Category Archives: Riders

Another 9 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. Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today. 1) “Fellow borders who habitually borrow (and never replace/return) basic, ‘should-be-in-everyone’s-tack-trunk’ necessities like your thermometer, Bute, Banamine, Ace, vetrap…” – Marybeth 2) “When people leave their stirrups down when they aren’t mounted!” – Jennifer Fox 3)…

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Riding on the right side of your brain: The six steps to master this skill

  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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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The secret to whitest leg markings

  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’s nothing sloppier than rocking up to the show ring or horse inspection with a horse that is sporting some less than glowing white socks. Wow the judges, ground jury members and your fellow competitors alike with your horse’s freakishly glowing white socks. All you need to do is take some white chalk and add water to it….

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4 Steps to get your horsey photos off your phone and into your house/tack room

  Cameras on cell phones have revolutionized the way we take photos. Once upon a time, we were limited to 36 shots on our film cameras but now we can store thousands of photos on our phones. Unfortunately, countless stellar photos are left unseen on our phones. Sure, you might occasionally show a friend one of these photos on your phone or post one on your social media but I guarantee that you have a select few special photos that deserve a place hanging on the wall in your house. The 2018 horse show season has come to an end…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Animals we should be riding instead of horses

  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.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Animals we should be riding instead of horses 10. Elephants – Much smarter than your average horse. 9. Ostriches – Have you ever seen an ostrich buck someone off? 8. Pigs – If you get sick of your pig mount, there will always be bacon. 7. Dolphins – Who wouldn’t want to ride a dolphin? 6. Giraffes –…

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Seven tips to survive riding in ridiculously cold weather

  Winter riding is unavoidable for most equestrians. With work and school, few riders have the ability to flee south for the harsh winter months. I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada so I know all about toughing out the winter months with horses. During my dealings with winter I have discovered a few tricks of the north to make things are pleasant as possible. 1) Hand/feet warmers – Sometimes it does not matter how winter-proof your gloves and boots are, they just don’t cut it. For the bitterest days you will need air-activated hand/feet warmers. Putting these…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Two important pieces of tack you can clean in your dishwasher

  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.  Are you sick of scrubbing away at bits that never seem to come that clean? What about taking a toothbrush to stirrup irons? Quit wasting your time scrubbing away by hand and simply throw your bits and stirrup irons in your dishwasher to get them spotless in no time. Just make sure they are made out materials that…

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Goals every eventer should set for 2020

  The 2019 competition season has come to a close for most eventers in the world. Although the off-season has just begun, it is already time to start planning for next year. Getting a head start on planning for 2018 will help you enter the year prepared and will give you something to look forward to during these cold and eventless months. Consider these goals for 2020 and start figuring out how to achieve them: 5) Volunteer at an event at least once. Volunteering at events is a great way to give back to our sport and it can also…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things equestrians better be extra thankful for

  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.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things equestrians better be extra thankful for 10. Your horse just did a tendon, which is cheaper to treat than colic surgery. 9. That collarbone you broke this year, didn’t require any surgery. 8. You have a vast collection of dogs that you have adopted at a variety of horse shows. No one in the horse world thinks…

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13 Laundry hacks to make every equestrian’s life easier

  Laundry sucks and there is plenty of it if you are a horse person. Horse slobber and hair on your clothes, filthy horse blankets, sweaty saddle pads, tangled polo wraps, etc. Simplify your life by using these super handy laundry hacks to save yourself time, money and energy: 1. Vacuum hair off of saddle pads and blankets before washing them. It will keep your washing machine cleaner and do a better job of getting the hair out of your blankets. 2. To get wrinkles out of dry show shirts or polo shirts in a flash, put them back in…

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