Category Archives: Eventing

Weight Lifting for Horses

Engagement—The act of flexing the hocks, stepping under the body, planting the hooves, and lifting. The forehand gradually becomes lighter as the hindquarters become stronger. Think of dressage training, therefore,...

The Power of Improvement

The days following last weekend's wreck of an event were spent in a bipolar state of emotions. I was bummed with Nixon ("Called to Serve") for getting eliminated, proud of...

How I Fixed My Jumping Position

Good base, bad base, good base, bad base, good base, bad base, good base. It takes time to learn how to ride, and it often requires decent teaching. I learned...

Personal Goals: Finish

Yesterday was the first show of the season for many of us here in Kentucky, the Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test at the Kentucky Horse Park. The show has become...

Fear of Flying

Why do show hunters, equitation riders and horse show pleasure riders so often lope along in that "dead zone" canter? Part of the answer must be that the slower, more...

The Horse I Couldn’t Quit

A few months ago, dripping in sweat and battered and bruised, I came home and text messaged my best friend Meghan, telling her that I thought it was time to...

Little Victories

I walked off of the cross country course in tears yesterday. Sweat poured off of my face, and the tears caught into the black mane and glistening neck of my...

Balance and Impulsion

Jack Le Goff told us (5,974 times by actual count) that in order to have an adjustable canter that "allows" the rider to be able to instantly lengthen, be able...

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