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
Taking your horse camping or for an overnight trail ride can be a great experience, but securing him overnight is a challenge that you will need to plan for ahead of time. There are a few different ways to secure your horse, so depending on your situation and your horse’s behavior, you can pick the one that works best for you.
Added by Buckley Fence on July 15, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Do you videotape your riding lessons? There are a number of benefits to taping your lessons, and given how easily you can record with phones and tablets today, it’s really not a difficult thing to do. If you’re not already taping your lessons, here are some reasons you might want to start.
See What Your Trainer Means
Videos of your…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on July 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Your barn is supposed to be a safe place where your horse can live comfortably, but barns also often contain many health hazards you might not be aware of. Since your horse may be spending more time indoors during the summer to escape the bugs and the heat, now is a perfect time to evaluate your barn to make sure that it is truly a safe place for your horse to be.…Continue
HI Everyone, We are new to the Barnmice community and wanted to introduce ourselves! We just opened a store in beautiful Sharon,Ontraio just north of Toronto. This is a family business with my mum, Helen, being the owner and my Sister,Sarah and myself(Christine) who will be working in the store. Sarah and myself both have a retail background and we are all riders so this has been a very exciting project for all of us. We just had our grand opening this past weekend so we were excited to…Continue
Added by Equestrian Factory Outlet on August 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Love this new blog post by expert Confidence + Money Breakthrough Coach, Cathy Rivers of Big Horse Dreams, Inc.!
Also, I was asked the question not long ago: Do I think that your success and confidence as an equestrian is connected to your relationship with money?…Continue
Added by Sarah Redfield on August 1, 2012 at 4:36pm — No Comments
I’m going to be blunt about sports bras- not trying to offend anyone, (or exclude either of my male readers.) If you work with horses, or dogs for that matter, you should probably be wearing one. The good news is that they have…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on July 20, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments