May 2014 Blog Posts (32)

Getting mom back into riding

Hey guys my mom wants to get back into riding horses and she needs to regain confidence and balance so I was wondering if you knew of anyone who is selling a horse mare or gelding less then $200 in Oregon.

Thanks, Savannah.

Added by savannah elizabeth rose lelm on May 30, 2014 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Road Trip to the Home of Doc Bar

After interviewing the Nor Cal Downunder Brumbies coordinator Michael Canfield for our Whoa Podcast and hearing about a Memorial Day gathering at the…

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Added by John Harrer on May 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Today Horse Owners and Riders Have More Technology at Their Hands Than Ever Before

Today horse owners and riders have more technology at their hands than ever before. That technology is constantly being improved and applied to the horse world in different ways. Have you used technology to improve your riding or horse knowledge? Here are a few of the great technological resources that can help you become a better horseperson.…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 30, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Walter Sings the Songs of his People.

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Walter, Tomboy, & Preacher Man supervising chores.

My friend Sarah says, “All dog stories end the same way.” I know what she means. None of us humans are getting out…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 30, 2014 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

Planning a Wedding? A Barn Might Be the Perfect Setting

Wedding season is upon us. Does the charm of a white wedding dress, cowboy boots, and a barn with open fields entrance you? If you want to get a little country with your wedding, a barn might be the perfect place to hold either it or the reception – or both.

Plan the Area Carefully

If you'll be…

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Added by Buckley Fence on May 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Helping Your Child Pack for a Summer Horse Camp

You’ve decided on the perfect summer riding camp for your child, and the camp has sent you a list of suggested items to pack. Great! Before you get to squeezing items into duffle bags, though, go over the list yourself. While some camps are wonderfully thorough in the packing lists they provide, others might miss some essential supplies that your young rider will…

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

Preparing for Your First Clinic

Are you going to ride in a clinic this year? Clinics are great chances to learn under skilled trainers and riders, but riding in your first clinic can be a bit intimidating. Planning ahead of time can ensure that you and your horse are ready to go on the day of the clinic.

Research the Clinician

Clinicians are all individuals, and…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 28, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

May 22, 1896? The First Meeting Was Held To Create the Devon Horse Show

On May 22, 1896, the first meeting was held to create the Devon Horse Show. And the show's founders weren't fooling around – the first Devon Horse Show was held in Devon-Berwyn, Pennsylvania that July, just a short two months later.

The first Devon Horse Show was an entirely different event from what it has grown into today. The first show was one day long and offered only 28 classes. Today, it is the largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the United States, an honor that it has…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cracking the code, with my fabulous trainer's expertise, of course!

After my last session with my trainer, I felt a little disappointed with my jumping and my inability to bring Kingston's pace under control. I know not to give the guy something to lean against, but I honestly thought I provided enough release to prevent it from happening.



Yesterday, we rode outside and there are no walls to use as aids in slowing him down. We trotted over a low fence, then, we moved up to cantering over the fence, then halting. Not bad. Then my trainer decided…

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Added by Gretchen Burnett Simrall on May 26, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

I Give Eli a Helpful Hint

The heat has started to come to North Carolina, and due to thousands of dollars of unexpected expenses plus expected money not coming in I am having to adjust to living without air-conditioning this summer.  Just today we got an air-conditioner in one room, the room we fixed up after our water pipes froze last winter, the smallest room in our house.  So I am not doing as well as normal, but that has been the story of my life this year.

Since Debbie went off on vacation…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Do you Stall your Horse?

Does your horse live in a stall?

I know there is a lot of conversation about the benefit of using Horse Stalls or letting your horse enjoy open paddocks. That conversation can go many directions.



Our management decisions found our horses spending most of their time in small pastures and usually brought in during inclement weather or prior to "Show Time". Everyone does not enjoy our mild Northern California climate and may need to provide more shade in…

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Added by Chuck Bartok on May 24, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Training is Like a Box of Chocolates…

Say hello to Mr. Mustache. That’s what I call him. He was relinquished to Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue and my barn was his first stop. To say he didn’t get out much is an understatement. He’s six and this is his first time away from his mom. With very minimal handling in the past, he isn’t all that attached to people but at the same time, not really wild. He has a…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 23, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Should Your Child Bring Their Horse With Them to A Summer Horse Camp?

Congratulations – you’ve decided to send your child to a summer horse camp and have found the perfect one. Now you face a more difficult decision – should your child bring their own horse with them to summer camp? While bringing their own horse might sound like the ideal situation to a child, you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the situation, bringing a horse to camp might not be the best decision for your child.…

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

I Must Be Insane to Start Jumping...at 48

So, after 5 years of riding as an adult, I decided that jumping would be a hoot. Two weeks ago, I turned that into a reality. It is a heck of a lot of fun, but boy...talk about fear factor!

The first jumping lesson was fairly smooth, mostly getting used to that sensation of the jump, trotting to the fence, cantering away, and then halt. The second lesson was building on that. Cantering to the jump, halting OR cantering away.

Last night, the third lesson should have built upon…

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Added by Gretchen Burnett Simrall on May 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Things To Look for When Buying a Used Saddle

Buying a used saddle brings with it many advantages: you are sure to save money over the cost of buying a new saddle, and you will save yourself the often uncomfortable process of breaking in a new saddle. But when buying a used saddle, you need to be on the lookout for a variety of issues that could signify that the saddle is damaged. Here’s how to avoid them.…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Suffolk Punch

The immense and impressive Suffolk Punch has a rich history – it is the oldest breed of heavy horse in Britain to exist today while still closely resembling its ancestors. But the Suffolk Punch is also rare, with fewer than 3,000 registered horses in existence.…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 18: Lesson The First- Wow

I let my friend R.M. have her first real horse ride on Oakley. It was a thrill and a pleasure for us both. Firstly, because, for years, we've had an ongoing argument:

"I know how to ride."

"No, you don't."

"But I've been on lots of trail…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on May 18, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Two Ways I Triggered My Hip Bursitis This Week





After several sweaty rides it cooled down this week.  We had to go through 3 inches of rain first, but for my last two rides it was cool with a pleasant breeze, cool enough that Mia protested standing in the breeze since she is now in her summer coat.

It was on Mia that I triggered my hip bursitis the first time.  After a nice ride walking around with no problems I decided it might be a good idea for me to practice gripping with my calves (NOT my heels) so I would be…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

FARM FOR SALE N.E. TENNESSEE

104 ACRE FRAM WITH 1900 SQ FT CUSTOM BUILT HOME 3BR/2 FULL BATHS. BUILT IN 2008.

FARM HAS A FULL HOOK UP CAMPGROUND WITH 5 FULLHOOK UP SITES, 2 PARTIAL HOOK UP SITES. NEW BATH HOUSE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

There is also one 300 sq ft.furnished rental cabin that has queen bed, full size bathroom, full kitchen and loft for sleeping.



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STOCKED FISHING PONDS. CATFISH & BASS.…

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Added by Pamela Crick on May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Basic Human First-Aid That Any Horse Person Should Know

Do you know what to do in the event that a rider is injured and is left unconscious? Could you recognize the signs of shock, and do you know how to treat it? If you spend time around horses, then it’s possible that you will have to help a rider in a serious situation. Let’s review the First-Aid basics that you will want to know.…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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