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…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 8, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
With Halloween right around the corner, what better breed of horse to profile today than the stunning black Friesian? The Friesian, a graceful breed with a distinctive appearance, is quickly growing in popularity. You may even have a Friesian living in your…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 6, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
Planning the layout of your horse barn is hugely important, and you’ll want to be sure that the barn is the right size for your intended needs and uses. Deciding just how much barn you need can be a challenge, though, especially when you want that barn to last you for decades. If you’re beginning to plan out your barn, these tips will help you decide how much…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 2, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The ground in West Springfield, Massachusetts will rumble as the World Percheron Congress moves into town from October 6th through the 11th. The World Percheron Congress, one of the largest competitions showcasing the Percheron in existence, will be held at the Eastern States…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Looking at potential boarding barns can be overwhelming – how do you know that a new barn will be a good fit for your horse? While you’ll always want to have an idea of just what you’re looking for in a boarding barn, it’s also a good idea to have a list of questions prepared for when you go look at a potential…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Have you ever encountered hock sores on your horse? Hock sores show up as irritated areas on your horse's hocks where the hair has been rubbed off, and sometimes where the skin has been rubbed open. Resulting from your horse’s hock pressing into or rubbing against the ground or the bottom of his stall when he lies down, hock sores are sensitive and may even…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
While the Percheron originated in France, its exact ancient ancestry is unknown. There are a number of theories as to the breed’s origin, including that Muslim invaders may have…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
To buy or build: that is the question. Whether or not to buy an existing barn or to build one to meet your specifications is a question that every barn owner has faced. There are advantages and disadvantages to each route, and ultimately the decision needs to be based on your own situation, needs, and wants. Are you trying to decide whether to build or buy a barn? You’ll…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
There are all sorts of exercises designed to make you a better rider. From riding in two-point to riding without stirrups, the varieties are endless. But have you ever thought about riding bareback instead? Bareback riding has its own unique set of advantages that can help with your development and improvement as a rider. Here’s why.
Develop the Right…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
Olympic-caliber horses and riders will return to New York City this August for the first time since 2001. The first-ever Central Park Horse Show is scheduled to run from September 18th through September 21st. During that time the competition will feature a variety of…Continue
Are you looking for a new horse? Adopting a horse from a horse rescue can be a great idea, depending on just what you’re looking for in your new horse. Have you considered adopting a rescue horse? Here are a few reasons why you might want to do just that.
Help Horses in Need
When you adopt a horse from a rescue, you’re providing a good home…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 12, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
Do you find yourself wanting to give a new discipline a try? Making the leap to a new discipline is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, time. If you’re toying with the idea of changing to a new discipline, here are some ways to help make the transition go smoothly.
Evaluate Whether Your Horse Can Go With You
Do you dream of trying a new…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Did you grow up in a horsey family? Maybe you went to the races with a grandparent, or maybe one of your parents taught you to ride. Even if your family doesn’t share your horse-loving gene, horses and horse sports are still something that your entire family can share and enjoy together. In honor of Grandparents Day, let’s take a look at how families can enjoy horses…Continue
Added by Buckley Fence on September 9, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Have you ever heard of the Trait du Nord? This beautiful draft breed originated in the 1800s, yet it is endangered today and its future remains uncertain.
The Trait du Nord originated in the grasslands of the southern Netherlands, northern France, and throughout Belgium. Its…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
When you’re building a barn on limited acreage, planning the layout of your property is all the more important. You can keep horses on limited acreage, but you will need to be sure to make good use of the space. Working with a small piece of land? These tips will get you started.
Decide How Small Is Too Small
While you can certainly keep horses on…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 5, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Have you ever ridden to music? At first glance, riding to music might seem like an unnecessary distraction for the rider, but it actually has a number of advantages. So whether you have speakers in your arena or would have to rely on your iPod (use external speakers, not ear buds, when riding), here’s why you might want to start up the tunes when you…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
You've just purchased a new pair of tall boots – congratulations! Now the oh-so-fun process of breaking them in begins. Breaking in tall boots is uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and even a bit frustrating. It takes some time. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the process along.
Wear Heel Lifts
It’s generally recommended to…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 3, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The fall foliage is beginning to emerge, and trail riding is more beautiful and enjoyable than ever this time of year. But with the fall also comes hunting season, which can bring serious safety issues to your trail rides. While it’s still possible to head out on the trails in the fall, you will want to take some additional measures to keep you and your horse…Continue
Added by Buckley Fence on September 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Whereas many racehorses are renowned for their incredible winning careers, there’s one racehorse who is known for just the opposite. Zippy Chippy, a 1991 Thoroughbred gelding, lost an incredible 100 races during his racing career, the 100th race being at the Northampton Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts on September 10,…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments