The community is still reeling from the sudden loss of Jon Sonkin, aka #thebeltguy. Competitors at the Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring Horse Trials this weekend wore his signature color green and sported shamrocks on their bridle numbers in his memory. It has unquestionably been a tough couple of weeks for the eventing family, but as usual we stick together, support and love each other in times of need. Go Eventing.
Want to work for EN? We are now accepting entries to our 7th Annual Blogger Contest, which is your opportunity to show us your writing chops for a chance to work for us. This is your time to shine, so let’s see what you’ve got! Entries are due this Friday, June 23. [7th Annual Blogger Contest]
Horse show dads put up with a lot, and I hope you remembered to thank yours yesterday. There are a lot of great horse show dads our there that put up a lot of time, money, energy and emotions to see their horse crazy kids succeed. Mine? I think he’s still waiting for me to ‘grow out of it’. [7 Things No Father of Horsey Children Wants to Hear]
Itchy skin, watery eyes, a running nose… These symptoms could mean seasonal allergies for your horse. They are actually fairly common and can often controlled by managing environmental influences. [Exploring Equine Seasonal Allergies]
There are a few subjects in the horse world that always seem to polarize equestrians: barefoot trimming vs. shoeing; blanketing vs. not blanketing; treeless saddles vs. traditional tree saddles. And of course, riding with a bit vs. with a bitless bridle. Opinions on this particular topic seem to come down to the horses we meet and our experiences with them. Here’s an example. [Why I Ride My Horse in a Bitless Bridle]
Every once in a while, when I’m sitting in gridlock traffic or filling my gas tank again, I ponder, can’t we go back to horse and buggy? It’s a silly dream of course in this day and age. Today horses in modern society fall farther towards the realm of entertainment than necessity, but it’s no secret that horses were integral to the survival of mankind throughout history, from transportation, to farm work, to strength and endurance during wartime. [When Horses Ruled]
Monday Video: RIP Dempsey, you are loved and missed.