Day 12- The Biggest Horse Show You’ve Ever Competed In In 2007, I competed at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I had never before, and have never since, competed in anything on a national level. I wasn’t some kind […]
Month: May 2013
Day 11- Your Favorite Tack Shop Who remembers when State Line Tack partnered with PetSmart and one could find horse things there? That was the best. I was extremely disappointed when that partnership ended! I started riding in the days before online shopping was a […]
Day 10- Five of Your Favorite Jumping Exercises
I love gymnastics and grid work. I think they’re invaluable for sharpening a horse’s skills, building confidence, and improving a rider’s position. That said, I don’t know that I have specific favorite exercises that I return to time and time again. I’m more of an improviser. So, here are five exercises I think are very good!
1. Gymnastic #2 from Jim Wofford’s Modern Gymnastics (also found in May 2012 Practical Horseman, and online here). It’s four ground poles, a jump, and a one-stride to another fence. This is a great confidence builder; I jumped Colter through it today. The trot poles really help establish a good rhythm and set the horse up for success over the two fences. I did a crossrail for the first fence, and eventually ended with a 2′ oxer. It rides well; I increased the distances a little bit to compensate for Colter’s very long stride. (Note: I think you can also find this gymnastic in Wofford’s Training The Three Day Event Horse and Rider.)
Day 9- Your Show Goals for 2013 My goals for 2013 are pretty basic: Show Gina in enough local dressage shows to sell her. Take Colter to a schooling horse trial and a recognized horse trial. I don’t plan on taking Moe to any shows […]
So I didn’t post this yesterday, unfortunately- but I’ll just continue the blog challenge in order, whenever I think of posting. Day 8- Your Favorite Horse Magazine I’ve been a longtime lover of Practical Horseman; I love George Morris’s cranky Jumping Clinic and always have. […]