Author Archives: Sable Giesler

Seven tips to survive riding in ridiculously cold weather

  Winter riding is unavoidable for most equestrians. With work and school, few riders have the ability to flee south for the harsh winter months. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada so I know all about toughing out the winter months with horses. During my dealings with winter I have discovered a few tricks of the north to make things are pleasant as possible. 1) Hand/feet warmers – Sometimes it does not matter how winter-proof your gloves and boots are, they just don’t cut it. For the bitterest days you will need air-activated hand/feet warmers. Putting these…

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Goals every eventer should set for 2020

  The 2019 competition season has come to a close for most eventers in the world. Although the off-season has just begun, it is already time to start planning for next year. Getting a head start on planning for 2018 will help you enter the year prepared and will give you something to look forward to during these cold and eventless months. Consider these goals for 2020 and start figuring out how to achieve them: 5) Volunteer at an event at least once. Volunteering at events is a great way to give back to our sport and it can also…

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13 Laundry hacks to make every equestrian’s life easier

  Laundry sucks and there is plenty of it if you are a horse person. Horse slobber and hair on your clothes, filthy horse blankets, sweaty saddle pads, tangled polo wraps, etc. Simplify your life by using these super handy laundry hacks to save yourself time, money and energy: 1. Vacuum hair off of saddle pads and blankets before washing them. It will keep your washing machine cleaner and do a better job of getting the hair out of your blankets. 2. To get wrinkles out of dry show shirts or polo shirts in a flash, put them back in…

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13 Pet peeves every equestrian will understand

  Dictionary pet peeve noun INFORMAL something that a particular person finds especially annoying. Equestrians are very different from non-horsey people. The things that bug us, a non-horsey person would never even understand let alone notice. But equestrians are a special breed of hardworking, determined and rather particular people. Chances are if you are reading this you are an equestrian and you’ll totally understand these 13 pet peeves… Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today. 1) When someone doesn’t clean up their crosstie area. Thanks your mess has just ruined my day….

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It’s time to complete your 2019 competition season report card

  National, provincial and area championships have already taken place and the 2019 summer competition season has come to an end. Did you successfully make that upgrade you were aiming to do this year? Did you qualify for championships? Have you made the amount of progress in your riding and horse’s training that you were striving for this year? Now is the time to reflect on your year so you can ensure that next year is even more successful. Hitting a plateau is frustrating – no matter how much time you spend in the saddle you just cannot make the…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The kitchen item that effortlessly removes mud

  Your average equestrian spends more time grooming horses than riding them. Over the years we all learn new, exciting and revolutionary grooming tips and tactics. Check back regularly for more grooming tips as we are on the hunt for the best.  Fall is here and that means so is the mud. The wet weather wreaks havoc on paddocks and your horse will take full advantage of these muddy conditions by rolling about. Arriving at the barn to find your horse is crusted head to hoof in mud is stressful. But fear not, there is a grooming hack to bust…

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Lies you believed about horses before you started riding

  I grew up in a totally non-horsey family. Before I started riding at a local barn, my only exposure to horses was through watching television and reading books. Clearly, most people who have written/produced something mainstream about horses have never even touched one. There were many lies I believed about horses before I entered the real horse world. Finding out the truth about these things pained me a great deal… What lies did you believe about horses before you started riding? 1) Horses know their individual names and come when they are called. Years of watching movies and TV…

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6 Things you better NOT say to an eventer

  Eventers are a very fun and relaxed group of people. Outside of the horse world, there is a bit of a stereotype that equestrians are rather pretentious but this couldn’t be less true of eventers. Eventers are as down to earth as people can be. But there are a few things you can say to an eventer that will make them sprout devil horns on the top of their head. Most of these things tend to be said by riders who do not partake in Eventing. So if you are a non-eventer having a conversation with an eventer refrain…

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Three things equestrians love about fall and three things they hate

  Summer is over and fall is underway. There are a few pumpkin spice addicts that are 100% ecstatic that fall is here but if you are like the rest of us, you’ll probably have some mixed feelings about the changing seasons. For equestrians around the globe, there are a set of pros and cons that fall brings. 1) You love the break from scorching hot temperatures. Hot summer days are perfect for going to the beach but are not so great for mucking out a barn, riding several horses, standing outside teaching lessons and stacking copious amounts of hay….

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The ultra straightforward way to train any horse how to jump a ditch

  If you want a horse to be an eventer it has to be comfortable jumping ditches. There are ditches on almost every cross-country course and they only get more abundant as you move up the levels. Teaching a horse how to jump a ditch can be a tricky task. However, if you are patient and use a logical training system you will have your horse jumping ditches confidently in no time. Follow these straightforward tips to introduce your horse to ditches: 1) Make sure your horse is in front of your leg and comfortable jumping small fences. Don’t point…

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