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Showjumping Loses Superstar Hickstead

Showjumping Loses Superstar Hickstead

Hickstead, the sensational Jumping stallion that Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze rode to individual gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong collapsed and died in Verona today. The competition was stopped at the request o...
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Giving thru Pony Talent Search

Giving thru Pony Talent Search

Showing a top pony for free - it is every young equestrian's dream. Amber Hill Farm owner Elizabeth Mandarino will make the dream a reality for one child through the Amber Hill Farm Pony Talent Search....
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Is it safe to ride your horse while pregnant?

Horseback Riding while Pregnant: Yes or No?

Over the years, many women have asked me, “Is it ok to exercise, as well as, ride my horse, during pregnancy?” Many expectant mothers, have pondered this question, debating whether they continue riding while pregnant, ...
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The Eighty Dollar Champion

The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Snowman The 1950s have been called by some as the worst decade for horses. One plain grey gelding was used as a workhorse for the first eight years of his life. Broken down with harness sores his owner sold the gelding...
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Hungry for Success: Eating Disorders and Equestrian Athletes

Hungry for Success: Eating Disorders and Equestrian Athletes

There are several risk factors associated with eating disorders. Sports that focus on the individual are highly suspect, including equestrian sports - where appearance and elegance in the saddle are important....
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Flexibility Training for the Rider

Flexibility Training for the Rider

Riders who possess strong, supple muscles move more comfortably with their horse as one unit, whereas inflexible riders, who exhibit muscle tension and stiffness, produce similar responses from their horses, often interferi...
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Strength Training for the Equestrian

Strength Training for the Equestrian

Strength training is an essential component of fitness for all equestrians. Whether competing in dressage, jumping, cross country, reining, or perhaps even racing, a strong musculoskeletal system is crucial for enhancing p...
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Cardiovascular Training for the Equestrian

Cardiovascular Training for the Equestrian

This is the first article on the components of physical fitness for the horseback rider. No matter the equestrian sport, cardiovascular fitness is essential for every rider. Riding requires adequate energy, stamina and end...
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Optimal Fitness for Equestrians

Does horse riding offer equestrians a fitness challenge?

Every equestrian should strive for optimal fitness because it plays a significant role in enhancing your riding performance. The benefits of a rider's fitness program are numerous because horseback riding, alone, does not p...
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Improve Your Riding Performance

Improve Your Riding Performance

Whether you participate in dressage, jumping, eventing, or trail riding, possessing a strong core is crucial, not only to your own performance, but to your horse’s performance as well....
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