December 2014 Blog Posts (50)

Struggling with My First Arena Ride of the Season

Struggling with My First Arena Ride of the Season


It was rainy, cold and dark.  It was time to try the indoor arena.


Just a reminder for my readers—I had issues with Cole in the arena in the…


Added by Judi Daly on December 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tips to Prepare for Your Horse's Move to a New Boarding Barn

When planning to move your horse to a new boarding barn, it’s helpful to make a to-do list to ensure that you get everything necessary done before the day of the move. Knowing that you have accomplished what you need to do before the move will make the actual moving day less stressful on both you and your horse. Need to put…


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

Twelve Days of Creative Christmas

To celebrate the festive season the Equestrian Creative Network (ECN) is giving creative professionals the chance to win a portfolio - each day for twelve days - to showcase their work free for a year. On two of the days in-house teams can win a portfolio to be able to use the ECN Newswire to help gain extra coverage for their press releases.



Added by Barnmice Media on December 19, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

Horse Rescue: Not for the Faint of Heart.

 Do you ever wonder if a rescue horse would be good enough to be your next horse? They have a different question—are you good enough for a…

Added by Anna Blake on December 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Tips for Choosing Stall Accessories

If a barn renovation or upgrade is in your plans for 2015, then choosing stall accessories will be on your to-do list. When choosing stall accessories, there are particular factors that you will want to look for. Here are some tips to ensure that you get the most out of the stall accessories that you…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Gifts for the Horse Lover in Your Life: Level 3

If you've been following our gift-giving series, you’ll know that our first two posts covered stocking stuffers and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Knowing when to be upset and happy about a ride

People, I have a problem. It's been my fatal flaw throughout my sixteen years of life.......I have a phobia of failing. It's true. The thought of falling anything-tests, riding, contests, anything, causes me to literally hive up. I'm serious. Right now my biggest issue is that I am not assertive enough with the horse I handle. I am a passive person, being assertive isn't in my DNA. Oh, I can be assertive, I just don't like it. It really frustrates me that I am having this problem with…


Added by Paula Stevens on December 16, 2014 at 11:36pm — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays!

At Christmas, for the last several years, my horse has tailored a popular Christmas carol to make her seasonal opinion known, and as always, I have opted to share it with others, because I believe most horses think pretty much the way mine does (that is, food is all-important):


I'm dreaming of a tasty Christmas ---

Treats coming in a steady flow.

Give me cookies, candy;

Mint chocolate’s dandy;

And I love carrots, don’t you know.




Added by Wendy Koch on December 15, 2014 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

2014 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity

From November 20th through December 13th this year, cutting horse enthusiasts will descend on Fort Worth, Texas. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity brings together the very best 3-year-old cutting horses under the roof of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event, offering $4…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 15, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Maybe This Saddle Will Work Better



Last week I offered Debbie the chance to see if my old German made dressage saddle would work for her Arab gelding Tercel.  This is an old calf-skin covered saddle I had found in pitiful condition in my feed store almost ten years ago.  It obviously had been ridden by someone in jeans (the leather jockeys covering the stirrup buckles were sadly worn,) and the saddle had obviously not been stored right because there were wrinkles in the calf-skin on the flaps, luckily not…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Physiology of a horse:when should they be broken in?

A friend of mine shared this on facebook and I just had to post it here. It's amazing. 

Equines less than 4 years are not supposed to carry a heavy weight and yes that is including the rider....

Once apon a time this was well known and horses were not considered usable until this age and the majority of the chosen educated horses were not at the prime age for education at the age of 15!



Added by Paula Stevens on December 14, 2014 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Horses - The First 5

"It's amazing what you can learn after you've learned all that you think there is to learn“ (Ray Hunt)

"The levels of competence: Unconsciously incompetent, consciously incompetent, consciously competent, unconsciously competent" (Pat Parelli)
Striving for competence with horses we…

Added by Nadja Mueller on December 14, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Judging Horses – Stick to the Score!

Attending the AQHA judges conference in Dallas – felt like being part of a large orchestra. One of 300 judges, tuning up to be on key with the standard, and in sync with one another. So many experienced, talented horseman,  yet personal preference, interpretation and bias were to be laid aside – a reminder to stick to the music score, without improvising.



Added by Lindsay Grice on December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Winter Horse Sitting Tips

As the holidays approach, you may find yourself horse sitting for friends or even for horse owners you don’t know. Caring for horses during winter is very different than caring for them in the summer, especially when you are the sole caretaker for a barn. When you’re horse sitting in the winter, there is some very important information that you should make…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Seasonal Training Aids.

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I’ll speak for myself. It’s only the middle of December and I’m a bit tired of this holiday season already. It probably has something to do with the days being so short. The noon sun is so low in the southern sky that a habitual twilight-squint has settled in between my eye brows.  It’s hard to find rhythm in all the hurry and fuss. Taking a nap on your nose…


Added by Anna Blake on December 12, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

Catching a Loose Horse After a Fall

Falls happen, unfortunately, and sometimes horses get loose as a result. If you fall off, or if you witness someone else falling off, you may have to catch a horse who is worked up or evasive. These tips will help you to handle the situation.

Check on the Fallen Rider First

If a horse gets loose as the result…


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

Gifts for the Horse Lover in Your Life: Level 2

Christmas shopping for a horse lover can be a challenge – what makes a practical gift, and what is unneeded? Our first post in this series had suggestions for great stocking stuffer ideas. Today we have ideas for gifts…


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

This Is Horse Slaughter In Canada

I’m not sure which horse is haunting me the most. There was Jack. Big part draft gelding, 23 years old. Skinny as skinny, with large white saddle sore scars. Someone used him hard and threw him away.

Ginger was 26, from the same place as Jack. Friendly and gentle. She came to the fence to say hello.

The Percheron filly was a black beauty. After her trip to Alberta she might be one of the chosen ones to be shipped live from the Calgary airport. If she survives…


Added by Heather Clemenceau on December 9, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

The Welsh Pony and Cob

The Welsh Pony and Cob are actually closely related Welsh breeds. Welsh breeds are divided into four different types, including the Welsh Mountain Pony, the Welsh Pony, the Welsh Pony of Cob Type, and the Welsh Cob. These similar breeds all share the same heritage, while their modern uses and characteristics have distinguished them into separate…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Gosh Darn It--Mia Changes Her Mind Again!

Mia, the nearly 30 year old Arab mare I ride, seems to be going through various issues as she ages.  Bits that used to be fully accepted start bothering her and she always lets me know in a few weeks if she wants me to change then.

Mia, in the past, has not particularly liked bitless bridles (old jumping caveson bridle, LG bitless, Nurtural cross-under bitless, Dr. Cook’s cross under…


Added by Jackie Cochran on December 7, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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