Vintage footage from the vault of Bernie Traurig and "Maybe Forever" tackling the daunting course set by Olaf Petersen at the 1990 World Cup Finals in Dortmund, Germany.
Dino Fretterd is one of those genius equine massage therapists who I was fortunate enough to be introduced to several years ago here on the West Coast. He has helped so many horses - mine and those of clients & associates, and we all rave about his work. He is a consummate horseman with an extraordinary knowledge of the anatomy of the horse.
Tonya Johnston, Geoff Teall, Julie Winkel and Alivia Hart lend their advice to a member who wants to pursue a life and career in horses despite having parents who are unsupportive of her choice.
Resident fitness and nutrition expert Robin Martinez, shares a recipe designed for the busy horse person in mind and talks about how important it is for equestrians to eat right so they can stay strong and focused while riding.
Member Tracey wonders why she see's so many photos of top hunter rider's looking at the ground over a jump.
Resident fitness expert, Robin Martinez, gives a member advice on the best exercise to do in the gym to improve a riders position over the jump.
You're going to be amazed by this vintage footage of the water jump in the 1936 Olympic Games, where it's believed that the first deep water obstacle was introduced in Olympic equestrian sport. It looks more like a swimming competition than a jumping one!
Bernie lends his advice on how to help member Bonnie who has a OTTB that gets very nervous about flying changes.
Member Emme wondered how to keep her horse fit and interested in the winter when the footing in her indoor arena is hard.
Have you decided to start riding again after taking a long break from the sport? It's not as easy as it was when you started. But not to worry, we have some insightful advice on common issues, like fear and fitness, for those of you getting "back in the saddle."
Member Dawn asks how to train a horse to slow down that likes to go fast and resists slowing down when asked. Bernie shares his advice on how he used to tackle this common issue with the TB's he used to ride and train.
Member "Greengirl" asks for clarification on the correct alignment a rider should have for their leg and seat. Bernie answers by explaining what the correct "Classical Position" is for jumping disciplines and why many riders are confused by what position they should have.
Alivia Hart opens up about the challenges of being a student and rider in her guest blog post "Balancing Act: Riding and School". "School is a lot like horse showing. You set a goal, you work hard and prepare yourself and then you take the hard work and put it to the test. As soon as I worked in school like I worked with my horses, I found that not only was it easier, but I also felt more motivated to learn and succeed in school."
Jen Worthington sheds light on the joys and challenges of being a horse show mom in her guest blog post "Show Mom Confessions". "Whatever level your child is riding, I believe this sport is an extraordinary character building exercise. The hard work, the personal sacrifice, the heartbreak, trying to understand your partner when they can’t tell you what is ailing them, the exhilaration of winning are all amazing life lessons."
Junior rider Ally Worthington shares how her passion for the sport evolved after a chance clinic with Bernie when she was 10 and the challenges of balancing school, family and the competitive atmosphere of the country’s most prestigious shows.
Equine Law expert Lisa Hollister, Esq sheds light on liability issues if a horse gets loose on a road and causes injury or death of a person and damage to a vehicle.
Lisa explains why it's important to have a written contract when buying or selling a horse.
A big welcome to new guest coach Verena Mahin of VS Dressage to the Equestrian Coach family! From her start in the sport in Germany at age five, to living and training with Bert Rutten, Olympic rider/trainer and Chef d’Equipe…
Geoff explains the importance of Equitation for riders in all jumping disciplines.
Becca had a question as to why her horse is running out on her. Linda explains that it is a steering problem and "keeping it simple" is the best way to communicate effectively with your horse.