Horse Show Tips

Horse shows are a big part of competitive riding. At the shows, it’s important to not only take care of your horse, but to take care of yourself. Here are some tips to help make your shows go smoothly and make each outing fun:

DRINK: I can’t stress this enough. Drinking is so important for every athlete. Make sure to go to the show with lots of water (or money so you can buy it there). Throw in some sports drinks too; it’s important to replenish your electrolytes as you sweat. When you ride, ask a friend/coach/groom to hold your water. That way, you can have a drink before and after going into the ring. A lot of the time, the ingate has a water jug and paper cups for the riders. Feel free to take advantage of this!

 

Eat: Even if you’re nervous, make sure to eat. Athletes can’t preform without fuel. It’s incedibly important to give your body the nutrients it needs to preform to its best ability. Make sure to pack some food to eat on the go. Power bars are a great and quick way to fuel up!

 

Get out of the sun some: Summer horse shows are a blast, but make sure to take some time out of the sun’s powerful rays. Even with sunblock on, it’s easy to get too much sun. Make sure to keep yourself as cool as possible.

 

Keep yourself cool: It’s so easy to overheat. Keep yourself cool by drinking lots, staying in the shade, and using different resources. I personally love the “CHILL-ITS.” (CHILL-ITS) You simply wet these towels and the keep a damp chill. These towels are only priced around $7 on Amazon, so buy a few!

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CHILL-ITS Towel (Blue)

 

Take a break: When your not showing, you don’t always have to stay around the show grounds. Take a break. Maybe go back to your hotel, and take some time in the AC; you won’t regret it.

 

Bring what you need: Stop at a local convenient store and stock up on water and sports drinks. Stop at a gas station to buy some ice. Bring a cooler, and fill it up! Horse shows are expensive, and they can be set up far from the amenities. This way you’ll have what you want right by you!

 

HAVE FUN: Enjoy yourself! This is fun! Enjoy competing, and practice good sportsmanship. Have a good atitude, no matter how your rounds go.

 

-Rachel P

 

 

 

Dear former trainers

Dear former trainers,

It varies why I’m no longer riding with you; from location to limits, there’s a reasonable reason we are no longer working together. However, this doesn’t mean I’m no longer benefiting from everything you’ve done for me.

You all win a little when I win, and loose a little when I loose. I am a product of all of your hard work and hours. Thank you for helping me learn and grow as both a person and a rider. At least once a ride I use something that you’ve taught me. When I walk in the show ring, I carry with me all that you’ve told me.

Thank you for the hours that you put into me and my horses; from crazy hours to record weather conditions, you rarely thought about yourself. You’d stand in the frigid cold for the rest of your life until we made that line work out, and without that perseverance, I wouldn’t have the skills I have today. You always put your personal needs behind your clients- whether it be skipping a meal for my under saddle, or waking up before dawn to get to my early morning classes.

Thank you for taking what I cared about seriously. Walking into the short stirrup class on my pony, you were 100% focused on my and my pony’s performance. I benefited from your intense dedication a countless amount of times.

Thank you for sticking by me for every moment that we worked together. I could never express my gratitude for all that you sacrificed for me properly, but I truly appreciate you.

Thank you,

Rachel (Porter)

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Post learning the Short Stirrup course

Small Equestrian Businesses

In riding, us equestrians often continue to buy the same products that work for us and our horses. It works, so why not use it?? It seems to make sense! In this I’m going to tell you about 3 very different small businesses that I can’t help but share my love for.

The first one is Hippies On Horses (otherwise known as HOH by it’s fans). HOH has all natural products for horses and riders. The products are particularly good for sensitive skin. My favorite products are Soft n’ Shiny and Fungus-Be-GoneSoft n’ Shiny conditions your horses’ coat and hair. It works to gently detangle without making their tail itch. Common chemicals can lead to tail rubbing, and that can actually end up leading to a thinner tail. Soft n’ Shiny also helps maintain a thick and full tail. Fungus-Be-Gone is the perfect all natural and gentle treatment and prevention spray for cases of light scratches, rain rot, and all other horse fungi. After I bathe my horse and dry his legs, I spray on some Fungus-Be-Gone. It’s gentle enough for everyday use! When I order from HOH I ask for the products to be lavender oil free as lavender can be confused as a drug when a horse is drug tested at a show. The owner, Kori, has impeccable customer service. Hippies on Horses’ Instagram: @hippiesonhorses       When you order you can use my code HOHRACHEL for 5% off of your order.

 

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Hippies on Horse Logo

Crystallize Equestrian is one of my favorite small equestrian businesses. They are known for their patented crystal bridle charms. My CE favorites would have to be my Lapis Luzili bridle charm and my Oil Diffusing Bracelet. My charm is good luck. I have a horse who tends to be sensitive so I keep it on my martingale instead of on his bridle. When ordering, you pick the crystal you want. Then, you select which charm you’d like with the crystal. Then, you select if you want a charm, necklace, or both.The Oil Diffusing bracelet is amazing. It is round with a nice little design on it, and the strap is a leather wrap. Inside (the top screws off), is a little pad. You put a couple drops of the oil blend of your choice (also sold at CE) on the pad every few days to keep the smell. As equestrians, after returning from (and while at) the barn we can tend to take the ‘horse odor’ home with us. This bracelet diffuses its’ fresh scent and keeps you smelling fresh even after a full day at the barn. I where mine everywhere. After seeing mine, my friends want one! Crystallize Equestrian’s Instagram is @crystallizeequestrian  . Their website is Crystallize Equestrian.             When ordering, you can use my code RACHEL10 for 10% off your entire order!!

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Lapis Luzili with no additional charm

 

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Oil Diffusing Bracelet 

 

The last small business I will review today is Blue Saddles. Blue Saddles is a fine used saddle selling company. They will both help you sell your saddle and find you your dream saddle for an affordable price! They carry CWD, Voltaire, Antares, Butet, Devoucoux, and many other high end french saddles. Blue Saddles is owned and run by a competative amateur, Katy Baldini and a USEF hunter equitation judge/trainer; Dina Mazzola. Katy and Dina are the saddle dream team:

Katy brings her equestrian retail knowledge and passion for all things equestrian to bluesaddles, while Dina’s years of experience matching saddles to riders and horses, and riding in a variety of saddles has equipped her to offer practical advice on a variety of brands.

You truly can’t go wrong with these two. They offer trials, and are incredibly willing to work with you to find you and your horse the perfect saddle. Find out more on their website: Blue Saddles.

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Blue Saddles Owners Dina (left) and Katy (right)

These three customer focused small businesses are among my favorites. I can’t recommend all of them enough, and every time I enter the ring, I’m using at least one thing by each of them. If you have an questions you can direct message me on my Instagram: @rachel.p0rter . (the 0 is a zero!! ♥)

Until next time,

Rachel