A very special Deer at his retirement ceremony. Photo courtesy of KT Eventing.
This week is just a full-on eventing bonanza, with both the AECs at Rebecca Farm and the return of the big bad Burghley, you could just settle down for four straight days of live-stream action if you didn’t have a job and horses to look after. We’ve got you covered for both events, so don’t worry, you can totally sneak peaks at the action from your work desk or while you’re hacking a horse. All you need to know for the AECs can be found here, and everything Burghley can be found here.
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Being a successful rider in this sport is an uphill battle
— and not just in terms of the skills and time necessary to make your way up the ladder. The ups and downs can be extreme and unpredictable, it’s often “one step forward, two steps back”, and money more often feels like a problem than a solution. And for many ambitious riders like our guests today, there is a palpable tension between “businessperson” and “horseperson”. [Podcast of the Day: Equestrian Voices
Since the days of COVID, buying horses sight un-seen off a video has become even more common.
Amateur rider Allison Calderon took a chance on a lovely three-year-old mare in the fall of 2020, but was shocked a few months down the line when the mare had a surprise pregnancy. With all that ensued after, both Allison and the mare were tested in their toughness and resiliency as they returned to working condition. [Back From the Brink: Surprise Pregnancy & Infection
Of course, we all know the basics of good grooming: curry, brush and bathe when necessary. Then rub that coat until it gleams. Indeed, you’d be hard pressed to find a professional groom who doesn’t stick to this routine, no matter the season. However, there’s more to keeping a horse’s skin healthy and his coat radiant when temperatures soar and humidity peaks—especially during a long, hectic competition season. So, Practical Horseman asked veteran U.S. Equestrian Team groom Laurie Pitts and Ciera Cordero, who grooms for Canadian Grand Prix dressage rider Shannon Dueck, to share their favorite summer coat-care tips. [Summer Coat Care]
Thoroughbred racehorses are known for their silly registered names.
I’ve had everything from very cool to absolutely abysmal come through my barn, and if you’re a thoroughbred junkie like me, you’ve seen your fair share of silly ones as well. Sometimes they come with cool barn names, and sometimes they don’t come with anything, and you’re left to be creative. [What’s In A Name?
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