Sweet, blessed rain came to Virginia this week after several weeks of concrete ground and wondering if we’d get a second cutting of hay this year. I never thought as a kid I would be happy for a rain day in the summer, but here I am, living the dream. Of course, now all my sensitive skinned thoroughbreds have hives because god forbid they get rained on, but you can’t have everything I suppose.
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We know that the physically fitter we are, the better we ride – and the better our horses perform, but actually getting on and doing the exercise necessary rarely happens. Life is busy, and there are many demands on our time – particularly work, of course, be that in the saddle or behind a desk – and exercise often gets put to the bottom of the priority queue. Get fit with Will Faudree and follow his daily workout for hot tips on improving your riding. [Feeling Fit with Faudree]
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The Fair Hill Organizing Committee, announced yesterday tickets for the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will go on sale Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket information and purchasing options will be available at Maryland5Star.us/Tickets.
Looking for a jump exercise to inspire you this weekend? Look no further than Doug Payne’s Oxers and Angles exercise from Practical Horseman. A great mental challenge for both horses and riders, the exercise here consists of an oxer with placing rails before and after it, followed by five strides to a vertical, then a wide turn to another oxer and a bending line to an angled in-and-out. Unless you and your horse are very experienced, introduce it one section at a time, repeating each step until it’s riding well before putting all the elements together. [Doug Payne’s Oxers & Angles]
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Peter Wylde has a go at cross country: