Category Archives: Missed it?

Six steps to help you ride in the moment – Riding on the right side of your brain

  Consistent lessons and coaching definitely can improve your riding. But when you head into the show ring or out on cross-country, you are on your own – your coach cannot offer you any further assistance. As a young rider, I was a ‘good puppet’ during lessons and following my coach’s plans in competition. But when the unexpected happened, my reaction times were poor and things came unhinged fast. For example, at an event in 2015, I got my record worst dressage score on my horse, Kermit, because I rode the horse I HAD in warm-up, not the one I…

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What name would you choose if you got a horse for Christmas? Enter to win a custom Perri’s halter

  We are thrilled to partner with Perri’s Leather and bring you a monthly contest to celebrate horse names and have some fun. Starting in March of 2017, readers like you have have been winning beautiful halters by submitting their horses’ unique names for judging. Here is another chance to enter the contest. If our readers choose your entry, you will win a beautiful ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s winning name. Submit your top name choice if you got a horse for Christmas to enter Imagine waking up on Christmas morning…

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Nine more pet peeves only equestrians will understand

  Dictionary pet peeve noun INFORMAL something that a particular person finds especially annoying. Equestrians are very different from non-horsey people. The things that bug us, a non-horsey person would never even understand let alone notice. But equestrians are a special breed of hardworking, determined and rather particular people. Last month, I shared 13 pet peeves only equestrians would understand and our readers added to the list. Since you’re now reading this, odds are you are an equestrian and will totally understand these nine more pet peeves… Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to host the merriest Christmas barn party

  December is almost halfway over so your Christmas shopping should be well underway. Now it is time to start planning an awesome Christmas party. With no competitions on the horizon, it is the perfect time to throw a merry barn Christmas party. Pulling together a Christmas party can be quick, easy, and very fun for you and your entire barn. Throw together a legendary barn Christmas party with these five easy steps: 1. Christmas-ify the barn – Festive decorations are the key to getting into the Christmas spirit. Hang some candy canes on bridle hooks (they double as great treats…

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What drives you? Finding your inspiration in and out of the saddle

  When you’re riding horses in tank tops in 75 degrees on perfect sandy fields, and there’s a slight breeze gently tugging at the Spanish moss, one can easily forget the winter holidays are approaching. Christmas time in FL feels like an oxymoron. Something about holiday music and watching people mow their lawns in t-shirts just doesn’t add up, especially when you’re a born and raised New Englander who’s more familiar with frozen extremities, cars that won’t start, and quite literally getting snowed in! Inherently I equate Christmas with snow, but I’m aware not everyone was born in Vermont! Nevertheless,…

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How widespread are your grooming practices? Take the poll

  Do you ever wonder if you groom your horse like the rest of the equestrian world? There’s certainly more than one way to execute almost every grooming practice. Although one rider may think his/her method is the ‘right’ way, there’s always another rider that would argue differently. Which grooming habits are the norm? Take the poll and we will let you know next week how your grooming techniques are trending with your fellow riders. We can all learn from each other. Feel free to add any tips that you may have in the comments also. We can never have…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Stupidest Christmas gifts for equestrians

  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. Pajamas – “What would I need these for when my horse needs a new blanket?” 9. Keith Urban concert tickets – “These are not for Rolex…” 8. Longines watch – “This is useless; the face is too small for me to read on cross-country.” 7. Godiva chocolates – “Yuck! My horse prefers candy…

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Do you have what it takes to compete through the winter without heading South?

  As the holiday season approaches, and with oncoming cold weather, the northern eventing population reaches a divide:  Those who go south, and those who stay north. Generally, it is the professionals and high-level competitors who pack up the barn and make the trip south seeking warmer weather and the early-bird show season.  If your goal is a spring CCI, it’s pretty much mandatory that you begin your preparation in February or March, with a choice of qualifying competitions ranging from South Carolina, to Georgia, to Florida.  Eventers with the time and financial ability base themselves out of Aiken or Ocala…

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Seeing a stride – A reality check for all riders

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   SEEING A STRIDE. Never has another phrase struck fear into the hearts of equestrians quite like that one. We look on at the professionals making distances look easy, and we wonder HOW?? Our own experiences are often a weird combination of sheer blind luck, and one long rendition of ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’. It seems impossible to bridge the gap from needing a white stick and a guide dog, to being a polished Olympic prospect-but it can be done! I’m here to debunk some of the myths……. The subject of distances…

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Friday’s Five – Winning turnout tips all equestrians can use

  Looking like a winner is part of having the entire package. Various talented grooms have taught me some of their trade secrets to help make their riders’ horses glisten. Here are my five favourite turnout tips that you should implement at your next competition: 1. Baby oil to shine your horse’s face. – A little bit of baby oil around your horse’s eyes and muzzle goes a long way. You can simply put the oil on your hands to apply it to your horses face or you can use a towel if you want to keep your hands clean (however,…

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