Category Archives: Missed it?

An important friendly reminder: Do your damn dressage!

  Dressage gets a bad rap in Eventing Land. If you, like many others out there, would happily vote to chuck that phase out of competition altogether, please allow me, dear reader, to lovingly and gently admonish you: knock that shit off. A solid dressage education is vital to any eventer worth their salt. Before we begin, lest anyone accuse me of being a covert dressage queen, allow me to paint a picture for you: I’m an actual human potato who rides a (lovely, intelligent, brave) OTTB with a slight hitch in his giddy-up. He trots like a geriatric pony,…

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Struggling to master the Monster – Latest update on this tough OTTB

  After introducing everyone to my giant OTTB “Monster,” I figured some of you may be interested in a little update. The big oaf went to his first baby schooling show last weekend, and I was thrilled with his performance. Sure, it was just a 2’6″ jumper round, and he pulled a rail, so it wasn’t like he set the world on fire. But for where he once was? I couldn’t be happier.     Monster was professional in the warmup, in fact he was more relaxed than at home. In the ring, he loped around like a hunter and…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ultra unique ways to get Eliminated at an event

  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.”   10. Instead of exiting the dressage arena at ‘A’ in a walk at the end of your test, pick up a gallop and attempt to jump the judges’ booth. 9. Ride any of the three phases with a lunge whip. 8. Jump the warm-up fences backwards…

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Lifesaving tips for competing multiple horses – WITHOUT a groom

  The world’s top riders frequently roll into events with over six mounts but these pros all have at least one groom. Their grooms tack up their horses and they just have to ride. This makes competing so many horses possible. But if you are a one-man-show competing more than one horse at an event becomes a cumbersome task. I have never had a big string of horses; the most I have ever had to juggle is four. However, over the years I have frequently ridden more than two horses at events and I have never had the privilege of…

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Extreme makeover Thoroughbred edition

  I love OTTBs– getting a new one is like getting a package under the Christmas tree. You’re filled with hope, excitement, and anticipation of what could be in that mystery box. Such is how I feel when turning over rocks, poking into corners, and stumbling upon what *could be* a future nice horse. Of course, when that new horse steps off the racetrack, there may be some doubts. The skinny, scrawny, awkward animal is a long way from the average image of a dream horse. You squint, close one eye (or both), to try to imagine what that rack…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons most equestrians are single

  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 most equestrians are single 10. Manure is not a sexy fragrance. 9. Your whip and spurs scare potential lovers off. 8. You once suggested to your boyfriend that you could help him lose weight by lunging him. 7. Clucking in the bedroom is considered rude. 6. Your last partner gave…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to help riders of all levels find horse owners

  You do not need to have an Olympic appearance on your record to seek out ownership support. There are many individuals who would be interested in joining your team and supporting your riding journey even if you are not targeting a four-star in the near future. But when you head out looking for owners you need to forget the traditional model of ownership – a wealthy individual already steeped in Eventing culture – and broaden your horizons to bring new people into the sport. People who would get satisfaction and enjoyment from being part of a sports team and watching a…

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Save money and clear clutter – 7 tips to host a successful ‘Tack Swap’

  Last week, I shared tips on how to “Unclutter your riding life” by donating, selling and throwing away horsey items that you are no longer using. Another option you have is hosting a ‘tack swap’. This is an event where you and fellow riders get together and trade horsey items with one another. A tack swap is a perfect opportunity to quickly get rid of the things you do not need while acquiring the things you desperately need at zero cost. Perhaps you’ve become a saddle pad hoarder but your bit collection is severely lacking; the good news is…

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Don’t be that guy – Equestrian edition

  Eventers are a pretty awesome bunch: tough, talented, and maybe a little insane. They’re quick to lend a hand – or a stud kit – to those in need, and I like to think the eventing community sets a high bar for camaraderie amongst competitors. That being said, we can all still afford to execute a quick self-check from time to time to avoid being “that (gender neutral) guy.” Everyone knows a “that guy,” and as the familiar old trope goes, if you don’t know one, then you’re it. Read on for a few examples you might see around…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things your horse thinks about during lengthy trailer rides

  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.”   10. Bitch, my hay net is already empty. 9. Maybe I can paw my way out of this boring box. 8. I wouldn’t have guessed that it’s possible, but your driving is even worse than your riding… 7. Why is there no freaking A/C in here? This…

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