Do reins REALLY make a difference in your performance? Absolutely. I am currently campaigning two very enthusiastic event horses, plus two super green ones. If you tend to lose your reins when a sweaty horse’s...» Read More!
As eventing season gets underway for 2019, depending on your region you may experience cooler temperatures as you enter at A, halt and salute at X. On those cool morning as you make your way...» Read More!
While many eventers are fresh off the excitement of their first Horse Trial of 2019, others are stuck in arenas or on snowy trails, dreaming of spring and the start of cross country. What better...» Read More!
I’m pretty sure I have about 8 million half pads, wither-relief pads and assorted other accoutrement in my collection. But I recently had the opportunity to try the Acavallo Respira Air Release Gel Pad, which...» Read More!
How many times has your trainer told you to have soft arms? To be flexible, yet strong? “Don’t be so rigid!” she says. “Don’t brace against your horse, you want him to be soft and...» Read More!
Everyone with any sense knows there’s only one good thing about winter, and that’s layers. Why? Because layers allow you to eat, constantly and unashamedly, and then blame your sudden, worrying expansion on the amount of...» Read More!
This post was originally published on Emma’s blog, OTTBs and Oxers. With all of the back and forth on safety in eventing after the euthanization of Boyd Martin’s Crackerjack at Les Etoiles de Pau, Doug Payne’s...» Read More!
I disagree with anyone who says you can’t learn how to at least ride a little bit better from watching video. I’m a visual learner, so I know I can translate what I see into...» Read More!
Lately, I’ve been at a bit of a conflict with myself. I have absolutely been loving the warm and sunny days of summer. But it’s also been a bit of a struggle keeping myself cool...» Read More!
Horses who compete in the jumper and eq rings are accustomed to jumping over wide expanses of water, not into them. So when a horse who is used to clearing a body of water is...» Read More!
I live for cross country. I would argue that most die-hard and thrill seeking event riders would share similar feelings towards this sport. Cross country seems particularly amazing when you’re sitting on a horse who...» Read More!
With safety being the primary concern for anyone involved in the sport, research into the causes of falls on cross country is always being done in an effort to improve the safety element of eventing....» Read More!
The skinny fence is a popular option used by course designers to test a horse and rider’s communication and ability to stay straight. They can look rather unassuming, but the width of the fence makes...» Read More!
After my very first day of cross country schooling, I experienced a sort of gravitational pull towards eventing. And there was no escaping it. While I wouldn’t really consider myself an adrenaline junkie or anything,...» Read More!
It was a gorgeous day for red on the right, white on the left and insanity in the middle! The best of the best came out in full force to show everyone how cross country...» Read More!
It’s an absolute thrill. I mean, the excitement can start as soon as you wake up in the morning. Hoping out of bed, a combination of nerves, coupled with eagerness is the business of the day....» Read More!
Everyone can certainly use a little extra grip in the saddle…right? Sometimes, I just feel like I have trouble keeping my leg positioned correctly. That can be pretty frustrating. Especially when I’m schooling over jumps and my...» Read More!
It’s go time here at Carolina International, and the CIC3* horses and riders and getting ready to test out Hugh Lochore’s brand new course for this year. If you haven’t already, check out both the...» Read More!
From my pain, let there be education for you, Eventing Nation! This week, I competed at Full Gallop in the Beginner Novice on a horse that had not yet competed. After a great dressage and...» Read More!
The first event of 2014 wrapped up today at the Florida Horse Park. Many thanks to title sponsor Ocala Horse Properties for another lovely event! The weather was beautiful today and I saw many nice...» Read More!
Meet Norman. He is the official mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. He is also exceedingly adorable. Alltech recently posted a link to a video series showing how Norman is preparing for...» Read More!
Three-day eventing has often been described as an equestrian triathlon. In that vein, I wanted to find a human analogue for everyone’s favorite cross-country phase. Considering recent EN stalkerazzi interest in husband and wife eventers...» Read More!
Wow! Check out this impressive video of 1920s cavalry training posted on Colleen Rutledge’s Facebook page: Just watching this makes me think about helmets and safety vests … not to mention medical armbands! Even with the...» Read More!