We chat to sponsored rider Rosie Warner about some of the things she couldn’t be without. From items of kit in the tack room, to some things which are a little closer to her heart.
Rosie says, “There are a few things I really wouldn’t be without. They might not win competitions on their own, but they do make my day to day life as an event rider that little bit easier!
The EquiAmi is a lunge aid which has been designed to work in harmony with the horse. I use it on all my horses and it is really easy to use.
The EquiAmi works in a similar way to the way we ride; nurturing a soft contact and discouraging resistance, in a consistent ‘loop’. My horses are encouraged to use their hind end correctly, lower their heads and lighten their withers.
We often use the EquiAmi in conjunction with raised poles and also during ride and lead roadwork. It is a really effective tool to help strengthen my horses’ core and encourage correct muscle development.
Another essential piece of kit are my Ariat boots. I’ve tried numerous brands over the years, but Ariats are great. They are comfortable to wear all day and robust enough to last. The insulated Ariat Bromont boots are great for winter conditions and I keep my Heritage Ellipse tall boots for competitions because they fit perfectly and look really smart.
IN THE SADDLE KIT
I love how smart my horses look in their In The Saddle kit. It is great to have the support of In The Saddle and I am looking forward to sporting my ITS gear at lots of upcoming events.
I use Fairfax saddles on most of my horses. These saddles are scientifically designed to improve your horse’s performance and my event horses go really well in them. Fairfax is an English company who use a combination of riding expertise, saddle-fitting knowledge and technical design to create these fantastic saddles.
SARACEN HORSE FEEDS
At my yard I use Saracen Horse Feeds. I feed my eventers the Enduro Performance Mix, a high fibre feed with slow release energy, which has been specially designed for performance horses. The Shape-Up Balancer is perfect for the good-doers amongst my liveries and one of the old-timers is blooming on the Veteran Mix.
As well as their range of products, what’s great about Saracen is their advice service. If I’ve got a feeding query and can’t call during office hours, then I’ll use their online advice form. This is a really useful tool for those of us who practically live at the yard!
A FAMILY AFFAIR
I couldn’t get by without my family. They are a tremendous support and have helped me get to where I am today. They come with me to competitions, help with the horses at home and are always supportive of my ambitions as an event rider. Every success and step along the way is a real team effort.
My gorgeous little dog Lola goes with me everywhere & is definitely part of the team. She loves coming out hacking with us and is always keen for a jaunt in the lorry. ”
Thank you to Rosie for this insight into daily life as an event rider. We wish you a swift recovery from your back injury and a successful season going forward.