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Tips to Help You Care for Your Arena Footing


Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s important to turn your attention to your riding arena footing. Your arena has likely seen lots of use over the past few months, and that increased use can leave your footing in need of a little extra care. Put these tips to use to give your arena footing the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 4, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

Goats: A Different 12 Step Program.

It just hasn’t been the same since Sumo died. He was my last old-goat-standing and a card-carrying anarchist. He’d been un-fencable…


Added by Anna Blake on September 4, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

Storing Medication in Your Barn: What You Need to Know

Syringe and vials

When you own horses, especially those who are injury prone, you will probably accumulate quite a bit of medication. Whether bought over the counter or from your veterinarian, medications need to be handled and stored properly. Here’s how:

Create a Medication Cabinet

One of the most important precautions you should…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 3, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Riding Haunches In or Travers

Do you find that when you ask your horse to perform haunches in or travers, the forward movement tends to get a little 'stuck'?  It feels as though he is on his tippy toes, pottering along with no inclination to get to the other end of the arena?!

The Daily Strides Podcast on this topic is …


Added by Lorna Leeson on September 2, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Evaluating Your Barn Prior to a Barn Renovation


Barn Roof

Since you’ll be doing construction on your barn, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the roof to make sure that it doesn’t need repair or replacement. Chances are your barn has been in existence for years, so thoroughly evaluate the roof for any repairs that may need to be performed. The last thing you want to do is fix up…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 2, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Acoustic guitar: Buy or not to buy?

Many people, who love music, make it a point to learn at least one instrument and continue playing it for the rest of their life. Some of them turn their hobbies into a professional source of income while some of them simply let their passion drive them.

In this case, some of the instruments can be transported all the time while some of them cannot be carried all the way.

For example, you cannot carry your piano everywhere. It will be costly and expensive too. There have been…


Added by Linda Durbin on September 2, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ways to Continue to Challenge Yourself as a Rider


Do you sometimes feel that your progress as a rider is slowing? It’s a natural occurrence, especially since some of us spend decades of our lives learning the art of riding. We’ve come up with some great ways that you can continue to challenge yourself as a rider, even when you’re feeling unmotivated.

Make Specific…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Back to School: Great Ways to Improve Your Riding Knowledge

Riding sport

It seems as though everyone is heading back to school right now, so it’s only fitting that you brush up on your own schooling when it comes to riding. While you don’t necessarily have to go back to school, there are some great ways you can improve your riding knowledge on your own.

Attend Clinics

One of the best ways…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Refining Your Walk to Canter Transition

Do you find that when asking your horse for canter, you tend to 'over do' some aspects of your aids?  Perhaps you throw your reins at your horse, or you try to 'push' too much with your seat or upper body...  You are shoving and bumping about in the saddle and when your horse eventually 'strikes' the canter, you are so far from where you want to be position wise, that it takes the first 5 to 10 strides just to get your limbs back listening to you before you can even begin to turn your mind…


Added by Lorna Leeson on August 31, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Oh, No, The Wind is Blowing! ACK!!!

Oh, No, The Wind is Blowing! ACK!!!

It was a rather nice summer day when I came out for my lesson on Wednesday. I was really appreciating the wind helping me cool off since the technical fabrics work so much better when there is a breeze. Debbie and I groomed and tacked Tercel up, and Tercel let me brush his ears out more, he did not enjoy it (sour look on his face) but he did not put up too much of a protest. Tercel even was good as Debbie led him out to the riding ring, tightened…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 30, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Increasing Your Horses Suppleness

Have you ever ridden a horse and they feel so wonderfully loose and pliable underneath you?  Perhaps you can remember how your horse was able to really and truly use his body and how the suppleness made it feel like he was performing movements in the best possible way that his body, fitness and confirmation allowed?

The Daily Strides Podcast episode on this topic is …


Added by Lorna Leeson on August 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Love Horses Forever.

We were born this way. It should be part of the Apgar test. It would resolve so much if newborns gave an early warning–just like any other heart condition.…


Added by Anna Blake on August 28, 2015 at 9:20am — 4 Comments

Dealing with a Buddy Sour Horse

beautiful blond cruzado horse outside horse ranch field

Have you ever owned a buddy sour horse? A buddy sour horse can make doing anything without his buddy difficult. Luckily, buddy sour behavior can be cured, and you can enjoy peaceful rides with your horse again.

Start Separation at Home

The first thing to do when dealing with a buddy sour horse is to start by breaking…


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

Asking Your Horse to Bend

Riding through a bend is something you will have to do every time you get in the saddle, whether it be the 4 corners of your arena or just the route you take to get from point A to point B.  It therefore makes good sense to work on your ability to navigate those bends successfully, without losing balance, rhythm, energy and focus each time you encounter a bend.

The Daily Strides Podcast episode for this topic is …


Added by Lorna Leeson on August 26, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Tips for Grooming a Grey Horse


If you own a grey horse, then you know how grey horses seem to be mud and dirt magnets. Unfortunately it’s impossible to hide dirt in a grey coat, so you will need to be talented in your grooming to have your grey horse looking great. These tips can help you in the challenge to keep your grey horse clean.…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 26, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Maintaining Control of Your Body After the Jump

You've just popped the fence and in your mind it was a success, mostly because you managed to stay on board for it!  However, as soon as your horse lands, you are beginning to think that your 'upright seat' is becoming more and more of a fantasy; in fact every stride your horse takes is literally bumping you further and further onto his withers... You lower leg is coming up and back, your sure that you have just lost your stirrups!  Who knew that jumping meant such an up close and personal…


Added by Lorna Leeson on August 25, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

How to Get a Good Deal When Buying a Used Horse Trailer


Buying a used horse trailer is a great way to save money over what you would pay if you bought a brand new horse trailer. There are many deals on used horse trailers – you just have to know how to find them. These tips can help you to get a good deal on a used trailer.

Buy During Off-Peak Season

The prices of trailers drop when…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 25, 2015 at 3:20pm — No Comments

The Shims Help

The Shims Help

Tercel was SO GOOD this week, though I did not think so at first!

When I got to the stable I told Debbie I wanted to figure out if Tercel could use shims in the Corrector pad. She brought him in, I put the Stubben on his back without the pad and it looked pretty level. Then I put the Corrector pad on first,…


Added by Jackie Cochran on August 22, 2015 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Simple fund raising idea for equine charities and rescue centres

How to increase charitable donations

Engage your potential sponsors and educate the public about your cause.


I hope I got your attention

And you have a few minutes to read through this simple action plan that will increase cash flow into your charity.



Added by Linda Finstad on August 21, 2015 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Sheath Cleaning: A Necessary Chore

Beautiful well-groomed stallion near white wooden fence

Sheath cleaning: It’s not a chore than anyone enjoys, but sheath cleaning is an important part of maintaining your male horse’s health. Here’s the information you need to know about sheath cleaning and how it relates to your horse.

Why Sheath Cleaning Is Important

When you clean your horse’s sheath, you remove…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 21, 2015 at 1:43pm — No Comments

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