Archive for November, 2009
Jillaroo Australia is the inspiration of mother of three, Tammy. While watching her (then) 13-year old horse-crazy daughter at Horse Training Camp, Tammy realized there wasn’t an edgy fashion label dedicated to young girls and teens with a passion for horses – most girls were wearing surf brands! After the class, Tammy chatted to the horse-loving girls about the idea of a funky fashion label especially for them. Receiving a passionate reaction to the concept, Tammy started researching her idea that afternoon.
The label is designed for young girls 6-11 years and teens 12-18 years. Tammy’s research revealed the teenage market was screaming out for some edgy horsey fashion with young girls wanting everyone to know how much they loved their horses without compromising on up to the minute fashion concepts. Tammy has also found her teenage range was selling to the groovy horsey 25+ age group so she has launched the Jillaroo line to cater for the more mature horse lover, again not compromising on fashion flair.
1. Always be unique! There is ONLY one you …stand out!
Want to blend in? DON’T! There is only one you in the world – so why not show yourself off? Wearing the Jillaroo Tees with catchy phrases and bright colors will show off your fashion sense, along with your passion for horses. You strive for blue ribbons…have a blue ribbon outfit! Let Jillaroo Australia help! You’ll be the talk of the barn!
2. Always be proud of your sport! Make it a part of your style!
“Beware The Mare” hoodie is perfect to wear anywhere. Be proud of riding and show your non horsey friends that you can be stylish and horsey at the same time!
3. Always ride like a girl. (Thank you Beagirltoday.com)
Attitude is everything. Always ride with confidence, grace and poise. Get that attitude with Jillaroo’s Eyelet Jacket which is sassy yet very classy at the same time and definitely shows everyone you see that you mean business and have great flair for fashion.
4. Always ride hard!
Always ride hard…nothing shows this more than our classic “sassy” sayings shirts! “Just Get Over It”, “I Do My Own Stunts” Tees shows your humorous side but also makes a very bold statement. Riding is not for the half-hearted….ride hard or go home!
5. Always be horse crazy. Horse normal is lame.
The Jillaroo girl is always ready to ride…not afraid to spend time with their horses in the cold and rain! From Jillaroo’s awesome collection of bridle, helmet and saddle bags to our very popular Bomber jacket…you and your tack will always be prepared for any type of weather conditions that would otherwise leave you in the barn wishing for better weather!
6. Always love your horse…let it show!
Embarrassed about giving your horse that good bye hug – don’t be. Give your horse that extra hug when you leave the stable, wear Jillaroo Australia clothing, and enter TacknTalk Blog’s Literary contest to win Jillaroo merch!
7. Always look better on the inside than you do on the outside.
It doesn’t hurt to look fabulous, but focus on treating your horse and fellow horse-lovers with respect! Give your horse that extra hug and kiss before you leave, exercise your horse properly, and treat him well. Smile to your friends at the barn and be sure to include the new girl at your barn on your weekend hacks!
8. Always keep your eyes up and your heels down.
What better way to rock your equestrian style but through proper position and poise and in the saddle.
9. Always be cool to your barn mom or barn dad.
Mom and Dad want to be involved too and not just by using their checkbooks (but we are very glad they do!). Jillaroo Australia has ladies sizes available for Mom. Remember, Jillaroo is clothing for the young, and young at heart, female horse riders, athletes and proud Moms everywhere!
10. Always wear Jillaroo and show the world you love your own unique style! Win Jillaroo Australia clothing by entering TacknTalk’s literary contest!!
Win Jillaroo fashions by entering Tack and Talk’s November Literary Contest “Why Do You Love Your Horse?” Click here for more details and submit your work and wear Jillaroo with pride!
Story by Larissa Cox
It’s often heard: “whatever you work on, on one side of the horse, you should work on the other side of the horse.”
This is training sentiment is put into practice to keep a “balanced” approach. This helps to manage the explicit training of one side over the other. It prevents horses from becoming extremely one sided strictly due to preferences of the rider.
However, this does not help to alleviate the sidenedness already present in a horse. If a scale is unbalanced to start with, adding equal weight continuously to both sides will never balance it. A person must first assess the difference in weight of the sides, and then proceed to add and/or subtract weight from one or both sides in minor adjustments to eventually find an even and balanced position for the scales. So to must the rider do for their horse.
1) WARM UP
In order to assertain an accurate reading of the sidedness of your horse, they must be warmed up fully on both sides, otherwise the rider will glean false assessments.
A horse should have 5 to 15 minutes of walk on a free or loose rein, being able to swing and bob their head on straight lines, shallow figures, and large circles. In the trot and canter, the rider should take either a two point seat or light seat and go rising in the trot, to alleviate pressure on the back muscles. Again, the horse should be allowed on shallow figures, large circles and serpentines, and directed to frequent changes of direction. The horse should be encouraged to stretch forward and downward into the contact while maintain rhythm and thrust from the hind. Transitions between gaits are also important to help a horse warm up and encourage them to go “on the aids”. A warmup should be around 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the horse, their age, fitness level, type of work that is being trained, and the specific goals for that day.
2) ASSESSMENT OF THE SIDEDNESS OF YOUR HORSE
Once the horse has warmed up both ways equally the rider will be better able to assess the horse’s sidedness. This is like adding weights to your scale, and letting the scale settle into place before analyzing the balance.
At this point, smaller circles and simple lateral movements are used to see what side is more hollow and what side is more dominant.
Flex your horse at the throatlatch, bringing the head so you can see the eye and nose right, and then left. Which way was easier? That might be your more hollow side. Which way was harder to flex? That might be your more dominant side.
