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What I Learned By Riding In A Phillip Dutton Clinic

John Strassburger

A discussion about an excellent clinic experience with three-day eventing superstar Phillip Dutton. read more

What’s Next For California Chrome—And the Triple Crown?

John Strassburger

Expert viewpoint on the Triple Crown by California Chrome and the aftermath. read more

A Look Back: "Here’s Hoping We’ll Host Another WEG Soon"

John Strassburger

Performance Editor John Strassburger reflected on the thrill of the 2010 WEG in Lexington, KY. read more

Can California Chrome Win The Triple Crown?

John Strassburger

Perhaps more importantly, I think that today's racehorses aren't as iron fit as horses of the past. The tendency today is to run horses with far less frequency than 30, 40, 50 or more years ago. Is this because Thoroughbred breeding has produced horses who are far more fragile, or is it just a another symptom of the growing cultural cautiousness regarding so much of our lives? read more

My Three Examples Of Why You Can’t Train All Horses The Same Way

John Strassburger

these three horses are each an example of how horses mature and develop at their own speed and in their own ways. They’re a strong reminder to me that, as a rider and a trainer, you have to have your program—your method of developing horses—but that it has to be a framework, not an ironclad system. Sometimes you have to be willing to wait, and sometimes you have to be willing to push ahead faster read more

The Baucher Snaffle: How Does It Work?

John Strassburger

We’ve found the Baucher can be a useful bit for a horse that is particularly sensitive in the tongue and bars of the mouth. The hanging design keeps the bit lifted from these areas, and even when strong contact is applied, some horses clearly find this action more comfortable than that of a traditionally placed snaffle. read more

Wear Riding Helmets—It’s How To “Mind Your Melon”

John Strassburger

I know at least a dozen riders whose riding careers—and even their lives— were saved by wearing certified helmets. Yes, they’re all either event riders or steeplechase riders, and they’re required to wear an ASTM/SEI-certified helmet in competition, but I don’t know anyone in either sport who doesn’t wear a certified helmet almost every time they ride today. read more

Your Horse Trainer’s Program Needs to Suit Your Goals

John Strassburger

The students who take riding lessons at most barns around the country are almost always either adult amateur or junior riders. And those two large groups of people can be subdivided into several categories (sometimes even more than one category), including the category every trainer likes to work with: athletic, brave, hard-working, with the resources to have good horses. read more

Did You Like The Rolex Kentucky Broadcast? We Did

John Strassburger

People who couldn’t attend Rolex Kentucky or watch the extraordinary coverage available online on USEF Network were rather disappointed. read more

Epic Riding and Horsemanship On Display At Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

John Strassburger

But then every year I go to Rolex Kentucky, and I see things that thrill and inspire me, things that help me to become a better trainer and horseman. And every year I come home thankful that I was there. So here, in no particular order, are the things that inspired me at this Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. read more

Strength Is So Important In Horse Training

John Strassburger

Training horses for eventing or dressage is a lot like training human athletes for sports like gymnastics, track or figure skating. Actually, I’d say that training a horse to event is a lot like training a person to do all three of those sports. read more

What We Learned From Watching An Equine Cruelty Case In Court

John Strassburger

The facts of the case as they pertained to the condition of the horse were horrifying and not really in question. The horse was severely emaciated when it was seized by the county Animal Control, and he had a severe and grotesque injury to his penis that required immediate and life-saving medical treatment. read more

R-Star and Gin ‘N Juice—Two Mares I Love To Watch

John Strassburger

These two mares remind me of two great NFL quarterbacks, one who’s still defying his age and playing masterfully and one who retired a few years ago. Rosie reminds me of Peyton Manning, now leading the Denver Broncos, and Ginny reminds me of Bret Favre, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. Let me tell you why. read more

Why I Think Saddle Network Is A Great Idea

John Strassburger

I really like the archiving system—it’s a valuable record for insurance and perhaps the police, in case of theft or natural disaster. I think this is the most important aspect of the Saddle Network, especially since you can archive anything you own, including your other tack, your farm equipment, you dog or cat or your antique china collection. read more

Stolen Saddle Protection: Saddle Network

John Strassburger

Braly launched the Saddle Network in September 2012. It now has more than 1,000 horse owner members, all across the country. Its members are hunter/jumpers, eventers, dressage riders, endurance riders, Western riders, trail riders and more. read more

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