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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

The Friesian Horse History

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 6, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Building the Barn That's the Right Size for Your Needs

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 2, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

The World Percheron Congress Comes to West Springfield, Massachusetts

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Questions You Should Ask When Finding a New Boarding Barn

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hock Sores and How to Handle Them

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Percheron Horse History

Have you ever been lucky enough to meet a Percheron? Standing next to these gentle giants is inspiring and moving. The Percheron is an incredible breed that originated centuries ago.


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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Should You Buy a Barn or Build Your Own?

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Looking to Become a Better Rider? Try Bareback!

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 18, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Central Park Horse Show Brings Horses Back to NYC

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Making the Leap to a New Discipline

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

History of the Trait Du Nord

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Tips for Building a Barn on Small Acreage

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 5, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Advantages of Riding to Music

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

5 Tips for Breaking In Tall Boots

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 3, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Trail Riding Safely During Hunting Season

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…


Added by Buckley Fence on September 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thoroughbred Racehorse Zippy Chippy Loses His 100th Race on September 10th, 2004

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,…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Is an Equine Community Right for You?

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

4 Tips for Calming the Energetic Horse

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on August 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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