Winter riding realness. Photo via Alice VanBokkelen Equestrian.
I was real proud of myself yesterday because I tore down ALL the jumps in my ring, dragged it really well, and then set up a really cool exercise that is basically a giant zig-zag that goes down the middle. You can do it with poles or with jumps, and it’s just the serpentine from hell. Great for adjustability and bending, as well as great for humans using their brains quickly for reacting and planning. You know it’s a good exercise when you’re sweating on a 30 degree day after setting it all up.
EN’s sister site, Jumper Nation, is on the hunt for a new part-time editor. We are going to miss Meagan DeLisle, who has taken a position with Phelps Media — best of luck, Meagan! The ideal candidate has excellent writing/editing skills and is plugged in to the hunter/jumper community. Email us at [email protected]. [Jumper Nation]
Anybody who knows anything will tell you that riding horses is at least half mental. Honestly, probably even more than that. You can have all the skills in the world but if you can’t control your mind and use psychology to get a better performance from yourself and your horse, you’re toast. Check out these top 13 performance enhancing psychological tricks to take to your next lesson or competition. [13 Performance Psychology Pointers]
Funny racehorse names, we all know. But what about ridiculous sport horse names? Don’t worry, there are plenty of those. Bunny Killer. [Most Hilarious Horse Names]
Thoroughbreds are always popular in Eventing, but sadly we have seen the warmblood really take over in other horse sports. Bringing the thoroughbred back to the Hunter world is particularly hard, but one couple in Camden, South Carolina, believe in the breed and it’s return to success in that sport. Danta and Danny Robertshaw remember the time when Hunters was dominated by the thoroughbred, and they’re determined to help bring them back to popularity. [We Still Believe In the Thoroughbred Hunter]