March 2011 Blog Posts (58)

Important Horse Care Tips

Spring is pretty much here and before you know it: show season. In light of all the training and preparing you’ll be doing, here are a few tips on caring for your horse that should keep him or her in top shape.



Maintaining Manes: during the summer show season it gets hot. This might cause your horse’s mane to become dry and start to frizz. In addition to regular shampooing and conditioning, apply olive oil to keep it soft and shining.



Pink Noses: also in… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 15, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

~The Dressage Affaire CDI~

     Chance and I had another great show March 9th – 13th!  We packed up and headed to Del Mar, CA on Wed. for The Dressage Affaire CDI.  We had a pretty large group from the barn going with Ashleigh showing Fab, Alex showing Ari, Tori showing Viktor, and Colby showing Capri.  It was a lot of fun and we all…

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Added by Catherine Chamberlain on March 15, 2011 at 8:41am — 2 Comments

Starting Young Horses

It’s not recommended you start a horse young. You should be waiting till they are at least four years old which is about when horses finish growing. Otherwise, starting them too young can cause damage to their skeletal structure and weakens their muscles and ligaments. It’s also a deterrent to some horse buyers who are aware of the damage it causes.



However if you feel you can’t wait, there are ways of reducing the damage. Make sure your horse is going through long straight lines in… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 14, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Wild Horse Inmate Program

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a government organization responsible for numerous things, one of them being to solve problems for the thousands of wild mustangs that roam American land. One of their sponsored programs, the Wild Horse Inmate Program, involves the rehabilitation of inmates using wild horses. The program carefully selects convicted inmates and allows them to train horses as part of their rehabilitation. Once the horses are able to execute a walk, trot and lope under… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 14, 2011 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

Rider to Watch for: Ben Asselin

Calgary native Ben Asselin is definitely turning heads in the Grand Prix show ring. As of last year, his career highlights include five perfect rounds at the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championship- landing him individual and team gold, winning the $32,500 Laramide Oil and Gas Grand Prix in the CS12* Rocky Mountain Classic I Show Jumping Tournament and named… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Professionalism

Yesterday i was at a dressage show, chatting with a 'trainer' who I know, but never trained with. Was telling her who I was working with, and she made a snide comment. Not what I would expect, but, well, some people are petty.



So, today my little girl had another session ground driving. We talked about something they wanted to try with her. And, my trainer, as she always does, says you need to be comfortable with it, this is how it works, the vast majority of horses figure it out…

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Added by MagsNMe on March 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

The Horse is Out of the Barn!

Why are we so focused on "the cure"?

It’s commendable how people have banded together to find “the cure”.  I doubt there is anyone reading this who hasn’t somehow contributed to the fight to cure…

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Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on March 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

The Horse as Therapist -- Part II

And yet another poetic rambling courtesy of my alter ego, Shakespeare "The Equine."

 

Enjoy!

 

The Horse as Therapist -- Part II…



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Added by Bear on March 13, 2011 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

SPLAT

The sound one fat 39 year old lady makes hitting the ground off a cantering horse...



Ah, my poor little girl. There was a scary tire with a white rim at the one end by the mounting block. Now just because she inspected it and put her nose on it before I got on her is no reason to think she'd be okay with it. So, we start walking on a loose rein, as we always do. At least once around each direction, just like everyone says you should. And we were at that end, and there was apparently… Continue

Added by MagsNMe on March 12, 2011 at 10:42pm — 4 Comments

Olympic Tickets go on Sale Soon!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday March 15th, tickets for the Olympics go on sale in North America! CoSport is the official hospitality package provider and authorized ticket seller in the US for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They will begin to offer tickets in just three days time, which will also mark the 500 day countdown to the games Opening Ceremony.



The first phase of ticket sales will offer more then 58,000 tickets to be available to the 650+ sporting sessions hosted. About… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 12, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Barn Cautionaries

In every business there are risks. Owning and/or running a stable is no different. Just be knowledgeable about the risks so you have an idea of how to prevent them. Thefts, people who come for lessons without an intention of ever paying and rider accountability are just three of them. Here are a few tips on preventing either of them.





