By Terisé Cole
You are what you eat, right? If that were true, we would’ve thought that these successful sport horses spent the afternoons grazing on blue ribbons, gold medals, and championship titles. We asked the best of the best what they put into their award-winning horses to keep them at the top of their game.
By BioRider Fitness
Riding naturally overworks a rider’s quadricep and causes the hip flexors to tighten. This can make it hard to keep your leg lengthened in the tack and even result in your knees creeping up. To combat these imbalances all equestrians should focus on strengthening their hamstrings off the horse to bring their knees back under their hip. Hamstrings supply cushion and balance to the pelvis and help to support a rider’s hips and core as they put on their leg to encourage their horse forward. They need to be conditioned and cared for.
To isolate the hamstring, one of the best exercises outside of the gym is the donkey kick. This exercise is great for all equestrians to increase pelvic strength and control. You can do donkey kicks standing or kneeling with your hands on the floor and a weight behind one knee, or with your knees on a BOSU or mat. Here are some of our favorite variations of the Donkey Kick.
This inviting 26 acre property is surrounded by conserved land and is in complete privacy and solitude where only the sounds of nature can be heard with peace and quiet abound. The main house was built in 1995 though from the outside it looks more like a 1700’s antique Cape with its steep pitched roof, 12’x12’ windows and plank door. The driveway splits the main house from the barn and guest house with fenced paddocks on both sides of the drive. The English barn was built more recently and has 3 stalls and a tack room, the guest house was once the 2-car garage and is now a great one bedroom abode, complete with small kitchen, bedroom upstairs and an open floor plan on the first floor. The main house has 1,756 square feet with 3 bedrooms including a first floor master, wide pine floors throughout with built-ins and chair rail with paneling below in the sunny, fireplaced living/dining room. The kitchen is as sweet as can be with butcher block countertops and a marble baking slab. Nature sings here and so will your horses and animals!
By Tim Hayes
Of all the major decisions people are faced with—getting married, having children, buying a house, buying a car, changing jobs or getting divorced—buying a horse, unless you are a professional horse trainer or have years of horsemanship experience, has the highest rate of poor choices and regrets. Unfortunately making a poor choice with a horse not only results in unhappiness; it can also produce serious injury or death.
Harmony Horse Stables LLC
What are some of your greatest accomplishments? This is an award winning facility with eight straight years of being voted #1 in the Metro West and qualifying for the Hall of Fame. We are the recipient of the Horse Farm of Distinction for over 15 years, have had over 47 riders qualify for the American Eventing Championships in the last 11 years, and have an IEA team that has competed up to the national level in our short 3 years of participating. We also have a winning show team that does 2-phases, dressage shows, hunt seat, and more.