Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

A lil TBT for you guys of when I was young and impulsive.

I’ve been trying my darnedest to keep up with the horses working this week, but between it being 3 degrees for several days and then raining the other days, it’s been a real struggle. I know I’m mostly through winter and I just have to stick it out a little longer before I can start complaining about the heat, but lemme tell you, going on hacks down the dirt road is getting really, really old. There aren’t enough podcasts in the world.

National Holiday: National Compliment Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Gentle giants will be descending upon Wellington, Florida in the upcoming weeks. The inaugural Chesapeake International Draft Horse Show is coming to Crab Orchard Farm for three days of exciting six-horse hitch competition, offering a contrast to the usual dressage and showjumping sports most common in the area. The top five North American teams for each of the three featured breeds Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians, will compete for winnings of up to $25,000. The one-off show is free to the public. [Heavy Horses Burst Into Florida]

Looking for some top tips from international riders to get you out of the winter doldrums? We’ve got you covered. Tom McEwan and Richard Jones recently shared some excellent advice on how to warm your horse up for show jumping and improve your technique and performance in this phase. With show jumping becoming more and more influential at all levels, you can’t afford to miss this. [19 Top Tips from Top Eventers]

Noticing a weird rubbed patch or bald spot on your horse’s back this winter? With clip jobs, we are more likely to see this kind of thing during the winter, and more than likely, it’s a sign you need your saddle checked. Horses change shape throughout the year, and saddles that fit last January don’t always fit this January! Here are some top tips to figure out what’s going on. [Rubbed Hair on My Horse’s Back]