November 2014 Blog Posts (36)

Horses give us the wings we need to fly..... so let's soar!

Free. That's how I feel everytime I ride 'my'  horse indoors and outdoors. Empowered. I think we all feel Empowered when we sit upon the back of a nine-hundred pound animal and ride. How could we not feel this way? Great kings, emperors, leaders and generals and even traitors rode today's horse.

 Alexander the Great had Bucephalus. Genghis Khan was believed to have a stunning Akhal-teke. George Washington rode Nelson,  a horse who carried him through Valley Forge and Yorktown.…


Added by Paula Stevens on November 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Debbie's Horse Gets to Try a Different Saddle

Debbie, my wonderful riding teacher and manager of a big stable (38 horses or so) has a dream of doing long distance riding.  She has her horse, Tercel, an Arabian gelding, but since he is an Arab it can be difficult to find a saddle that FITS him.  If you are going to ride a horse long distances, a well fitting saddle is essential if you want a sound, usable horse at the end of the ride.  She already bought one saddle that ended up not really fitting Debbie or Tercel, and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 29, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Being Grateful for Things You Don’t Like.

My favorite training mentor had a habit that drove me nuts. She would be working with a horse who spooked or flipped his head or had some other issue that made him a disaster and when she climbed on, if you were close, you could hear her say in a low…


Added by Anna Blake on November 28, 2014 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Ride Like You've Never Been Thrown

1st of the series 'Ride Like You've Never Been Thrown' From the Rider Newspaper*

Part 1


As Equine enthusiasts, some of us dream of spending every waking hour at the barn. Some spend exorbitant amounts of money on their lovable steeds. We talk a different stable language even in the presents of our ‘unstable’…


Added by Cheryl Bruder on November 26, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Choose a Show Name for Your Horse

What's in a name? Well, a lot, actually. And when it comes to naming horses, especially those that have to be registered, you may find yourself facing quite the challenge. Coming up with a good name that you like and that fits your horse can take some time, creativity, and even a little bit of luck. Searching for a good horse show name for your horse? These…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Chincoteague Pony

Are you a sucker for pintos? How about round, fluffy ponies? The Chincoteague Pony combines both of those characteristics into an eye-catching pony with a rich and unusual history. Chincoteague Ponies, which actually live on Assateague Island off of the coast of Virginia, have been popularized by the best-seller, Misty of…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 24, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Creating Balance Between Liberty and Ridden Work

Can you ride the same horse that you play with at liberty?  Is riding going to damage the partnership?  How can you combine the two styles and how do you introduce them?

Extra is my liberty horse and she gallops around me with her red mane whipping and tail like a ball of fire chasing her down the field.  She prances up to me snorting and blowing.  Everything about…


Added by Heather Nelson on November 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

A Holistic Approach to Anxiety in Horses

So often in my work as an equine sports therapist I see and hear about horses struggling with anxiety. Whether it be the gelding who sweats himself silly in the trailer, or the mare who can’t eat when the horse across the aisle is looking at her, it seems that anxiety is a very common affliction among our…


Added by Christine Beattie on November 22, 2014 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Horses Equal Happiness Which Equals Health

It has been said that people who are happy have lower blood pressure, less stress and live longer. Those who are always miserable and grumpy have higher blood pressure, more stress and don't…

Added by Paula Stevens on November 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

National Go for a Ride Day

Did you know that tomorrow is National Go for a Ride Day? National Go for a Ride Day encourages everyone to get out and go for a ride, whether it be by car, bicycle, train, or, of course, horseback. If you want to celebrate National Go for a Ride Day, or if you’re just looking for a change of pace, then think about giving one of these fun suggestions a…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Abuse -When do you speak up?

Do you ever get haunted by a situation where you wish you had said something? Mine was 18 months ago. As I drove away from a lesson, I pulled over to check my messages, facing a riding arena where a roping event was going on. It was a perfect summer night and riders were warming up. There was some light bantering passed around, followed by good-natured…


Added by Anna Blake on November 21, 2014 at 9:13am — 2 Comments

Influential Female Riders Today

Stacy Westfall. Beezie Madden. Debbie McDonald. These are just three out of many great riders out there.  Stacy Westfall is best known for her natural horsemanship, riding bareback and bridle less every time. She's competed in many competitions, appeared at the Quarter Horse Congress for guest performances. She is best remembered for her farewell routine on Wizards…


Added by Paula Stevens on November 20, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Use Horse Stall Partitions to Create Atmosphere In Your Barn

There are many ways to create atmosphere in your barn, such as the use of high ceilings, wide aisles, and plenty of natural light with barn windows and skylights. But one factor will have a significant influence on the atmosphere of your barn:…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dead jockey Sign for New Life?

Frank Hayes, born 1883 died 1923 due to a heart attack he had on June fourth.  He rode a lovely mare named Sweet Kiss(later renamed)  in a race in Belmont Park in New York. Sweet Kiss's owners didn't expect her to win any races in her lifetime, but Frank convinced them to let him try her out.  Not only did the name win, but Frank set history.  Half way through the…


Added by Paula Stevens on November 19, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How to Keep Horse Stall Water From Freezing in the Winter

When the temperatures dip below 32 degrees, keeping the water in your horse stalls from freezing can be a challenge. There’s only so much frozen bucket hammering that one can take during the winter, and freezing water buckets can put your horse at a higher risk of colic. There are a number of ways that you can help to keep stall water from…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Azteca: A Great Breed of Horse

It all started with Mexican farmers,looking for a horse able to do farm work,bullfighting and look nice. So they bred their Andalusion Stallions to Quarter Horse and Criollo…


Added by Paula Stevens on November 18, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Remembering Top Show Jumper Gem Twist

On November 18, 2006, the world lost one of its best show jumpers: Thoroughbred Gem Twist was euthanized following a pulled muscle that prevented him from standing. The 27-year-old horse led an impressive and inspiring career at the Grand Prix level under multiple riders.

Gem Twist, born in 1979, competed in show jumping…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on November 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

So that lasted long... and How to Restore an Oilskin!

"Oh yeah! I'm totally going to get into blogging on Barnmice!" Over 5 months later I have 2 blog posts to show for it. I will get back on the horse, and this time I won't get off it. Let's just pretend like that hiatus never happened, okay?

Last weekend I was very fortunate to be given a full length oilskin duster. The catch? It was covered in mold. I'm not talking like a little spotting, I'm talking old-leather-halter-left-in-a-barn-for-50-years moldy. When I texted…


Added by Ali Carpenter on November 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Waiting out the storm with the Dogs of War.

Last Monday I worked a couple of horses in the morning. The temperature dropped in the afternoon–by 54 degrees. I raced to the feed store to get an emergency stash…


Added by Anna Blake on November 14, 2014 at 9:52pm — No Comments

The Gentleness of Horses

I was musing the other day on the Connecticut judge who found that horses are "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."  (See Horses are vicious beasts in Connecticut…


Added by Wendy Koch on November 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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