July 2014 Blog Posts (41)

5 Ways to Help Your Horse Recover From a Show

Do you have a special routine for your horse each time you come home from a show? Horse shows take a lot out of our horses, both physically and mentally. Here are some ways you can help your horse recover from the demands of horse shows.


The first step that you can take in helping your horse recover from a show is to make sure that he…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 31, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to Handle Horse Eye Injuries

If you work around horses long enough, you’ll learn how to handle all manner of scrapes and injuries. But have you ever had to deal with an eye injury before? Eye injuries can be some of the most serious in horses, and require immediate treatment. Knowing how to properly handle eye injuries may mean the difference between whether or not your horse recovers…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 30, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cowgirl up

We purchase a lot in our life as horse addicts and riders. But some items just protrude. Because of their quality, their looks, their durability or simply because they come in so handy.

Like my hat. It's a stetson felt hat, brown with a string around the neck. I picked it from perceived a thousand models somewhere in a store in Montana, US. I was wearing it on my trip home and gathered some irritated looks from urbane travelers at the Frankfurt hub. I…


Added by Nadja Mueller on July 30, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Basics... boring or breakthrough?!

I've been travelling to the east almost every week for about 6 months now, although I'm currently on 4 beautiful weeks at home.  Because of this, you can imagine that I'm not exactly getting a lot of riding in!  My young horse continues his training with my coach, but my 'fool around' mare hasn't been getting out much.

Finally we decided to pull her hind shoes and punt her into the field. Until I bought her, she'd really always been in a field, but it can be a major pain in the…


Added by MagsNMe on July 29, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fencing Your Horse Property for Functionality

Caring for horses takes a lot of hard work and time, but the way that your fence your property can actually reduce your workload and save you time. If you’re planning the layout of your horse property, or if you’ll be redoing your property in the future, careful planning can pay off with big rewards in your daily work.



Added by Buckley Fence on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Does your saddle fit? Guest post by Jill Southern


After Dressage Hafl's article on Horsemanship and Dressage, the topic of the second guest blog is saddle fitting. Jill Southern, who has written a…

Added by Nadja Mueller on July 29, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

The Nez Perce Horse

Appaloosas roamed the Americas during the 19th century. The Nez Perce Indians knew these horses well, and the horses were central to the Nez Perce Tribe. These Appaloosas were highly athletic, elegant, and prized by the Nez Perce. They carried entire tribes great distances and helped the Nez Perce hunt and survive. However, the horses were taken away by the U.S. Cavalry at the Nez…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 28, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Added by Saving Equine on July 25, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Making the Most of Days When It's Too Hot to Ride

When the temperature climbs over 90° and the humidity is high, sometimes it’s best not to ride your horse. And while not being able to ride is disappointing, the day doesn’t have to be a total loss. There are many ways to continue moving forward with your horse even when you can’t be in the saddle. Here are a few great ways to put a non-riding day to…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 25, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Breaking up is hard to do. Is it time?

It was lunch break and the clinician came into the lounge to eat. She was an experienced competitor and focused clinician with a reputation for being a bit cantankerous.

A few of us were there eating and after a moment an auditor asked if she might have some advice about her…


Added by Anna Blake on July 25, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

How to Use Hills to Your Riding Advantage

Hills on your property can be a great training and conditioning tool, and there are various ways to use hills to your advantage when riding and conditioning your horse. Here are a few tips so that you can put hills to work for you.

Keep Safety First

Hills help to condition your horse and develop his muscles in strength, but they are only…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Lyme Disease: Is Your Horse at Risk?

Nobody likes finding ticks on their horses, but if you live in the Northeast part of the country, ticks carry with them an added risk: Lyme disease. If you’ve ever had to treat your horse for Lyme disease you know how difficult it can be. Is your horse at risk for Lyme disease and if so, what can you do to prevent it? We’ve got the answers for you.

What is Lyme…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Keeping Your Horse Stress Free at Shows

Does your horse get nervous and stressed at shows? A stressed horse will likely put in a subpar performance, and stress can result in a distracted and nervous horse. You can help to keep your horse calm at horse shows in a number of different ways. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Be Well-Prepared

The better prepared you and your horse…


Added by Buckley Fence on July 22, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Marwari Horse

The Marwari is an interesting, unique looking breed. Its long history dates back to the 1100's, making today’s breed an important part of Indian culture.


The Marwari breed originated in the Marwar region of India. It is believed that the Marwari is the result of Indian ponies which were crossed with Arabians. The Marwari was first bred in the 1100's by the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

My horse doesn't understand me - do I reinforce the aid or do I change it?

Do you remember the post about talking with the ears? You find it here. This one is the sequel. 
I‘d suggested to look at your horse‘s ears if he doesn‘t react to an aid. If you see them pointing in your direction, you‘ll know that the horse is listening and trying to understand you. If he doesn‘t react appropriately it‘s because he is…

Added by Nadja Mueller on July 21, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Equine History: Misty of Chincoteague Was Born July 20, 1946

If you were a horse-loving child, chances are that at some point you read Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague. Maybe you went on to read Stormy, Misty’s Foal, and even Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague. Misty of Chincoteague became a classic in the literary canon of horse stories, but do you know that it was…


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

What to do when your horse is stiff to one side doing circles and figures?

We have had some very good discussions at La Mancha about stiffness and suppleness and how to help a horse develop towards being able to bend evenly going both directions by gently straightening and suppling him. 

For Manolo, suppling is not achieved by asking the horse for more bend on his stiff side then his soft side while riding or working in-hand and making him work in smaller circles and figures to "make" his stiff side "give",…


Added by Manolo Mendez on July 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Is Your Horse Telling You That He's Too Hot?

High Temperature

Your horse’s normal temperature should be between 99° and 101°F. If your horse’s temperature exceeds that range, he is becoming overheated and needs to be cooled down. It’s a good idea to bring a thermometer along with you to any shows or events that you’ll be riding at so that you can monitor your horse’s…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Donkeys for Peace: Edgar Rice Burro, my Hero.

It was the gelding’s day for the south pasture, the best turnout spot. They are athletic boys who like to start with a few wind sprints. Then somebody pretends to be afraid of something invisible and they bolt off bucking and farting and air kicking .…


Added by Anna Blake on July 18, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

5 Things You Can Learn from Watching Young Riders

When you were young did your riding instructor encourage you to watch the lessons of older, more experienced riders? Watching experienced riders is a popular way to learn about desirable riding techniques. But have you ever considered that you can learn from younger, less experienced riders too? If you haven’t spent some time recently watching younger riders in their…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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