By Nancy Wesolek-Sterrett Dressage Department Head, Meredith Manor
Relaxation is basic to everything we do with our horses. It can be both a mental and a physical challenge, something riders must constantly work at achieving in both themselves and their horses. In the moment when a horse’s muscles tense and he feels like he wants to run or buck, most riders unconsciously join the horse by tensing their muscles, too. The reverse situation occurs when a tense rider makes the horse uncomfortable and tense. So relaxation is a chicken and egg thing. It does not really matter ‘who started it.’ In order to break the feedback loop, someone has to be the grownup. Goldie oldie school horses take on this role for beginning riders but most horses are not goldie oldies.
Rutgers Equine Science Center unveil new computer game for youth
Story Via: Tiffany Cody
Recognizing the growing need to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University recently launched “Exercising HorsePower”, a new computer game based on equine exercise physiology laboratory practices. The game is available from the Center’s youth web portal, Equine Science 4 Kids at esc.rutgers.edu/kids.
New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association (NHHJA) is hard at work preparing for the upcoming show season. Our season's opener will be held at the Cheshire Fairgrounds on May 10-12. We are excited to offer some new classes and have made some additions to the old ones. We will be offering Handy classes in our Hunter divisions, along with a new 3'3" Performance division. This show series has something for everyone! The membership is growing by leaps and bounds, and we look forward to meeting our newest members.
Equine Journal Gives a Warm Welcome to Its New Affiliate!
Story Via: Nicole Souza
Connecticut Color Breed Association (CCBA) offers affordable, fun, competitive horse shows strictly for color breed horses. The club hosts five horse shows a year, provides year-end awards, and hosts clinics and other educational horse events. Our mission is to encourage, promote, and highlight the color breed horses.
Kemi O’Donnell is a woman on a crusade - a crusade in honor of her daughter, Christen O’Donnell, who tragically passed away on August 11th, 1998 at the tender age of 12. Even though her horse was only at a walk, and Christen was wearing a traditional velvet hunt cap, Christen sustained a traumatic brain injury.
What O’Donnell did not realize at the time of Christen’s accident was that a hunt cap is simply a piece of apparel. “Riding is the only sport that makes a piece of apparel that looks like a helmet with a hard shell, but is unapproved and not manufactured for head protection,” said O’Donnell. “People do suffer head injuries and die because manufacturers are putting them out there and making them look like helmets.”