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Sometimes the runaround of a horse show doesn’t leave much time to think. You have to remember your patterns and class schedule, keep yourself and your horse clean, plus stay focused and positive. How are you supposed to remember...
Growing up, that first sunburn ushered in summer. It meant you were ready to spend all day, every day outside, building that tan with no concerns while riding horses, swimming, hiking, et cetera. That is, until that first odd mole...
By Debbie Rodriguez and Natalie DeFee Mendik Whether you’re tight with show nerves, sluggish from sitting in the office all day, or you just put in a 45-minute commute to the barn, a quick warmup prior to getting in the...
By Debbie Rodriguez and Natalie DeFee Mendik Riding is a sport that requires a certain level of fitness for success and safety. The more effort you put in to your fitness as a rider, the better your chances for a...
How horses can help improve mental health. When equestrians grow up and move on to adult life, they might find that it doesn’t necessarily include the horses they grew up loving. And that can be a harsh reality. For Barbara...
Yeehaw by Edward Dalmulder via flickr/CC BY 2.0   To stay on top of their game, athletes adhere to a strict training schedule. However, equestrians are often hampered by weather. Not every rider can take advantage of a covered arena to...
  For those of us in the colder climates, winter can be a bummer. We find ourselves spending more time indoors. Because we’re not riding as much, we struggle to find ways to spend time with our horses during the...
Every day you see professional athletes sporting the latest in support wear, from knee braces to compression sleeves, or taped up with brightly colored strips. As amateur athletes and weekend warriors, we experience our own set of injuries and...
Sometimes we feel that if we put all of our focus into one thing, we’ll excel at that chosen discipline or sport. But when you’re talking about young athletes and sports, studies have shown that taking a multi-sport approach...
As equestrians, we put up with a lot of pain. But what about the type of pain that "hurts so good”? That’s how I would describe foam rolling. Most athletes have a love-hate relationship with it, but the love...
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