Category Archives: Missed it?

Eventers have true grit and here’s why

  They say Eventers have GRIT… I’ve had to experience it first hand this past year after the sudden passing if my husband. People tell me I’m strong, but on the inside I don’t feel that way at all. Always in the edge of falling to pieces over spilled milk. Riding and training for the Events I want to enter, was the only thing that kept me from laying in my bed feeling sorry for myself. But recently in my Area 1 Eventing world, I had an up close look at exactly how strong the women here in Area 1…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons having horses is better than kids

  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons to buy more horses instead of having kids 10. Mucking a stall is not nearly as repulsive as changing a diaper. 9. Horses never ask dumb questions. 8. If your horse needs disciplining, hitting it a few swats with a whip…

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16 Reasons why grooms are insanely overpaid

  Grooms are definitely the highest paid people in the horse industry. We all know that everyone in the horse world struggles financially expect those darn grooms. The grooms are raking in the dough and barely even doing any work in exchange. Who wouldn’t want to live the posh and relaxing lifestyle of an average groom? If your groom ever asks for a raise just remember how overpaid he/she already is… 1. Grooms always get put up in the flashiest hotels when they travel to horse shows…     2. They get all the credit for the horses’ success.  …

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9 Types of people you’ll inevitably meet at every barn

  At every barn, there are certain stereotypical types of people that you will encounter. Some of these people you love and others, well, you tolerate them. But it wouldn’t be a barn without a healthy mix of different personality types. You are guaranteed to meet these nine types of people at every barn, which type are you? 1) The riding expert. Unfortunately, there’s one of these riders at every barn. You’re trying to mind your own business and ride your unruly horse, and they start chiming in with unsolicited advice. “You know I read that draw reins only put…

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Non-horsey sports that equestrians would excel at

  A fellow equestrian friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she dreamt she was exceptionally talented at a non-equestrian sport and went to the Olympics. Of course, she woke up and could not remember which sport it was. This sent me on a train of thoughts about which sports equestrians could, in fact, kick some serious butt at. Riding horses is HARD and dealing with them on the ground is even worse. This makes equestrians a tough breed of athletes with a range of talents. So if you are losing hopes of riding at this year’s World Equestrian…

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Five makeup tips for horse show days

  Female equestrians tend to not wear makeup to the barn but on horse show days most of us love to look our best. At events we are usually tight for time, so it is important that you have your makeup organized and that you know exactly what you are doing. Sorry boys, this post is not really for you…but there are a couple of tips about skin and lips that you may want to pay attention to. 1. Wear a foundation with SPF – A nice foundation will make your complexion look absolutely flawless and having an SPF in…

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Six tips to become your farrier’s favourite client

  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 done with my horses, I asked him what would make his job easier; what he wished…

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18 Bizarre but legit fears that every equestrian has

  Owning and riding horses is incredibly fun and rewarding but it can also be equally stressful. Looking after a horse is a huge responsibility, it’s like raising a 1200 lb. super accident-prone toddler. Equestrian sports are definitely not for the fainthearted, but no matter how brave you are, you’ll still end up having some fears. Many of your fears are a bit irrational and on the weird side. Here they are, bizarre fears that all riders have that no non-horsey person could ever comprehend: 1) Going to a show and forgetting your horse. 2) Your horse’s automatic waterer randomly…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Remedy icky skin conditions

  Your average equestrian spends more time grooming horses than riding them. Over the years we all learn new, exciting and revolutionary grooming tips and tactics. Check back regularly for more grooming tips as we are on the hunt for the best.  Summer is well underway, and with the hot, humid and sometimes wet weather comes an array of equine skin conditions. From rain rot to scratches, to sweet itch, to unidentified fungus – there are a lot of horse owners trying to combat some form of skin problem. There are heaps of anti-fungal products for horses on the market,…

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One easy way eventers can improve their show jumping

  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 horse is more likely to pull a rail. Although the basics apply for all of Eventing’s…

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