Category Archives: Riders

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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13 Pet peeves every equestrian 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. Chances are if you are reading this you are an equestrian and you’ll totally understand these 13 pet peeves… Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today. 1) When someone doesn’t clean up their crosstie area. Thanks your mess has just ruined my day….

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Today’s Top 10 – Things horse people won’t dare post on social media

  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. Draw reins are a gift from the horse gods. 9. I love my OTTB because that is all I can afford. 8. There should be a weight restriction for equestrians but fat shaming is more frowned upon than being fat. 7. My horse is a shit head but…

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5 Simple ways to keep the barn spotless

  Think of all the barns you have been to in your life. Which barns stand out in your mind as being the nicest/most organized/well managed? I bet these barns will all of have something in common – they are spotless. You do not need to have expensive stall doors and fancy flooring to have a barn that leaves people with an incredible impression, it just has to be clean. However, a clean barn does sound like an oxymoron. Fortunately, you can have a barn and yard that sparkles if you implement these five easy rules: 1. Hang a hoof…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses why my rider is in the dirt

  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. The bitch spurred me too hard. 9. Circles are boring, I like to dance on two legs. 8. Rumour has it she was riding a mechanical bull at a bar on the weekend, wanted to see if it was true. 7. For a split second,…

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Understanding the stereotypical crazies in the horse world – A quick guide

  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   Horses as a species are a paradox in the extreme. For those of us who love the world’s most improbable mammal – and insist on attaching ourselves to it mentally, physically and worse, emotionally – it is simultaneously the greatest waste of time and money imaginable, and yet also our very favourite thing to do. As berserk as the horses are, though, the people who frequent the industry are doubly questionable. I doubt there is any other sporting activity that brings out quite so many different types and kinds of humanity….

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Three critical things to remember during No-Stirrup November

  As we delve into the month of November, lots of riders are taking on the challenge to drop their stirrups for the month. Some go so far as to taking their stirrups off of their saddles altogether. Riding sans stirrups is integral to developing a good seat, correct feel, and instinct for what to do when things go wrong. I think jumping small fences without stirrups really shows you where your balance is in the air, and how you tend to lean left or right. You also never know when a tack malfunction could leave you stirrup-less on course,…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Eventing clinics that would be too helpful to actually happen

  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 – Eventing clinics that would be too helpful to actually happen 10. Jack Pinkney teaches – Producing the bravest cross-country horse on the planet 9. Mark Todd teaches – How to retire from Eventing for the second time 8. Social media for dummies (AKA armchair eventers) 7. Will Coleman teaches – Strategies to avoid touching those costly flags on cross-country…

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7 Step guide to plan next year’s competition season like a pro

  For most of us in North America, the 2019 eventing season has wrapped up.  Our horses are enjoying a little down time– some longer than others, depending on your winter climate.  Still, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season.  Since I’m very goal-oriented and driven to succeed, I like to develop a “roadmap” for the upcoming competition year and start planning early. What guidelines do I use to develop a competition schedule? 1. Identify your end goal (AECs, Area Championships, CCI, etc) and review the qualifications necessary for you and your horse.  Is this goal realistic?  Is it very ambitious,…

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11 Things all equestrians can take pride in

  Equestrians are not your average human beings. We are a unique breed of people that are extremely passionate and dedicated to our sport and more importantly to our horses. The equestrian community is small. Everyone knows everyone and the camaraderie in our sport is unparalleled. As an equestrian, it is easy to focus only on your riding results and using that as a gauge to measure your success. We have all felt like failures from time to time because of horrendous results at a competition. But there is much more to you as an equestrian than just your competition…

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