Category Archives: Missed it?

To tattle or not to tattle: When to tell your coach and when to keep it to yourself

  At most stables, there is a head coach or trainer in charge. Not only do their students look up to them for guidance and approval but coaches are usually responsible for ensuring the stable runs effectively. Even if some riders at a particular stable don’t take regular lessons with the head coach, they still have to follow the barn rules. I have boarded and ridden at many different stables, all with different coaches. At all of these barns, I have noticed there is always one common thread – DRAMA. A lot of this barn drama actually stems from riders…

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Why you need social media for your 2019 riding goals

  2019 is here and with the arrival of a new year, we always attempt to reinvent ourselves with new self-commitments to improve our lives. Making changes is not easy and many New Year’s resolutions are often not kept after the first few weeks. But here is a New Year’s resolution that is actually easy and fun and is a great way for you to help grow the sport of Eventing (or any equestrian discipline) and your personal brand. If you ride horses, you are an athlete and a horse trainer. As a competitor you naturally have goals. As you…

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Six New Year’s resolutions every equestrian should make

  It’s official, 2019 has begun! The start of a New Year is an exciting time for equestrians. The 2019 competition season hasn’t started yet but you are busy putting in place measures to ensure your year is as successful as possible. For some riders who compete in the South, your show season will begin in a few weeks. For others, the 2019 season is six months away. Regardless of when your first competition is, now is the perfect time to start working on things that will boost your performances this year. Here are some New Year’s resolutions you need…

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Top 10 – New Year’s resolutions your horse is aiming for

  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in 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.”   10. I’ll gallop full throttle on cross-country so we never have time faults again. 9. I vow to become a better jumper. I’m going to practice all day hopping out of my paddock. 8. You seem kind of nervous about ditches so I won’t jump them anymore. 7….

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Unclutter your riding life in 2019 – Get rid of these things before the end of next month

  Stop hoarding horsey things. It is time that you removed the stuff from your tack room, horse trailer and house that you no longer use. This purge will free you from clutter and it will also be good for your mental health and perhaps even your wallet. Here are the things that need to go straight into the trash: 1) Broken tack that is either not worth the money to fix or is beyond repair. Quit telling yourself that one-day you will be happy that you have a martingale that is snapped in half. If you have had a…

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13 Hilariously depressing truths all equestrians will laugh-cry at

  The horse world is small and only a tiny percentage of the world knows what it is really like being an equestrian. Although non-horsey people are under the delusion that owning and riding horses is glamorous, equestrians know this is far from the truth. Horses are dirty and high-maintenance creatures that equestrians love fiercely despite the grief they can cause us. We wouldn’t trade our horses for anything in the world but sometimes we do question our own sanity. These are just a handful of the depressing truths only equestrians will understand… Which ‘truths’ would you add to this…

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Fashion Alert – Customize your own pinney for the 2019 season

  Welcome to Friday’s fashion where we feature fashion must have items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Lets bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great.   Are you wearing an old and plain pinney…

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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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11 reasons the holidays are better with horses

  Christmas is only five days away. You have to be a real Scrooge to deny the fact that there is not something merry about this time of year. Even though in many parts of the world it is bitterly cold out, the parties, food, decorations, family time, etc. make for a fun time. But as a rider, I cannot imagine the holidays being even half as enjoyable without horses in my life. Wouldn’t you agree?                 7. Barn Christmas parties are the actual best.        

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The story of Shezagreatgal – A calculated risk to breed top eventers

  As most of you loyal readers know, I’m a TB freak. I go to the sales for my own entertainment and data collection, trying to hone my eye and get a feel for what pedigrees look like in the flesh. Years of working and riding TBs, gathering information and dedicated study has led me to form some theories, and I’ve definitely zeroed in on “my type” of horse, and the bloodlines that might produce it. Still, it’s one thing to postulate, and another thing entirely to back it up with proof. It gives me a lot of satisfaction when…

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