Motivation for Equestrians

Ugh, the pandemic has been hard, right? If you feel like there’s hardly a light at the end of this “lockdown tunnel”, here are some strategies that might help you finding your motivation to practice – even if there’s no show season around the corner. (Good news is: It looks like there is…)

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It’s All About the Hat: Trends, Colors and How to Take Care of it

If there’s one thing that makes a cowboy or -girl stand our from other equestrians it’s… the hat! Over the years, however, the once functional piece of clothing has turned into a fashion statement, especially at horse shows. And as with most things in the industry, trends are coming and going. We talked to Mel Loebel of Ekedie Showclothing and Kendra Köhnen of Kendra’s about taking care of a hat, the process of hat making and current trends.

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How to: Make the First Steps in Showmanship

It looks like a dance, two souls guided by an invisible bond – that is the ultimate goal in Showmanship. Whereas in other events, riders can rely on cues with their legs, voice, a bridle and the impact of shifting their weight in the saddle, Showmanship exhibitors only have a little chain – and ideally, it looks like they’re not even using that. But what does it take to create that picture? We have talked to a World class trainer, Jenny Jordan, and three successful European Amateur exhibitors about the first steps of the event and how to ultimately master that skilled dance that high-class Showmanship is.

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How To: Make a Horse “Bombproof”

It’s a little object. Maybe a plastic bottle or a pink balloon. But your horse reacts as if the thing is about to kill it. Sounds familiar? Usually, every equestrian has been in such a situation where they ask themselves whatever is going on inside their horse’s head. But the good news is: You can work on that. We have talked to Swiss trainer Linda Johansson about her way of making horses “bombproof”.

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Feeding: Senior Horses

It’s one of the most discussed topics within the equine industry: how to feed a horse. Lots of opinions, lots of knowledge, very overwhelming for newcomers. In this new series, we try to give you an overview over the most common issues when feeding a horse, starting “at the end of life”, the feeding of senior horses.

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Exotic Events: Horse & Dog Trail

The variety – it’s what a lot of people love about our sport. It offers a wide range of events, from Western to English – and some rather exotic events such as Horse & Dog Trail: It’s an event that is offered at some shows hosted by German riding associations, but it is also part of playdays etc. We talked to Jutta Brinkhoff, who is an EWU German Champion and multiple medal winner in that event.

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FAQ: EHV-1 – A Vet Answers Your Questions

As if the Coronavirus wasn’t enough… for about a week, social media has been flooded with news of an EHV-1 outbreak at a big show in Valencia, Spain. Some horses had to be put down and vets were battling to save the lives of the horses remaining. The outbreak brought up a lot of questions – so we figured: Why not let a vet answer them? You were able to ask questions on Instagram – you can find responses given by Dr. Bernadette Bracher, a German vet, here.

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