For junior riders, some of the most coveted ribbons are awarded at the end of an equitation final. From the ASPCA Maclay to the United States Equestrian Federation Hunt Seat Medal, the road to finals is as long and challenging as it is rewarding in more ways than trophies. Experts Kelli Cruciotti, 2015 Pessoa/U.S. Hunt Seat Medal Final winner, and Kathy Fletcher, owner and head trainer of Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA, weigh in with their tips for making the journey a smoother one.
Asking your horse to move laterally can be a daunting step in your training—sometimes simply going forward with impulsion is hard enough! Top dressage riders do it with ease and grace, but they all started at the beginning like everyone else. But where do you even begin? And how?
When you live in the Northeast, it is easy to forget just how lucky we are to have all four seasons in such a beautiful and unique landscape. And what better way to take in the natural splendor of our states’ scenery? Trail riding! Though many of us prefer not to go on trails alone, or we may not have one near our barn, we do have fantastic organizations that work to put on the best events for members and the public.
As natural grazers, horses spend a majority of their free time eating. Therefore, it is imperative to feed horses safe, clean, and healthy hay. Feeding questionable hay can result in digestive issues, nutrient deficiency issues, and even possible death. By taking the proper steps to ensure that the hay is safe, you also work to ensure that your horse is safe.
Summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is the season of washashores, or seasonal visitors to the island as local residents call them, arriving to take over this small, 20-mile-long block of land off of the coast of Massachusetts. From June to September, the Vineyard becomes bustling with tourists and vacationers returning to their summer homes to soak up the sun and escape the mainland.
You know if your horse didn’t eat all of his grain, if one leg’s tendon is a few degrees warmer than the other, and can find the tiniest scrape in the most inconspicuous place, but can you rattle off your horse’s vital signs? Knowing these basic ranges for your horse can tell you the difference between not having to worry and needing to call the vet.
Adjustability to go from a ground-covering gallop to a shortened canter is one of the most important skills an event horse uses to tackle a technical course. With tighter turns and tougher questions, horses are continually asked to alter their…