Burn, Baby, Burn

We already get a lot of core and lower body work as riders, but if you start working on strengthening your muscles out of the saddle, too, you’ll see the results in your riding. Weight and resistance training isn’t just for the guys; everyone can benefit from it. And no, building some muscle won’t make you bulky. Muscle actually burns fat, so increasing your muscle mass will tone you up and make your ride in the saddle all the easier. Think: better posture, stronger legs, and less cringing when your trainer has you hold the two-point position. All of these […]

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We’re Here, We’re Hot, & We’re Sweaty: Bringing the Heat This Summer

The sun’s almost always out and shining in Southern California, but during the summer and early fall months, the heat really turns up. So does the chance that you–and your horse–get too much exposure. Below, Jasmin Stair, trainer, owner of Jasmin Stair Stables, and Co-Founder of The Equestrian Confidential, shares her top tips on keep you and your furry partner cool and prepared for summertime. Don’t forget the sunblock Stick, or liquid? Spray, or powder? Nowadays, there are a lot of different types of sunscreens on the market, and a lot of the differences between them simply come down to […]

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Retiring the Show Horse: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Over the last few years, more and more once well-loved horses are being abandoned. It’s that taboo thing that no one seems to talk about in our sport. We have too many ways to help for us, as riders and owners, to keep dropping the ball on our equine partners. So what exactly do you do when your horse can’t perform anymore? The lucky ones are taken care of long-term and have a nice retirement, living out their days in peace. When you think about the cost of owning show horses – most people spend anywhere between $2,000 – $8,000 per […]

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Inside a Winning Mindset with International Competitor Michelle Rodal

When it comes to crafting a winning mindset, Michelle Rodal is the champ. Michelle’s an accomplished Grand Prix rider (and that’s putting it lightly) who has participated in four FEI World Cup Finals. She’s represented the United States in numerous Nations Cup competitions before recently beginning to ride in International competition under the Mexican flag. She also earned an MBA and currently runs boutique sales operation Morgan Hill Partners, Inc. Michelle is obviously wildly successful, but when you meet her, you can instantly tell that it’s pure passion for the sport and the horses that drives Michelle in every aspect […]

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Horse Shows: It Takes a Village

Once you step into the show ring, it’s easy to feel alone, and like the weight of doing well is all on you. What we often forget is that even though rider and horse cross the start timers or enter a hunter ring alone, we all really enter the ring with a huge support team behind us. Family, Friends, & Significant Others Us equestrians are slightly insane (but at least we’re aware of it), and it takes a crew of very understanding non-horsey people to support us through our ups, downs, and way downs. Sure, they may never quite understand why we […]

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Tips from a Trainer: Setting Riding & Horse Show Goals Together

We’re almost a month into 2018, and while New Years Resolutions may have come and gone (c’mon, we went to the gym for a whole week!), it’s the perfect time to start looking at your riding goals for this year. USHJA certified trainer & instructor Jasmin Stair of Jasmin Stair Stables at Fortuna Del Charro in Rancho Santa Fe, California gave us a few tips on how to set your goals for all areas of your riding, and why you need to do it now.      LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOW SEASON Don’t wait until halfway through the summer to start […]

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Must Haves: Rider Off Duty

January has us tiptoeing around muddy footing and getting rained out of lesson days while daydreaming of upcoming trips to Thermal and Florida. With warmer conditions and the first big shows of the season drawing near, it’s easy to just mentally check out of winter altogether. For this edition of our monthly must-haves, we’re going rider off duty with practical pieces that up the style factor whether you’re in the ring or out to lunch. Every piece on our list does double duty, taking you from saddle to Sauv Blanc in two seconds flat. They’re also perfect layering pieces for […]

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Judge’s First Impressions In The Show Ring

The performance starts when you enter the ring! First impressions are extremely important. We have about two and a half minutes to decide where you fit in our “forced rankings” compared to your competitors .  When you come into the ring show us the best  of you and your horse. If you’re using an opening circle make it big enough to help you establish the pace  you want to carry for your whole trip. Pace is a huge factor in judging both the hunters and Equitation. A large part of your score is based on how smooth and even your […]

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Amateur Spotlight: Stephanie Wilbur

It’s the best time of the month again – Amatuer Spotlight time! Today we’re highlighting one of our favorite Adult Amateurs on the GSDHJA circuit in San Diego. Stephanie Wilbur and her stunning show partner Winston ISF took the circuit by storm this year, and she’s even been known to be seen around town toting an Equestrian Confidential ‘This Might Be Wine’ water bottle. So obviously, she’s one of our very favorites. Get to know how Stephanie returned to riding as an adult, her go-to podcast & book for conquering show nerves, and her best tips and tricks for her […]

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Yoga for Equestrians

Ignore those people who say ‘riding isn’t a sport’; we all know that riding is a serious workout. Whether you’re riding in the low AA hunters or the 1.20 jumpers, having strength and flexibility seriously ups your game in the saddle. Core strength, hip flexibility, back and should strength, and strong lower legs all contribute to riding correctly, winning ribbons in the eq, and staying on if your horse decides to embarrass you by bucking like a rodeo horse after the single oxer. Yoga is one of the absolute best ways for riders to get fit out of the saddle in a […]

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