Category Archives: Riders

11 Words that have TOTALLY different meanings to non-horsey people

  Equestrians speak their own language. They use many words and terms that non-horsey people wouldn’t have the slightest clue what they meant. Trying to talk horse stuff with a non-equestrian is about as pointless as trying to have a conversation with an alien from outer space. But there are some words that equestrians use on a regular basis that are common outside of the horse world. However, the problem is that these words have completely different meanings when horses are involved. Here are 11 examples of words that could cause significant confusion… 1) Studs – To the non-equestrian, this…

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How to improve your horse’s straightness with three jumps

  Your horse has to be able to remain straight and controlled in its stride length if you want to be successful in show jumping and cross-country. A crooked horse can lead to rails and run outs, likewise, a horse who’s stride gets uncontrollably long will also cause poles to fall and stops or run outs. My first Eventing coach taught me my favourite exercise to train a horse to remain both straight and in the same stride length while jumping. Best of all, you only need four sets of standards and eight show jumping poles to set this exercise…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The ultimate shine in a can

  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.  Do you want your horse to shine as bright as the horses in magazines? How about as bright as the AQHA horses? Well use the product the horse shining pros do – Silverado Shine Aerosol. Don’t let dust dull keep your horse’ coat from gleaming. Simply spray this incredible stuff on your horse’s coat then wipe it with…

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12 Tips to make any barn safer

  Horses are a risky business. An average horse weighs around 1200 lbs. and it is no secret that horses are incredibly unpredictable by nature, making them a walking hazard. Horses are not only dangerous to their human riders/handlers, but they are also talented at finding the strangest ways to harm themselves. Although accidents will always happen, there are numerous measures you can put in place to ensure that your barn is as safe as possible. Do not let yourself or your horses be victim to a preventable accident. It will take a minimal amount of money, time and effort…

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11 Soul-crushing problems only horse people will understand

  If you are not an equestrian you won’t even remotely grasp how soul-crushing these problems are. But you probably are and you will know much too well the pain these things can cause…   What soul-crushing horsey problems have you faced? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today.   1) Meticulously bathing your horse only to watch it roll immediately after in the dirtiest area it can find. 2) When the zipper on your tall boots breaks. Usually, this happens at a horse show or right before a lesson. 3) Missing the finish flags, heading back to the barn smiling like a…

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Why would green people buy green horses? – The reality, struggle and lessons

  “Why would green people buy green horses?”, asked one of my first coaches to my mother. My mother had just three months before, bought me a just broke 3-year-old and a 7-year-old. My mom looked at her a minute digesting the question and said, “Repeat that question and there is your answer.” I wanted a horse and I was lucky, my mom bought me two. It was a good deal. $1,800 each or two for $2,500. My mom is always on the hunt for a good deal. She told my dad that she saved him $1,100. Wipe the smile…

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Are you qualified to complain about your dressage score?

  We have all been there; you walk up to the leaderboard only to see a disappointing dressage score beside your name. You are shocked and feel ripped off because your test was PERFECT. You definitely deserved to win the dressage, only bad judging could explain this horrible situation. So how do you find redemption? You take to social media, posting about how amazing your horse was, blah, blah, blah and how you completely disagree with the way it was marked. Sometimes, you may even cite comments your coach made about how great your test was when you came out…

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Friday’s Five – Horse show prizes equestrians would actually love to win

  Event organizers do not have to break the bank giving out prize money (although riders would love money!). Eventers are actually quite easy to please and our expectations are incredibly low. We would be happy with prizes that are useful and not necessarily expensive. If competitors can utilize the prize they win, it leaves them with a positive lasting impression of the event. For the riders that do not win, they also have an appreciation for useful prizes. It will bring us back year after year, as long as cool prizes are up for grabs. Here are five useful…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The ultimate multi-use grooming tool

  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.  When you think of grooming tools the first things that probably come to mind are a curry comb, hoof pick, rough brush and a soft brush. But one of the most helpful and multi-purpose grooming tools you NEED is a grooming glove. Its use is similar to a curry comb but it is easier to wield and can…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ways to get banned from spectating events

  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. Sitting on the benches out in the field… they are cross-country jumps. 9. Telling off a judge. They are not the same as referees. 8. Cheering wildly as rails fall down. 7. Intimidating your team’s competition by intentionally spooking a rival horse. (Well sometimes Canadians do that and then Brazil does it back.) 6. Waving pompoms in the…

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