Thanks to the 91 horseback riders who took part in October’s Fourth Annual Ride for the Cure – as well as the generosity of the event’s host, the Green Mountain Horse Association – Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire has raised in excess of $40,000.
Lois Steele Whidden, the Vermont Ride Chair and three-time breast cancer survivor, pointed out the significance of local events like the Ride. “It’s important to remember that 75% of all of the money raised at the Ride will stay in Vermont and New Hampshire and be used for breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs. The remaining funds,” she said, “goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national and international research programs.”
Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer closed out the 2014 FEI World Cup Vaulting Final in fourth-place in the Pas de Deux Championship following a fourth place finish in Saturday’s second round on competition. The Palmers made history over the weekend as pas de deux competition was held for the first time ever as part of the Finals which were hosted at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre in Bordeaux, France.
Equine Journal, the Northeast’s premier resource for all-breed, all-discipline news and feature articles, is excited to announce that they are teaming up with Live Oak International for the contest, “Win a Weekend at Live Oak.” Live Oak International is set to take place March 19 – 23, 2014 in Ocala, FL. The contest winner will receive a VIP parking pass to use throughout the weekend, two tickets to the competition’s Sunday brunch, and two tickets to the Saturday night Competitors Party. Travel arrangements such as hotel and airfare are not included.
The most asked question in the equine world is: “Why does my horse sometimes refuse to do what I ask him to do?” No matter what situation is occurring the problem is always some form of horse resistance and the solution is always some form of human leadership.
The horse is a prey animal. He is born hard-wired to judge everything based on how it affects his self-preservation. Therefore if he resists our request his refusal is always motivated by his most dominant instinctual trait: survival. From his point of view his decision to resist is logical, rational and intelligent. Not only does he believe he’s doing the right thing by saying “no” to us, he doesn’t understand why we’re arguing with him.
We can learn to become thinking riders if we begin to assess why we use different ways of communicating with the horse. Have you ever felt the weight of a rucksack or a child carried on your back? The slightest movement has a disruptive impact on your ability to carry the weight and the smallest movement can displace all feeling of balance.
When we close our legs on a horse and use more physical force with our body we are having a disrupting effect upon his balance. If he is capable of understanding and responding to less, why do more?