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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman August 2018

It presents step by-step training programs and showing advice from recognized experts in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, and eventing, along with money- and time-saving ideas on health care and stable management.

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United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
got talent?

Competing as a Junior rider (many years ago!), I thought I didn’t have much riding talent and that everyone at the stable was better than I was. Needless to say, this attitude didn’t do much for my confidence. After one particularly bad round, I remember sitting in a deserted stairwell crying and debating whether to just give up. But I didn’t. I loved horses, riding and competing too much. So I kept working hard and got better over time with lots of practice and good instruction. By the time I moved into the amateur division, I was consistently riding over courses without any major bloopers and won a fair share of ribbons, all while having fun—my own brand of success. I thought of this while reading Olympic eventer Phillip Dutton’s comments about…

7 min.
do not be seduced by fashion

George H. Morris is the former chef d’équipe of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Team. He serves on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, is an adviser to the USEF High-Performance Show Jumping Committee and is president of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. 1 The stirrup iron of our first rider is too far back on her foot, preventing suppleness and flexibility of the ankle joint, which is the principle shock absorber. As the rider presses her foot on the iron, she pushes her toes down, which raises her heel, jeopardizing her security. In addition, the raised heel and spur poking into the horse’s ribs creates an active leg. That’s OK for this type of jump, but there are many jumps where you want a passive leg.…

10 min.
strides in time

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia, Jim Wofford competed in three Olympics and two World Championships and won the U.S. National Championship five times. He is also a highly respected coach. For more on Jim, go to www.jimwofford.blogspot.com. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks! There is nothing a columnist of my persuasion likes more than responding to readers’ questions and comments. My audience gets in touch with me regularly. I am always happy to respond, although sometimes I need asbestos gloves to handle the feedback. This month a deceptively simple question caught my eye: “How do I measure my horse’s stride?” When I need time to think, I can always fall back on that old debater’s technique of answering a question with a question. “Why do you even need…

10 min.
phillip dutton: ‘hold your head up high’

PH Why did you choose to move to the U.S.? PD I had a very green horse, True Blue Girdwood, who was at the Preliminary level when I came over [from Australia]. I had been to America before and I really liked being here. Having this green horse, I felt that I might have a better chance of getting work and making ends meet in the U.S., rather than going to England where the sport was so saturated. I like that everyone has a chance in this country. Someone once told me that for an hour’s work in America, you get more reward from that than anywhere else in the world. I believe that. It’s not a perfect country, but I believe that. PH Was it hard to switch to U.S. citizenship? PD It…

11 min.
horsemanship between the wins

Mandy Porter’s career cake is spiced with appearances at three World Cup Finals and three Nations Cups. The icing is 13 grands prix wins over the past 18 months. But her resume doesn’t reflect the horsemanship—and compassion—that happen between the wins. That story is told in a quiet stall in Wilsonville, Oregon, where Mandy traveled 1,045 miles to spend a final moment with her retired grand prix star and 2007 and 2008 World Cup mount, Summer. The Belgian Warmblood mare had sustained a pasture injury that left euthanasia as the most humane option. “Mandy wanted to say goodbye,” says the rider’s longtime supporter and Summer’s owner, Barb Ellison, who “can’t say enough nice things about her. But probably the most telling thing is that she flew up here to say…

1 min.
supporting u.s. breeders

Big wins have put Mandy Porter in the national and international spotlight many times throughout her career, but developing young horses at home and up the levels on the show circuit is the bread and butter of her business. Breeders are a consistent source of horses and she helps them as a rider and an advocate. Serving on various young-horse development committees over the years, Mandy works with industry stakeholders to promote domestic breeding and affordable ways to develop the horses they produce. Discounted young-horse stabling and entry fees, initiated on the West Coast by Blenheim EquiSports show management, are “fabulous,” Mandy asserts. “It’s important because we have some good breeding here. To encourage people to want to buy horses here, we’ve got to have a way to produce them.” As…