Try working in a small circle or volte in both directions. Does your horse maintain the bend and step underneith themselves maintaining impulsion better to one side than the other? Does this seem to correlate to the result of the throatlatch flexion?
Try a simple leg yeild from the centerline or quarterline to the track. I find moving towards the track, especially in this “assessment” period easier as it gives the rider a guage for straigtness. Furthermore, the wall and corner support your outside aids in the recovery steps of your movement when back on the rail. In the leg yeild, was one way easier than the other? Did the horse trail their hind legs out more noticably in one direction over the other? Did the shoulder buldge out more in one direction over the other? Was it easier in one direction over the other to maintain a parallel line to the track, rather than moving on an angle to the track in more-or-less a straight diagonal?
Try spiralling in and out in leg yeild from a 20 meter circle to a small 10 meter circle. Again, is it easier to maintain flexion and impulsion one way over the other? Did the horse bulge out through the shoulder one way more than the other?
Try doing a series of serpentines down the arena. Is it easier changing the bend from one direction to the other?
You may find it helpful to have a friend be in the arena with you during this initial assessment period of the horse a) take notes and record your feelings of the sidedness of your horse and b) make observations on the apearance of sidedness from the ground.
Once you have recorded these findings, it is helpful to go through them and make correlations between all your assessed movements. Was there one way that was noticeably more “bulgey” in the shoulder? Was one way easier in general to flex than the other? In all your movements, was one way more hollow, and one way more dominant?
If yes, you have discovered the starting balance of your scale. The heavy, bulging, dominant side is the side of the scale with more weight, and the light, hollow side is the side of the scale with less weight.
3) BALANCING THE SCALE
Now that you have asessed the initial values of your scale, it is time to either add or subtract weight from either side to balance the scales. It is at this point that I must reaffirm that a balanced and straight horse does not result from neither overtraining one side over the other, nor from riding both sides exactly the same. The horse exibits different characteristcs on either side, therefore must be ridden slightly differently on either side to relate to these differences.
The dominant side is the side that is heavy, bulging through the shoulder, and stiff through the throatlatch. This side must be encouraged to flex through the neck and ribcage, and be encouraged to lift up the shoulder and step up with the inside hind leg. Try incorporating lots of volte’s within the work to this side. Start and finish your long sides with volte’s to this side, and put volte’s in the middle of lateral work to this direction. Go deep into corners, and really focus on bending around the inside leg and lifting up the shoulder. In transitions, concentrate again, on keeping this dominant side soft and flexible, with that shoulder lifted, and that hind leg up and pushing forward.
The hollow side is often perceived to be the light side of the horse. A horse often has an easier time to bend their neck and body to this direction. In addition, the horse often trails out through the hind end towards this direction, and will find it harder to carry weight on that hind leg, as it is often not under the body, but off to the side. Work on lateral movements putting this hind leg under the middle of the body while maintaining impulsion would be a good idea. This could consist of travers or haunches in with the dominant side on the inside and the hollow rein on the outside. Leg yeilding into the hollow rein both towards the track or spiralling on a circle would also help encourage stretching and lengthening into contact on this side.
When riding to address the sidedness of your horse, you are helping to balance them out into a more even and straight mount. This will in turn help to create a happier horse with more stamina and better ease of movement.
Have fun and happy riding!
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Get your pens ready folks for TacknTalk Blog’s November literary contest!! If you think your horsey haiku has what it takes, send it over, because you might WIN a fabulous prize from our stylish sponsor, Jillaroo Australia!! Poetry not your thing? TacknTalk Blog will also be accepting short stories and essays for three different age groups ~ as long as it is an original work and fits the theme of telling us WHY YOU LOVE YOUR HORSE!
In addition, there will be a reader’s choice GRAND PRIZE AWARD based on the votes of TacknTalk readers from the published winners of each of the three age categories! This winner will receive an extraordinary prize from Jillaroo Australia!!
Entries will be accepted all of November! Get those creative juices flowing, and email us your work of literature at email@example.com ~ we can’t wait to hear from you!
Contest details below:
ENTRIES ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 1ST TO NOVEMBER 30TH
WINNERS ANNOUNCED DECEMBER 1OTH
READER’S CHOICE GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED DECEMBER 20TH
Why I love my horse!
Original poetry, short stories, or essays under 3000 words.
TO SUBMIT LITERATURE:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your original literary work attached (all attachment types accepted.) Please state your name and which category you would like to submit your literature into.
1) 11 years old and under
2) 12-17 years old
3) 18 years old and over
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in all categories will be published on TacknTalk Blog and Facebook Page! Additionally, 1st place winners in each category (stated above) will receive a fabulous prize from Jillaroo Australia!
Judges for category winners will be Larissa Cox and Libby Keenan of Tackn’Talk Blog as well as a representative from Jillaroo Austrailia and/or Canamera Distributing USA. Judging will commence December 1st and winners will be announced on TacknTalk Blog and TacknTalk Facebook Page December 10th.
READER’S CHOICE GRAND PRIZE DETAILS:
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each category (nine works in total) will be published on TacknTalk Blog and TacknTalk Facebook Page. Readers will vote on their favorite piece out of these nine published works. The literary work out of the nine published with the most votes will win the GRAND PRIZE. Votes will be received as comments saying “Vote!” under the story. Must clearly say “Vote!” to be counted. Praise or critique of work in comment WILL NOT be counted as a vote. Winner of reader’s choice grand prize will recieve fabulous merchandise from Jillaroo Australia!
~Larissa and Libby