Category Archives: Missed it?

The best thing you can give a horse

  What’s the best thing you can give a horse? Apples? Carrots? Mints? No, it’s not food. The best thing you can give a horse is CONFIDENCE. No matter what job a horse is asked to do, he will do it best if he his prepared, understands his role, and has confidence in himself and his rider. Not all horses are destined to be brave, calm in unfamiliar situations, successful at the highest levels. But all horses can improve their performance when they trust their rider and believe in themselves. Some horses are born with a mountain of confidence, and…

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Four simple rules for riding to better distances

  Unless you are superhuman, you have missed your distance to a jump before. Missing distances can result in rails, refusals, run outs and plain terrifying jumps. Finding that elusive perfect distance can be a real challenge especially if you do not have access to multiple horses to jump on a regular basis. Developing an eagle eye for distances can take years of experience and thousands of jumps. But there are four simple rules you can follow that will drastically improve your jumping and help you find that correct distance: 1) Always ride an ultra-balanced and powerful canter right until…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Lessons learned at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L

  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 – Lessons learned at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L 10. Everyone still calls it Rolex. 9. Everyone still calls it a four-star… 8. Boyd Martin could pilot a 12hh pony around Kentucky while wearing a blindfold. 7. Chris Talley wins Mr. Congeniality by a landslide….

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Three ways all equestrians can improve their riding (that don’t require a horse)

  Equestrians are constantly working towards becoming better riders. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money on lessons, cross-country schooling, competitions, clinics, etc. It is important to focus on work in the saddle but you cannot overlook other aspects of your training and development. If you want to take your riding to the next level, you need to step up in these areas of your training: 1) Increasing your physical fitness: Your horse has a strict fitness regime, do you? You are an athlete and it is imperative that you are in top-notch physical condition. Riders need serious amounts of core strength, leg strength, flexibility,…

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Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event day two dressage report

  Connect with the LRK3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries & Drawn Order] [Live Scores] Oliver Townend returned to the Kentucky Horse Park a reigning champion, and he took a strong step towards defending his title with a dominant performance in dressage aboard Cooley Master Class at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN. Townend, representing Great Britain, stands first with a score of 24.1, followed by countryman Piggy French riding Quarrycrest Echo (27.1). American Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg (27.9) is third and has taken over the top spot in the Land Rover/USEF CCI5*-L Championship. Yesterday’s top ride, Felix Vogg…

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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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Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event day one dressage report and photo gallery

  Connect with the LRK3DE action: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries & Drawn Order] [Live Scores] Swiss rider Felix Vogg marched out to an early lead following the first half of dressage at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, taking the top spot on a score of 28 aboard Colero. Nipping at his heels are two Americans, Liz Halliday-Sharp riding Deniro Z (30.9) and Buck Davidson on Park Trader (32.1) Buck is also standing fifth on his second ride Jak My Style. Felix said of his ride aboard the 11-year-old Westphalian gelding: I’m pretty happy, he did a good…

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Why all equestrians should pause to enjoy a great weekend

  Have you ever had one of those events where every jump was great? I’ve competed at dozens of horse trials and FEI events, I’ve had some awesome performances and memorable moments, but finishing my stallion’s first Preliminary a couple weeks ago was one of the best ones. Not because we won – we finished 8th – but because every jump was just about perfect. We hit every distance in show jumping and on cross-country, maintained a great rhythm and balance, and for possibly the first time ever (for me, as a perfectionist) I don’t think there is one jump…

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All equestrians need to take this 7-day spring cleaning challenge: Day 7

  Spring has sprung, so it is time for you to get your rear in gear for the 2019 season. Some riders have already begun their competition seasons, others are just preparing to start, and some are relocating from their Southern winter bases to their Northern homes. Regardless of whether or not you even compete your horse, spring is the perfect time for cleaning and organizing. Spring cleaning can be a little daunting for equestrians because we tend to have heaps of stuff spread out over various locations. From your tack room to horse trailer to garage – there are…

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Eight striking similarities between horse shopping and online dating

  Buying a new horse can be fun and exciting but it can also be a complete nightmare. Online dating is similar; you can meet someone fantastic and have a lovely time or you may end up planning an emergency escape. Searching for that perfect equine or human partner can be a real struggle but it can end up being oh-so-worth-it in the long run. Or maybe not… Regardless of how one’s shopping/dating experiences end up, there are undeniable similarities: 1) Heights always are exaggerated. Every horse’s height gets rounded up to 16.2hh and every man is about 5’10” tall. 2)…

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