For many of our members, winter is right around the corner (and for some of our Northern members, winter might already be upon you!). While some eventers head south for warmer weather in the winter months, a large part of our membership huddles down at home and use the winter months as an opportunity to rest from the season behind them or prepare for the season ahead. We asked our members what some of their favorite winter weather hacks around the barn were to help you make the most of the winter season.
Tips For You
Kristen W: " Put rubber dishwashing gloves over your normal gloves to fill waters, break ice, etc. Warm and dry hands make a huge difference!"
Free Rein Equine LLC: " Keep your water troughs filled halfway and place a 12" rubber play ball in each trough. The ball will move with the airflow and keep your trough from freezing. No airflow? Simply lift the ball from the trough for easy access to the unfrozen water! Perfect for field boarding and when horses are turned out. Let Mother Nature help you!"
Tanya A: " Bringing out a hot drink to the barn for motivation and layer up!"
Katy N: " Wool socks and insulated boots."
Ariel W: " Ororo heated vest is the best way to stay warm and not freeze!"
Elise S: " We love having a microwave in the barn for bit warmers and to keep our coffee/tea/hot chocolate warm!"
Tips For Your Horse
Kelner Equine Services: "Winter is a great time to work on groundwork or hack out in the deep snow. If we end up at an indoor lots of creative pole work, obstacle work, and don’t forget transitions, transitions, transitions!"
Kristian R: " Hot toweling the horses before and after rides is my favorite. I lose bit warmers so I always hang my bridle around my neck under my coat so it’ll warm up."
Melissa H: "We like to give our ponies a month off for Christmas, then lots of hand walking with bands to work on core strength. Plus some fun riding in the snow and plenty of groundwork."
Ashley H: " We live in Colorado. The trace clip is my best friend. I love for my horses to live out as much as possible, so with a full clip they get a bit cold, but we still do work in the winter because we have a nice large indoor."
This summer, five USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Clinics took place across the country giving young riders the opportunity to hone in on their horsemanship skills, improve their consistency in the saddle and show ring, and create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent. We caught up with many of the riders from the two West Coast sessions to hear their takes on the USEA’s newest program.
It’s about that time of year again when eventers across the country are packing their trunks and making arrangements to new locations for the winter months. While some owners might feel more comfortable transporting their own horses, time and resources make it more expedient for others to load their horses onto someone else’s rig for the potentially long journey to their winter quarters. For the safety and peace of mind of everyone involved – especially the equine passengers – two trusted shippers based on the east coast shared their tips for best practices when preparing horses for long trailer rides.
One of the most valuable awards at the Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event on October 21-23, 2022, were the prizes for the Road to the Three-Day Challenge. The Challenge started in July and ended at the Waredaca Classic in October. Novice and Training level riders had to compete in at least three of the events in the Challenge and Beginner Novice riders had to compete in at least two of the events, in addition to completing the Waredaca Classic.
There were 42 young horses contesting the 2018 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) 5-year-old Championships between the East and West Coast Championships which were held in Elkton, Maryland, and Woodside, California, respectively. Following 2018’s YEH finale, many of the graduating class of the 2018 USEA Young Event Horse Championships have worked their way up through the rankings as they establish themselves as upper-level event horse prospects.