June 2014 Blog Posts (34)

Canadian Horse History & Characteristics

Have you been lucky enough to ride a Canadian Horse? Did you know that this talented breed descended from French-bred horses? Read on to find out more about this fascinating horse.


As you’d imagine, the Canadian horse originated in Canada, but descended from horses sent overseas from France. In 1665, King Louis XIV sent two stallions and twelve mares to…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Horses, Yoga & the Magic of Nature - Interview with Yoga Among The Unicorns Retreat Leader Krystal

It's time to lighten up and take a load off!  Dive deeper into the magic of horses and truly embrace the depth of the equine heart and intuition.  Discover YOUR intuition.  Let us take you to that peaceful inner knowing and help you find the wisdom within you through play with the horses and yoga for your body and soul.  You don't need to be Gumby or have the six pack abs of a Cirque de Soleil acrobat to join this party.  Bring your body exactly as it is and get to know yourself and horses…


Added by Heather Nelson on June 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

4 Tips on Ponying a Horse

Ponying a horse can be a great tool, whether used as a training method for a younger horse or as a way to exercise two horses at the same time. But ponying a horse can get tricky; you’ll be handling two horses at once from the saddle. If you plan to pony a horse, make sure that you can do so correctly and safely.

Pick Your Lead Pony Carefully

The horse that…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 27, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Contact: Holding hands with horses.

What is the world’s speed record for learning to ride on happy contact? 18 years? Maybe 23? It’s a joke about contact and see what I mean? It isn’t funny. Nothing about contact is funny; it’s really difficult. It’s the sort of frustration that makes a rider want to take up insanely precise and complicated needle point just for a breath of fresh…


Added by Anna Blake on June 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Look at Mounted Archery

The image is one right out of ancient history: the horse freely gallops forward as the rider aims his bow and sends an arrow flying home to its target as the pair gallops on. But thanks to a revival of mounted archery, this ancient art is now becoming a popular sport – one that you may see more and more in the future years.

Mounted archery dates back thousands of years,…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

5 Tips for Riding the Arthritic Horse

Arthritis is a common affliction among horses, and it’s especially common in aging horses or those who have heavily competed during their careers. Riding an arthritic horse can be beneficial for the horse, since gentle exercise can help to control and lessen the effects of arthritis. But there are some special considerations you’ll want to make when riding a horse with arthritis.…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Keeping Your Horse Safe on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July will bring with it celebrations, barbeques, and fireworks. But horses and fireworks do not go well together, and panicked horses are at the risk for serious injury. If you suspect that there will be fireworks near your barn, you’ll want to take some measures to help keep your horse safe and calm.

The first major decision you’ll face…


Added by Buckley Fence on June 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Horse Riding Tips: The Emergency Stop

If you’ve ever been on a runaway horse, you know how frightening that can be. And if you haven’t been on one yet, then we hope you never have that experience! True, out-of-control runaways are highly dangerous, and stopping them can be a challenge. The one-rein emergency stop is the go-to trick for stopping a runaway horse, but it can be dangerous. Is there a better way?



Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 24, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Egyptian Event Is Held at Kentucky Horse Park

If you’re an Arabian fan, there’s only one place to be during June: the Egyptian Event held at Kentucky Horse Park. Now in its 34th year, the Egyptian Event showcases the Egyptian Arabian. This year’s event was held from Tuesday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 7th. You can bet that some of the world’s best quality Arabians were in attendance.…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 23, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The half halt

I was in the tub last night, reading my dressage Today, like I sometimes do, and the article was on the half halt.  I had to chuckle.  I don't know of any other sport that has one element in it that no one can agree on, like the half halt.  It's with the seat, it's with the hand, drive, hold, inside, outside...

What I find most chuckle-inducing is that the best in the world can't tell you what they do, what it is.  They just do it.  It's one of those things that is best done by feel. …


Added by MagsNMe on June 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wrestling with Helmet Safety.


I almost got in a bar fight a few months back. It was bad: I got frustrated and when that happens, I resort to sarcasm. It was not professional of me, and I would feel better about this whole episode if I was sorry. The problem is that I’m not sorry.

Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day is…


Added by Anna Blake on June 20, 2014 at 8:30am — 7 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

History of the Kerry Bog Pony

A unique breed from the bogs of Ireland, the Kerry Bog Pony was on the brink of extinction only twenty years ago.


The Kerry Bog Pony is believed to have originated in County Kerry, Ireland as early as the 17th century. The feral ponies were eventually domesticated and served as farm horses. The ponies were used to transport peat and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Week of Forgetting Things

The heat has definitely arrived here in NC, not full summer heat and humidity yet but it has been a challenge living without air-conditioning.  Bless the person who invented the electric fan!  I have managed to stay cool enough so I am staying stable physically with my MS, but my memory is not as good as it is during cooler weather.

So Wednesday I forgot to do my final check-off of all the stuff I take to my riding lesson and forgot my Corrector pad.  If my saddle…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — 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 the

exact meaning,

it is, "To be overwhelmed

by detail

to the point where it…


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

What To Do When Your Horse Rears

A rearing horse is dangerous and frightening for any rider. If the horse you're riding unexpectedly rears, then knowing how to handle the situation can help to keep you and your horse safe. While we hope you never have to deal with a rear, it’s best to be prepared just in case.

Lean Forward

If you feel your horse start to go upwards,…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 13, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

An Argument Against the Whip.

There is a time-worn adage about whips. Just like bits or spurs, whips are only as cruel or kind as the rider using them. Maybe.

My mentor rarely rode with a whip, but if she did, she carried two. The most challenging horses loved her. Her corrections were impossibly quick and always fair. She was twice as quick to reward. The conversation with her hands, on…


Added by Anna Blake on June 13, 2014 at 8:59am — 2 Comments

Through Ice and Fire

I fell in love with the Trakehner breed the moment I sat on my first Trakehner. He was the half sibling to Julie, my trakehner mare. He was my gateway drug. I rode him once. The next day I rode Julie and I was hooked.

I'm a stubborn person and I guess that is why I love the breed.

The problem is that it takes me a while to figure things out. What on earth am I talking about?

Well, I have a degree in communications and minors in both writing and equestrian…


Added by Felicia Jane on June 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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