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My Dream Is To Ride Again
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On September 19th, 2010 I was in a car accident. My Chevy S10 truck fishtailed and lost traction on the road. It went off the road flipping on its side hitting a tree. The impact with the tree caused my side of the truck ...
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Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Six
23rd Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Now, as this series has taught us, it really isn't possible to completely ‘prevent’ back pain in horses. Any athlete – equine or otherwise – will take strain, and as riders, it is our responsibility to maintain the physical well-being of our horses (through the methods previously ...
Riding Clinic with Beck Hart - Transitioning From Trail to Dressage
19th May 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
One of the best ways to improve your riding is to take lessons. I've been riding for a long time, but still take lessons to improve my skills. I've been more motivated to take lessons lately because I've decided to focus on dressage rather than trail riding. About a year ago, I h ...
How to Stay Sane During Lockdown - A Guide for Equestrians 16 October 2010 Provincial Junior Showjumping Championships - Part 1 National Junior Championships – Part Three Escape - Attacked While Riding Alone
How to Ride a Dressage Test - The Eventer’s Version
15th May 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
This article was inspired by my own fantastic event horse, Bronze, who – like most eventers – is eating a lot of high-energy food, and doing a lot of work. Basically, Bronze is a machine, and his main operating function is to bear down on a course of big, solid jumps like a freig ...
Moving From Cross Rails To Jumps
6th May 2013   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A secure seat, confidence riding over ground poles and jumping small cross rails are the first steps to learning how to ride over taller and wider jumps. When I was taking lessons over jumps, a lot of time was spent ensuring that my position and technique over these small obstacl ...
Dottie Returns Home After Years of Abuse
5th Dec 2012   |   Horse Stories   |   Baileigh
Four years later I was told that Dottie had a baby. I immediately went out to where the owner boarded Dottie to find out that she was being abused. She was covered in blood and there where big chunks of hair missing from her. Dotties owner had beat her with a lead rope and she wa ...
The Story Of An Angel
5th Nov 2012   |   General   |   Run Free
In short order we signed up for the Killinick Harriers Hunt branch of the Irish Pony Club. Pat (the yard owner) was a strong influence on the club after hunting with them for as long as I can remember. After an instructor watched me and Angel they agreed we could participate. We ...
Who Nose - Should You Trim Horse Whiskers For Shows
16th Aug 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Soquili
A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on my horses. But, what I’ve grown up on is that for competition, that velvety nose better be trimmed and clean. But I’d never been told what a horse had its whiskers for! Only that they ...
Five Tips For A Perfect Dressage Test
19th Sep 2011   |   Dressage   |   mosquito
Every competition with horses is a test – and not just a test of how well you and your horse have trained at home to prepare for the show. They are also a test of you and your horse’s nerves. Can your horse stay focused with all the distractions? Can you stay focused under the pr ...
Retraining a Racehorse – First Dressage Show
11th Aug 2011   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
On the way to the dressage arena, he was rather excited by the unfamiliar atmosphere. He considered spooking at the dressage letters, but decided that watching them warily would work just as well – since I decided not to let him behave like a silly baby-horse. We trotted up to ...
Retraining a Racehorse – Preparation For First Dressage Show
4th Aug 2011   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
On 5 March 2011, I caught my Moon-horse, and tossed him into the horsebox beside my tank of a Bronze-horse for his first dressage competition. Both horses traveled well, as they always do – good boys. Thus, we arrived in good time for our dressage – early for once – and all re ...
Model Horse Showing Tips Part 2
13th Jul 2011   |   General   |   FreeRein
If you have read my previous article, Model Horse Showing Tips, you know the basics to live showing. Now, if you cannot attend live shows due to lack of models or lack of live shows in your area, then online or mail shows are definitely for you! The online and mail shows requi ...
My First USEA Horse Show
30th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Madeirey
James came up to me and said “OK, I want you to keep your eyes up, sit up, and put your leg on all the way to the jumps. If she doesn’t listen to your leg the first time go right to your stick and give her a tap. If she doesn’t listen to that give her a smack and growl at her.” I ...
No Metal in the Mouth - The Leather Bit
2nd Mar 2011   |   Equine Technology   |   Artista
I was never a fan of bits, so I suppose I'm a little bit biased, but I was experimented with bitless riding since I was about 10 years old. The first device I experimented with was the mechanical hackamore, which was good for stopping forward motion, but didn't really get the "s ...
Who You Are - Part 1
11th Feb 2011   |   Horse Fiction   |   Breegirly
Something was wrong, Stride was falling, slipping from under me, my horse was going down, and I knew I was going down with this ship. The dirt was cool on my face, but rough as a slid, I knew Stride was gone, and I knew these were my last thoughts, I muttered a quick prayer to Go ...
