Yesterday, I thought I would take a nice little group hack with my thoroughbred Turkey, my student’s thoroughbred Bird, and my 20-year-old “retired” advanced horse, Nyls. While Turkey was in fine form showing off some of his best above-the-airs combined with his impressive lateral work (unprompted, of course), the “retired” horse also spent most of the time trying to show off to the young bucks. Bird, the winningest thoroughbred I’ve ever had in my barn, walked quietly the whole time and I imagine was rolling his eyes at their idiocy the whole time.
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Canadian horseman Tim Worden, PhD, and international show jumper Sean Jobin shared their evidence-based approach to horse management during a free webinar presented by Haygain and Ontario Equestrian in November. From simple journal-keeping to analyzing high-speed video and complex performance data, Dr. Worden and Sean advocate tactics that ensure the horse’s mental and physical “batteries” are fully charged to attain peak output. Their methods incorporate advances in human athletic performance and encompass reducing injury risk and extending career longevity. [Evidence is Everything in Sport Horse Management]
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21-years-old and still keeping up with the young guns! Days after she and her 21-year-old Farley 4 swept the small tour at the World Equestrian Center Dressage V CDI-W in Ocala, Florida, Chloe Fullar said she still is pinching herself to be sure she’s not dreaming. The victory was an emotional one for Fullar, 37, who sold a pair of earrings she had inherited from her grandmother to pay the entry fee and travelled over 1,000 miles from her home in Berrien Springs, Michigan, to compete in her first CDI. [Legal Drinking Age For Horses New Fashion]
Iron horse Neville Bardos teaches yet another rider!