Oh boy, this week the clipping requests came in hard. I returned from Fair Hill to find that every horse in Virginia (apparently) grew a huge fluffy coat when the temperature dropped, and since then, I’ve clipped two horses each day, and I’m basically booked for the next few weeks to keep doing that. Gonna get some good use out of my cute rain suit!
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Looking for some excellent tips for improving your dressage tests? Marilyn Payne is one of the most experienced and respected ground jury members in eventing. She has adjudicated at every top event in the world, including two Olympic Games. Here are her top tips on how to impress the dressage judges – at any level. [10 Tips to Ace Your Dressage Test with Marilyn Payne]
Since the Modern Pentathlon at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a photograph of Annika Schlue riding Saint Boy has been circulating the internet. It shows her shoulders tensed, eyes scrunched closed as she sobs in distress at the loss of her Olympic dream. The horse’s head is up in the air, teeth barred, eyes white with fear. It’s a terrible image, a snapshot of a woman and a horse sharing a moment of torture. But how can we learn from that, and help the modern pentathlon evolve into a better sport for horses? [Learning from Saint Boy]
Is your horse really in front of your leg? Like, really? This concept can be tough to wrap the mind around because it’s one of those things in riding that is better felt than explained. Once you feel it – and especially, once you feel a horse that isn’t – you’ll know it. But think of being in front of the leg as a horse that is self-propelled – a horse that maintains his gait and energy without nagging from your leg. This is the prerequisite for the “leg to hand” connection as Equestrian Masterclass instructor, Mette Larsen, explains in her course, “Dressage Fundamentals for All Disciplines”. [How To Test if Your Horse is in Front of Your Leg]
On Cue’s baby, On Cue Too is ready to start her eventing career this weekend at Waredaca!