Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

When you start to see a little booty peeking through on an OTTB. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I feel like with a developing horse, every year they come out a little different, and Turkey is no different. He made the move up to Modified as his last event in October, and he thought he was VERY cool after cross country. He carried that mentality into 2020, and has decided that he is hot stuff 24/7 this year. This has created, to say the least, some adjustments to my riding and training. Every horse, every year, a new thing to learn.

National Holiday: National Bootlegger’s Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Considering a move up this year? You’ll probably want to train skinny jumps, as they appear at almost all the levels now. Introducing skinny jumps mean honing your steering, building their confidence, making sure you can hold a line, and building trust between horse and rider. It’s an integral part of becoming a successful eventer, and something not to be neglected. [Introducing Skinny Jumps]

What’s it like to live a day in the life of a five-star eventer? The Chronicle of the Horse gets up close and personal with Sinead Halpin, following her from dawn to dusk to find out what it really takes to be her. Baby wrangling, riding, teaching, coaching, cooking dinner, drinking wine, it’s all in a day. [A Day In The Life]

Listicle of the Day: 14 Things You Always Wanted To Ask Your Horse

99 problems and all of them are your mare? Most mares get pregnant without major problems, but some encounter difficulties along the way. Breeders have a hard time getting certain mares in foal altogether, while other mares conceive but lose the pregnancy. The list of what can cause these reproductive issues is lengthy; when they occur, breeders and veterinarians must work together to determine the reason and find resolution. [What’s Plaguing Your Mare?]

Quiz of the Day: What Does Your Favorite Horse Breed Say About You?