#EventerProblems Vol. 179, Presented by Haygain: It’s All Relative(ly Huge)

But what if … the jumps are normal size and the people are just really, really small???

Something to ponder.

Here are a few of your photos from the cross country courses at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials that show, by comparison, how gigantic those obstacles really are.

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Land Rover Kentucky 3-day Event in Lexington, KY! On Friday we attended labs at Hagyard Equine learning about emergency response, taking radiographs, communication training, and more! On Saturday we got to shadow some vets on the cross country course! before heading home on Sunday we got up bright and early to watch the final jog of the horses to make sure they were fit to compete on the final day! I also got the chance to drive a @rangeroverofficial so that was pretty cool 🤷🏻‍♀️ Huge thanks to @aaephorsedocs, @zoetisus, and @hagyardequine for this amazing opportunity! Although this was my first time in Kentucky, it definitely won’t be my last! #bestday3day #horsedoctor #veterinarymedicine #lrk3de ✌🏻❤️🐴

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Cross country day from #lrk3de

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And, on the flip side … this:

Go Eventing.

Did you know …

We were bummed to see Tamie Smith and Wembley have to withdraw before the first horse inspection at Badminton Horse Trials, especially knowing the extensive preparations this pair made to get to there. Did you know that Tamie relies on Haygain as a critical part of her nutrition program?

Wembley, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, is big, bold and opinionated — it was one of those opinions that led Tamie to Haygain Steamed Hay.

Wembley was a finicky eater, making it hard to keep weight on his 17-hand frame and to sustain the energy needed for the rigors of eventing’s three phases. Tamie thought the appealing taste and texture of steamed hay might help and she was right. A better appetite was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to steamed hay’s benefits. Now all the horses in Tamie’s Next Level Eventing program in Southern California are getting those benefits.

“All you have to do is look at steamed hay versus dusty, dirty, dry hay, and it’s a no brainer,” Tamie says. “You can see how much cleaner it is and we just feel it’s overall better for the horses’ respiratory systems.

Although it made immediate sense to Tamie and her team, they confirmed the nutrient content of the steamed hay by having before and after-steaming batches tested. “We heard some people say it takes the nutrients out,” she says of a common misconception. “It doesn’t. That’s what happens when you soak hay — all the nutrients drain out with the water. But the steamed hay nutritional content was good.”

Tamie Smith and Wembley at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

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