I’m gonna participate in No Stirrup November and I have never really ridden without stirrups before what should I expect and can you guys give me some tips?
To keep your heels down (and clear out your muscles of the soreness), try some calf raises or pike stretches - they really help.
Wondering what colours would suit my dark almost black 17.1hh warmblood mare? Colours for horse and rider photos in profile 😜
Anything pastel would be beautiful as long as you make sure to keep it clean. I would recommend saving anything pastel only for shows and then having a separate dark-colored set for every day.
My horse likes to do drivebys when jumping unless she's really straight to the jump. Any tips on how to fix this?
Take increasingly wide concentric circles to the jump (I.E. take it straight on, then take it at 5 degrees, 10 degrees, etc). See at what point she’s becoming unsettled and put in the reps from there.
What do you prefer for custom tack trunks. The trunk style or locker style? This will be used for showing!
Locker styles tend to be better if you like having small things (i.e. bits) loose yet still organized. Trunk styles are more compact but also harder to keep neat - especially little things that easily get tossed around.
What are your favorite socks to wear with tall boots and why?
Oddly enough, some of the best I’ve worn are men’s moisture wicking dress socks (they’re usually about calf high and ultra silky yet super light) or very thin/silky knee high socks (what I currently wear). The latter are very good especially in the winter because if they’re thin enough you can layer to provide additional warmth as needed.
Tips for calming down a OTTB when they get into "race mode"? My boys very calm for a ex racer but on the off day he gets hot I cant calm him down.
Agreeing with Maddy, he needs extra stimulation or something he can channel his “funsies” into. On sites like Pinterest, you can find a ton of interesting flatwork or drills that will keep him on his toes.
What are the steps to take when launching an equestrian brand?
Agreeing with Meili, have a robust social media that’s both consistent and “pretty”. Sites such as Canva are amazing for gorgeous social media posts, all for free. In terms of ambassadors, try to be as narrow as possible with who you approach as starting off small (maybe someone you’ve seen show near you and could approach in person) might pay off better than a cold promotional email.