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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 — No Comments

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

Trail Riding Safely During Hunting Season

The fall foliage is beginning to emerge, and trail riding is more beautiful and enjoyable than ever this time of year. But with the fall also comes hunting season, which can bring serious safety issues to your trail rides. While it’s still possible to head out on the trails in the fall, you will want to take some additional measures to keep you and your horse…

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Added by Buckley Fence on September 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Keep Them Coming Back For More: Driving Quality Traffic to Your Equine Business Website

By: Carol M. Aldridge



As a business owner, some of your top marketing priorities should include growing your audience and increasing your visibility. Although there are several ways to go about this, these three key strategies, work hand-in-hand:…



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Added by Carol Aldridge on September 1, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Thoroughbred Racehorse Zippy Chippy Loses His 100th Race on September 10th, 2004

Whereas many racehorses are renowned for their incredible winning careers, there’s one racehorse who is known for just the opposite. Zippy Chippy, a 1991 Thoroughbred gelding, lost an incredible 100 races during his racing career, the 100th race being at the Northampton Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts on September 10,…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Details That Make a Winner

We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?

Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Is an Equine Community Right for You?

If you’re tired of having non-horsey neighbors, an equestrian community can solve that issue. But before you look into moving in, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of life in an equestrian community. Is an equestrian community right for you?

Safety

One of the major advantages of living in an equestrian community is the safety that it…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

*Needs Confident Rider*

*Needs a confident rider*. If you see those words while paging though horse ads, what do you think? Used car salesmen don’t have a thing on horse traders. Would you climb in the saddle? Is it the punchline for a joke?

Maybe the real question is what horse doesn’t need a confident rider? It’s kind of a no-brainer when you look at it…

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Added by Anna Blake on August 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

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