Yesterday I went fox-hunting on a young Thoroughbred mare who thought it was quite exciting indeed. She settled at the end, and I think she will get better, but today, I am considering taking an epsom salts bath. I certainly underestimated the physical requirements of a good long hunt in second flight with an enthusiastic Thoroughbred!
I can also feel that my semi-vacation with the horses has left me a little bit unfit; it’s crazy how quickly that happens. Now when I am picking them back up and doing longer trot sets and hunting, I can feel it in my legs! Note to self: Maybe pick up some other exercise routines for the winter?
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We also owe a big congratulations to Lizzy Jahnke, who was our randomly selected winner of this week’s Fab Freebie, an Ice Horse Emergency Wrap! Lizzy, you can also contact us at [email protected] to coordinate your prize.
Great Meadow has announced the dates for the inaugural CIC3*, to be held June 19-21 in The Plains, Va. Mike Etherington-Smith is the course designer, and is already hard at work making his vision come to life. The event will be run the same weekend as Surefire Farm, just down the street, so the intent is for riders to be able to compete in both the upper levels at Great Meadow and the lower levels at Surefire. [Great Meadows]
Following his falling out with New Zealand’s High Performance, Andrew Nicholson is feeling positive about the possible outcomes for next year. After lodging complaints about Nereo’s veterinary treatment at the WEG, Andrew withdrew himself from HP consideration for the 2015 year, but says that now he is open to entering the arena again for his country. He is waiting to hear back from ESNZ in the next couple of weeks to see if they plan on making changes that he feels are necessary for the welfare of his horses in international competition. [Andrew Nicholson Set To Give Kiwis A Leg Up]
Mike Etherington-Smith has confirmed his plans to step down as chief executive for British Eventing. Well known as a four-star cross country course designer, Mike has decided to leave BE this coming spring to pursue more opportunities to course design across the world. He has been offered the opportunity to design Adelaide 2015, and he’s very excited to return to his first love of course design. [Mike ES Steps Down]
Cute kids being entrepreneurial? Always great. Ten-year-old Lottie Wilkins from Old Down in Gloucestershire began by making loom bracelets for all her friends, and then came up with the idea of making funky brow bands for horses. With the help of her aunt Christina Jones, who owns an online equine gift shop, Lottie started making up browband kits and thousands have been sold online since she launched the brand two months ago. [Pony Crazy Kid Makes Loom Bands]
This isn’t going to seem romantic, but Rambo Bungee Tail Cords will literally change your life. Blankets are gross, and one of the biggest struggles of winter is keeping them (and your horse) relatively clean and not stinky or poopy or covered in mud inside and out. If you don’t have a collection of Rambo Bungee Tail Cords for all your blankets yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. So easy to remove and wipe down, you’ll never have a case of “poop butt” again! [SmartPak Product of the Day]
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