Category Archives: Riders

Horses confront their Halloween horrors – An equestrian’s poem

  The horses were fed and out went the lights, But there was something unusual about this very night. The horses felt nervous-some started to weave- For they had heard round the yard it was All Hallows’ Eve. They slipped out of their stables and joined up in a huddle, Talk of phantoms and demons had them all in a muddle! The lead horse stepped forward and started to speak- But he was interrupted by a blood-curdling shriek. The horses shot forward and rushed into the field, Looked for their leader, but over he’d keeled! For right there in the…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Thoughts horses have while getting clipped

  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. Why do I have to get shaved when you won’t even shave your own legs? 9. You missed a spot you dumb bitch. 8. If you clip a stupid cloverleaf or heart on my ass again this year, you’ll be sorry. 7. I wish you weren’t…

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Five core exercises all equestrians need in their lives

  Developing core strength will make you a better rider in all three phases. Strong core muscles improve your balance and posture in the saddle. Whether you are gearing up for your first Beginner Novice or aiming for next year’s Olympics, core will have a positive impact on your riding. Earlier this year, I shared five core exercises to help you work your core. Here are five more core exercises that you can add to your workout regime to keep yourself equestrian fit: 1) Russian twists – This exercise is one of the best ways to work your obliques, the…

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11 Things that perfectly sum up your love/hate relationship with horses

  It is no secret that you love your horse. Many times you want to scream out of the top of the hayloft how you love your horse more than any other human. But then again, there are times where you want to stand on top of the show bleachers and scream that you hate your horse and its free to a good bad home. The good news about horses is riders always end up falling back in love with them before we go completely postal and hang up our boots for good. It is really a mystery how the…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Things that make equestrians say “F***”

  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 that make equestrians say “F***” 10. When you go to top up your horse’s water and there’s crap in it. 9. Showing up at a far away horse show only to realize you forgot your tall boots. 8. Spilling Regu-Mate all over yourself. 7. Hearing the judge’s bell ring in the middle of your dressage test. 6….

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: Help your horse grow a thicker tail

  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 envy those riders who parade around on horses with thick and luscious tails? If your horse is lacking in the tail department then you’re going to want to give this little trick a try. One way to stimulate tail growth is by brushing the dock of your horse’s tail every grooming with a dandy brush. This…

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What every equestrian needs to know before riding an OTTB

  Each year, lots of racing thoroughbreds find their way into new homes and new careers. There are two schools of thought when a horse steps off the racetrack: turn ’em out, or get on with riding Prior to my experience in the Thoroughbred industry, I was a member of the “turn ’em out” crowd. I figured it would be best for the horse to “detox” and enjoy a month or more of turnout, relaxing and just being a horse. I assumed all the horse knew was running, and I wanted to put some distance (time) between that association before…

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Simple but game-changing grooming tip: The kitchen item that effortlessly removes mud

  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.  Fall is here and that means so is the mud. The wet weather wreaks havoc on paddocks and your horse will take full advantage of these muddy conditions by rolling about. Arriving at the barn to find your horse is crusted head to hoof in mud is stressful. But fear not, there is a grooming hack to bust…

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Lies you believed about horses before you started riding

  I grew up in a totally non-horsey family. Before I started riding at a local barn, my only exposure to horses was through watching television and reading books. Clearly, most people who have written/produced something mainstream about horses have never even touched one. There were many lies I believed about horses before I entered the real horse world. Finding out the truth about these things pained me a great deal… What lies did you believe about horses before you started riding? 1) Horses know their individual names and come when they are called. Years of watching movies and TV…

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6 Things you better NOT say to an eventer

  Eventers are a very fun and relaxed group of people. Outside of the horse world, there is a bit of a stereotype that equestrians are rather pretentious but this couldn’t be less true of eventers. Eventers are as down to earth as people can be. But there are a few things you can say to an eventer that will make them sprout devil horns on the top of their head. Most of these things tend to be said by riders who do not partake in Eventing. So if you are a non-eventer having a conversation with an eventer refrain…

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