January 2015 Blog Posts (50)

Tercel Shows Both Sides of His Personality This Week



It was cold on Wednesday morning, so cold that Debbie called me up to make sure I was coming.  It was down to 25° F, and a light breeze was blowing.  I told her it would really help me to ride since I was not able to ride either Friday or Sunday and my walking was getting worse, but if it was too cold for her it was fine, I could ride on Friday.  She told me to come on out.

When I got out to the stable the ground was frozen hard.  I…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 31, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Final January Update on Ground Work

Final January Update on Ground Work


Alas, I have gotten lazy.  In the last week or so, I haven’t done much ground work.  After I ride for a while in the arena, I am taking him right outside to ride in the snow—and skipping the ground work.  The weather is going to get very cold, again, so…


Added by Judi Daly on January 30, 2015 at 3:57pm — No Comments

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Added by Nadja Mueller on January 30, 2015 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your First Barn

If you’ve never built a horse barn before, then when you set out to build your first barn you will be in unfamiliar territory. While building a barn will require some research and question asking on your part, we thought we’d give you a little help now with these common barn-building mistakes that you will want to avoid.

Entrusting the Project to a…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 30, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

Why I Like Bad-Dogs.


Added by Anna Blake on January 30, 2015 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Horse pictures - and what can go wrong (at least in my opinion)

At liberty with the two black ones. I am aware of the verdigris, by the way.…


Added by Nadja Mueller on January 30, 2015 at 7:06am — No Comments

Tips to Be a Good Boarder

The New Year is a perfect time for self-reflection and making changes for improvement. If you board your horse, would your barn owner consider you a good boarder? Have you ever thought about it before? Following these tips can help you to stay on good terms with your barn’s manager.

Read Your Boarding Contract

Before you sign any contract, you…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 29, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

What to do with an Unrideable Horse

Many horse owners have one – the horse who, either due to injury or old age, can no longer be ridden. If your horse is unrideable, you will face some decisions about his future. There are a few different options for unrideable horses that may work for your situation.

Keep as a Companion

The most obvious, and often most desirable option…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Day-to-Day Life of a Working Miniature Horse Farm

Owning and managing your own barn is a dream of many horse owners. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have horses in your backyard? When Karen Rudolph of Frost Hill Farm Miniatures in Hampstead, New Hampshire, partnered with Classic Equine Equipment to build her very own…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 27, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Legendary Jockey Pat Day’s Horseracing Career

On January 23, 1994, jockey Pat Day achieved a major milestone in his impressive racing career: While riding Miss Popsnorkle at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Day won his 6,000th race. In doing so, Day became the 10th Thoroughbred jockey to win 6,000 races during his career. Day went on to win two additional races that same…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 26, 2015 at 10:04am — No Comments

horse shows/schooling in oregon

Hey, so I want to do something with my horse before summer just to get her used to the idea of showing and helping her understand it. Is there anything in oregon that's not in Eugene? Or that is close to estacada, sandy? Anything but English because I sold my English saddle.

Added by savannah elizabeth rose lelm on January 25, 2015 at 11:13pm — No Comments

3rd Edition of Ride Like You've Never Been Thrown

As published in the Rider Newspaper

Ride Like You’ve Never Been Thrown

Part 3

A Diamond Dozen



When I started writing this series of articles to assist those who have…


Added by Cheryl Bruder on January 25, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rags to Riches Horse Stories Wanted

Have you got an incredible Rags to Riches horse story to share?

I am a long time horse sport author, journalist and former competitor. I am putting together an ebook about horses, ponies, donkeys and mules who have gone from rags to riches. I want stories that will tug at the heart strings, and bring tears to the eyes. I want stories about animals who were no longer winners, no longer considered useful, and the no hopers who, by a twist of luck and fate, were saved at the last minute… Continue

Added by Cindy Crank on January 25, 2015 at 5:29pm — No Comments

I Had a Much More Exciting Ride on Tercel This Week


Let me put it this way, I do not think I will have to “train” Tercel to elevate his forehand.

Nothing bad happened, I had a good ride.  But when I got to the stable Debbie was upset from seeing a medical treatment of her mother-in-law.  Fortunately the lady recovered, but she is very old and frail.  Debbie’s husband, as is proper, is at his mother’s side and everyone else has more work mucking, feeding, watering, and turn out, and everyone at the stable is sort of…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

New Beginnings: Tips for First-Time Breeders

If you're thinking of breeding your mare for the first time, you’ll be journeying into new territory. It can mean big changes for you, your finances, and your free time. If you’re thinking of breeding your mare, this advice can help you get started.

Choose a Mare Worth Being Bred

One of the most common mistakes that…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Seeing Things Like Horses Do.

We see things differently than horses.  And like usual, I think we should try to be more like them.

To start, one of the easy ways to tell if a mammal is predator or prey is eye position. Predators, like us humans, have our eyes close together, aiding our depth perception and…


Added by Anna Blake on January 23, 2015 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Transporting Your Horse in Winter Weather

Safety is always a consideration when transporting your horse, but winter weather adds an extra challenge to trailering your horse. When you have to transport your horse during the winter, you will have additional factors to consider with each trip.

Keep a Close Eye on the Weather

When scheduling your trip, closely monitor…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Monitor a Horse Away in Training

When sending a horse away for training, that horse may be away for a few weeks or even a few months. And while you may have done your homework before sending your horse away for training, there’s still room for things to go wrong. Monitoring your horse when he’s not at home can be tricky, but it’s also important to ensure that he is safe and training is…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on January 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why Reward (for Horses) is Overrated

I reward too often. I reward when I shouldn't. I reward behavior that doesn't deserve it (anymore). How, some may ask. You cannot reward often enough! Reward fuels motivation, without reward no learning!

Wrong (at least in my opinion).

To understand the most important lessons, horses need no reward.

I don't know about the…


Added by Nadja Mueller on January 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Weekend Update

Weekend Update                           


I decided to give Cole a break on Friday and ride Dante in the arena instead; since Ellen wasn’t able to ride him on Thursday.  Wow, was he a nice horse to ride—smooth—responsive and fun. …


Added by Judi Daly on January 19, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments

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