Look at this pony he’s got an anti-possesion sign clipped into his coat oh my GOD

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Photo by Rob Stratton

Look how happy she is!


Amber Marshall’s long lost twin

holy balls she really does look like Amber Marshall! 

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hey look it’s Toti from today!

82.3% CDIO Grand Prix, 1st place

Still not what I want to see but you gotta admit, they improved a lot.

definitely they have improved but Toto seems very rushed and there’s a lack of harmony that really is shown through his unstable connection in the bridle.


He’s really starting to get some elevation in his trot!

Sorry about the B&W. It was to big in colour :(

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mmm dat gallop

Personally if my mom left me money in her will and I bought a horse, Starlight would have been the last one I would have considered because he’s/she’s so green (from the books). 

Yup you’re going way over the gallop speed limit

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You know you’re an equestrian when you read passage as passage.

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To her, this is “natural horsemanship”… If you can call kicking a horse natural… This is just unacceptable training method and sadly such people make a shame for all the business :( What a horrible abuse!

An article worthwhile reading on the same subject in here - “Control Freaks”


Pour elle, il s’agit de “l’équitation naturelle” … Si vous pouvez appeler coups de pied de cheval naturel … Cette méthode de formation est tout à fait inacceptable et, malheureusement, ces gens-là font une honte pour toute l’entreprise :(Qu’est-ce un abus horrible!

Une lecture intéressante article sur le même sujet ici - “Control Freaks”

This drives me crazy because tumblr is full of asshats who think riding their horse in a rope halter is somehow more humane and “natural” than using a bitted bridle…

You guys don’t understand why a rope halter works if you truly think that… It doesn’t magically make your horse more bonded to the rider it just adds pressure to a new area on the horse and like a bit works with a apply / release type routine.

Which oddly enough is the argument against bits - that they work by causing discomfort. Guess what guys.. So does this moron shit show.

After watching this video it’s painfully clear that this woman is very ignorant. This horse was acting fairly calm before she began, so I’m not sure why she would decided to be so aggressive.

Anyway, I’m amusing she was trying to get the horse to do a few exercises used to get a horse to back or respect the handler’s space. In theory by shaking the lead, the horse should back up. When first teaching a horse to do this you start with small shakes. If the horse doesn’t respond you wiggle the lead a bit harder until the horse takes a single step back. As a reward you stop moving the lead and then bring them back to where you began. That being said you do not go after a horse with relentless pressure and snap the lead rope at their face when they don’t automatically move. You are not teaching the horse to respect you, but to be afraid of you and the rope. This constant change in pressure also confuses the horse which makes it harder for him to actually do what you asked. Also, attacking or kicking a horse because it won’t listen is absolutely unacceptable. Just because other horses kick each other doesn’t mean a human can do the same. Horses do not see people as a member of the herd. They see you as a human being, not another horse. So, kicking them is abusive not assertive.

Also, I’m not really sure what the rant about rope halters was all about when that isn’t the problem in the video. The actual problem is how people don’t understand how to communicate efficiently with horses. This is a huge problem that causes good horses to become fearful and sometimes dangerous towards people. It also causes a lot of horses to be sold because a person believes it was the horse, not them. It’s an incredibly sad cycle.


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Look what I got today! My semi custom detailed tall boots and browband from Equiture!! So excited!!!! 

VALERIJA! !! So beautiful

Trying to walk an excited horse






Eric Lamaze

If people ask who my favourite rider is, i’ll always say Eric Lamaze. Not because he’s the number one rider in Canada and won gold in 2008 for individual jumping, but for the type of rider he is. He loves his horses, they’re his family, his team mates, his reason for survival. He proved that money doesn’t determine success. Yeah, it’s needed in the sport as horses, and competition fees are expensive but money doesn’t make you a good rider.

In 1996 he was supposed to go to the Olympics in Atlanta but tested positive for cocaine use and was banned for four years, which was reduced, he was given chance number two and he blew it again. Now I remember as a little kid, i would have been 5 years old when this happened, i thought he was a bad person. Drugs = instant bad in kids eyes. I was to young to know his story prior to that. So when he came back to the show jumping world 7 years later it was a little hard to accept a drug addict back into the show jumping world but as a horse crazed girl drooling over her television set at the horses, the riders, the style and the nail biting competition, it was hard not to fall in love with his talent, and the beautiful, breath taking rides he would always have.

So the rider had a past, it wasn’t until a documentary about his past and how horses got him through it aired that i truly understood that he wasn’t just some drug addict rider but a troubled one that made a few bad decisions and had a rough past. This made him an even bigger role model in my life. Not only was he good at what he does, he was determined, he had goals, he had ambition and drive and he got what he wanted and worked hard for it. Very hard.

Him and Hickstead have always been the pair to watch. It was devastating when he lost the big boy but even that didn’t get him down. This year in the Olympics he’s riding a mare that he’s not 100% clicked with, she’s a great mare but she’s not his legendary Hickstead. He’s been riding amazing throughout despite that and he’s still the breath taking rider he was many, many years ago.

What is making him even more awesome is the fact that he’s willing to give it all up to stand up for his team mate and student, Tiffany Foster. The FEI and everyone involved in this whole ordeal with Tiffany and Victor are wrong, and Eric knows that. He’s willing to stop team competing until Equine Canada supports their riders more.(

I, as a fellow Canadian stand behind my role model, the leader of Canada’s Equestrian world and I know many other Canadians will do the same. I hope those around the world have our backs as well, despite being our competition on the show grounds. 

Moral of the story: drug user does not equal bad person