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9 Things I wish someone told me before I started Eventing

  Eventing, a sport that is really THREE different sports all compiled into one. Complicating Eventing even further is the fact that you only have one teammate, your beloved horse who doesn’t even understand the concept of sports. When I was 11-years-old, I began Eventing after signing up for a few weeks of ‘Eventing summer camp’ on my barely-broken-Mennonite-bargain horses. I was participating in this camp because a barn friend of mine suggested it, remarking how fun cross-country riding was. Being a bit of an adrenaline junkie, it was no doubt a must-try for me. Of course, I had heaps…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to master the art of the forelock braid

  There is nothing worse than a bad forelock braid. As wonderful as unicorns are, it is best that your horse does not have a forelock braid that resembles a horn. Forelock braids are tricky because you cannot braid the forelock the same as the rest of the mane and horses rarely stand still when you are attempting this special braid. Luckily with these foolproof steps your horse can sport the best forelock braid at the event. Here are the five steps to a perfect forelock braid: 1. Tame that forelock. Like your horse’s mane, its forelock should also be…

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How to not give up – Conquering my first Red Hills International

  We arrived in Tallahassee Thursday afternoon and I could not have been more jazzed for Red Hills International! This event was our third time at this level, now called a CCI3*-s, which is the same as the old CIC2*. Even though Rollo and I have successfully completed several FEI events, the thrill and anticipation has hardly worn off! My very own BT Just A Rebel, aka Rollo, or the pocket rocket was feeling extremely good leading up to this event. He felt on point for all his gallops, spent the week before in Venice where we won our first…

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Five things you can do to help Eventing thrive in your area

  Everyone who partakes in the sport of Eventing does so because they love it. Competing horses is hard work and a major commitment, but we put in the hours without complaint. We know what we need to do in order to be prepared for the shows, and the feeling of winning your division makes up for all the late nights spent out in the barn. We don’t take our horses or our own fitness and training for granted because we know exactly how much effort goes into getting to that point; however what most event riders do take for…

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15 common sayings that make zero sense in the horse world

  There are dozens of common sayings that people use frequently, many of which even mention horses. However, some of these sayings are not suitable for use in the horse world. If you use one of these sayings when chatting with an equestrian you will confuse of maybe even offend them. So remember to keep these sayings out of the barn… Saying: “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” Equestrian’s reaction: Last I checked, horses don’t talk. Are you all right?   Saying: “Healthy as a horse” Equestrian’s reaction: Are you nuts? Have you seen my vet bills?     Saying: “Too…

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13 very obvious horse facts that will make you strangely happy

  Horses are the best creatures on the planet. If you are a horse owner or enthusiast you will know this. The joy that horses can bring people is unparalleled. Equestrians are willing to spend every dime they make on this sport because there is nothing that could bring more happiness. If you ever have any doubts about why you invest so much of your life into horses, just remember these 13 obvious facts: Dinosaur kisses #cwd #cwdDinosaur #horseNose #pasorobles #horseshow #californialand #happy #ilikehorses #2GsHorse #cuddlemuffins A post shared by ocoolahan (@ocoolahan) on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:42pm PST  …

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Six super impressive things about being an equestrian that you should brag about

  Eventing is an adrenaline rush for riders and fans. To grow the sport we all have a responsibility to spread the word about what a blast it is to attend a competition. The fact that the entire gamut of Eventing athletes from beginner to Olympian can be seen at almost any show makes it particularly impressive. If people outside the sport are aware of this dynamic and how easy it is to attend a show, they may be more likely to support it as either a spectator, owner, rider, sponsor, etc. People outside of the horse world do not…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to to get in your coach’s good books this year

  Being an instructor is not an easy job. Your coach works his/her behind off to help you achieve your riding goals. Coaches are responsible for many different riders and their horses. Teaching lessons, walking courses, warming people up at shows, planning other people’s competition schedules, doing barn chores and keeping an upbeat attitude at all times are just some of the jobs a coach does during an average day. Competition season is especially taxing on coaches. While most people enjoy their summer weekends hitting the beach, coaches are running around horse show grounds trying to keep their students in…

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Don’t underestimate this important part of selling horses

  Sometimes, selling a horse is less about marketing the animal, and more about marketing yourself and your program. Recently, a gentleman scheduled a visit to try one of my horses for sale. As usual, I went through a lot of effort making the horse look its best; I pulled his mane, braided it over the night before, gave him a bath, and had him neat and shiny, ready to go at the arranged time of 9am. 9am came and went; I sent a message asking if the man was running late, or perhaps lost. I heard nothing back. At…

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Do rule changes change the way we ride?

  Do rule changes change the way we ride? I’ve been intrigued by the work of Equiratings, a company that not only analyzes data in our sport but also sparks discussions about the future of eventing in general. Their work has gotten me thinking about how the rules of our sport—what I’ll call the “rules of the game” in this article—impact the way we ride. An obvious example would be speeds on cross country: if speeds increased, riders would try to go faster to catch the optimum time and minimize their time faults. Another one (which actually happened) is the…

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