Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

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December?! It’s December already. HOW?!?! If 2020 was the slowest year in the world, 2021 seems to have gone by in a total flash. I feel like yesterday it was March, and now it’s almost the holiday season, which means next time I blink, it will be 2022 and I’ll be filling out all of my checks incorrectly for a few months. Everyone is heading down south earlier and earlier every year, so Virginia is starting to feel a bit quiet, and I am excited next spring for the action to start back up!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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News From Around the Globe:

An Andalusian might not be your first pick when selecting an eventing prospect, but Romeo has proven to be a very successful one. Eventing is a discipline well-known for being inclusive of many unique and unfamiliar breeds. While dressage and show jumping tend to favor warmbloods and various western disciplines feel the same with the quarter horse, event riders are famous for competing on horses of different breeds and varying ages. Since the discipline asks so many individual questions, it seems to be an area where there is no stigma on what horse you ride in on. One such horse is a 9-year-old Andalusian PRE gelding named Romeo. [A Breed Apart]

Is your horse getting a little wild on cross country? Maybe you’ve got an OTTB, or even just a very enthusiastic warmblood, but we’ve all ridden horses that get strong at the gallop in various situations, but outside of exercising at the track, it’s hard to figure out the right way to handle it. Luckily for you, we’ve got some excellent tips on how to control and communicate with your horse at the gallop. [Control a Galloping Horse]

Silly Quiz of the Day: What Horse Breed You Are Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Ready for your weekend horse entertainment? Appalachia Last Chance Rescue is a docuseries that features the Heart of Phoenix as they prepare for their annual training challenge event. The West Virginia based equine rescue group organizes the ATFO each year to help solve the problem of abused and neglected horses in the severely economically challenged regions of Appalachia and beyond. Equal parts harrowing and hopeful, this series closely follows the group’s progress as they take in horses found in heartbreaking conditions, while working to gain their trust as well as restore their health. [Hot on Horse Nation]