Both boys were AMAZING for the show this weekend! Showed rudy in his sparkly boots from the @klip.klop.shop and henry in his zebra boots both wore a blingy bonnet and their so good looking in their gear. Henry and I won in a equation under saddle and rudy and I got reserve champion km hunter day. Both boys did great and deserve lots and lots of lovins and treats.
I know showing isn't about the ribbons and I had some rough patches on both days with both horses but it helps me to be a better rider in the show ring
We are closed next week Monday June 4th, re-opening Wednesday June 13th.
When we return we will be changing to different hours as part of our relocation and restructuring process; the store will be open from 11am-2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Other hours by appointment, just message our FB page.
NEW LOCATION : Come off Boolwey Street, into the Woolworths Carpark. Turn down the lane (as seen on map) and at the bottom you will see a horsewerks sign on the front of the car port (and probably my dirty white 4WD!). Park in behind my car, come up the left hand set of stairs to the top floor, and knock on the door! The coffee machine will probably be on!
When I judge I observe different hunter/jumper issues that get in the way of a rider’s success. One of them is riding with a rein that is too long. Rein length needs to be short enough to allow a connection with the horse so that continuing re-balancing can occur. I see reins so long that even if a rider is in a light or full seat, a horse still has a loss of balance due to the lack of the connection and needed half-halts. Reins are of little or no use when looping and the horse’s mouth is not connected to the rider’s hand, thus creating a lack of ability to maintain balance and straightness. Reins need to be short enough to allow a rider to make necessary adjustments without a change in position or interruption of flow. Low hands, open fingers and straight elbows can accompany long reins. The intention is for a softer ride and quiet hand. The low hand and straight elbow causes a stiffness in the arm and a pulling down on the bars of a horse’s mouth. Stiff elbows creates hands that bounce against the horse’s mouth. A horse will often raise its head to avoid this discomfort causing the rider to lower the hand even more and the horse’s head to go higher. The other way a horse will avoid this pressure is to over flex and hide behind the bit. A low hand also stops a connection from the hand to the leg and seat as all of the energy and flow gets locked downward in the arm and hand and stops right there. Open fingers cause even more problems when the reins get pulled though the fingers. A rider then constantly tries to shorten the reins while riding, causing more discomfort in the horse’s mouth and even more interruption to the flow. A low hand creates a rider that is out of balance and on the horse’s front end, causing the horse to be heavy on the front end. A shorter rein, closed fingers and bent, fluid elbows allow a light feel of the mouth while maintaining connection to the whole body, allowing for subtle changes in a ride as needed in order to keep a comfortable balanced horse. #equestriansofinstagram#equestrian#horsesofinstagram#hunterjumpers#horses#usef#ushja#iea#intercollegiatehorseshowassociation#mindfulequestrian
A perk of living on a 12’ natural spring? WATER EXPOSURE!
One of mistakes I made with Joy was while she was very confident walking through water on the ground, I didn’t give her enough experience or confidence to be a water horse under saddle. Call it the dressage diva side of me, call it the Texas heat with no access to large bodies of water.
The watershed (see what I did there?) moment was a XC schooling with @erinmcleodeventing where Erin eventually had to take the reins because I was truly unsure how to handle the situation with the leadership necessary. Since then, as is not a requirement for our discipline, I’ve slowly built up Joy’s confidence in large bodies of water.
However, that was NOT a prerequisite for Ms Posey! Automatic water horse. She went in with no question, playfully splashing the whole way. Her brain is unflappable & it only makes me love her more! Hoping she joins us when we do our natural “aquatred” workout this week 😉 #TeachThemYoung#ThatSmileSaysItAll