Thursday News & Notes

Photo via Christine Smith Lo

If you’re into fun Between the Ears photos like me, I highly recommend the Facebook group of the same name. You’ll get to see photos like this one, which I’m pretty sure is the most perfect photo I’ve ever seen, and photos from riders all around the world. I love seeing the different places that riders can explore on horseback, and it’s maybe the last true way to see some of these places. Riding out of the ring has always been a soothing meditation for me, and I’m lucky that my neighbor has 2,000 acres in conservation easement, so I’m a big fan of photos between the ears.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Setters’ Run Farm Carolina International: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Dressage Order of Go] [Live Scoring] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Form Guide] [Volunteer]

Ocala Winter II (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Pine Top Spring H.T (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ram Tap National H.T. (Fresno, CA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Entries / Ride Times / Scoring]

News From Around the Globe:

Things that only seem normal for horse people: a court case over a dead stallion’s semen. Paul Schockemöhle won his case against Totilas’ previous owner, Kees Visser, to hold exclusive breeding rights with any frozen semen from the stallion. The case hinged on whether buying Totilas in 2010 for €9.5m – in a verbal agreement – included exclusive breeding rights. It also focused on whether a box of 301 semen straws with a value of “at least several hundred thousand euros” delivered to the new owner were a gift or something else. I’m sorry, I’m still stuck on the VERBAL agreement part with that much money!! [Totilas Legal Dispute]

Stretching! I love it! For my horses, that is. I have several horses that truly need them, appreciate them, and feel better when I do them before and after a ride. However, it’s not as simple as yanking their legs out front once after you tighten the girth. Making sure that the muscles are not strained by your methods, and knowing the difference between static and active stretching is important. Learn more here and make your horse happy! [Stretch Your Horse]

If you need more proof that stretching your horse is a good idea…have a look at Off The Record’s daily stretching routine. Timmy even has a specially made stretching block that he is eager to utilize! [Stretching Time with Timmy]

When a horse-crazy girl was diagnosed with cancer at 13 years old, her world came to a standstill. That was, until a representative from the Make-A-Wish America shared that she could wish for anything her heart desired. “Most children asked for a trip to Disney, to the zoo, or a meet & greet with their favorite celebrity. I am always one to take everything a step further & push my limits, so I wished for my own horse…” [My Silver Lining Has Four Hooves]

Feeling spicy and want to start a fight at the barn today? Look no further, my piquant friends! There are two types of people in this world: people who brush their horse’s tail every day, and people who will hunt you down and beat you up if they see a brush near their horse’s tail. Which one are you? [To Brush, Or Not To Brush]

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