It’s Friday! Happy weekend to all you working stiffs with “real” jobs, and also to those of us who work the same schedule every day of the week and 100% lose track of which day it is. A friend of mine recently had a car wreck, and the medical personnel who arrived were asking him questions to determine if he had a concussion, but I swear to God, if you ask a horse person which day of the week it is or the actual date, chances are we wouldn’t know anyway.
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Eight-time Olympic eventer J. Michael Plumb is recovering in the hospital after falling while mounting a horse at his home in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on May 26. Mike, 82, incurred a fractured femur that required surgery. Prior to surgery, his doctors determined he’d need a pacemaker. He underwent surgery for the pacemaker on May 27 and had surgery to repair the femur on May 28. He’s back to his cantankerous old self though, apparently, and I’m sure he will be back in the barn as soon as possible. [Mike Plumb Suffers Mounting Injury]
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali was once quoted as saying, “In the big leagues everyone has the ability. It always comes down to mind games. Whoever is more mentally strong—wins.” Sports coaches often say that mental preparation is 90% of the game. Developing an ability to cope with the psychological stress that comes along with elite competition—and competition in general—is crucial in the show ring. How can equestrians learn from other sports? [Change Your Mindset, Improve Your Riding]
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Although straightness shows up as the fifth of six elements on the scales of training, basic straightness as a concept is introduced much earlier. After all, young horses are taught to travel as straight as possible both on the flat and to jumps from when they are first backed. So surely straightness can’t be that advanced? It all comes down to the idea of basic straightness versus true straightness. So, what is basic straightness? And how does it differ from true straightness? [True Straightness vs Basic Straightness]