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5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition
10/15/2021
5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition

5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition

We’re coming into horse sale season, and particularly at a time when sales have been wacky for more than a year, it’s going to be an interesting ride this autumn. If you’re on the hunt for a new horse, here are a few things trainers wish you knew.

04/20/2021

L.O.N.G day at the computer. I made great progress on the Valinor Farm 2 Phase proofs but am stepping away from my computer for the night now. If all goes as planned, they should be posted tomorrow. You know the drill. Pre-register to be emailed once proofs are posted at this link. Ill be back at it bright and early in the morning! https://flatlandsfoto.com/proofs/2021-competition-photos/valinor-april-2-phase/ #flatlandsfoto #goeventing #redonright #jumpallthings #area1eventers #area1eventing #fromthedigitaldarkroom #valinorfarm

12/02/2020

Kyra Kyrklund is not only very wise, she is very funny: "In front of the leg is a bit hard to explain. It’s a bit like God – everyone has heard of him, but no one has seen him. It is hard to explain the feeling of ‘in front of the leg’ but when it happens, it’s like magic. It is a bit like explaining how strawberry jam tastes – it is easier if you have eaten it before or even tasted a strawberry. It is the same with the good feelings you get when you are riding: think about that feeling, give it a name, then it will be easier to get it back..." enjoy the entire article https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2020/12/kyra-kyrklund-the-young-horse-the-first-step/

Affordable Portable Products
09/08/2020

Affordable Portable Products

Here's a great Challenge! Do YOU have soft hands? Go ride holding an egg in each hand through different speeds and horse events that you might do i.e. jumping, barrel racing etc Hard boiled eggs don't count. Can you hold the reins with an Egg in each hand and not break one?

pic and exercise idea credit: Tina Spangler TLC

When there are endless projects to do, we love to do them in the rain 😊😊 #barnworkisneverdone #betterwithfriends
04/02/2020

When there are endless projects to do, we love to do them in the rain 😊😊 #barnworkisneverdone #betterwithfriends

Canada and Australia Will Not Send Athletes to the Tokyo Olympics - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, ...
03/23/2020
Canada and Australia Will Not Send Athletes to the Tokyo Olympics - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Canada and Australia Will Not Send Athletes to the Tokyo Olympics - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to COVID-19 risks and are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2o21. The Olympic committees for both countries issued

02/18/2020
Hailey and Major

When we are stuck north of the Mason Dixon Line for February break we make the time in the box count 😁

Tamarack Hill Farm
02/15/2020

Tamarack Hill Farm

55 years ago, give or take, we went to leaky roof jumper shows all over New England, weekend after weekend, all seasons, indoors, outdoors, with not much talent, not particularly fancy horses (in some cases), but taking every chance we could find to stack up those hours and miles.

That saying---"Just do it."

Don't sit at home and think about getting mileage, and some fine day, when you have a nice horse, you discover that you lack the water in the well to take advantage----

Start to fill your well---Don't be afraid of being inept, bad at it, falling off, missing distances, knocking down rails---Screw what others are thinking. Do it for you, the hell with them.

"Be brave enough to fail." That's a quote from somewhere, and it sums up what you have to go through to have any chance, any hope at all, of struggling out the other side---

I find it mildly comical that even when I go out of town to teach I still end up doing the things #OCD #Irishclip #lisle...
02/11/2020

I find it mildly comical that even when I go out of town to teach I still end up doing the things #OCD #Irishclip #lislestylefarm

Tonight was a lesson and hair cut! Thanks Lelo Reeves-Curtis for doing a wonderful cut and kicking my ass for the last three days!!! Time for the attached neck blankets....which I still haven’t had time to wash since last year...who wants to wash my blankets?:-).

01/26/2020
Riders Core Training

Riders Core Training

I've talked lots in the sessions on the riders pelvic position, how to achieve opening your hips. The attached video clip hopefully lets you see exactly why its vital:-
* Your in balance - not loading the horse's forehand.Your center of gravity is more correct.
* You can be independent from the reins, your horse won't lean on you and vice versa.
* Legs are under you and in a position to be effective.
*Your horse can come through and over his back.
* Your hips are more open and so your weight can be used to influence the horse.
* Less prone to injury as corrected position means more in balance.
* Not loading the horse's forehand and so less fore limb stresses.

12/25/2019

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays today and throughout this week. May everyone enjoy their horses a little more ❣️🦄

JAMES EQUESTRIAN
10/31/2019

JAMES EQUESTRIAN

I will never be able to describe the power of time spent cleaning stalls.

