Caring for Athletes Part V: Leech Therapy

In the past, we have frequently covered the topic: caring for athletes – especially our four-legged athletes. The things we covered in the past were nice and “clean” things such as equine physiotherapy or rehabilitation centres. This time, however, we are talking about a topic many find disgusting: leeches. Julia Greb of CrossfitDogs and Horses has answered all the questions surrounding that topic.

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Self Care at Horse Shows feat. Judith Wagner

Show season is just around the corner. And one thing is for sure: Things will be different during the pandemic, maybe even more stressful. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to address a topic that is sometimes overlooked in our industry: self-care at horse shows. We have talked to Judith Wagner who is not only a horse trainer, but runs her own podcast and is frequently including topics such as self-care and psychotherapy into her posts on social media.

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How to…Remember Pattern

Each team has that one person that always, always struggles with learning the pattern for their class. And for newcomers it can be hard as well – you are at your first show, you have practiced a lot and you are super nervous. No wonder many newcomers go out of pattern in their first classes – because their mind is filled with so many other things and they are just getting used to this whole new experience. In order to make it easier for them and all the people who struggle with learning the pattern, here is some advice on how to remember it.

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How to… Dress for Your First Horse Show

You have practiced a lot. You feel ready. Your horse feels ready. Ready for the first horse show. But before you start off to this unique experience, you might wonder: What to wear in which class? You might have seen pictures on Facebook or in magazines of riders wearing fancy jackets and colourful vests. And you have found out that these cost a fortune. What to do? In this article, DQHA Professional Horsewoman Claudia Bingel and designers Sabrina Hoppert and Nadine Caballera as well as Jacqueline Hans of Hansride explain what to wear, when to wear it and how to save money.

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How To: Show Nervous Horses

You have practiced a lot, paid a lot of money – and at the show it goes all wrong, because your horse thinks the poster on the wall came straight out of hell. Most riders have experienced something like that at some point in their riding career. While some horses are only nervous in the class, others are tense during the whole show or even at home. We have asked three trainers: How do you deal with nervous horses?

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How to… Prepare for Hunter Hack

In this part of our series, “How to…”, are covering a fun class that is not nearly as popular in Europe as it should be: Hunter Hack. We have talked to two individuals that have loved this class for a long time: professional horsewoman and multiple AQHA World Champion Lainie DeBoer and multiple Int. DQHA Champion Christina Münster. They shared their observations and advice from an American and European point of view.

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