Category Archives: Friday’s Five

Friday’s Five – Horse show prizes equestrians would actually love to win

  Event organizers do not have to break the bank giving out prize money (although riders would love money!). Eventers are actually quite easy to please and our expectations are incredibly low. We would be happy with prizes that are useful and not necessarily expensive. If competitors can utilize the prize they win, it leaves them with a positive lasting impression of the event. For the riders that do not win, they also have an appreciation for useful prizes. It will bring us back year after year, as long as cool prizes are up for grabs. Here are five useful…

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Five core exercises to transform yourself into a stronger rider

  Developing core strength will make you a better rider in all three phases. Having strong core muscles betters your balance and posture in the saddle. It does not matter what level you are competing at, building a strong core will make a noticeable difference in your riding. These are the five core exercises I like to do on a regular basis to keep myself eventer fit:   1) Alternating superman: This exercise is dead simple and is great to work the smaller ab muscles that many core exercises do not. Lie face down (I recommend doing so on an…

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Friday’s Five – Insanely fun things equestrians NEED to do this summer

  Summertime is here and event season is well underway in most parts of the world. Set some time aside this summer and try doing these five fun things: 5. Go to the beach. So what you have a raging farmer’s tan? Instead of sweltering in the hot summer sun riding another horse, take a day off, and go to the beach. If you really cannot go a day without riding find a beach you can bring your horse to.   4. Have a barn campfire party. Buy some beer (it is a known fact eventers love beer), smores ingredients…

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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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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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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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