Yesterday, the eventing world lost a legend. I never had the privilege of training with Jimmy, but he was the cornerstone of education for so many riders over the years it’s hard to imagine. He continued being a source of knowledge, confidence, and comfort for everyone who knew him, right up until the end. We will all miss your smiling face Jimmy, and we just know you’re out on a long-format cross country course right now.
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As all of us mourn the loss of Jimmy Wofford, we also look back on many fond memories through the ages. No corner of the horse world went untouched by the magic of Jimmy, and we will see many tributes in the days to come. [A Legendary Horseman] [Remembering James C Wofford]
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Experience the thrill of traditional long format three-day eventing by competing in a USEA Classic Series event in 2023! The USEA has announced that the 2023 Classic Series calendar is now available. Long-format events from the Beginner Novice to Preliminary levels are still a reality thanks to the USEA Classic Series and include roads and tracks, steeplechase, and cross-country on “endurance day,” as well as horse inspections and additional educational activities throughout the weekend. [Blast from the Past: Long Format Dreams]
Helping your horse with his post-exercise cooling process can improve his recovery but during winter, it requires a little more thought. Assisting your horse with his post-exercise cooling process can impact how well and how quickly he recovers. This stands true no matter the season. But cold weather cooling requires also guarding against a chilled horse. Not only do you want to make sure that your warm-up is lengthy and slow to properly coax the muscles and tendons into stretching, but you want to pay special care to the cool-down as well. [Warm Muscles, Cold Days]
We all have our own ways of dealing with stress, setbacks, relationship woes, demanding workloads and all of the effects these discomforts bring to our minds and bodies. There are countless ways humans will try to distract themselves, resulting in bad habits. Horses are no different. They can overly anticipate the busyness of barns or feel neglected or rushed in day-to-day routines. Their relationships with their neighbors and pasturemates can either make or break their social life. Training stress can cause a horse to struggle both mentally and physically and can sour his view of his job. Sometimes, these stressors result in “stable vices”, but more often they are coping mechanisms. [Stable Vices vs Coping Mechanisms]