I almost got in a bar fight a few months back. It was bad: I got frustrated and when that happens, I resort to sarcasm. It was not professional of me, and I would feel better about this whole episode if I was sorry. The problem is that I’m not sorry.
Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day is…
Added by Anna Blake on June 20, 2014 at 8:30am —
Heading out on the trails is a great way to enjoy a summer day. But in order to keep the experience enjoyable for everyone, there are some common courtesy rules that you should follow. Is your trail riding etiquette up to par?
Accessing the Trail
As more and more open space is developed, it’s important for horseback riders to stay on good… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 19, 2014 at 9:00am —
Last month we featured a blog post on how to handle a rider who’s been in a serious fall. In some cases, it will be plainly evident that a rider is injured – they’re knocked unconscious or they have broken a bone. In other cases, though, the injuries might not be quite so apparent.
Concussions are serious injuries that are dangerous if they go… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 18, 2014 at 9:00am —
As summer approaches, you’ll want to be heading out on the trails as much as possible, but sun, heat, and bugs can make trail rides unpleasant. Looking to get the most out of your rides? Here are some things that you’ll want to be sure to bring along.
Fly Mask/Ear Bonnet
Nothing is worse than pesky flies on what should be a… Continue
Added by Buckley Fence on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am —
A unique breed from the bogs of Ireland, the Kerry Bog Pony was on the brink of extinction only twenty years ago.
The Kerry Bog Pony is believed to have originated in County Kerry, Ireland as early as the 17th century. The feral ponies were eventually domesticated and served as farm horses. The ponies were used to transport peat and kelp in… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 16, 2014 at 10:30am —
A Week of Forgetting Things
The heat has definitely arrived here in NC, not full summer heat and humidity yet but it has been a challenge living without air-conditioning. Bless the person who invented the electric fan! I have managed to stay cool enough so I am staying stable physically with my MS, but my memory is not as good as it is during cooler weather.
So Wednesday I forgot to do my final check-off of all the stuff I take to my riding lesson and forgot my Corrector… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 15, 2014 at 2:59pm —
There is a statement
that is often used,
"See the Forest for the Trees".
If you look up… Continue
Added by Lauren Doyle on June 13, 2014 at 1:49pm —
A rearing horse is dangerous and frightening for any rider. If the horse you're riding unexpectedly rears, then knowing how to handle the situation can help to keep you and your horse safe. While we hope you never have to deal with a rear, it’s best to be prepared just in case.
If you feel your horse start to go upwards,… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 13, 2014 at 9:00am —
There is a time-worn adage about whips. Just like bits or spurs, whips are only as cruel or kind as the rider using them. Maybe.
My mentor rarely rode with a whip, but if she did, she carried two. The most challenging horses loved her. Her corrections were impossibly quick and always fair. She was twice as quick to reward. The conversation with her hands, on…
Added by Anna Blake on June 13, 2014 at 8:59am —
I fell in love with the Trakehner breed the moment I sat on my first Trakehner. He was the half sibling to Julie, my trakehner mare. He was my gateway drug. I rode him once. The next day I rode Julie and I was hooked.
I'm a stubborn person and I guess that is why I love the breed.
The problem is that it takes me a while to figure things out. What on earth am I talking about?
Well, I have a degree in communications and minors in both writing and equestrian… Continue
Added by Felicia Jane on June 12, 2014 at 12:30pm —
Why is it that some horse shows seem to fall on the hottest days of the summer? Keeping both yourself and your horse cool in the summer heat can be a challenge, but we’ve got some tips to help you cool off.
Try to get to the show grounds early so that you are able to select where you park. Look for areas that are shaded by trees… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 12, 2014 at 9:30am —
As the summer show season has already begun, and in my case the wedding season, we have to remember to cool our horses down. We all tend to do a great job at that because we are horsemen and know the horse always comes first! We tend to forget about ourselves and the things we are expected to wear to look great tend to be kin to that we wear in the winter months. This combination can lead to terrible situations we don't tend to notice until it is too late.
With the summer heat… Continue
Added by Ali Carpenter on June 11, 2014 at 9:59pm —
It may seem idyllic to have your dog accompany you to the barn when you make visits to ride your horse. But although many barns allow dogs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog should go along with you. In order for a dog, the horses, and the riders to be safe together, your dog needs to be well-trained and have some specific characteristics.…
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 11, 2014 at 10:30am —
When it comes to installing fencing on your ranch, careful planning can make all the difference. Fencing is a very permanent and visual aspect of your property, and it’s one that you and your visitors will see on a daily basis. You’ll want to make sure that you make the right choice in your fencing and its layout that you won’t regret.
Every property is… Continue
Added by Buckley Fence on June 10, 2014 at 11:30am —
June 9th, 1973 was a historic day in horse racing: It's the day that Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes with a stunning 31-length lead. With that victory the chestnut Thoroughbred stallion became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, and he became a household name at the same time.
Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970. His sire was Bold Ruler, and his dam was Something Royal. Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, raced him in blue and white checkered colors. Paired… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 9, 2014 at 11:30am —
Mia Patiently Tries to Explain Something to Me This Week
When I was riding Mia on Friday I had a great time. She continued to keep contact with her JP single jointed full cheek snaffle, reaching out confidently and not flinging her head or curling up when I made a mistake with my hands. When I made a mistake with my hands she would start inverting, but when I corrected myself and sent her on she would reach out again and accept the bit. She was quite alert and looked around… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 8, 2014 at 3:30pm —
Horses are always the highlight of parades. With parade season starting up, are you planning to try out a new horse in a parade? It can be great fun to have a parade horse, but before you plan to bring along your horse, you’ll want to make sure that he’s really ready to be part of a parade.
The Challenges of Parades
Parades are one of the most unnatural… Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 6, 2014 at 9:30am —
Some rescue groups prove their point by showing graphic photos of the very worst cases of abuse and neglect. These horrific images cower in a dark corner of my brain forever. Their torture leaves a mark on us, too. Maybe people think that the more blood-dried wounds, protruding bones and… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on June 6, 2014 at 9:00am —
Hey guys! I figure I should start using this as a place to just throw down some words about my horse career as it goes along.
Currently, I am the livery manager at a wedding venue in a small town, Southern Ontario, Canada. I am responsible for the upkeep of two Percheron geldings, their tack and vehicles. I drive the team for weddings, delivering brides and bridesmaids to their wedding then taking the newly wed couple for a short jaunt into town and back right after their… Continue
Added by Ali Carpenter on June 5, 2014 at 11:00pm —
Taking a horse to his first horse show can be a stressful and worrisome experience. Horse shows are unusual environments for any horse to be in, and you don’t know how your horse may respond to the many stimuli that are common at shows. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to take your horse to his first show.
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 5, 2014 at 10:30am —