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
Do you have an extra saddle sitting around in your tack room? Chances are there’s a rider out there who could put that saddle to good use while putting a little extra cash in your pocket. Thanks to the internet, selling a saddle online isn’t particularly difficult. These tips will get you started.
Clean and Evaluate Your Saddle
Before you list your…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 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
If your horse just has too much energy and is too excitable, your first impulse might be to put him on a calming supplement. But before you reach for that supplement bucket, there are a few other things that you should try first that can make a big difference in your horse’s energy levels.
Increase Turnout Time
Too much time in a stall can lead to excess…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Tying up, also known as exertional rhabdomyolysis, or ER, is a syndrome that affects the horse’s major muscle groups and tissues. When a horse is tying up, he can present as being unable to walk or move, since his body cannot control what would be normal muscle contraction and…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Have you heard of Erin Go Bragh, the talented pony stallion who was a top eventer during his prime? Erin Go Bragh competed at the Advanced level with Carol Kozlowski in 1998 and 1999, and Breyer Animal Creations made a model of the bay stallion in 1998. Holding his own against the larger eventing horses, Erin Go Bragh, a Connemara Pony, is just one example of the incredible talents of this…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Many riding camps offer campers the option of bringing home a camp horse at the end of the summer. Camps save on the upkeep costs of their horses, and some lucky campers get to enjoy having “a horse of their own” for the year until it’s time for the horse to return to the camp in the early summer. But is bringing home a camp horse a good option for your…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Is your horse's topline lacking? A good topline both improves a horse's appearance and makes it easier for him to carry himself properly. If you're looking to develop and strengthen your horse’s topline, these exercises can help you do that.
Before You Start
Before you begin working on your horse’s topline, remember that for these exercises to be…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 7, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
When you were young did your riding instructor encourage you to watch the lessons of older, more experienced riders? Watching experienced riders is a popular way to learn about desirable riding techniques. But have you ever considered that you can learn from younger, less experienced riders too? If you haven’t spent some time recently watching younger riders in their…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
If you have your own barn and a few empty stalls, it might be tempting to open your facility up to boarders. Bringing in boarders has some advantages, in that it can bring in some money and will create more activity at your barn. But should you take on boarders? Before you decide to make the leap, consider how it would affect your particular situation.
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments