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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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Your quick guide to the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4* competition field – 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 Luhmühlen CCI4* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] Today, the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4* is kicking off with the first horse inspection. There are 53 pairs competing at this prestigious CCI4*. There are 50 different riders in the field from 14 different nations. Dressage begins tomorrow and finishes up on Friday, followed by what eventers love most, cross-country on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday with show jumping. While you impatiently wait for the action to begin tomorrow, check out these fascinating…

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Six uplifting things equestrians need to remember – Sponsored by Back On Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com     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….

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