Taking The Dressage World By Storm
10th Jan 2011   |   Dressage   |   Chris Antley Memorial
For a long time I always looked at Dressage as a boring form of riding with no excitement. Then after I came across a Youtube video of a black 17.1 hand Dutch Warmblood stallion, the way I looked at Dressage changed. The horse’s name is Moorlands Totilas, nicknamed Toto. He wen ...
Kathleen Elliott Dressage Clinic January 16th
31st Dec 2010   |   Dressage   |   PonyBox
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW TEST! Pick your level/Pick your test. Each 30 minute test lesson sessions will help you improve your understanding of what the judges are looking for and how to improve your scores. Come to Kathleen’s clinic and understand how it all works. Focus on learning ...
World Equestrian Games - Cross Country & Stadium Jumping
17th Oct 2010   |   Shows and Events   |   L u n a r
I was lucky enough to visit the World equestrian Games while they were here in The USA. I had the opportunity to watch amazing horses to there stuff around a very difficult Cross Country course last saturday and then show off in the big arena preforming the Stadium Jumping phase. ...
Why the Heels?
23rd Sep 2010   |   Dressage   |   Fox Crest Stables
When you lengthen your leg you bring your center of balance down into your hips and down through your legs allowing your upper body to move freely. When riding Dressage you work with a long, free moving leg. You're hips are rocked back and you're sitting back slightly bringing al ...
2010 World Equestrian Games
17th Sep 2010   |   Shows and Events   |   Superior Studs
The 2010 WEGs are just around the corner! There are eight events in this years Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and for the first time ever they will be held in America, in Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky! ...
My Riding Life
14th Sep 2010   |   Horse Stories   |   BowyChicka
I had lost interest after being scared out of my body riding. My trainer made me jump, I didnt decide, she did. After that accident I never rode her again and was put onto Gus. A gelding draft who was majorly trained in Dressage. I taught him to jump and we continued to jump ...
The Heartache of Buying a Horse
12th Sep 2010   |   Horse Stories   |   Dream on Dreamer
A few days later we had the saddle fitter come out and fit her saddle, she was all fine but we noticed a scar near her mouth, but that ended up the least of our worries. Two days after the saddle fit, I rode Athena once more, trouble free. I decided she'd be ready for Pony Club w ...
Three Years Put Into Words - Year One
10th Aug 2010   |   Horse Stories   |   Padfoot
Here is my view on Toffee, I have never given up on him. That is what ruins a lot of horses, people giving up. They do one thing wrong and it's over, their not wanted. I could never pronounce my boy useless, after everything we've gone through, the hate, the wounds, the pain. It ...
District Charity Summer Show 2010
19th Jul 2010   |   Shows and Events   |   Padfoot
This is the annual summer show that is made for west Wiltshire to battle out out to find out who are the best riders in showing. Me and My sister attended this show for the second year running, looking forward to it as much as I hated showing. Though on the other hand, Paige, ...
World Horse Ranking System
15th Jun 2010   |   Ponybox News   |   PonyBox
Back in April we broke the news that Ponybox LLC is developing a website that will allow you to enter your real show results and see how your horse ranks in the world. This world ranking system will be a 1st and it is set for release in the coming weeks. How will it work? Th ...
April 24th and 25th Two Day Event
14th May 2010   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
On the weekend of 24 and 25 April, I attended a 2-day-event with my wonderful horses, Bronze and Badger. This was my first time eventing on Badger and my first time doing a Pre-Novice (90cm or 3ft) event on Bronze. Now, for those of you who do not know, eventing consists of three ...
26th Mar 2010   |   Dressage   |   Harmony Farm
If you have never heard of Rollkur it's also known as hyper-flexion it's where constant pressure of the hands to the bridle forces the horse into a complete flexion to build muscle. ...
Taking Care of Your Horses Back
18th Mar 2010   |   Horse Training   |   mosquito
‘No foot no horse’ – that’s true, but ‘no back, no riding’. If your horse suddenly nips when you put the saddle on, starts bucking, or hunching its back when you get on, then there may be a problem with its back, and even minor back pain can make your horse irritable and not abl ...
When Does The Show Ring Go Too Far
26th Jan 2010   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   mosquito
Going to a horse show or an event is great. Beautiful horses, smartly dressed riders, all ready to perform their best. But sometimes getting horses to look and do their best isn’t as great as it seems. ...
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How to Prepare at Home for a Dressage Show
7th Jan 2010   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
The thought of that upcoming show may make you nervous, so try to remain calm and remember - this is supposed to be fun! Here are some tips on preparing both you and your horse in the weeks leading up to a dressage competition. ...
How to Experience a Dressage Show Before Competing
5th Jan 2010   |   Dressage   |   EquestrianLady
It’s normal to feel nervous about riding in your first dressage show, so here are two ways to get you and your horse used to the environment before actually competing. Take the mystery out of dressage competitions by first going to one on foot. If you join a dressage association, ...
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