Choosing the Right Broodmare

Who run the world? Girls! It’s an introduction we frequently use on posts or articles about mares. Why? Stallions in our industry receive a lot of advertising whereas the mares usually are overlooked a bit. People tend to forget that a good mare is just as crucial in getting a nice foal – if not even more as she is the one who raises the baby, the character will reflect on it. Responsible breeders however, have cherished their broodmare bands for a long time, knowing what they add to a future champion. We have talked to two German breeders about how they choose their broodmares.

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How to Practice During the Off-Season

One thing that separates the European horse show industry from the one in the States is the fact that Europe actually has an off-season. While that is sad in a way – not showing for a few months? Ugh – it also has its perks. Plus, it would be too cold for showing anyway. We talked to three young trainers who told us how they make use of the off-season.

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Work out with The Showlife

Usually, riders in Europe use the winter to teach their horses new events, work on their stamina and prepare them for the next season. Somehow, by doing that, they tend to forget about their own fitness. But hey, no problem: The Showlife is here to help you out. Within the upcoming weeks, we will present different exercises that will turn into a great workout if you combine them. The good thing about it: Each exercise is presented by one physiotherapist who is an equestrian as well.

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How to: Start with Western Riding

Precision, flow, skill – those are only three terms one could use to describe Western Riding. The event is – for most riders – the ultimate event they teach their all-round horses. Mastering a pattern with approximately eight lead changes can be quite a challenge. We have talked two three trainers who have mastered this challenge multiple times and have become champions in several classes.

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Saddle and Tack: Black or Brown?

Around ten years ago, the European show circuit witnessed a new trend: black saddles and tack. While some claimed that this was only a short-time trend, others realized that it was here to stay. Some ordered black saddles, others let theirs dye. We have talked to Lisa-Marie Arndt who does this professionally about the trends and the craft that is behind dyeing saddles.

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Showing a Young Horse: Which Program to Choose?

Starting a youngster, introducing a young horse to the show circuit, that is an exciting process – one that comes with many decisions. Owner and trainer have to decide which association and which futurity program they want to show the horse in. We have talked to Linda Leckebuch-Stark and Carolin Lenz about that decision and looked at two of the largest programs in Europe.

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How to: Do Extended Trot in Ranch Riding

Ranch Riding is one of the events that has become wildly popular within the past few years: Whether it is the fast turns, the elements that contain poles or the diversity of it all, people seem to love it. One element that is characteristic for Ranch Riding is the extended trot – most people do have a certain picture in mind while reading this. We have talked to two successful equestrians who explained what this element is all about.

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The TSL Internship Platform

Progress is key, learning is a process of life – that is true for anything, especially when it comes to riding and horse. Many people in our industry have benefitted from internships at the facilities of well-known trainers. But how does one find the perfect internship – or how does a trainer find a qualified intern? We are here to help! We want to create a platform where people can search for internships and interns.

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