Yesterday, I pulled the mane of a Belgian Haflinger cross gelding, and getting his mane even remotely manageable took me over an hour, and left me with several blisters. Do you even know how much mane comes from a draft crossed with a tiny pony draft? At least five horses worth of mane, and you have to pull it from both sides because there is literally too much to fit on just one side of the neck. Never have I ever been more glad to have a barn that is mostly thoroughbreds with light mane growth.
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The USEA has announced that the new Emerging Athletes 21 program will launch this summer in July and August, and applications will open to USEA Young Riders next week. The purpose of the USEA Emerging Athletes 21 program (EA21) is to create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency. [Emerging Athlete 21 Program]
After a three-year hiatus, Sharon White is thrilled to welcome back JUMP! at Last Frontier Farm. JUMP! is a derby-style schooling competition combining cross country and show jumping obstacles for a fun and educational schooling opportunity. Levels range from Intro (18″) to Preliminary (3’7″) with safe, inviting questions appropriate for each division. Sharon White and Woods Baughman will be offering course walks and coaching throughout the day, and there will also be opportunities to win raffle prizes, enjoy a cook-out, and meet the Last Frontier Farm team. [JUMP! Returns]
Who doesn’t love a good giveaway? Enter to win a full Kerrit’s Affinity Collection show outfit.
Do you and/or your horse struggle with the start box on cross country? As the longtime owner of a horse that learned to count down from 10 and went berserk upon hearing it, I feel you. Get some expert advice from the indomitable Lucinda Green on the do’s and don’ts of the cross country start box. [Lucinda’s Cross Country Academy]