Category Archives: Friday’s Five

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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Friday’s Five – Things equestrians should enjoy during the off-season

  Eventing season has come to a close for the year, in most areas of the world. You have spent all year tirelessly looking after your horse(s) and now it is time to look after yourself. With no events to attend on the weekends you have a bit of extra spending money and time.   Five ways to treat yourself during the off-season – you definitely deserve it: 1. Join a gym – Do not wait until New Years before your start working on your three-day body. Join the gym immediately. With less riding and other barn related physical activities…

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Friday’s Five – Goals every eventer should set for next season

  The 2017 competition season has come to a close for most eventers in the world. Although the off-season has just begun, it is already time to start planning for next year. Getting a head start on planning for 2018 will help you enter the year prepared and will give you something to look forward to during these cold and eventless months. Consider these goals for 2018 and start figuring out how to achieve them: 5) Volunteer at an event at least once. Volunteering at events is a great way to give back to our sport and it can also…

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Five of the inspirational moments in Eventing history on video – from Goresbridge Go For Gold

  The Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale of pre-selected event horses has been the success story of recent years. Now heading into its ninth renewal, the sale has truly achieved its aim of bringing together Ireland’s best young event horses to one venue for one sale. Goresbridge Go For Sold Sale (November 12-13th) : [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage]   Eventers are human too and sometimes we need a little extra dose of inspiration. From great saves to comeback stories that you will need a kleenex box on standby to watch, these are the Eventing videos that I watch when I…

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