All Blog Posts Tagged 'western' (203)

AQHA's Lip Chain Rule

Thoughts on AQHA's lip chain rule…I'm all for policy developed on evidence – which often collides with emotion In the horse biz, where we can get stuck in "we've always done it this way" kinda thinking.

Glad to see AQHA committee members consulted with animal welfare, vet, and…


Added by Lindsay Grice on April 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Riding a Hot Horse

Have you ever found yourself riding a hot horse where the slightest touch of your leg sends them shooting forward with the speed of a snake strike?  Even worse, once they start on that forward trajectory, they get heavier and heavier on your hand, they get more and more unbalanced until eventually there is an epic tug of war happening; horse and rider pitted against each other, often at speeds, which for the space you are currently occupying, are breakneck! …


Added by Lorna Leeson on April 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

How to Use Spurs Effectively

I don’t use spurs, because I don’t want to make my horse dull!”

If you’ve shared this opinion with so many riders I meet, you’re in good company!

But what if I suggested that the opposite might also be true?  As a woodworker might choose smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so…


Added by Lindsay Grice on March 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ahh~yes,Dressage.... :)

Don't cry for the horses that life has set free. A million white horses forever to be. Don't cry for the horses now in God's…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 13, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

2014 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity

From November 20th through December 13th this year, cutting horse enthusiasts will descend on Fort Worth, Texas. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity brings together the very best 3-year-old cutting horses under the roof of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event, offering $4…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 15, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

So that lasted long... and How to Restore an Oilskin!

"Oh yeah! I'm totally going to get into blogging on Barnmice!" Over 5 months later I have 2 blog posts to show for it. I will get back on the horse, and this time I won't get off it. Let's just pretend like that hiatus never happened, okay?

Last weekend I was very fortunate to be given a full length oilskin duster. The catch? It was covered in mold. I'm not talking like a little spotting, I'm talking old-leather-halter-left-in-a-barn-for-50-years moldy. When I texted…


Added by Ali Carpenter on November 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Saddle Fit and Difficult Shoulders

One of our certified Saddlefit 4 Life® saddle ergonomists in Europe recently came across this horse – which had a shoulder blade that was higher than the withers. She said that the 'best' fitting saddle for it had a half panel to accommodate this unique conformation, but asked for my advice. Does anyone else recognize seeing a horse like this before?…


Added by Jochen Schleese on November 14, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Five Places Every Equestrian Should Visit

The Spanish Riding School

With its world famous Lipizzaner stallions and dressage training and techniques, the Spanish Riding School is definitely a Mecca for any horse lover. Take in one…


Added by The HorseLady Blog on November 13, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Get Involved in Horse Biomechanics Book

Most riders echo the sentiment expressed by this high-level professional dressage trainer, who said, “As a riding teacher, trainer and student of ‘the horse’ I’ve searched high and low to understand how to make the horses job easier for them and applicable for my students. Various training…


Added by Understanding the Horse on August 14, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Cowgirl up

We purchase a lot in our life as horse addicts and riders. But some items just protrude. Because of their quality, their looks, their durability or simply because they come in so handy.

Like my hat. It's a stetson felt hat, brown with a string around the neck. I picked it from perceived a thousand models somewhere in a store in Montana, US. I was wearing it on my trip home and gathered some irritated looks from urbane travelers at the Frankfurt hub. I…


Added by Nadja Mueller on July 30, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Listen First, Train Later.

Photo by Patrick McMahan

The first time I met him, he was two months old standing in a stall with his mom. He was bright and intuitive, an Andalusian/Appendix…


Added by Anna Blake on July 11, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Etiquette On the Horseback Riding Trail

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Recognizing the Signs of Concussion In a Rider

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…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 18, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Tips for Summer Trail Riding

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…


Added by Buckley Fence on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Crookedness Should Be the Nightmare of Every Honest Rider

There is a statement

that is often used,

"See the Forest for the Trees".

 If you look up…


Added by Lauren Doyle on June 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

5 Tips to Brush Up On Skills for the Trails

As the weather continues to get warmer, you may be itching to get your horse out on the trails again. But if your horse has been out of work over the winter or if it’s been a while since you’ve been on the trails, you might be in for an interesting ride. Brush up on these important skills before hitting the trails to help make the trail ride more enjoyable for both you and your horse.…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Woman Who Cheated with Horses.

I like to hear Horse Husbands whine as much as the next person.

Sometimes it’s almost amusing. He complains about…


Added by Anna Blake on February 28, 2014 at 8:41am — 8 Comments

A Deep Cultural Change

When I first mounted a pony in Chile  57 years ago I was NEVER invited to consider the horse.  At most there was a small consideration for the horse’s mouth, but in 99.999% of the cases it was assumed that the horse had earned whatever abuse it had to suffer.  I also ran into the same assumptions in Uruguay, and in the USA when I returned to this country in 1963.  I found this assumption in riders, riding stables, instructors and trainers, both in person and from books and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on February 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Great Rides

Kevin and I went on an evening ride together on Starry and Cole Train.  It was on the hot side, and since it was Cole’s 4th consecutive day of trail riding, I thought he might be a little sluggish.  Wrong.  He was just right.  We did a lot of trotting and a little cantering—on the hard lead!  We walked all the…


Added by Judi Daly on May 21, 2013 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Horse-Filled Weekend

Horse-Filled Weekend


Friday evening, I went for a ride by myself on Cole Train.  Since I was alone, I did a lot more cantering than when I am with other horses.  We did get the hard lead once on a sharp corner—that same corner that we were successful before.  He was doing great until we reached a sharp corner the other direction—and he switched.  Well, at least I had it for a little while.  We trotted a lot towards home, too.  The ride was about 5 miles round trip, and the…


Added by Judi Daly on May 20, 2013 at 3:45pm — No Comments

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