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How should riders and trainers avoid speed faults? – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   At a local event a few weeks ago, I saw something that got me thinking. A young rider competing at Novice or Training level brought her horse from canter to walk about 200 meters from the last fence on the cross-country course. She proceeded to take her time to walk a large circle, looked at her watch, and then picked up a sluggish canter to approach the last fence. As you might imagine, she had no rhythm or impulsion and the horse was…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Bromont CIC – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Connect with the Bromont CIC action: [Website] [Entries] The Bromont CIC will kick off on Friday, with the dressage. Numerous top riders from around North America have made the trek to this international event in Bromont, Quebec. The event is running three FEI divisions – a CIC3*, CIC2* CIC1* along with a national Training division. The competition will be fierce across all the divisions with many pairs earning their qualifications for fall CCI events and others looking for a top placing. I have…

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Seven tips to master jumping skinny fences – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Narrow or skinny fences are on every cross-country course at the Training level and above. If you want to be an eventer, you need to be able to make it between the flags even when they are only feet apart. Narrows often confuse horses because there isn’t much for the horse to focus on and making a detour around these jumps is mega easy. If you want to finish cross-country with consistent double clear rounds, then you need to become a master at…

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Foolproof advice to prevent going off course at a horse show – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   There is nothing more disappointing than going off course at a horse show. It doesn’t matter whether it is in dressage, cross-country or show jumping, going off course sucks and can cost you a top placing. Don’t let yourself down by forgetting your course. Drastically lower your chances of ever going off course again by following these straightforward tips for all three phases… 1) Practice your dressage test at home until it is second nature to you. Dressage is the one phase where…

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Tackling an upgrade: Go big or go home! – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Two riders, three horses and enough equipment to open up our own tack shop arrived in Adamstown, MD last Thursday afternoon. I haven’t been to Loch Moy in several years and had forgotten how incredibly steep and daunting just the driveway is. You drive around this pond at the bottom of what appears to be a cliff, wait at the base of the mountain hoping and praying another vehicle won’t be surprising you on your way up, count your blessings, or shift into…

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How equestrians can learn more from the bad days – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   No matter how good of a rider you are or how nice your horses are, some days in this sport don’t go as well as you hope. I think that we learn more from the bad days than we learn from the good ones. In both cases, however, shifting our thinking can help our riding and results. First, it’s important for everyone to define what their goals and hopes are for each event. For one person, staying in the dressage ring and making…

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Six tips to become your farrier’s favourite client – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   I am fortunate enough to have the services of an excellent farrier in central Florida. He has a long list of clients, and I was only able to squeeze my little barn into his schedule because I know (was recommended by) a good farrier friend of his in Kentucky. Finding a good farrier can be a tough challenge, and the best ones are worth their weight in gold. The saying “no hoof, no horse,” is undoubtedly true. One time after my farrier was…

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One easy way eventers can improve their show jumping – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Competing in three different phases dressage, cross-country and show jumping requires Eventers to be well-rounded riders. Many of the same fundamentals and principles apply to all three phases. For example, you need to be able to ride your horse straight in dressage for movements such as the centerline. Your horse has to be straight on cross-country or else you will have run outs at narrow fences. Straightness is equally important in show jumping because drifting down lines messes up distances and a crooked…

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A simple trotting jump exercise to boost confidence – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Do you hate trotting fences? Me too. At least on most horses. It’s so much easier to be in sync with the horse over a fence when you canter on approach, as a jump is nothing more than an exaggerated canter stride. However, trotting fences is an important skill that should be practiced by everyone, even Advanced horses and riders. For beginning riders and green horses, trotting in slows things down, allowing more time to process the obstacle and organize all body parts…

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How being more adventurous can take your riding up a level – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Are you stuck in a routine of competing at the same events, year after year? Last year, I was fortunate to get to compete at numerous new events, and this year I will also try several new events. Discovering new events has inspired me to encourage you to also test out some new ones. It’s time to venture outside of your comfort zone and try new events this season with the help of these tips… Why should you compete at a new event? You get the opportunity…

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