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Nutrition body composition USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 7

Megan Bryant of Purina Animal Nutrition graciously donated her Tuesday evening to cover the nutrition chapter of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge study guide. It was such an educational evening! Nutrition is such a vital piece of our horses’ health and success and one of the least discussed topics of our horses’ daily routines. Did you know that our performance horses should be consuming 20,000-24,000 calories a day? Or that our horses should consume 2% of their body weight in forage daily (that’s roughly 20lbs of hay!)? Did you know the stomach consists of only 8% of the horse’s digestive tract? …. Continue reading

 

 

 

That Darn Cat mental skills
That Darn Cat – The Colorado Horse Park

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 6

Week six of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge was one of my favorite weeks thus far. Though mental skills is not a chapter in the study guide, Kristin and I felt that this is a huge part of being an equestrian. In our sport, we really tend to focus on our horse and what we are producing rather than where we, as riders, are mentally.  Tonya Johnston, mental skills coach based out of Northern California, graciously took the time out of her busy schedule to FaceTime our girls and talk to them about mental skills of an equestrian…. Continue reading

 

 

Helen - National Horse Show
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 5 – Grooming, Blanketing and History of Equestrian

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 5

Week five of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge was a blast (but what’s new). We covered the grooming & blanketing chapter and then had Helen Gould cover current events and history of the sport. Though, much of the history of the spot wasn’t in the study guide, it was a huge hit and so wonderful for everyone to hear how our sport has evolved. Helen has a special connection when speaking with the girls, they absolutely admire her…. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

Shoe group
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 4 – Shoeing and Tack

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 4

As we are now half way through our USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge study sessions, I heard one of the girls last night say “wow, it takes a village.” It’s quite amazing to watch these young equestrians learn and submerge themselves into the everyday life of being a true equestrian. They’re learning the ins and outs and understanding how many different professionals it takes for us all to be successful. Truly, it takes a village…. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

Wounds and Bandaging with Dr. Downey
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge – Horse Health, First Aid, and Bandaging with Dr. Downey

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 3

We had such a fun and educational night with Dr. Downey of Quality Equine Vets. She covered the horse health, first aid, and bandaging chapters of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge study guide. The girls learned so much! But, before we get to what we learned, our girls reported back to the group about the research they found on their four-legged best friends…. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

anatomy and physiology
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge – Learning the anatomy and physiology of the horse

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 2

Week two of our study series for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge presented by The Plaid Horse was great fun. Our creative sides came out while we covered the Anatomy & Physiology and Horse Identification chapters. We went over the basic anatomy of our four-legged best friends, whipped out some X-rays from previous injuries, identified confirmations and learned about our horses pedigrees. Our goal with this session was for our girls to learn and understand the way our horses are built and why this is so important to know as an equestrian…. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

USHJA Horsemanship Challenge - Binder
USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge – Student binders and goodies from The Plaid Horse and USHJA

USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Study Session 1

Horse d’oeuvres is so proud to be co-hosting an eight week study session with Blue Star Farms and Blue Cloud Farms for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge! This program, put on by USHJA and The Plaid Horse, is such a wonderful and beneficial program to educate equestrians on all things equine. Specifically teaching them the importance of everything outside of the ring…. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

McLain Ward Horse d'oeuvres autograph
McLain Ward and Horse d’oeuvres co-founder, Lisa Munro, at the 2017 World Cup Finals

McLain Ward World Cup Champion and World No.1

“What a rider. What a horse. That horse is so, so special.” It doesn’t get truer than that! The 2017 World Cup Finals held in Omaha, Nebraska was the first time I’d ever witnessed McLain Ward and HH Azur is person and no better words describes the pair than “so, so special”. The talent, preciseness, composure and the bond these two have is something I can’t describe and something I wish upon every horse lover to witness in person. They’re incredible. They’re World Cup champions. They are the World No. 1…. Continue reading