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Planning to Say Goodbye

No one likes to talk about the day when we have to put our horses down, but facing euthanasia is often a very real and necessary part of horse ownership. If your horse is moving into his senior years, planning and discussing euthanasia and aftercare can help to make the difficult time a bit…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Playing the Lame Game...

They say that problems come in 3’s…

If so, then the sudden rash of  ‘lameness’ that’s been catching here on the farm of late should be over soon…

Handsome; but with a somewhat limited pain threshold!

Handsome; but with a somewhat limited pain…


Added by Lorna Leeson on October 22, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Benefits of Keeping a Horse Riding Journal

You have just finished cooling down from what, in your mind, was the best lesson you have had in months…

As you are tending to your horse, that afterglow feeling is radiating from you; the feeling of achievement and success.
 However, you notice that while you can look back over your lesson and remember details now; come two or three days time, when you are trying to replicate that feeling, you just cannot seem to repeat what you actually done to achieve it in the…

Added by Lorna Leeson on October 22, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Trakehner Horse History

The Trakehner, one of the most popular sport horse breeds today, originated almost 1,000 years ago. This warmblood breed makes an excellent dressage and jumper today. Have you ever ridden a Trakehner?


The Trakehner’s origin begins with the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Tips to Make Your Horse's Long Trailer Ride Go Smoothly

Shipping your horse over long distances can be stressful on you both. You want to ensure that the trip is minimally stressful for your horse, and you’ll also want to be sure that he stays safe and healthy. Here are some ways you can help to make sure that your horse’s trailer ride goes smoothly.

Choose a Shipper Carefully

If you…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Horse Rescue: The Psychological Aspect of Physical Abuse.

I boarded the first horse I owned as an adult. It gave me something I hadn’t had in the past: a barn family. It was a private…


Added by Anna Blake on October 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Seeking 'Horsey' Bloggers

Do you have a 'horsey' blog?  

Are you writing about your experiences with your horses, whether they be on the ground or in the saddle?

I am looking for some 'Equine Inclined' bloggers to use the Strides for Success audio horse riding lessons for three months, free of charge, and when finished write a review on their experiences with it.

Strides for Success creates Daily Strides which is aimed at novice riders wanting to improve their riding and horsemanship skills.…


Added by Lorna Leeson on October 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

5 Amenities You Will Want to Include in a Boarding Barn

When horse owners look for a potential boarding barn, there are certain amenities that they tend to seek out. Including these features in your barn can help to increase its demand as a boarding facility. Are you planning a barn that you intend to use for boarding? Then you’ll want to give serious thought to including these features.



Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

When Horse Emergencies Arise (And You're Not There)

With horses as injury-prone as they are, medical emergencies are almost certain to arise. And while you would hope that the barn manager would be able to reach you if your horse were to ever have a medical emergency, unfortunately that’s not…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 15, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Join WIHS to Salute Therapeutic Riding Programs Helping Our Military

Join WIHS in a salute to Therapeutic Riding Programs helping our Military, check out the link for tickets and further details: WIHS Tickets



Added by Barnmice Media on October 14, 2014 at 3:34pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 22: A Game of Inches

Sometimes it just feels as if we're not getting anywhere. Another beautiful autumn, the last show of the year goes by and the difference between this month and last month is hard to discern. It seems as if we're just inching forward. We're fighting a World War I battle, a titanic struggle over a few yards, at great cost and effort with nothing to show.

And there is…


Added by B. G. Hearns on October 14, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Jim Key's Owner, William Key, Passes Away - October 18, 1909

When a scraggly bay colt was born in 1889, he was sick and crippled and not expected to live. But thanks to the treatment and care from his owner, Dr. William Key of Shelbyville, Tennessee, the colt not only survived, but flourished. Dr. William Key was a former slave and was self-taught in veterinary treatments,…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rope Handling Wisdom

How to handle a rope correctly? There a different approaches. As I've announced some weeks ago, here comes a post about ropes. I'll discuss the techniques recommended by Pat Parelli and Buck Brannaman and I'll cover the quality of a good rope

There are horseman like Pat Parelli who wants you to just let go of the rope when playing…

Added by Nadja Mueller on October 11, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pioneer Spirit: A Message from Leafa.

Leafa Numbers was my paternal grandmother. We had a chat this week. She was born in 1888 in a sod shanty in Kansas.

A graduate student doing research about the settling North Dakota interviewed some nursing home residents in 1976. I got a tape of my grandmother’s interview…


Added by Anna Blake on October 10, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Hit a Wall in Your Riding? How to Get Around It

When you train at something long enough, sooner or later you’re bound to hit a wall. The same is true of riding – despite schooling and lessons, at some point you may find yourself unable to advance past a certain skill or aspect of riding. So, what do you do if this happens?

Don’t Panic

Remember that every rider, no matter how…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 10, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Leaving the Comfort Zone... (Scary Stuff!)

So, it occurred to me that perhaps an explanation for my lack of focus here on the blog is in order...


And sorry to disappoint if you were imagining all sorts of exciting African related tales such as baboons breaking into the house or elephants demolishing the stables...  Nope and nope,

I have been busy with my newest and scariest venture yet, …


Added by Lorna Leeson on October 10, 2014 at 1:32am — No Comments

How to Design Your Barn to Make Winter Chores Easier

The air is already cooler, and winter will be upon us quickly this year. No one enjoys doing barn chores in the winter, but when you design your barn there are ways that you can make those chores easier. If you live in a climate that has a cold winter, you might want to put some of these practices into effect when you’re…


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

Tips for Riding in a Halloween Costume Class

Do you have a Halloween horse show coming up? Are you planning to ride in a costume class? Costume classes are great opportunities to show off both yourself and your horse in a whole new light, but when you introduce costumes to horses, things can get interesting. Follow these tips to ensure that you and your horse stays safe and relaxed during your costume…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Schooling Piaffe In-Hand in a One Ring Cavesson

Added by Manolo Mendez on October 8, 2014 at 3:45am — No Comments

Schooling Piaffe: A test of Self-Carriage

Vintage Dinamico....Manolo likes to long line using his one ring cavesson. These images are not finished Piaffes but a succession of steps during Piaffe schooling.

There are a few things Manolo considers crucial when schooling Piaffe. The…


Added by Manolo Mendez on October 8, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

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