Our horses regularly provide us with some of the most facepalm-worthy moments. Heather Scheel sent us this picture of her 9-year-old OTTB Desert Lure, aka Taz, with the question, “How? Why?” We don’t have the answers but your pony looks pretty proud of himself and hoping you’ll put his hay bag back in reach soon, just so he can throw it over the door again.
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
It was a record breaking win for Vittoria Panizzon in the Tattersalls CCI3* in Ireland this weekend, and five North American combinations finished in the top 12. Jenni Autry was EN’s boots on the ground at the event. She got rained on a lot so we’re really thankful for her work! Click here to catch up on all her coverage from #Tatts2017. More Tattersalls Links: Website, Results, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram
Horses spook at the darndest things. My 6-year-old Thoroughbred is fairly easy going, but he is verrrry suspicious of generators (I suppose they do sound like growling beasts in the bushes). The Horse hosted a contest asking readers to send in photos of things their horses spook at, and the submissions are hysterical. [Don’t Spook! Contest Editor’s Picks]
Chestnuts, grays, ALL the bays. These common equine colors are lovely of course, but maybe not as eye-catching as Paint or a leopard spotted Appaloosa, which scientists have come to discover were nearly phased out during the Middle Ages. A recent study revealed that while Appaloosas once outnumbered bays, these and other patterned or diluted coat colors fell out of fashion for some centuries. [“Show me a sorrel to match my red velour robes”]
A video about hobby horsing is making the rounds on the interwebs. You know because you’ve been tagged in it umpteen times already. It’s a sport popular in Finland involving a stick horse, a dressage test and a jumping round and is promoted as a fun, safe and affordable way to ride horses. And guess what? Hobby-horsing will soon be making its competitive debut in the U.S. with a whole hobby horsing series scheduled this summer at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. [Hobby Horsing Hits USA with New Series at WEG Venue]
There are strong horses and then there are STRONG horses. You really only want to put so much metal in their mouth, and sometimes a change in your leatherworks may be more helpful than bitting up. Here are some alternative nosebands to consider. [7 of the Best Technical Nosebands]
Monday Video: Hold on to your hats and enjoy this ride with Lainey Ashker and Carina Erickson’s 13.3 hand powerhouse Digby on their way to a double clear round and second place finish in Preliminary at the Waredaca horse trials. Wee!
13.3 hands of pure badass! This pony knows no limits and I plan on always encouraging that way to live life! I’m honored to be his jockey while his owner Carina studies for finals! Way to finish second place in the prelim Digby! You’re a legend! #wonderpony #livelifelikedigby
Posted by Lainey Ashker on Sunday, June 4, 2017