Yesterday’s weather was just fantastic! We saw nearly 70 degrees in Georgia and it finally stopped raining. I rode in a t-shirt! In February! While I don’t think obsession with weather is exclusive to horse people, I do find myself checking my weather app way more frequently than my non-horsey friends.
National Holiday: Fat Tuesday
Events Opening This Week: Morven Park Spring H.T. (VA, A-2) Galway Downs International H.T. (CA, A-6) Rocking Horse Spring H.T. (FL, A-3) Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (TX, A-5) Full Gallop Farm April H.T. (SC, A-3)
Leslie Law’s ideal show jumping is no more than seven jumps. He says keeping it short and sweet is ideal, but can be difficult for riders who lack confidence. The goal is to get the horse to loosen his shoulder, which begins in the flatwork session of your ride – a crucial component that can’t be overlooked! [Leslie Law: Warm Up For Stadium Jumping In Seven Jumps]
Heads up Training level competitors! The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is back for a ninth year. This prize recognizes amateurs who demonstrate appropriate and safe cross country riding at designated events around the country. Each rider receives feedback on their ride to help educate the principles of safe cross country including the gallop, jump preparation, execution of the jump and rider position. [Charles Owen Technical Merit Award Returns for 2018]
No hoof, no horse. We all know this, which is why we love our farriers! Besides having a physically intensive job, farriers are also practicing a delicate science as they evaluate the balance and angles of each of your horse’s feet. [“No hoof, no horse”: The farrier’s three basics of equine foot care]