Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Leo noodling with me after a crazy thunderstorm!

Leo noodling with me after a crazy thunderstorm!

Goodness me, is it Friday already? OH WAIT it’s July Fourth!!! Because I’m a horse person and today is really no different than other days, I forget these things. However, I hope you all enjoy binging on hot dogs, gathering with friends and family, wearing tacky outfits that above all must incorporate red, white, and blue, and possibly watching some fireworks. However, I will tell you that if you plan on setting off fireworks near my farm, my mother might come screaming down your driveway that you’re scaring Nyls and making him run around and you must stop immediately! Fair warning, you guys.

Events This Weekend:

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around The Globe:

 As Barbury International Horse Trials started yesterday, it’s no secret that Andrew Nicholson is aiming for a hat trick with Avebury. Last year, he shared the win with Piggy French, and in 2012 he pulled a one-two with Avebury and Quimbo. If he wins this event for a third year on the same horse…it would be unbelievable if it weren’t Andrew Nicholson. [Nicholson Goes For Gold at Barbury]

Trotting over poles and cavalettis: more theraputic than you previously estimated. A new scientific study looked at the ways in which poles affected the gaits of horses, and realized that trotting over poles can be a great way to help in rehabbing horses from injuries. They found out that when they trot over the poles, they simply increase the flexion in their limbs, instead of actually moving their bodies higher off the ground. This means that the concussion and soft tissue strain for pole trotting is no greater than regular trotting. [Trotting Poles Is Awesome]

Boyd and Silva Martin are hosting a schooling jumping show at Windurra USA this Sunday, July 6, over a professionally designed course. The cost is $25 per round, with the schedule and divisions as follows: 8:30-10 a.m. Intro 2’, 10-11:30 a.m. Beginner Novice 2’6”, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Novice 2’11”, 1-2:30 p.m. Training 3’3”, 2:30-4 p.m. Prelim 3’7”, 4 p.m. Intermediate 3’9.” GPS: 2027 Gap Newport Pike, Cochranville, PA 19330. www.boydandsilvamartin.com

If you’re looking to book a clinic with a CCI4* eventer, Daniel Clasing is in the process of filling up his fall schedule! Dan is known for his ability to start young horses, and bring them all the way up the levels himself, and is available to teach at your farm or his. [Dan Clasing Eventing]

Does a training question have you stumped? Don’t know a polo wrap from a turnout blanket?Our newest advice columnist on Bloggers Row is a well known face in the eventing world and is ready to dish out some advice from “Behind the Mic.” If you have a question for our advice guru, email [email protected] — humorous questions welcome as you can expect humorous answers! 

Holy crap, check out this tiny pony and his mad hops!

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