Category Archives: Friday’s Five

Friday’s Five – Steps to take when your horse loses a shoe

  If your horse wears shoes, it’s inevitable that, at some point, your horse will pull one off.  Usually, such occurrences happen at the worst time, like the day before a show or the day after your farrier goes on vacation.  Though my career of managing horses, I’ve been lucky to have a few with excellent feet who rarely ever lost a shoe.  And then there were those others I’d rather forget: the ones with crappy feet who routinely ripped their shoes off and made the farrier cringe each time I called. Fortunately, I’ve got some decent-footed horses in my…

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Friday’s Five – Things you NEED to have ready at the vet box

  As you gallop over the cross-country finish line at either a CCI-S or CCI-L a team of veterinarians will meet you to monitor your horse’s cool down. They will check your horse’s heart rate, temperature and overall condition and they will keep rechecking your horse until it is fit to go back to the stables. Your horse deserves the best care possible after running and jumping its butt off on cross-country. Your job as the rider is to provide the perfect cool down for your noble steed. Make sure you have these supplies ready at the cool down area…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to master the art of the forelock braid

  There is nothing worse than a bad forelock braid. As wonderful as unicorns are, it is best that your horse does not have a forelock braid that resembles a horn. Forelock braids are tricky because you cannot braid the forelock the same as the rest of the mane and horses rarely stand still when you are attempting this special braid. Luckily with these foolproof steps your horse can sport the best forelock braid at the event. Here are the five steps to a perfect forelock braid: 1. Tame that forelock. Like your horse’s mane, its forelock should also be…

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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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Friday’s Five – Simple steps to find the ideal bit for your horse

  The perfect bit: is it out there? Where is it hiding? No matter your level, you want to find an appropriate bit for your horse that both maximizes the quality of his performance and permits you to have enough control to train and compete safely. Follow these steps in your bit search:  1)    Know what your end goal is. An appropriate bit will encourage the horse to connect to both reins evenly. It will also provide the rider with enough influence to turn and slow down in a safe manner. If you have a particular problem that you want your bitting choice to…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to make trailering easier on your horse

  At some point, all riders will have to trailer horses. Whether it is a short jaunt for lessons or a long trek across the country, it is important that you provide your horse with a first class and safe ride. Ensure that your horse travels like a VIP: 1) Soak hay – Horses tend to drink little to nothing when they are on the trailer. Simply soak your horse’s haynet in a skip bucket the night before a long trip to help your horse stay hydrated. When horses are yanking hay out of their haynets, the air can get dusty…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to remain sane when riding isn’t an option

  It’s a cruel world because no matter who you are or what you do there are going to moments in your life when you cannot ride. Perhaps you just can’t ride for the weekend because you’re out of town. Or maybe you are unable to ride for months because you’re injured. Or your horse has inflicted some self-harm on itself and you are a horseless. Then there are the periods of time that you have already ridden all of your horses for the day so you find yourself bored. Whatever the reason is for not being able to ride…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to host the merriest Christmas barn party

  December is almost halfway over so your Christmas shopping should be well underway. Now it is time to start planning an awesome Christmas party. With no competitions on the horizon, it is the perfect time to throw a merry barn Christmas party. Pulling together a Christmas party can be quick, easy, and very fun for you and your entire barn. Throw together a legendary barn Christmas party with these five easy steps: 1. Christmas-ify the barn – Festive decorations are the key to getting into the Christmas spirit. Hang some candy canes on bridle hooks (they double as great treats…

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Friday’s Five – Winning turnout tips all equestrians can use

  Looking like a winner is part of having the entire package. Various talented grooms have taught me some of their trade secrets to help make their riders’ horses glisten. Here are my five favourite turnout tips that you should implement at your next competition: 1. Baby oil to shine your horse’s face. – A little bit of baby oil around your horse’s eyes and muzzle goes a long way. You can simply put the oil on your hands to apply it to your horses face or you can use a towel if you want to keep your hands clean (however,…

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Friday’s Five – Ideas to thank your supporters for another great year

  There are certain people in your life that have made pursuing your riding dreams much easier. All riders have people that support them in some aspect. Supporters can range from a significant other that tags along to your shows providing moral support, a sponsor, owner, parent that doubles as a groom, a dedicated coach, vet, farrier, barn owner – anyone who contributes to your riding is a supporter. Now is the time to make sure your supporters know how you appreciate them. Here are five ideas to thank your supporters for another great year: 1. Give a framed picture…

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