Category Archives: Riders

13 Hilariously depressing truths all equestrians will laugh-cry at

  The horse world is small and only a tiny percentage of the world knows what it is really like being an equestrian. Although non-horsey people are under the delusion that owning and riding horses is glamorous, equestrians know this is far from the truth. Horses are dirty and high-maintenance creatures that equestrians love fiercely despite the grief they can cause us. We wouldn’t trade our horses for anything in the world but sometimes we do question our own sanity. These are just a handful of the depressing truths only equestrians will understand… Which ‘truths’ would you add to this…

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Fashion Alert – Customize your own pinney for the 2019 season

  Welcome to Friday’s fashion where we feature fashion must have items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Lets bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great.   Are you wearing an old and plain pinney…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to remain sane when riding isn’t an option

  It’s a cruel world because no matter who you are or what you do there are going to moments in your life when you cannot ride. Perhaps you just can’t ride for the weekend because you’re out of town. Or maybe you are unable to ride for months because you’re injured. Or your horse has inflicted some self-harm on itself and you are a horseless. Then there are the periods of time that you have already ridden all of your horses for the day so you find yourself bored. Whatever the reason is for not being able to ride…

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11 reasons the holidays are better with horses

  Christmas is only five days away. You have to be a real Scrooge to deny the fact that there is not something merry about this time of year. Even though in many parts of the world it is bitterly cold out, the parties, food, decorations, family time, etc. make for a fun time. But as a rider, I cannot imagine the holidays being even half as enjoyable without horses in my life. Wouldn’t you agree?                 7. Barn Christmas parties are the actual best.        

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Six things equestrians hate about winter and six things they kind of don’t mind

  Christmas is now less than a week away! As great as the holidays are, winter weather is not my thing and I know most equestrians agree with me. I live way up North in Canada so I feel the full impact of winter and I really hate it but I guess there are some things I kinda don’t mind… I have mulled it over with my barn pals here and they seem to agree on these six points. Do you?   We hate how we are constantly freakin’ frozen – The weather outside is so frightful you cannot possibly…

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The story of Shezagreatgal – A calculated risk to breed top eventers

  As most of you loyal readers know, I’m a TB freak. I go to the sales for my own entertainment and data collection, trying to hone my eye and get a feel for what pedigrees look like in the flesh. Years of working and riding TBs, gathering information and dedicated study has led me to form some theories, and I’ve definitely zeroed in on “my type” of horse, and the bloodlines that might produce it. Still, it’s one thing to postulate, and another thing entirely to back it up with proof. It gives me a lot of satisfaction when…

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Six steps to help you ride in the moment – Riding on the right side of your brain

  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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What name would you choose if you got a horse for Christmas? Enter to win a custom Perri’s halter

  We are thrilled to partner with Perri’s Leather and bring you a monthly contest to celebrate horse names and have some fun. Starting in March of 2017, readers like you have have been winning beautiful halters by submitting their horses’ unique names for judging. Here is another chance to enter the contest. If our readers choose your entry, you will win a beautiful ‘Amish made’ Perri’s leather halter with an engraved plate to show off your horse’s winning name. Submit your top name choice if you got a horse for Christmas to enter Imagine waking up on Christmas morning…

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Nine more 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. Last month, I shared 13 pet peeves only equestrians would understand and our readers added to the list. Since you’re now reading this, odds are you are an equestrian and will totally understand these nine more pet peeves… Which pet peeves would you like to add to the list? Email them…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to host the merriest Christmas barn party

  December is almost halfway over so your Christmas shopping should be well underway. Now it is time to start planning an awesome Christmas party. With no competitions on the horizon, it is the perfect time to throw a merry barn Christmas party. Pulling together a Christmas party can be quick, easy, and very fun for you and your entire barn. Throw together a legendary barn Christmas party with these five easy steps: 1. Christmas-ify the barn – Festive decorations are the key to getting into the Christmas spirit. Hang some candy canes on bridle hooks (they double as great treats…

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