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Autumn Riding and Swordplay at Red Colt

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With the evenings getting shorter, its time to switch the hours of our Riding & Horsemanship classes back to Sunday mornings.   This is your last chance to get a series of classes in before our winter break! Autumn Riding, Horsemanship, and Mounted Combat Youth Riding & Horsemanship This course for kids aged 6-13 will introduce your child to ponies and…

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Carosella 2017 Photos

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Another amazingly fun and exciting Carosella has passed us by.  Congratulations to our high-point tournament winner Robert Borsos, and all the other riders who took home prizes!  Here are a few photos from Sunday courtesy of Double Exposure Photography.  Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_20190" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Steph vs Robert in the Spur Tournament[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20192" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Cat & Tika gallop home[/caption]…

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Carosella 2017 FAQ

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Registration for Carosella 2017 is open!  This year spaces for participating on horseback are limited to 20, so be sure to sign up soon. Now it's time to answer some of those frequently asked questions.... Q: How can I sign up for Carosella? A: You can register online here for full and one-day passes.  Regular entries close Monday September 4th. Post-entries…

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Why Knights did NOT ride Heavy Horses

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[caption id="attachment_17997" align="alignright" width="300"] This is the shape of an animal built to pull.[/caption] This week I visited the Suffolk Punch Trust in Woodbridge, UK.  The Suffolk Punch is the oldest registered horse breed in England, being first recorded as the Suffolk Sorrel in the 16th century.  This magnificent animal is a heavy-bodied, medium-height draught horse, bred for farm work…

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Conditioning: Warm up to Work

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Horsemanship Level 4: Conditioning pt II At the end of April we covered work versus exercise in our Level 4 conditioning topic: 7. Work vs. exercise. Warm-up and cooling out, reasons why. Cooling out was covered in this Level 3 post, so this week we'll look at what constitutes an effective warm up. Just like you, your horse needs to…

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Red Colt News

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Please join us in welcoming Red Colt's new resident caretakers, Elise Marquis and Graham Dube!  Elise and Graham moved in at the end of April, and we are thrilled to have them join our team.  Over the past year there has been a fair amount of upheaval at the barn with co-op members pulling in different directions, as well as…

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Summer Reading, Summer Riding

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With new series of Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat having just started, I thought it may be useful to re-post links to blogs which cover topics in the curriculum.  You can use these blog posts as refreshers and checklists to support the material taught in classes.  Each group of posts is searchable under tags such as 'Horsemanship Level 1', 'Blue…

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Conformation: Built to Work

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Horsemanship Level 4: Conformation & Unsoundness pt II Previously we looked at types of horses, their differing builds and their abilities.  This week we'll examine general conformation, and what to look for when assessing any horse. Over centuries of domestication, selective breeding has created the variety of breeds and types we looked at in the last post.  However, the modern…

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Up Next in Mounted Combat

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Congratulations to all the participants who have just finished the 5- and 6-week Mounted Combat, Riding, and Horsemanship classes.  Everyone who was present on Sunday completed least one part of their assessments.  Kaleigh, Ari, François, Alicia, Viktoria, and Brad were tested on riding, horsemanship or both; Brad, François, Kevin, Melissa, Christian, Karissa, and Stephanie all passed various segments of their…

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Planning your Equestrian Year

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There's something a little bit artificial about New Years resolutions.  Why pick January 1st to start changing your ways, and not any other random day of the year?  Granted, we may have a few extra pounds to shed after two weeks of rich food and reduced exercise, but you're probably going to get back on track after the holidays, resolutions…

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