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The ultimate Working Student guide

  You apply for a Working Student (WS) position with the rider who you have idolized for years and you get the job. You have fantasies about exercising their top horses and travelling with them to big events to help groom… But in reality, a WS mucks stalls, tacks up horses, washes horses, blankets horses, turns horses out, sets jumps, and performs various other unglamorous tasks. Nonetheless, being a WS is an opportunity that will teach you how top riders train and manage their entire operations. If you take on the job of being someone’s WS, you surely want to…

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13 mandatory changes to be implemented when equestrians rule the world

  The ‘horse world’ is a lot different than the ‘real world’. Sadly, the horse world’s population dwindles in comparison to that of the real world. The majority of political leaders and persons of authority on planet earth are non-horsey. Non-horsey mortals currently outnumber equestrians but if the tables were turned Earth would be a much different place…. A way better place to be exact. If equestrians ruled the world here are the big changes that would rock this planet: 1. Golf courses are transformed into cross-country courses.   2. Tack stores occupy most of the space in all shopping…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Make your horse’s face look radiant

  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.  A highlighter is an essential in every girl’s makeup collection and your horse’s competition grooming kit is no exception. Trotting into the show ring on a horse with a glistening face will set you apart from your competitors. Silverado Face Glo highlighter is perfect to make your horse’s face, ears and muzzle glow. You can easily apply this product…

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A simple trotting jump exercise to boost confidence

  Do you hate trotting fences? Me too. At least on most horses. It’s so much easier to be in sync with the horse over a fence when you canter on approach, as a jump is nothing more than an exaggerated canter stride. However, trotting fences is an important skill that should be practiced by everyone, even Advanced horses and riders. For beginning riders and green horses, trotting in slows things down, allowing more time to process the obstacle and organize all body parts to negotiate the jump successfully. A spooky horse may feel more confident approaching from the trot,…

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9 Habits you need to improve your horse’s appearance

Competition season is well underway and everyone wants to have the best turned out horse on the showgrounds. If you want your horse to look professionally groomed then it’s important you implement some good daily grooming habits. It barely takes any extra time and it requires no extra money to up your day-to-day grooming game. Work on adopting these grooming habits to take your horse’s appearance to the next level: 1) Pick your horse’s feet before and after every ride: Keeping your horse’s hooves clean and picked will prevent stone bruises and thrush. No one wants to see a horse…

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One simple solution to make boring barn chores a total blast

  Horse people love what they do; there is no better way to spend time than being at the barn or better yet, on the back of a horse. But let’s be real, numerous unavoidable barn and riding tasks bore you out of your mind. For example, cross-country schooling is AWESOME but mucking stalls sucks. The majority of an average rider’s time at the barn is spent performing mindless tasks. These jobs are not awful, but after a while, they evoke high levels of boredom. Audiobooks to the rescue Escape the barn while you are performing repetitive tasks with your…

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The official non-horsey person to equestrian translation guide

  Unlike some equestrians, I have an extremely non-horsey family. I also have many non-horsey friends. A few of them NOW have a decent understanding of what equestrian sports entail but most of them still don’t. Even the ones who do still don’t quite have the equestrian terminology down pat. Equestrians basically speak a language of our own. Non-horsey people confuse many of our words and use terms that although make perfect sense still sound hilarious to a seasoned equestrian. Over the years, I have become bilingual – I know equestrian speak but I also can speak the language of…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: How to get horses’ hooves looking perfect

  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.  There is nothing like trotting down centreline or jogging a horse up at a horse inspection with hooves that shine like diamonds. However, not all horses are seen with beautiful shiny hooves at horse shows. This is silly. It takes about a minute to transform your horse’s dull and dusty hooves into works of art. All you need…

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3 Pros and 1 con to riding outside of arenas

  My farm is nothing fancy, but it is functional. I have big, safe stalls for my horses, a nice wide aisle with good ventilation, and two awesome grooming stalls right near the tack room. Turnout space is adequate, with good board fencing. My husband generously made me a couple dozen schooling jumps with 10′ oak poles to match. However, I have no manicured riding arena with delicate chain fencing and dressage letters. Instead, I ride in an open grass field. This is no new thing for me– I’ve been “arena-less” for possibly half of my riding career. When I…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons horse sales are ridiculously easy and stress-free

  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. When horses go lame, you can obviously get a huge amount of insurance money. 9. Buyers never try your horse 19 times and then tell you that it is out of their budget. 8. It is a risk-free profession with no chance of breaking…

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