How to tie a stock tie[Here is a quick and easy way to learn how to tie a stock tie. Have you ever noticed that the day of a show or horse event time seems to speed up! That is why knowing how to get your stock tie looking good quickly is a great skill to have! Watch as Kristin Noggle with Double K Equine in Middleburg, VA shows you how to tie a top notch stock tie. Let us know how it goes!
Where can you go to see horses dressed in fun costumes? The Connemara Pony Show of course! The ACPS Region 3 show is held every summer and this year was held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington Virginia. The show includes Mountain and Moorland Divisions which are open to the United Kingdom Native pony breeds other than Connemara ponies. This years winner of the costume class was Judy with her 10 year old Highland Pony named Circle H MacKenzie. This was not the first time that Judy has won this ever so popular costume class with her ham of a Highland Pony! They are always a crowd pleaser. Here are a few pics of their winning costumes.
With Halloween fast approaching, I figured that this would inspire those of you who are looking to have costume fun with your horse. Have you ever done a costume class or dressed your horse up for Halloween? Please share what costumes you have done with us!
It was a few weekends ago when the Middleburg/ Orange County Pony Club “BLEW” into Morven Park to try their hand at the dressage rally! Despite GALE FORCE winds, falling over dressage letters, and long hours we all had endless fun! We had two teams, each team consisted of four people. With parents not being allowed to talk to the kids at the rally, the kids were forced to help each other and pull together. Both of my teams pulled together so well!! On Sat. each person rode two dressage tests, as a coach it was intense with warming each kid up for two tests, 16 warm ups in the wind! The coaches are not allowed to stand in the warm up arenas so each of us coaches took a corner of the arena and yelled so our riders could hear us! Everything was going great until one of my riders entered the ring and the wind picked up even more and three dressage letters blew over during her ride and spooked her horse. The great news is that she stayed on as the horse bolted from the flying letters, the bad news was that she did not get a re-ride due to the rules . I tried to convince the TD, but she told me that if lightning had struck during her test… too bad… I was a bit surprised due to the fact that when I used to coach intercollegiate we would give people re-rides for lesser things. I guess as a coach I just needed to be glad that lightning didn’t strike my rider!
As a coach results are important, and both teams brought high scores and great ribbons! Sunday’s freestyle class was a spectator favorite and our teams had an individual win and third place!
For me on a personal note the best part of the weekend was seeing kids pull together to help each other! The parents help run the rally, and it is so awesome to see the great parents of this club running the show! Whenever horses are involved kids learn great lessons. The friendships and bonding with their family and horses are what they will remember long after the scores have been posted. I am glad to be a part of this great pony club! Great job!!
With cold weather still in the air here in Virginia giving your horse a bath is not really a safe option. How then do you make your horse presentable and clean? I have recently found a way, so I figured that I would share it with those of you who are stuck in the cold weather along with me and my horses
The company Shapley’s has this amazing product called EASY-OUT, it is a no rinse shampoo that gets out the dirt and then makes your horse shine! When I was getting ready to take my horse to the Bent Jensen clinic I knew that my horse had to look his best. It was too cold for a bath, so I tried this product and it was amazing! I also put some MAGIC SHEEN hair polish in his tail to get out tangles and make it so that I could comb his tail without pulling a bunch of hair out! I have also been spraying the MAGIC SHEEN in all of my horses tails to keep the mud out. If you are living where the rain has been crazy and the mud will not stop, this product will keep the mud clumps out of your horses tails!
These products worked so well that I wanted to share them with you, check out Shapley’s web site for all of the great grooming products that they offer.
A great way to stay motivated and focused on your riding goals, especially during the winter months, is to pick a clinician that is coming to your area and sign up! I decided to do just that and had a great time with Bent Jensen at Jeannette Bair’s gorgeous farm in Maryland! I used to work for Bent many years ago, and so it was so much fun to ride with him and get some great pointers to work on! He always has great exercises to help you to get the most out of the horse you are riding.
Another great thing about most clinics is that you are allowed to watch other riders thru auditing. Watching others ride and the exercises and tips that you pick up can be invaluable tools to add to your “tool chest” of knowledge.
Who are your favorite clinicians? What have your experiences been?