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The Percheron

Have you ever been lucky enough to meet a Percheron? Standing next to these gentle giants is inspiring and moving. The Percheron is an incredible breed and originated centuries ago.

History

While the Percheron originated in France, its exact ancient ancestry is unknown. There are a number of theories as to the breed’s origin, including that Muslim invaders may have…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 22, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

Should You Buy a Barn or Build Your Own?

To buy or build: that is the question. Whether or not to buy an existing barn or to build one to meet your specifications is a question that every barn owner has faced. There are advantages and disadvantages to each route, and ultimately the decision needs to be based on your own situation, needs, and wants. Are you trying to decide whether to build or buy a barn? You’ll…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ground Play, Cavalia style!

This week, I attended Cavalia, the Cirque du Soleil-inspired performance event combining horses, acrobats and dancers. There were beautiful horses, an outlandishly great live band, and a stage that altered time and space. Unrecognizably. It’s the largest traveling show in the world, mind boggling in it’s scope. And yet, there were moments so…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 19, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

Surviving The Summer

Surviving The Summer       

 

Well, I seem to have survived the summer heat.  It has been a challenge living without air-conditioning but I got a wonderful surprise, this summer I had a LOT more endurance when riding in the heat.  My youngest son, who has a BS in Biochemistry, told me that organisms have a mechanism when it is hot that protects the body’s proteins, and when the weather turns cold (or if a person is in air-conditioning a lot) the body stops doing this particular…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on September 18, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Looking to Become a Better Rider? Try Bareback!

There are all sorts of exercises designed to make you a better rider. From riding in two-point to riding without stirrups, the varieties are endless. But have you ever thought about riding bareback instead? Bareback riding has its own unique set of advantages that can help with your development and improvement as a rider. Here’s why.

Develop the Right…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hiring a Cross-Country Shipper: How to Do it Right

Putting your horse onto someone else's trailer to be shipped cross-country can be worrisome at the least. When hiring a cross-country shipper, it’s important to hire someone who is experienced, reliable, and trustworthy. But there’s more that goes into the package. Looking to hire a long-distance shipper for your horse? Here’s how.…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Central Park Horse Show Brings Horses Back to NYC

Olympic-caliber horses and riders will return to New York City this August for the first time since 2001. The first-ever Central Park Horse Show is scheduled to run from September 18th through September 21st. During that time the competition will feature a variety of…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

A Cowgirl Looks (Squints) at 60.

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I notice I wear my glasses in the shower more often these days. Unintentionally. I mention it because as I write this, it’s my 60th birthday and I had a revelation in the shower.…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 12, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Top Reasons to Adopt a Horse From a Rescue

Are you looking for a new horse? Adopting a horse from a horse rescue can be a great idea, depending on just what you’re looking for in your new horse. Have you considered adopting a rescue horse? Here are a few reasons why you might want to do just that.

Help Horses in Need

When you adopt a horse from a rescue, you’re providing a good home…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 12, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Making the Leap to a New Discipline

Do you find yourself wanting to give a new discipline a try? Making the leap to a new discipline is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, time. If you’re toying with the idea of changing to a new discipline, here are some ways to help make the transition go smoothly.

Evaluate Whether Your Horse Can Go With You

Do you dream of trying a new…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

6 Tips for Selling Your Saddle

Do you have an extra saddle sitting around in your tack room? Chances are there’s a rider out there who could put that saddle to good use while putting a little extra cash in your pocket. Thanks to the internet, selling a saddle online isn’t particularly difficult. These tips will get you started.

Clean and Evaluate Your Saddle

Before you list your…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Gene Behind Gaitedness

What if learning your horse’s ancestry was as easy as pulling some hair and waiting a couple of weeks? Many places offer genetic testing for several creatures including humans, to establish ancestry and in animals, what breeds they are made up of. What if equine gaitedness was also so easy? Learning…

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Added by Ashley on September 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Horses: A Family Affair

Did you grow up in a horsey family? Maybe you went to the races with a grandparent, or maybe one of your parents taught you to ride. Even if your family doesn’t share your horse-loving gene, horses and horse sports are still something that your entire family can share and enjoy together. In honor of Grandparents Day, let’s take a look at how families can enjoy horses…

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Added by Buckley Fence on September 9, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

History of the Trait Du Nord

Have you ever heard of the Trait du Nord? This beautiful draft breed originated in the 1800s, yet it is endangered today and its future remains uncertain.

History

The Trait du Nord originated in the grasslands of the southern Netherlands, northern France, and throughout Belgium. Its…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Breath: The Miracle Cue.

It might be the word I say more often than any other during a lesson. I know it’s the cue that does the most good. It’s certainly the cue that’s the most natural:

Breathe.

Alas, it’s also the cue most under-rated. I see riders disregard the suggestion immediately.…

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Added by Anna Blake on September 5, 2014 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

5 Tips for Building a Barn on Small Acreage

When you’re building a barn on limited acreage, planning the layout of your property is all the more important. You can keep horses on limited acreage, but you will need to be sure to make good use of the space. Working with a small piece of land? These tips will get you started.

Decide How Small Is Too Small

While you can certainly keep horses on…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 5, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Advantages of Riding to Music

Have you ever ridden to music? At first glance, riding to music might seem like an unnecessary distraction for the rider, but it actually has a number of advantages. So whether you have speakers in your arena or would have to rely on your iPod (use external speakers, not ear buds, when riding), here’s why you might want to start up the tunes when you…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

5 Tips for Breaking In Tall Boots

You've just purchased a new pair of tall boots – congratulations! Now the oh-so-fun process of breaking them in begins. Breaking in tall boots is uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and even a bit frustrating. It takes some time. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the process along.

Wear Heel Lifts

It’s generally recommended to…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 3, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Balance and How to Achieve It - Part III

We covered the physical part of balance, now let's continue with the mental challenges.

I become mentally unstable when frustration takes over. I start with doubting my capabilities as a horsewoman and rider. I doubt I will not make it to the next step, will never be a self-confident enough rider, am generally…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on September 3, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Mounting Block Manners

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 2, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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