August 2014 Blog Posts (40)

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 have been the first one to ask “Why does it matter?” But I’ve come to…


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?


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


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…


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

Riding the Herd-Bound Horse

Does your horse hate to leave his friends behind when it’s time to head out on a ride? Riding a herd-bound horse can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to help make separation from his buddies less stressful for your horse.

Understand Why Your Horse Is Herd-Bound

When working with a herd-bound horse, it’s important to remember that this…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

4 Steps to Great Hooves

We've all heard the saying, “No hoof, no horse.” Your horse’s hooves are the literal foundation to his soundness and athletic capabilities, so it’s important to take care of them properly. Want to help keep your horse’s hooves in great shape? These important approaches will help.

Regular Farrier Work

Your farrier is your closest ally in your horse’s hoof care,…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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 horse.…


Added by Jennifer Albert on August 27, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

5 Fundamental Equestrian Clothing Available Online at 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 fundamental knowledge about them, your investment may prove to be a failing…


Added by Jennifer Albert on August 27, 2014 at 12:30am — 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 navigate. Buckley Fence, LLC has come up with a solution to that, though – read on for…


Added by Buckley Fence on August 26, 2014 at 12:30pm — 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

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