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The Top Five Reasons for Investing in a Round Bale Feeder for Your Horses

Round bale feeders are becoming one of the most popular ways for feeding horses, having many advantages over other types of feeder, and ensuring that your horses are able to get just the amount of hay that they need, without having to fight over it and without wasting hay – ultimately saving you money. This post will look at the top five reasons why you should invest in a round bale feeder for your…


Added by Jennifer Albert on August 27, 2014 at 2:55am — No Comments

5 Fundamental Equestrian Clothing available Online on Discounted Rates

Those horse aficionados who have just started taking interest in equestrian often find it confusing a venture when they are to select equestrian clothing. There are few fundamental equestrian clothing which you will find quite mandatory while riding a horse. The purpose of such clothing is to shun injuries. Either such clothing you can buy from local store or you can purchase online. If you don’t have…


Added by Jennifer Albert on August 27, 2014 at 12:58am — No Comments

The Benefits of Single Gates Versus Double Gates

Are you struggling with the decision of whether to install single gates or double gates on your equine property? Double gates, which open out from the center into either direction, provide more space than single gates, but they can also be difficult to…


Added by Buckley Fence on August 26, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments

The Biomechanics of the Trot to Canter Transition

Does your horse just trot faster and faster when you ask it to canter from a trot? Find out why in this interview excerpt with Dawn Hill Adams, Ph.D. about the biomechanics of the trot to canter gait transition.

Added by Understanding the Horse on August 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments



QUESTIONS: What differences can you find between the top and bottom frames looking closely at Clint and Manolo's body, posture, tack, etc..We counted at last thirteen. 

What clues do these differences give you as…


Added by Manolo Mendez on August 25, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Missouri Fox Trotter Horse History

A truly American breed, the Missouri Fox Trotter originated from crossbreeding various popular breeds of horses. What resulted is a unique horse whose “fox trot” gait provides a smooth and comfortable ride.


The Missouri Fox Trotter originated in – you got it – Missouri. The breed was the result of the crossing of many different breeds, including the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Balance - And How to Achieve It - Part I

Balance is one of the main ingredients for a successful partnership with a horse - be it on the ground or riding. When looking at the horse from a horsemanship perspective, we check his physical, mental and emotional balance. With us humans, it's the same. We can loose our balance because our…

Added by Nadja Mueller on August 25, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Back to School: How You and Your Horse Can Benefit From Going Back to Basics

As the show season progresses, it’s easy to get caught up in competition and your goals of advancing through the levels. However, it’s back-to-school season, and both you and your horse can benefit from it. Taking a few rides to focus on the basics can make your more advanced riding even better. Here’s why you might want to take your…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Recipe for Patience.

I want to start by saying I used to consider patience the exact same thing as procrastination. I had no time for patience. It was a dull, slow-witted thing, so foreign to me that I couldn’t even figure out what it was that people did while they were being patient. You know? Patience…


Added by Anna Blake on August 22, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Deal with Tail Rubbing

Have you ever walked into a barn only to discover that your horse was apparently rubbing his tail all night long? Tail rubbing can quickly cause major damage to a tail that can take a long time to regrow and restore. Horses typically rub their tails for a few common reasons. If you identify the right one, you can treat your horse and have him comfortable and back to normal…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 21: Second Successful Show

Now we are in the refinement stage. Only scored 58.3% and placed 8th out of 8 at the dressage show last Sunday (17th Aug), so no decorations for the barn, but I am still deliriously happy because, in almost all other regards, everything went perfectly.

As anyone who has ever gone to any event can attest, there are always tasks to do, many must be in a certain order and by a…


Added by B. G. Hearns on August 20, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Beach Riding: What You Need to Know

Galloping your horse along the surf, water splashing up around you as the sun sets – it’s on any rider’s bucket list. As summer draws to an end, some beaches will once again open up to horses. If you’ve never ridden your horse on the beach before, it’s an experience that you’ll definitely want to have at least once. Here are some ways to ensure that your first ride on the beach…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Riding Your Horse on a Schedule

As school starts up and we move into fall, it seems like our schedules get tighter and tighter. Tight schedules mean that you might be cutting your rides short. Here are some great ways to make your ride on a tight schedule a success.

Groom Only What's Important

While it’s great to spend some quality time grooming your horse, when you have a tight schedule the…


Added by Buckley Fence on August 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

From August 23rd through September 7th, top equestrians and their equine partners will descend on Normandy, France to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Participation in the World Equestrian Games is an accomplishment in…


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

Heels Down: 5 Tips to Help

Carrying proper weight in your heels is the foundation to a secure seat when riding, but many riders struggle with getting their heels down deeply enough. If you’d like to be able to drop your heels down further while in the saddle, we’ve got some great exercises you can try.

Check for Proper Leg Alignment and Stirrup Length

If you’re riding with an improper…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

You be the Judge.

“Too bad about that half pass to the left.”

My horse and I were leaving the arena after my test, reins long and my trademark competition smile: Lips stuck on my gums above my teeth. I had a great horse.

The comment was made by a woman who felt no sympathy at all for…


Added by Anna Blake on August 15, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Get Involved in Horse Biomechanics Book

Most riders echo the sentiment expressed by this high-level professional dressage trainer, who said, “As a riding teacher, trainer and student of ‘the horse’ I’ve searched high and low to understand how to make the horses job easier for them and applicable for my students. Various training…


Added by Understanding the Horse on August 14, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

4 Tips for Calming the Energetic Horse

If your horse just has too much energy and is too excitable, your first impulse might be to put him on a calming supplement. But before you reach for that supplement bucket, there are a few other things that you should try first that can make a big difference in your horse’s energy levels.

Increase Turnout Time

Too much time in a stall  can lead to excess…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What You Need to Know About Tying Up

Tying up, also known as exertional rhabdomyolysis, or ER, is a syndrome that affects the horse’s major muscle groups and tissues. When a horse is tying up, he can present as being unable to walk or move, since his body cannot control what would be normal muscle contraction and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Oh no! There's slack in the rope - an irony post

I did a post on 3 behaviors you can change that will sky-rocket the quality of your horse's life (I know that sounds a bit too bombastic). 

One of them is to give him some slack in the rope. I illustrated the "dramatic…


Added by Nadja Mueller on August 13, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

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