Thursday News & Notes

I’m really loving seeing the content coming out of the early season training sessions that the Wesko Equestrian Foundation is putting on — not least because this year, they’ve opened up opportunities for SO many more riders of a wide array of abilities, and because the extraordinary Nicola Wilson has been brought in as a boots-on-the-ground trainer. We’re nothing if not driven by our deep-rooted sense of FOMO, so expect to see lots more from the Wesko riders and sessions on EN in the coming months!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala Winter I (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ram Tap H.T. (Fresno, CA): [Website] [Entries and Ride Times]

Jumping Branch Farm H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Your Thursday News & Notes:

If you’re putting money into alternative therapies for your horse, you might want to skip the light therapy. Though it’s commonly used on horses, light therapy — which includes the use of LEDs to transmit protons into the body — it’s actually not really backed up by any hard and fast science at this point. In fact, researchers have found negligible results, and often even contradictory ones. [Is light therapy really all that?]

A robot that harrows your ring? A device that automatically moderates the climate in your horse’s stable? Both of these products were among those launched at SPOGA, the world’s biggest equestrian trade fair — and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. [Horsey tech is on the way up]

I hate AI. But apparently I’m alone in that, as everyone’s been flocking to ChatGPT to find out its opinions on a wide array of topics. Here’s what it thinks about horse care, [if that’s what you’re into]

We take a lot of strange terminology for granted. Like, what actually is the word ‘snaffle’ all about, anyway?! HorseNetwork is on an etymology deep dive, and this week, they’re looking at bit names and where the heck they actually came from. [Check it out]

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