The Relatable Rider

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By April Ray-Peterson 

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Having a support group when working with a young horse has been a lifesaver for me over the last year and a half. I am so fortunate to have my very own “young horse club” at the barn and we all happen to be bringing along four-year-old horses.

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The idea of perfection is an elusive one. At least for me, it always has been. And yet my desire to be perfect is still present in all aspects of my life, especially when it comes to horses.

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The dictionary defines progress as a movement toward a goal or higher stage. When I look at the two pictures taken about six months apart, I see the fruits of my horse’s and my labour.

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I have always been a fan of less is more when it comes to bits for my horses. When I worked at Spruce Meadows, we were only allowed to ride in fat snaffles, and it taught me early on how to solve problems without just bitting up.

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There is a tweet doing the rounds again in regards to what it costs to own a horse. And the answer to that question: It’s everything. Horses cost everything.

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I have been involved in horses in some shape or form since I was six years old. I turned it into a career and more importantly, a lifelong love, and nearly five years ago that lead me to a sales position at Horse Community Journals. When I started working here, I thought I was pretty open-minded when it came to horses.

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