July 2015 Blog Posts (37)

Helmets, Gravity, and Human Superiority.

August 1st is International Helmet Awareness Day. It’s the day Riders4Helmets started, in the wake of US Olympian Courtney King-Dye’s traumatic brain injury, to raise awareness and promote equestrian…


Added by Anna Blake on July 31, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ways to Work Show Horse Ribbons into Your Home Decor

Gold trophy cups

As we work our way through show season, do you find that your ribbons are starting to take over, well, everything? You can only hang so many ribbons from your horse's stall door or in your tack room. If you’d like to work some of your favorite ribbons into your home décor, we’ve got…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Harnessing The Power of the Half Halt

The half halt should be one of the earliest things that riders learn to master when learning to ride their horse. It is a vital part of riding well and being able to performing accurate, balanced movements with your horse. However, while many riders understand the concept of the half halt in theory, unfortunately the carrying out of the actual movement leaves a lot of room for improvement.

You can listen to the audio version of this blog post…


Added by Lorna Leeson on July 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

What to Do If Your Horse Is Foundering

What to Do If Your Horse Is Foundering

Founder is a serious condition that can have debilitating consequences if not quickly treated. The term "founder" refers to a condition where the coffin bone inside your horse’s hoof moves down inside the hoof capsule. Spring grasses put horses at a particularly high risk of founder, but founder is a condition that can really occur at any time. Do you know…


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

Simplifying The Shoulder In

Does the thoughts of riding shoulder in leave you feeling less than confident in your riding abilities.  Are you a little unsure about the angle, the bend and the degree of collection required in order to successfully ride the movement? Shoulder in is super for encouraging suppleness and collection in your horse, however if ridden incorrectly, things can quickly begin going the opposite way of your desired results...

The audio version of this…


Added by Lorna Leeson on July 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Do tell

I am writing this as though writing a story, however all this did take place on one the days I was horse sitting, it puzzled and amused me, but I never thought to mention it or inquire about it, writing it off as nothing important, but now after watching the herd dynamics at Beekman I can't help but wonder, what was going on? 

It was a hot summer day in June,and I was busy mucking Rose's stall out. Julie had left for four days and I was in charge of taking care of the horses.…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 26, 2015 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

CAUTION: Horse Will Kick

 Oh the joys of dealing with loud, eager children and hot, grumpy horses. I don't know how many times I said to walk in a wide circle around the horses back legs. At some point I put an orange cone behind Cruiser and said very loud, 'Caution! Horses will kick, walk in a wide circle around their legs!'. That worked for a little while, but eventually kids went back to hugging…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

My Plans Are Upset--But At Least I Get to Ride Tilly Again


I got to the stable Wednesday, all prepared to ride Tercel again and ready to see if I could get my Stubben Siegfried to fit him.  Of course I also brought out my EZ-Fit saddle to use if the Stubben did not fit at all.  I got there, Debbie’s car was not there, I went into the stable and Debbie’s daughter Sam told me that Debbie’s mother had died the night before, so everything was in total confusion.  Sam kindly gave me a lesson on Tilly and since I had brought out my…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

What salt block is best for horses?

Question: When we went to buy my new horse a salt block there were so many choices! I was told the brown one was best, then a customer in the store told me to buy the red one, so I didn’t buy anything! And they have blue and white ones too!! Help! Are the colors poisonous?…


Added by April Reeves on July 24, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Learn How to Fat Score Your Horse

Do you know how to tell if your horse is just the right weight?

Fat and obese horses are now at epidemic levels in Britain, the charity World Horse Welfare has warned.

The charity released findings of a major survey indicating the public has trouble recognizing an obese horse and the health concerns that can generate.

More than half of 2150 members of the general public surveyed either did not correctly recognise an overweight horse or, if…


Added by Barnmice Admin on July 24, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Behavior, Personality, and Anxiety.

Can you tell the difference between personality, who a horse is, and behavior, what a horse does?

With people it can be a bit easier because we are used to separating the two. We’re taught to “hate the sin and love the sinner.” Most of us know someone who is kind and funny,…


Added by Anna Blake on July 24, 2015 at 8:53am — No Comments

What To Do With Your Legs While Riding

Do you find yourself a tad confused as to what exactly to do with your legs while you ride?  Do you find that even if you know what to do, degree of pressure to use or how often to apply the aid is confusing you?

You are hearing terms such as 'Keep your leg on', 'use your leg', 'more leg', 'leg', 'soften your leg', 'support with your leg', 'back up your leg'... leg, leg, leg!!!

You can listen to the audio version of this blog post…


Added by Lorna Leeson on July 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tips for Creating the Ideal Viewing Room

A viewing room often acts as the hub of a barn – it’s a place for riders and others to gather and relax while watching friends or family ride. Your viewing room may also double as a lounge or meeting place. Whatever its purpose, these tips for creating an ideal viewing room can ensure that the room is welcoming and functional.

Don't Underestimate the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Design Your Barn to Save You Time


Do you find that you’re often busy and need to squeeze in time for riding? The way that you design your barn can save you time in the daily care of your horses. When you plan your barn, think about how the following elements can save you time when you take care of your horses every day.

Build Stalls That Open into the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 22, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Building Your Riding Fitness While in the Saddle

Do you find yourself huffing and puffing after a few strides of canter?  Have you been riding less recently and find that now your back in the saddle, your less effective than before?  Are you spending hours schooling your horse but seeing little to no difference in his way of going...

It often amazes me how much time, effort, planning and work riders put into conditioning and increasing the fitness levels of their horses and yet completely fail to invest even a little of that towards…


Added by Lorna Leeson on July 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Setting Up Better Canter Transitions

Who doesn't love to canter?  It may just be the most enjoyable gait to ride when in the saddle for many riders, however it is also the gait that might just have us working the hardest to actually successfully get there and then, returning back to trot or walk seems to also open a whole can of worms for many riders too!!

In fact, often the lack of competence felt by a rider with regards to riding smooth, balanced canter transitions is enough to make them avoid canter like the plague...…


Added by Lorna Leeson on July 21, 2015 at 11:47am — No Comments

4 Horse-Themed Summer Road Trips

Horse-Themed Summer Road Trips

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road for a road trip, and what better idea than to make your road trip horse-themed? Looking for some great ideas for summertime horse road trips? We’ve come up with some perfect destinations for you.

Visit Kentucky Horse Park

There’s probably no better horse-themed…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 21, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tilly is a Pony


The heat wave continues down here in NC, highs in the 90’s as far as one can see.  I just got to ride once this week, but to help alleviate my boredom I got to ride a horse I’ve never ridden before!

Tilly is a pony, about 13.3?  She is a sort of “dusty” palomino with a lot of pink skin around her muzzle.  She is 30 years old, and I learned a little about her history.  She was supposed to be horse sized (her dam was 16.1,) but her dam died the day after birth and she…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 18, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to (not) desensitize your horse

A few days ago during a lesson. We had a bag attached to the stick and were waving it in front of the horse's nose and to her shoulder. The owner pondered: "Sometimes I have the impression that she doesn't respect the whip anymore". 

And this is why today's post is about sensitizing and desensitizing (and the mistakes we tend to make).…


Added by Nadja Mueller on July 17, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

Consistency: Doing Math in the Saddle.

Consistency is a great aid but do you know how it actually works? There’s an analogy I heard decades ago that has stuck with me. It involves bank accounts. You’re right; never listen to me about money, but it’s not that kind of bank account.…


Added by Anna Blake on July 17, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

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