My 2016 Show Season

This summer, for the first time in almost a decade, I did not attend a single horse show. For almost as long as I can remember, my summer has revolved around my province’s horse show schedule. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. There was never a moment where I wished I was sitting…

Riding Squares to Achieve Roundness

If you are like me, you have the phrase “inside leg to outside rein” drilled into your brain. Riders across disciplines are taught that our inside leg creates the bend or shape in the horse’s body, while the outside rein moderates this shape, ensuring the horse maintains straightness and doesn’t reach a degree of “over…

Experimenting with Vitamin B1: Part 3

I am happy to report that this week’s challenge was a resounding success! We had our first jumping lesson for the first time in nearly six weeks- unheard of for a workaholic like Aleva! While the fences stayed small, the technical exercises were a great re- introduction to jumping. Unfortunately, I couldn’t harangue anybody to…

Experimenting with Vitamin B1: Part 2

After a positive first week on Pharm Vet’s Vita- B1 supplement, I was really looking forward to taking a jumping lesson- our first in a while. Unfortunately, in the heyday of show season, I couldn’t meet with my coaches this past week. Instead, Aleva and I embarked on another challenge: a trip down the road.…