere with your horse’s jumping ability, costing you the occasional rail? All riders strive to perfect their positions but it is difficult to work on your jumping position because it only takes your horse a fraction of a second to jump. Therefore, you have a small time frame to work on your position. Whereas with dressage, you can ride circle after circle, continuously focusing on sitting better. I felt helpless about how I could improve my jumping position;…

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Why you cannot replace cross-country schooling with show jumping training

  Eventing requires horses and riders to master dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Each week, we routinely work on our dressage schooling, show jumping, we do our gallop sets and hack but we do not get out to cross-country school on a regular basis.  Many of us train with pure dressage and show jumping coaches and not a pure cross-country coach. So why do you not practice cross-country more frequently? There are the obvious reasons like lack of access to cross-country schooling fields. I know that I am guilty of not regularly cross-country schooling when I had cross-country facilities at my…

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Eight things equestrians NEED to know about green horses

  Training green horses can often be a rewarding experience. You don’t have to be the most experienced rider to train a green horse but it is never ideal for a true beginner rider to purchase one. ‘Learning together’ does not work very well when a rider has yet to get the basics down pat. But if you are a solid rider in the saddle with confidence in your abilities, then there is no reason you cannot consider purchasing a green horse. Not every rider has the right mindset to train a green horse and there is nothing wrong with…

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12 GOOD habits that every rider should develop

  When equestrians think of ‘habits’ they usually think of bad ones such as looking down at the ground while riding. But there are many good habits that you should work on getting into as a rider. Making a conscious effort in your daily life to develop some simple good habits can transform you into a better rider and horseman. It will take a bit of time and commitment on your part to form these habits but you owe it to yourself and your horse(s) to form these habits… 1) Clean your tack. Daily. Not only will you look like…

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10 Reasons why horses make better Valentines than humans

  10 Reasons why horses make better Valentines than humans Another year, another Valentine’s day spent with your horse and not some potentially annoying and disappointing significant other… These are just a few of the reasons why equestrians have the best Valentines. 10. Your horse doesn’t take any offence to having to sleep in the barn, while you get to stretch out on your king size bed. 9. Preparing a Valentine’s special dinner for your horse does not require a cook book or a stove. 8. Horses will never complain if you buy more horses. They don’t care how big…

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