I feel like this is almost heretical to say, but, I’ve never actually been to the AEC. I know, I know, but it just never ended up happening for me for whatever reason. Maybe one day I’ll have a horse that I know will be competitive and not blow a gasket in one of the phases, and then I’ll make the trip. One day, AEC, I’ll see you!
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Rain, rain, go away at Foshay International! Be sure to keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for an updated schedule, which has been adjusted due to the soggy forecast — all dressage has been moved to Friday, while the Saturday and Sundays schedule remains the same. [Foshay International Facebook page]
Does your horse have asymmetry? All horses have a little bit of crookedness somewhere, but a new Danish study suggests that an easy way to help them build muscle on weaker side is to put a single bell boot on that foot. Putting something light on the foot increases the horse’s proprioception, thereby helping them use it a little more. I mean, I’m gonna try it and report back. [Crooked Horse Under Saddle? Try This.]
Jump the cross country course at the European Championships! On your computer anyway. Here we have a jump-by-jump breakdown of all the challenging questions on the European Championship course at Luhmühlen … would you jump around it? [European Champ Cross Country]
We don’t often talk about the good parts of selling horses. Selling a horse, whether it’s what you do often or not at all, can be fraught with complications, disappointments, and frustrations. However, finding the perfect home for a horse and seeing it thrive and be loved it also beautiful and extremely rewarding. [The Beauty Behind Selling A Horse]
Up to 93% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers. That’s a huge percentage! If you think your horse is one of them, it’s important to have the right management program not only to treat, but to prevent and protect for the future. Constant forage is the no-brainer here, with optional supplementation of alfalfa to provide calcium and protein to buffer stomach acid. [Tips for Managing Ulcers]
Video: The first AEC helmet cam videos are already rolling in! Elisa Wallace and Munson Slew posted a clear round inside the time and sit 6th heading into today’s Preliminary Horse Championship show jumping finale.