Category Archives: Riders

Take the quiz – 13 ‘Would you rather’ questions all equestrians will struggle to answer

  If you an equestrian, you’ve spent countless hours daydreaming about a variety of horse-related scenarios. You’ve also probably thought about a good deal of nightmare dilemmas involving horses. Horses are constantly on every equestrian’s mind. But how decisive of a person are you? Some questions are extremely challenging to answer… Take a break and try this quiz. Tune in next week for the results and check out how your choices stack up against your peers.   At the end of the quiz, be sure to enter our monthly draw for your choice of a Shop ATTITUDE T-shirt.   <section><h2>13 ‘Would you…

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Why you need to be a true Eventing fan if you ever want to be a successful eventer

  Eventing is not a mainstream sport. If you tell non-horsey people that you are an eventer chances are they will think that you plan events or just look at you with a confused expression. Eventing is not broadcast on television channels on a regular basis like hockey, football and tennis. Unless you are an equestrian or have an equestrian in the family, odds are you will never have heard of Eventing. Since Eventing is not a popular sport amongst the general public, top eventers don’t reap big salaries and worldwide fame like the top players in other sports. However,…

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The votes are in and the new Perri’s halter goes to…

  With over 7,000 votes cast, our readers chose Chili Infused as the coolest name containing the letter “D”. Congratulations to Sarah Erbes from the United States; Chili Infused will be getting a fine ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate. Chili Infused earned 4.90-star rating and 3,207 votes.   Thank you to Perri’s Leather for bringing us this monthly contest to celebrate horse names. Each month you get a chance to win a beautiful Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s unique name. Here are your top six: Enter this month’s contest if your horse’s name has the letter ‘F’ in…

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Friday’s Five – Simple steps to find the ideal bit for your horse

  The perfect bit: is it out there? Where is it hiding? No matter your level, you want to find an appropriate bit for your horse that both maximizes the quality of his performance and permits you to have enough control to train and compete safely. Follow these steps in your bit search:  1)    Know what your end goal is. An appropriate bit will encourage the horse to connect to both reins evenly. It will also provide the rider with enough influence to turn and slow down in a safe manner. If you have a particular problem that you want your bitting choice to…

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Here is your Canadian 2018 Eventing High Performance Squad

Congratulations to all these amazing riders and good luck in 2018! The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the athletes invited to the 2018 Eventing High Performance Squad, based on FEI results from the 2017 season. National Squad Athlete / Hometown / Horse / Owner Colleen Loach / Dunham, QC / Qorry Blue d’Argouges / Peter & Susan Barry Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON / Foxwood High / John & Judy Rumble Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON / Pavarotti / Don J. Good Kathryn Robinson / Kettering, GBR / Let It Bee / Kathryn & Gayle Robinson…

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Use this simple jumping exercise to improve your reflexes

  It is impossible to prepare yourself for every situation that you could possibly encounter when jumping a course. To be a successful rider you need to react quickly in the saddle. There is one other exercise that I find very useful to engage the right side of my brain – Jumping on command with unknown striding between the jumps. Ian Roberts, Canadian Olympian and one of my coaches taught me this exercise to establish better riding instinct for jumping. He found that my fixation with getting the ‘correct’ number of strides between jumps was hindering my riding. I was…

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Fantasy versus reality equestrian edition: Lessons learned about horses from television and film

  Ah, winter. Sometimes even the hardiest equestrian has to give up in the face of negative double digits. I admit I’m a wuss when it comes to the cold. But I’ve been trying to get my riding fix watching some horsey television programs and films. Thus far during this cold snap, I’ve learned: Lesson 1: Horses are just really big dogs. As you can see in the first few minutes of this episode from the classic British children’s television show Black Beauty, every horse knows not to listen to anyone but his true, loving owner and responds to verbal…

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18 things equestrians should focus on in 2018 – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   We are nearly a full month into 2017 and it is time to put some things in place to make this the best year of your riding career thus far. By simply focusing on these 17 straightforward things throughout this year, you will set yourself up for oodles of success. So what are you waiting for? Here is an easy checklist to get the ball rolling for a great year: 1) Train your horse how to stand politely at the mounting block: Horses…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things your horse thinks about during lengthy trailer rides

  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. Bitch, my hay net is already empty. 9. Maybe I can paw my way out of this boring box. 8. I wouldn’t have guessed that it’s possible, but your driving is even worse than your riding… 7. Why is there no freaking A/C in here? This…

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Six tips for working your horse during the winter months – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today.   As the holidays wrap up, people and horses alike are trying to live up to their new year’s resolutions and get into shape for spring. Depending on how much time your horse has had off, getting them, and yourself, back into shape can be a tedious task. We all just want to go jump courses, and day after day of long and low flatwork around the indoor can begin to feel pretty…

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