Friday News & Notes

Eoghain wore his Thanksgiving feast on his face (like many of us). Photo by Afton Stables.

Every year, my biggest question for November is, why oh why do we NOT eat stuffing and gravy and mashed potatoes all year ’round? Honestly, Turkey is fine, and all the other stuff is great too, but my favorite is stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. After Thanksgiving, I promise myself that I’ll make stuffing more often, but somehow it never occurs to me by the time I get through the holidays, but 2022 is going to be different, I swear!

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We know what you’re all here for this morning, and that is equestrian Black Friday sales. In fact, I even tried to count the number of equestrian links with sales for today, but I gave up after I got into the nineties, so let’s just say there are more links than you could ever desire. So many are from our amazing sponsors here at EN, so eat your little capitalist heart out and shop till ya drop! [2021 Equestrian Black Friday Sales]

What happened to serviceably sound horses? For lower level pursuits, and with proper management, horses with imperfect vetting records can still have perfectly good lives. Vetting a horse with a specific purpose in mind makes more sense than vetting a horse to do Novice level with five-star qualifications, but not everyone does that. One vet explains how she sees the issue in this blog. [What Happened to Serviceably Sound?]

Are you practicing enough trot jumps? Many people don’t realize just how beneficial they can be. Even if you don’t do them in the show ring they can be a valuable part of your training program. In fact, I’ve seen many horses grow a 5th leg and trot jumps on cross country at a high level.  Trot jumps are also excellent for working on a young horse’s balance and timing over small jumps while his canter is still developing. [Take Advantage of Trot Jumps]

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially talk about Christmas, right? Get a little DIY this winter with some equestrian themed tree decorations. [9 Ideas for a Horsey DIY Christmas]