Link Love: September 2018 Edition
I can’t believe it’s time again to show some more Link Love! Read on down for a peek at some of what is going on around the horse world, from news items to helpful articles and thoughtful pieces. Here’s what’s been keeping me glued to my screen this month!
A Jumper in a Buck Brannaman Clinic
I love reading the stories of experienced horse folks discovering new areas of the horse industry and stepping out of their comfort zone. Congratulations to this brave rider on pouncing on the opportunity to learn from a legend. (Horsenation.com)
Soft Arms for Elastic Connection
Here is an incredibly helpful article on the role of the arms and hands in developing contact and connection (Dressage Today)
Who let the… horse in?
Something I’ve joked for years about doing myself… (Horsenation.com)
World Equestrian Games
I feel like there is so much material floating on the interwebz related to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this month… I can barely sift through it all, much less summarize or distill the biggest takeaways. This article from Dressage Today does a damn fine job for we who watched from afar.
Here is another fascinating article on the heels of WEG Tryon, this one more critical of the event as a concept, returning to the marketing and branding issues that seems to plague equestrian events in the larger sporting world. Excellent food for thought and perspective for folks who focus less on show jumping or are too young to remember world champions past and previous organizational systems. (Horsenetwork.com)
Basic Training with a Master
This isn’t exactly recent content, but I did recently stumble upon it, and I am in love. Check out this Basic Training video series with David O’Connor via Equus Magazine’s website!
Sometimes trips down the YouTube Rabbit Hole end up rather fruitful. I don’t see much of the steeplechasing world, but the strength and endurance required astound me, to say nothing of the nerve of these riders! In an industry of risky activities pursued in the name of fun and sport, steeplechasing takes the cake in my book.
This particular video features a much smaller field than, say, the Grand National… but the action is nonstop, everyone appears to walk away more or less unscathed, and the commentary is absolutely priceless.
And that’s it for September! It’s been a wild month, for sure! The next edition of Link Love will be coming to a blog near you in a few weeks; until then, remember, you should be riding!