Horse show and clinic announcements for the week of February 22, 2017. Join me LIVE on Facebook every Thursday at 10 AM EST The Link is:
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This weeks episode is sponsored by Professional Edge Equine. Providers of equine massage therapy and health products such as Sea Buck, Nibblenet and more. Visit them at www.ProfessionalEdgeEquine.com for ordering details. Click more to watch the video. (more…)
Horse shows are not just for showing off the skills of your and your horse. There are also many things that can be learned (and you don’t even have to be riding!) In fact, just looking around and watching at the horse show can help make you a better competitor in many ways.
Horse Show Tip #1: Judge the Judges
When watching from the sidelines, you can see how the different judges judge. As much as judges try to be as impartial as possible, they are still human and can be biased. You can watch and see if a judge consistently places solid colour horses above the others, what sort of movement they prefer, if they prefer riders to take a bit of a risk in executing manoeuvres, or if they tend to only watch a certain side of the arena. You can get an idea of what preferences they have and whether to change your strategy or skip certain shows if you know your horse isn’t going to
place well under a certain judge no matter how well you ride.
We spend so much time at the barn, it’s like our home away from home and the people there are like our second family. So of course it is natural we will want to hang out outside of the barn as well. But what to do? There are many horse-related activities that your barn can do as a group to help build cohesiveness and the team mentality.
Host a fun show.
Hosting a fun show at your barn is a great way to just relax and have fun with your horses with no pressure. Think of creative games classes like musical cones, egg and spoon race, or an obstacle course. Costume classes are always fun and can get even non-riders involved. Also for the non-riders is an option of a “horseless horse show where the humans act as the horse and jump over a course of small jumps in the (more…)
My name is Chloe Duffy, I am 15 years old and have been riding since I was 3/4 years old. My Grandpa Bert bought me my first pony and I was hooked!
This 2016 year has been amazing! I have had lots of learning opportunities with a great little off-the-track thoroughbred Carless Cousin. We call him Eddie and he is the cutest little 4 year old dark bay gelding who has such a great heart for humans and sport. Our family adopted him from LongRun Retirement Thoroughbred Society on December 31, 2015. I say we adopted him but he actually adopted us! (more…)
Skip the crowds and do your Black Friday and holiday shopping online and support local athletes at the same time! In August 2017, the Eat Sleep Ride Repeat team will be competing in the 250 mile (400km) Shore to Shore race with their horses. The race is run over 5 days starting at the shore of Lake Huron and ending at the shore of Lake Michigan. We are fundraising to help offset the costs for preparing and participating in the race.
You do not have to do anything extra and it will not cost you anything more than what you spend. Every time you shop online using this link: https://www.flipgive.com/f/167720, Flipgive will give them a percentage of your purchase to go towards their goal. The link will give you access to big name retailers such as Indigo, Apple, Lowes, Under Armour, Bass Pro, Hudson’s Bay, Groupon, and many more.
Please feel free to share this with family and friends and they thank you in advance for your support.
Eat Sleep Ride Repeat is a team of endurance riders from Ontario that blog about their adventures with horses, both at home and abroad. Check out their website https://eatsleepriderepeat.com/ for more information.
Horse Buying Mistakes To Avoid
Looking at buying your first horse? Avoid these common mistakes and find the right horse for you.
1. “I only want black Arabian stallions”
No you don’t. You want something that is going to be safe and pleasurable to ride and be around. Rule out horses that are not beginner friendly, such as stallions and babies. Keep an open mind as to age. An older horse is great for beginners as they have been there, done that and are a great confidence booster.
A good horse comes in any colour/breed. If you’re looking to do a certain activity with your horse, then you can be a little pickier. Make sure to have a discussion with your trainer or coach about what kind of horse they think would match your intended riding activities.
2.Buying a horse without having much horse experience
Do you even know how to look after a horse? Have you actually cared for a horse yourself? Would you be able to tell if your horse was sick? If you don’t know the answers to these, you have some learning to do. Reading books and researching on the internet are good places to start but you need some practical experience as well. If you take lessons, ask to help out at the barn. Hold horses when the vet or farrier visit and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Learn about vaccinations and what diseases may be in your area. Learn the difference between a good and bad shoeing job and what the farrier is trying to achieve with each horse.
If you’re not already taking lessons, find a reputable coach or trainer in your area. If you’ve only been riding a few months, it is not an appropriate time to rush out and purchase a horse. You should be able to walk, trot, and canter comfortably in an arena and out and you must know how to stop a horse safely or calm him down if he bolts or spooks. As you become a more experienced rider, you will become more comfortable handling a variety of horses as well. (more…)
Oct. 20, 2016, Calgary, Alberta: It was opening night at the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary for Royal West featuring the prestigious $132,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Calgary presented by pandaHAUS Equestrian on Oct. 29.
At the top of the bill on opening night was the $35,000 1.45m Camelot Stables Cup (presented by Golden West Radio). A full field of 39 on Werner Deeg’s challenging course provided a stirring challenge for the prize money. (more…)