Category Archives: Extras for Horse Lovers

About My Blog

I created my blog using a wordpress.com template. After choosing my template I created a name that would match my blog topic (meeting me). I then created each additional page and named those pages.  On my “About” page I uploaded a picture of myself, choose an alignment and proper size for the picture.  After, I then added a few paragraphs explaining what my blog was about including the original topic and how it has become my online portfolio.

For each of my blog posts, I wrote a short paragraph (1-5 sentences), uploaded a picture that matched the topic of the post (again choosing the alignment & size), and then placed appropriate category tags to help with SEO on search engines.  Using the widget app I added links to other helpful websites including my website.

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Take a Look Around

Over the past couple of days I have made multiple changes to my site.  I have added my resume as well as samples of my course work and internship work.  Take a look around and see what I have accomplished over my four years of college.

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YouTube Video Link

Here’s a link to my first YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjLX5c66PK8.

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Where to Stay During a Horse Show…

When planning for your next show one thing you don’t want to forget about is where you plan on staying.  There are typically three places to stay during a horse show: a hotel, on the show grounds in an RV or at your home.  When deciding where to stay you want to consider the costs, the accommodations that will be needed and the convenience.  If you are going to stay at home and commute makes sure you plan out your drive and plan for traffic and road blocks.  If staying in an RV on the horse show grounds make sure the show grounds first allows RVs to park there and that there are RV hooks.  If staying at a hotel make sure you book a room in advance and know how long it will take you to travel from the hotel to the show grounds.  Those are just a few pointers on planning a place to stay during your next show for further information I would talk to your trainer or horse show manager.

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Check Out My Website

The Life of an Equestrian now has a website. Check it out ratherbriding.tripod.com/index.html.  On this site you will find useful information about preparing for your upcoming shows and a little more information about me. The site can also be accessed from the links on the sidebar.

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Grooming Your Horse

Here are 8 simple steps to tacking up your horse, these are just brief instructions for more details ask your trainer:
1. Tie your horse up with a slip knot or put in cross ties.
2. Clean out the hooves with a hoof pick, don’t be too rough on the frog of the hoof.
3. Curry your horse starting from the top of the neck moving down to the rear of the horse (avoid the face and the legs, these areas are sensitive).
4. Take your hard brush and brush your horses face gently and then move from the neck to the rear of the horse.
5. Soft brush all the same areas that you hard brush: face, neck, body, rear, and legs.
6. Brush horse mane, tail and forelock.
7. Wrap horses legs with polos are boots.
8. Put your tack correctly and safely on your horse and don’t forget your gear (helmet, chaps, etc).
And now your ready to ride!

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Preping Tack For Upcoming Horse Show

An important part of preparing for your upcoming horse show is cleaning your tack, which includes but is not limited to your bit, bridle, breast plate, draw reigns, equi boots, girth, leather halter, martingale, and saddle. Taking the time to thoroughly clean your tack will not only make it presentable for in the show ring, but also help keep supple and lasting longer. The following is eight steps to cleaning your tack:
1. Gather your preferred saddle or leather soap, a soft cloth and a sponge.
2. Fill a small bucket with water.
3. Dampen your sponge (do not get sponge too wet) and in small circles on tack rub on the soap until it lathers.
4. Rinse sponge in clean water, and rub leather until clean (removing all soap residue). You may have to get clean water several times.
5. As you clean your tack look over it carefully and inspect your tack, checking for any safety issues.
6. Dry tack off with the clean cloth.
7. For the saddle rub on saddle shine or oil with the clean cloth and let dry overnight
8. When cleaning the bridle avoid putting soap on the bit. Simply use clean water and sponge.

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