During this time I have made some of the biggest decisions in my life. I have silently thought my way, step by step, through some of the biggest disasters of my life. I have ugly cried my way through heartbreak all while cleaning stalls. I’ve thrown bags of sawdust in range as I thought about all of the sh*tty things going on in my life. Each stall has oddly given me a place of comfort as I stood, fork in hand, feeling empty during the times I’ve felt so alone. It has taught me to appreciate the serenity of the quiet. Realizing the ones in my life I can count on and the numerous fake people who are only present when convenient for themselves. I’ve enjoyed a free gym membership, as I’ve sculpted my back and shoulders into “he man”, just sifting away. I’ve stumbled my way, dry heaving, with sunglasses ....cleaning stalls through last night’s hangover, because god forbid my best friend be forced to stand in a dirty stall. Today I spend my morning, cleaning stalls and processing my life. I’m mentally making life changing decisions, as I write this post, knowing that whatever I decide, it will be the right one, as it was made in a stall.

I understand that there are those who think us horse people should get “real” jobs. And that all we do is spend our days “playing” around. I’m genuinely sorry that you have never been exposed to a lifestyle that teaches you discipline, how to love unconditionally, put something other then yourself first, bust your ass for the things you want and need, kept humble by a 1200 lb animal, the real meaning of “hard work”, early mornings and late nights spent caring for something other than YOU. Those are things a “real job” will never give you.

Some of you haven’t cleaned stalls .....and it shows.

Horseman's Exchange
10/28/2019

Horseman's Exchange

💜🐴🙇🏼‍♀️
#fortheloveofthehorse #goriding #barnlife

Proactive Coaching
10/16/2019

Proactive Coaching

Equine Solutions
10/08/2019

Equine Solutions

A great illustration of how a horse is knocked off balance by using the inside rein to turn/bend. The right is correct, as the horse is turning with both shoulders, the left horse has been knocked over his outside shoulder, and will fight for his balance beneath the rider by allowing his haunches to fall in.

The Back Tack
10/07/2019

The Back Tack

I did not know a horse could do that...

Written by Alissa Kelly

I did not know a horse could bring people into your life that end up meaning the most to you.

I did not know a horse could make the hardest days of your life bearable.

I did not know a horse could teach you to put others first.

I did not know a horse could remind you time and time again that your gut is always right.

I did not know a horse could break your heart.

I did not know a horse could pick you up when you have fallen a part.

I did not know a horse could teach you to dream again, after you thought it was not possible.

I did not know a horse could make you pray.

I did not know a horse could bring you closer to Jesus.

I did not know a horse could teach responsibility, work ethic and dedication.

I did not know a horse could make you believe in something when no one else does.

I did not know a horse could make you learn to forgive and forget.

I did not know a horse could humble you faster than you can say humble.

I did not know a horse could make you a winner.

I did not know a horse could teach you how to lose gracefully.

I did not know a horse could install patience in you.

I did not know a horse could make you listen better.

I did not know a horse could give you their heart.

I did not know a horse could change your life.

I did not know a horse could do all these things, but now I know.

Weltino's Magic
09/10/2019

Weltino's Magic

While you are out riding this weekend, remember the circile of aids.

Prophet Hill Farm
08/26/2019

Prophet Hill Farm

Why Am I Still #PonyClubProud?
08/22/2019
Why Am I Still #PonyClubProud?

Why Am I Still #PonyClubProud?

About a year ago, I was feeling stressed and frazzled, like so many of us, overwhelmed by my “to-do” list and wondering how I was ever going to get it all moved into the “to-done” pile. Yet amid al…

It absolutely breaks my heart to pass along the news of Jeffie's untimely passing. She was a student that we joked aroun...
08/12/2019
Jeffie Chapin Dies at GMHA Festival of Eventing - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

It absolutely breaks my heart to pass along the news of Jeffie's untimely passing. She was a student that we joked around about having brought to the "dark side". She clearly had a passion for the horses and the thought of not seeing her navy and green skull cap out there brings me to tears. RIP Jeffie ❤️ I hope you and Bili are galloping through the heavens together now! We will miss you my friend 💔

We are devastated to report that Jeffie Chapin suffered a fatal accident today at the Green Mountain Association’s Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont. Jeffie, 32, and her horse Joinem were competing in the Open Preliminary

