Barefoot show hunter bucks the trend

Here’s an interesting article about an owner who went the barefoot route after her horse developed severe White Line disease.¬† Competing on a barefoot horse is almost unheard of for a show hunter. However, given that they are almost always on groomed footing, I would think that more people might follow suit.  

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Equestrian “streaker” in jumping class

Okay, for all of those who enjoyed the bareback Puissance class, take a look at this video! I sure hope this fellow doesn’t want to have children. That ride may have made it a moot point. To watch this video you have to be a member of Facebook. Update: someone who speaks French fluently enough […]

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Can your horse jump like this?

One fastest growing sports in Europe is rabbit hopping . . . coaxing bunnies to jump the equivalent of stadium¬† jumps. When I was a kid I did similar courses with my dog, a standard poodle. While I was impressed with his athletic abilities (standard poodles are amazing athletes), these rabbits put him (and Freedom) […]

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Lessons Remembered: Riding a Rubber Band or a Super Ball

Recently I was listening to a trainer talk about how to prepare a horse for a jump. As she discussed the mechanics of the stride, it reminded me of a talk another trainer had given me several decades ago (let’s not get specific!). He asked me to imagine that my horse was made of rubber. […]

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Geoff Billington: Comedian or showjumper?

One of the coolest things on the Internet is the wealth of educational materials. I’m not going to be heading to England any time soon to ride with (or audit) a training session with show jumping great Geoff Billington, but I don’t have to. Horse and Country TV brings it right to my laptop. I […]

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Let’s hope this man already has children.

Apparently this was part of a competition where polo riders and jumper riders switch mounts. I can’t believe that anyone would let their jumper be abused in quite this way — the horse deserves a medal for continuing to jump. However, I have never seen anyone get so much air over a jump and still […]

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