Thieves



While boarders generally won’t steal from each other, it’s outsiders you have to be careful of. There are numerous… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 11, 2011 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Natural Wound Remedies

There are lots of different items you can buy at your local tack store geared towards healing a cut on your horse. A few of them have ingredients that can be hard to read. However there are several more natural methods that have been used for years that cure equine cuts just as well. Maybe even reduce scarring.



One method is honey. Try picking up the most natural and organic product you can find. This will work the best. Also try hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel. Both can be found… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 11, 2011 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Showing From Home

Showing can be expensive so it’s nice to know there’s a way to cut trailering costs and stay at home to do it. You can even compete against riders from all over the country while you’re at it. Thanks to developments by the International Performance Horse Development Association (IPHDA), it’s now possible to show your horses in western disciplines from the comfort of your home.



IPHDA offers eight progressive levels of competition in… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Saddle Fit and Saddles That Don’t Fit!

I am presently still off and on working in Florida until the beginning of April. I recently went out to fit one of our saddles for a client to a horse (like I always do!), but what I experienced there truly troubled me to the point that I had to write about it.



The owner and the trainer were both not present; the groom brought out this lovely, sad, little horse. I have rarely encountered such a pathetic picture of absolute dejection and misuse – probably totally unknowingly – and…

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Added by Jochen Schleese on March 11, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Taking the Blame.



It’s generally considered good manners in the barn to graciously take the blame anytime your horse is less than spectacular, and give your horse all the credit after a good ride. But it is more than manners, it is also a rider’s responsibility.…

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Added by Anna Blake on March 11, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

In praise of ground driving...

Well, my little Maggie, she's quite a challenge. She bucks, she kicks, she throws herself around. She's very talented, but a difficult ride. My trainer and I have been working with her diligently and she's greatly improved, but she still has some issues.



So, my trainer's father came over from Germany to do some driving clinics, he's a professional 4 in hand driver, very very experienced. He's also breaking some of the horses at the barn to drive. We thought we'd see if there was… Continue

Added by MagsNMe on March 10, 2011 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Showing From Home

Showing can be expensive so it’s nice to know there’s a way to cut trailering costs and stay at home to do it. You can even compete against riders from all over the country while you’re at it. Thanks to developments by the International Performance Horse Development Association (IPHDA), it’s now possible to show your horses in western disciplines from the comfort of your home.



Entering is fairly easy. Simply go to the IPHDA website and choose from one of their… Continue

Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 10, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Trouble with Being a Horse - award-winning horse novel

The Trouble with Being a Horse has just won the NABE Spring 2011 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction! I'm very excited about winning this award and it's helping to open up doors all over. Several book stores and tack stores in the US are interested in carrying it, which will be a great addition to the stores that already have it in Canada.

So far, the reviews have been (mostly) very positive and it's not just young…

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Added by Emily Edwards on March 9, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Near Loss of the Trakehner

We all recognize the Trakehner as a world class horse. They have excelled in the hunter/jumper and dressage ring as well in various other equestrian pursuits and made numerous appearances at the Olympics for years. They have also played influence in developing more modern types of warmbloods such as Canadian and American warmbloods. So it’s hard to believe such an elegant and versatile breed was nearly lost during World War II.



Trakehners were first bred and developed in…

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Added by The HorseLady Blog on March 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Saddle Up and Take Her For a Ride

There are a vast variety of horse saddles depending on the type of riding one wishes to do. The four main types of saddles are the English, Western, Military, and Asian. Of course these are very broad categories. The English saddles can be further categorized into saddles for Polo Riding, Show Jumping etc. There are a variety of other styles such as Sidesaddle, however they are less commonly used.

 

The English saddle is very small and horizontal, it has built in padding but…

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Added by fedora cross on March 9, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

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