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Riding with Intention.

Does anyone think they can hide their feelings from their horse? Even for a minute?

A horse’s physical awareness is so acute that they seem intuitive. Most of us think our horses are psychic because it’s easier to believe than how…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 6, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

Grooming for Wellness - more than cleaning!

Grooming your horse - chore or something to look forward to?

I have always loved to groom horses. There is just something wonderful about feeling that you are doing something good, right here and now, for the horse in question - whether your own or any horse for that matter.…

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Added by Stefanie Reinhold on March 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

~~~The Art of Jumping ~~~~~~

In order to be a jumper(as far as I care anyway) the rider and horse must both be confident, strong, experienced,aggressive and agile. Here some basic Jumping 411 FYI's: *most horses, unless injured,can jump

. . . . . . . . . *some horse enjoy jumping some don't 

. . . . . . . . . *most people can learn to jump a…

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Added by Paula Stevens on March 4, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Winter Weather Really Interferes With My Training Plans!

Winter Weather Really Interferes With My Training Plans!

The last time I rode was three weeks ago.  The last time I rode Tercel was four weeks ago, though Debbie did ride him three weeks ago.  Today was the first day I could ride in weeks, Debbie’s ring was not too wet, it was above freezing, and it was only misting this morning.  A good day to ride!

When we got out to the barn Debbie had not yet turned out Mia, just in case I felt like I needed to ride her since I had been out…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 4, 2015 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Are You Ready to Rescue a Horse?

Rescuing a horse is a noble cause, and it seems that there is always a horse in desperate need of a good home. But before you agree to rescue a horse, it is important to consider whether you are really ready to take on a rescue. Below are just a few of the resources that you will want to have before you…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 4, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Exactly what gives a horse the right to be labeled 'easy'????????????????

What defines an easy horse? What qualifications must a horse meet to be labeled as 'easy'? 

I consider the horse I used to ride as an easy horse. He is very laid back and easy going. He follows me like a puppy and does pretty much all I ask(usually). He never Spooks and bolts with me, bucked once and never again and I don't have to worry about him breaking away from me... ever. Lunging him…

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Added by Paula Stevens on March 2, 2015 at 6:15pm — 2 Comments

Ten Reasons Every Girl Needs a Horse. You won't be able to resist after this.

Let's see.... I'll be seventeen this September 8. That'll mean I'll have been trying to work owning a horse as a good idea into my parents minds for about... Mm.. eleven years? Yes, eleven. In all reality, being one of eight kids, seven of us homeschooled and still under the same roof. Living in the city of Lansing,…

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Added by Paula Stevens on March 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Keep Your Horse From Escaping

Your horse’s safety depends on him being contained, whether it’s in a pasture or his stall. As a horse owner or barn manager, it is your responsibility to make sure that your horses are safely contained, and that they cannot easily escape. As spring cleaning arrives, make it a point to evaluate your property and consider the following tips for…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 2, 2015 at 11:46am — No Comments

English, Western, whatever...

So, I've had Miss Mo for a year and a half at this point.  Just over a month ago, I had a terrible ride, and I though you know, next time I'll put the western saddle on.  Not really sure why I though that, just seemed like a good idea.  This was the beginning of learning that Mo HATES english.  I've been training her in dressage, she's almost a solid level 2 horse... hates it!  I kept riding in the western saddle, added a western bridle and she's a different horse.  She used to sweat on her…

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Added by MagsNMe on February 27, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Horse Blanket Repair Tips

Through the course of the winter season, horse blankets take a beating. Your horse’s blankets may be showing rips, tears, and even missing hardware. If you’re hoping to get them through just a few more months, then repairing them by hand is probably the way to go. These tips will help you get your blankets to last the…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Equine Cure for a Type-A Personality.

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Added by Anna Blake on February 27, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

Engaging the Horse's Head

What do we do if our horse breaks gait? Most of us will probably be annoyed, whack the horse and tell him to speed up again. Still, there is something in the mere act of breaking gait that‘s worthwile to think about.
Maybe you know the quote „Let your idea become the horse‘s idea“, which is pretty well known in horsemanship circles. We not only want our horse to follow the feel and understand the aids. We want him to understand what our focus…
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Added by Nadja Mueller on February 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

How To Take Great Engagement and Wedding Photos At the Barn

You’ve seen them: the stunning photos of a bride with her horse, or of an engaged pair mounted on horseback. The photos themselves are breathtaking, and you can only imagine the memories that went into their creation. When horses are a major part of your life, it’s natural to want to incorporate them into…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 26, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

Your Horse As Your Mirror

Huh?

Not to get all woo- woo on you but as a trainer I have the ability to sum up some of the key features in your real life, off-the-horse persona by how you ride and handle your horse. And your horse gives away those secrets.

 

Think about it...

Does your…

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Added by Deborah Bollman on February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If one door closes then another opens....my best one yet ^_^

All good times must come to an end so new ones can begin. We don't always want our good times to end because we enjoy them so much. When they do we feel depressed and torn,sometimes angry even. It appears to me my good times turned great are coming to an end but fear not, for new times are about to begin!

Six months ago I began riding lessons with fabulous horse named Cody and a patient, encouraging,…

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Added by Paula Stevens on February 25, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tips to Make Your Metal Tack Shine

From bits and stirrups to the silver on your Western saddle, knowing how to get a good shine out of your metal tack can make a big difference when you step into the show ring. These tips and tricks will help you to get your metal tack to shine like new.

Clean Regularly

Regularly…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Is Your Barn Too Close to Your House?

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on February 23, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

The Grandfather Horse. Not Dead Yet.

I haven’t written about the Grandfather Horse in over a year. Most of that time, I was scared half-to-death and the rest of the time, I was laughing too hard.

I know I’m supposed to credit for whatever equine skills I might have to my trainers (I worked with the best,) and the…

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Added by Anna Blake on February 20, 2015 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

My Achey Breakey Back - Can Riding Horses be Physical Therapy for Your Back?

So, a little while ago I decided to attempt rollerskating(against my will) at a cursed rollerskating ring, and I pulled a Shaggy(if you've ever seen Scooby Doo and watched episodes with Shaggy falling oh-so dramatically and amusingly,you know what I meant, stop laughing, it hurt), and I fractured my(tail) bone(I refuse to call it what it is, just Google it!) which resulted in a pained back. My doctor explained to me I would be sore for months and…

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Added by Paula Stevens on February 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Playtime in the Arena



Playtime in the Arena



It was a really, chilly night last night. When I got to the barn, it was only 5 degrees—warmer inside, of course. It was warm enough to ride, but Cole had that look in his eyes—that crazy, intense look he gets in the cold weather. I turned him out to play in the… Continue

Added by Judi Daly on February 19, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

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