Author Archives: Sable Giesler

Simple but game-changing grooming tip: How to get horses’ hooves looking perfect

  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.  There is nothing like trotting down centreline or jogging a horse up at a horse inspection with hooves that shine like diamonds. However, not all horses are seen with beautiful shiny hooves at horse shows. This is silly. It takes about a minute to transform your horse’s dull and dusty hooves into works of art. All you need…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The ultimate secret shining/cleaning weapon

  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.  I JUST discovered a new must-have grooming item. It was a bit of a chance discovery. I am was competing at an event the other week and I forgot to pack my usual ratty towels and rags to shine my horse and tack. However, for some strange reason, I had a package of microfiber towels that were meant…

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9 Questions that will reveal if you’re the good or bad boarder

  There always seem to be at least one bad boarder at every stable; that person who makes everyone cringe a little when they walk into the barn. Other riders will even try to schedule their barn time for when they least expect ‘that’ person to be there. Then there are the boarders who everyone loves; they help out, they are courteous and just generally great to be around. So which type of boarder are you? Take a look at these nine questions to determine if you’re the good or bad boarder and what you can do to improve your…

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11 “Oh no you didn’t” moments all equestrians have faced

  Horses are like toddlers on steroids. Actually, they’re more like Godzilla-sized toddlers on steroids that NEVER grow up. But that’s okay because you’re an equestrian and you love your horse(s) no matter what havoc it wreaks. However, there are moments when your horse does something so unnecessary and savage that all you can say is, “Oh no you didn’t!” Here are 11 examples of these moments… 1) When you go to clean your horse’s water bucket only to discover it managed to poop in it.     2) You give your horse a flake of hay, it promptly paws…

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Six uplifting things equestrians need to remember

  In my riding career, I have received grim news from vets, had horrendously awful events and all other forms of lousy things come my way. As a general rule, I allow myself to sulk for one day when the news is relatively bad. Then the next morning, I wake up and put lots of effort into being positive and cheerful. This led me to realize all of the reasons why eventers’ lives are awesome, and we need not dwell on disappointing news. We see it all the time at the barn or an event – someone is sad or…

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Friday’s Five – Eventer biographies to give you some extra determination

  There is nothing like immersing yourself in a good book. If you are a horse crazy eventer you will absolutely LOVE reading these top eventers’ biographies. The majority of riders will never win an Olympic medal or even be long listed for an Olympic team but simply reading about accomplishing such great feats is enough to leave you feeling inspired. Get your hands on a copy of these eventer biographies; reading them will teach you a tremendous deal about the sport and motivate you to make the most out of your riding career.   1) Mark Todd’s Second Chance:…

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Important and not-so-obvious things you better have in your horse trailer

  If you own a horse (or several… who’s counting?) and a horse trailer you probably travel a fair amount with your horse in tow. Whether you are just hauling your horse 10 minutes down the road to a lesson or you are heading out of state to a big horse show, any trip with your horse is a big responsibility. The combination of horses and traffic means you always need to expect the unexpected. Therefore, you should never leave the barn without these must-haves in your horse trailer: Things to change a tire You never know when you are…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Save a filthy tail minutes before show time

  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.  Pooping in their own tails is some horses’ special ability. On a show morning, this grooming nightmare is enough to make you want to toss your cookies and skip the competition altogether rather than deal with it. Obviously hosing it out is the best solution but if you trailer to a show and have a limited amount of…

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Friday’s Five – Side hustles any equestrian can start to earn extra money

  You do not have to be a full-time professional rider, groom, farrier, etc. to make money in the horse industry. Many riders find part-time summer jobs to help pay for their horse expenses. Skip waiting tables this summer and start up a mini-business instead. You will rake in some extra cash, while still spending all of your time around horses. These business ideas will help you earn more money so you can spend more on your horses: 5) Braiding at events – Instead of heading back to your hotel after you finish braiding your own horse, braid other people’s…

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Four lifesaving tips to stay better organized at one-day events

  It is easy to have a love/hate relationship with one-day events. It’s great that you are in and out of the venue in a single day and free to spend the rest of your weekend how you please. But it can be a nightmare running three different phases in a single day. If you want your one-day events to go smoothly then you need to be super organized. From the moment you pull into the event, you have to have all of your ducks (horses) in a row. Getting and staying organized is not rocket science, but it does…

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