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

What it’s really like to take conformation photos with my horses.

Look, my horses do way more modeling than average horses, so they all learn the system of ground tying and being forced to stand square for a long time while I back up and try to get the perfect photo. However, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will prevent my horses from insisting on staring the exact opposite direction that I need from them. I could put them up against a wall and I swear to you they’d probably start licking the wall instead of staring face front with a pleasant expression. The struggle. Is real.

National Holiday: National Pi Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Having a rideable horse is the name of the game in eventing these days. Gone are the times when you could have a fairly wild horse who just killed it on cross country but wasn’t aces at the other two phases. Jan Byyny was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule in Aiken to give some of her top tips about creating a rideable horse, no matter what the level. Having ridden with Jan over many years, I can tell you she’s worth listening to! [Creating a Rideable Horse with Jan Byyny]

Advanced level eventing, A show hunter classes, the Dixon Oval, and fox hunting side saddle … is there anything that Sarah Gartland can’t do? This young amateur rider balances her career as a teacher as well as pursuing a Ph.D while riding whenever and whatever she can. She is technically horseless, but that doesn’t mean she is without horses to ride, and finds opportunities literally all over the world to catch ride different animals. [Gartland Always Says Yes]

All about alfalfa! Are you and your horse a fan of alfalfa? I use it in the winter to supplement the harder keepers when they lose their access to grass, or while I’m traveling and showing, but my horses don’t seem to need it year round. Some people feed exclusively alfalfa, and some people never use it. Whatever your needs, it’s important to know the nutritional and historical facts about this legume. [All About Alfalfa]

It’s that time of the year … time for BABIES! Foal season is the best season, and nobody can disagree with me. Good thing Taylor Harris Insurance Services provides coverage for mares and foals from the very beginning of their existence, and continues through their lives. If your special mare is expected, or just popped out a cutie, be sure to request a quote through THIS! [Request a Quote]