Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

It seems that the usefulness of recycling Christmas trees as jump fillers has finally truly caught on. I’m already seeing many of my equestrian friends and acquaintances putting out solicitations on Facebook for used tree donations from their friends and neighbors. I need to get on board with this myself this year, as my pony could certainly use some more practice with brush jumps! We are definitely going to start smaller than the one above though … I think just one or two trees will do at the moment thankyouverymuch.

National Holiday: National Fruitcake Day

Wednesday News & Notes:

French event rider and Olympic gold medalist Jean-Jacques Guyon has passed away at the age of 85. Jean-Jacques’ gold came at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and even today he remains only one of two French riders to win individual Olympic gold in eventing. [French Olympic eventing hero Jean-Jacques Guyon dies at 85]

Learning to read a horse’s body language is an important part of horsemanship, but did you know that your horse has probably learned to read your body language as well? This is an important factor to take into account not only on a daily basis working around horses, but also for research studies where results could be skewed by a handler inadvertently influencing their horse’s behavior. [Body Language in Horse and Human Interactions]

Eek! Horse & Hound has curated nine favorite shots of horses and riders in some of their less-than-graceful moments. Get ready for some thrills and spills! [Ouch! 9 hairy moments from 2017 caught on camera]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I generally let my pony get fuzzy over the winter and regulate her own temperature, but over the next week or two I’m going to have to take matters into my own hands as the temperature is dropping significantly. Luckily, I have her Weatherbeeta Genero Turnout Blanket on hand to toss on her for times like these! [SmartPak]

Wednesday Video: Just some horses singing Jingle Bells … definitely nothing out of the ordinary …

A Horsey XMasparty

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Posted by Horse Lifestyle on Friday, December 23, 2016