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Now the eventing season has finished, many of us avid equestrians are faced with the same difficult question: what can we do with all our free time now? Here are a few of the MirrorMePR Equestrian PR Team’s top tips…

  • Take a holiday – even if you can’t afford a break abroad or going somewhere extravagant, it’s nice to take full advantage of your horse’s short break by making the time to do something nice for yourself!

 

  • If the horses are coming back into work after a short break, then it makes good sense to use the winter to iron out any issues you encountered during last season, which will only improve your performance come next year.

 

  • Try a new trainer – having a different pair of eyes focusing on you and your horse can be really useful, even if you just attend a training clinic or have a one-off lesson, it could unlock a valuable insight that you can apply to your training going forward.

 

  • Focus on your flatwork – as any of the top professional event riders we work with will tell you, polished flatwork is invaluable!

 

  • Get your kit sorted – now is the time to check over you kit and ensure that you don’t need anything sent away, repaired, or attended to – leave it until a few weeks before your first event next year and you risk a last minute panic, so be prepared.

 

  • Get inside – take advantage of indoor showjumping and dressage – great education for spooky horses and rider steering!

 

  • Take the horses out somewhere different and do something fun – box them up to the gallops, beach or moors. A change of scene and a chance to let your hair down will do you both the world of good.

 

  • Clean the lorry thoroughly inside, cupboards and all – you will be amazed at what you might find!

 

  • Watch training videos when the weather is too bad to ride, as it’s a great way to train out of the saddle and stay inspired!

 

  • Get some confidence coaching if competition nerves are ruining your results and enjoyment of eventing season – our clients First Focus Consultants help riders of all levels with this, from grass roots through to professionals.

 

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