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Horse Shows: Not Just For Riding

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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

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.

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February 21, 2017 |

Things To Do With Your Barn Buddies

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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…)

February 6, 2017 |

2016 Thoroughbred Makeover – A Young Rider’s Experience

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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…)

November 30, 2016 |

Holiday Shopping and Black Friday

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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.

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November 21, 2016 |

First Time Horse Buying Mistakes To Avoid

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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…)

November 8, 2016 |

Canadian Pony Club

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The Canadian Pony Club is hosting National Pony Club Day on November 1, 2016.  Pony Club Day was decided to be on November 1st because that is the day that Pony Club started in Canada! Find out how you can do your part here. You don’t have to be a member to show your spirit!

 

Kim Leffley is the current chair of the Canadian Pony Club. She came across the organization while looking for riding lessons for one of her horse-crazy daughters. What drew her to the organization was that it provided comprehensive equestrian training, with members partaking in riding components as well as educational programming.  After seeing the confident, disciplined, well-rounded children emerging from the program, Kim knew she wanted to be involved and help promote this wonderful organization.

 

In this episode of the podcast, we cover such topics as what is Pony Club, what are the costs involved in the program, what the programming is like and the variances in the different clubs across the country and what kids can learn when they get involved.

Kim also discusses with us how she got her start in horses, her role in the organization, and what her visions and goals for Pony Club are.

More information on Pony Club

For more information, please visit their website at www.canadianponyclub.org.

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October 20, 2016 |

Hoary Alyssum

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Thanks to the hot, dry summer we had here in Ontario, the weed Hoary Alyssum has been spreading more than ever this year and it is toxic to horses. Please be on the lookout in your horse’s pasture and in their hay. The weed is still toxic in hay for up to almost nine months after baling, possibly longer.  Though it is not preferred by most horses, they will nibble on it when other plants are not abundant due to overgrazing or drought.

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Picture source: http://bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/identify/invasive-species/invasive-plants/hoary-alyssum/

In horses, it can cause depression, stocking up, fever, diarrhea, founder, laminitis, intravascular haemolysis, and hypovolemic shock and can cause mares in foal to abort.

There isn’t a remedy for poisoning from this plant, so treatment efforts are aimed at treating the signs.  Clearly, the first move is to remove all sources of exposure to the weed.  Anti- inflammatory medications are often beneficial, and other specific treatments may be required to treat limb edema, laminitis, etc.  Consult with your veterinarian for help with diagnosis and treatment plans.

OMAFRA fact sheet: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/ontweeds/hoary_alyssum.htm

September 7, 2016 |

Never forget a course again!

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How do you learn and memorize your jump course? Take a picture of the course map and stare at it until it is ingrained in your memory? Stand ringside and use your finger to trace where you need to go? They really aren’t lying when they say there’s an app for everything.  New to the app store is Jump Off Pro. With this app, you can upload, save and practice your courses in order to help you learn them faster. You can also use them to create courses to see how they will flow.

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There are 3 types of jumps to choose from: verticals, oxers, and water jumps, which you can arrange in any order or combination.  Once you have the course mapped out, you can trace out your path with your finger or you can visualize it with the 3D Visualizer. There is also an update coming out in September which will allow users to “compete” against one another to see who can get through the courses the fastest.

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Compatible on both the iPhone and the iPad, the app will cost you $5.49 CAD and unfortunately it doesn’t look like there is a free version anymore should you want to test it out before you purchase.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jump-off/id1085231441?mt=8

 

If you have already purchased and/or use the app, let us know what you think in the comments section on the blog or on our Facebook page.

August 31, 2016 |

Back to School? Go to D’Arcy Lane!

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It’s that time of year again.  Stores stock up on school supplies and endless advertisements are played on the radio and television.  If you are thinking about heading back to school or are interested in a career change, the D’Arcy Lane institute is for you.


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Operating since 1984, D’Arcy Lane started as a skin and body care studio and commenced the School for Registered Massage Therapy, European Esthetics, Cosmetology, Electrolysis, Reflexology and Make up Artistry.

D’Arcy Lane started offering its equine program since 1996. Their equine massage therapy program is the only registered program of its kind in North America and offers the most intensive program to date in equine massage.

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The program is 2200 hours in length and courses cover a variety of subjects including anatomy, physiology, professionalism and ethics, business management, equine behaviour, in addition to equine massage techniques and treatments.

In this episode of the podcast, Lisa Kavanagh, director at D’Arcy Lane Institute discusses the equine program and what the industry of equine massage entails.  For more information, check out their website at http://darcylane.com/.

 

August 26, 2016 |

Episode 28 – Paula Fedeyko

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On this episode of the Horse Show podcast, we sit down  with Paula Fedeyko. Paula owns and operates Doc Ridge Dressage, based out of Puslinch, Ontario.  Paula offers training, lessons, part boarding, in barn leases, coaching and sales out of Doc Ridge Dressage.

Not always a horse lover, Paula tells us in this interview how she came about to dressage after not always being a horse lover and spending some time in the hunter and equitation rings. She also spent 2 years in Holland working in the horse industry there both training and showing and she shares one of her embarrassing stories from her time over there. All of this experience in different aspects of the horse world are helping her to achieve her goal of being a great all-around horseperson, not just a great rider.

She currently has two horses: Bosco, who she plans to compete in Prix St. George again once he has recovered from an injury and an up and coming yearling who she hopes will take her to the international stage in the future.

Fedeyko also shares her opinion on the importance of having that connection or bond with your horse and matching the right horse with the right rider and she leaves us with some advice for the horse industry.

You can find out more about Paula Fedeyko and Doc Ridge Dressage at http://www.docridgedressage.com/ or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

August 22, 2016 |
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