08/06/2019
07/28/2019
Sally Cousins Eventing

Sally Cousins Eventing

Weekly Training Tip

Different Jumping Positions

When I jump I use 3 different jumping positions. Two point, three point and sitting fully in the saddle. I decide which one to use depending on the conformation of the horse, the experience of the horse and the type of fence I'm jumping.
If I am jumping a horse that is built or carries itself downhill, I will use the three point position so I can use my body to help the horse with his balance. If I'm riding a brave jumper that goes uphill, I may ride the horse in a more forward or two point position. On a horse that my be inclined to stop or is just green, I will sit in the saddle in the approach so I can be behind him if he starts to back off.
The type of fence also determines how I use my body in the approach, the taller the fence the further back I keep my upper body. This gives the horse more support in its balance without just using the reins. If I am jumping an honest horse over smaller jumps, I will often keep my upper body a bit more forward (two point) If I am jumping a fence that has a sloping face to it I will often use two point since the horses balance does not need to be adjusted as much. To jumps without height (ditches, banks down or going into the water) I will stay sitting in the saddle because if the horse peaks it will quickly drop its eye and it is easy to find ourselves out of balance and too far forward.
I know that many riders feel strongly about what is the right jumping position to use, but I think it is important to be able to use all three. I have found that on one cross country ride I have used all three on the same horse. Most importantly, if your horse is jumping confidently and performing well you are probably riding it just right!

Thank you Denise Goyea for your expertise today so River and I could find out if he likes XC... I think he does 😁🦄 #weju...
07/25/2019

Thank you Denise Goyea for your expertise today so River and I could find out if he likes XC... I think he does 😁🦄 #wejumpthings

A quick pop over to Orchard Hill Equestrian Center for some great XC schooling with Isabel Andrea Jules DiCesare and All...
07/16/2019

A quick pop over to Orchard Hill Equestrian Center for some great XC schooling with Isabel Andrea Jules DiCesare and Allegra Mujica this morning😁😁 so much fun, and some big jumps this time around 👍👍

Just Add PAM – How to Hack Your Grooming Toolkit
07/07/2019
Just Add PAM – How to Hack Your Grooming Toolkit

Just Add PAM – How to Hack Your Grooming Toolkit

We are currently in the dog (horse) days of summer, shows are in full swing, and your bank account is likely shouting out to you, “help! feed me.” Chances are, your horse has probably thrown a shoe or two - or in my case four - plus destroyed five sets of bell boots. Whether you are spending you...

We are excited to see the new project that our wonderful vets at Essex Equine are starting get rolling with so much supp...
06/28/2019
Destination Bolton - Bolton Economic Development Committee

We are excited to see the new project that our wonderful vets at Essex Equine are starting get rolling with so much support from the town! Way to go Amy and Brett 😁😁

We would like to congratulate Bolton Equine Center, new home to Essex Equine of Sampson Road, for their recent purchase of the property formerly known as Camp Virginia. EDC member, Amy Ziegler Balewicz, recently met with owner, Dr. Amy Clark, on property to discuss their future plans and excitement about their new property. Thank you to Erica Ewing for the photos.

https://www.destinationboltonma.com/bolton-equine-center-buys-camp-virginia-property/

Horses UK and Ireland
06/27/2019

Horses UK and Ireland

“It’s absolutely mind boggling if you think about it.

Your horse gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing. Of course horses are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree. However, horses don’t wake up thinking about chasing cans, or cows, or flying over jumps.

They have no idea how much money is added to the pot. They have no idea that this is a qualifier. They have no idea that this is the short go.

And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect ques, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability. Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US. Whoa. Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding.

To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the rider, the stress of hauling and still meet you at the gate for scratches is MIND. BLOWING.

If you haven’t done so lately. Thank your horse.

If you’re successful, thank the horses that put you there and made you. Thank the horses that gave everything they had for you simply because you ASKED them to.

If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the horses that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better.

We can never stop learning as horsemen and horsewomen, and by continuing our education every horse in our future will be better off.

Next time you head to the arena leave your ego at the door and thank your horse!”
~Samantha Roffers

Pic of my ISH 5 year old, Kearney ❤️

06/26/2019
We had a great day at Orchard Hill on Sunday! Scottie here is showing Misaki how the eventing thing is done
06/25/2019

We had a great day at Orchard Hill on Sunday! Scottie here is showing Misaki how the eventing thing is done

How to Never, Ever Forget Your Course Again — In Four Easy Steps
06/23/2019
How to Never, Ever Forget Your Course Again — In Four Easy Steps

How to Never, Ever Forget Your Course Again — In Four Easy Steps

On a regular basis, I'm asked if there are any ways to memorize the course and ensure that you won’t forget it — even under the pressure of competition. We've all been in that sticky situation on course: we land from a jump and suddenly forget which way to go. This can be extremely frustrating, ...

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