October 2014 Blog Posts (38)

Halloween Treats for Your Horse

With sugary candy in abundance today, it may be tempting to give your horse an extra treat, too. But before you dig into that Halloween candy that seems to lurk around the house forever, consider whether it’s really safe (or healthy) for your horse to eat. Looking to give your horse a Halloween treat? We’ll take a look at the treats that are safe for your horse, along with the ones…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Horse Tack Winter Guide

Horse riding excursions may become more infrequent as winter temperatures take over. Even though it can be tempting to slack off a bit on horse-related chores, it's important to maintain proper care of your equine pal throughout the cold winter months. As you endeavor to keep your horse healthy, safe and comfortable until spring returns, these horse tack suggestions…


Added by Ashly Snell on October 31, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

When Horses Go Through Menopause.

Disclaimer: I’m not a vet. Or a doctor. But someone has to talk about it.

How can you tell your horse is going through menopause? Here are some of the symptoms: His rider is usually a woman somewhere in her forties or older. Well, I guess there is just that one symptom…


Added by Anna Blake on October 31, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments

Could a Co-op Barn Work for You?

Among the many forms of horse care are co-op (cooperative) barns in which all horse owners split responsibility for the barn chores and care of all of the horses. Co-op barns provide an alternative to the standard rough, semi-rough, and full boarding options for horse owners who don’t yet own horse barns of their own. Could a co-op situation work…


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

4 Tips to Help Your Horse Lose Weight During the Fall and Winter

Is your horse looking a little overly plump thanks to the summer pastures? While many horse owners prefer their horses to have a little extra weight on them going into the winter, a horse that is carrying too much weight will need to lose some in order to stay healthy during the additional time in the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Pimlico Race Course Opened for the First Time - October 25, 1870

On October 25, 1870, Pimlico Race Course, located in Baltimore, Maryland, opened its doors for the first time. Pimlico Race Course is the second oldest racetrack in the United States – Saratoga is the first, having opened in 1864.

The idea for creating Pimlico originated with Maryland’s Governor, Oden Bowie. Governor Bowie was highly involved in racing, and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Teaching Baby How to Pick Up His Feet

Written by Chantelle Matthews, Assistant Trainer and Barn Manager at Manolo Mendez's Equestrian La Mancha.

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend time with Phil Maddox or Maddox…


Added by Manolo Mendez on October 25, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Inside Scoop on Volunteering for a Therapeutic Riding Center

Have you ever been tempted to volunteer for a therapeutic riding center? Do you wonder what exactly is involved? Volunteering in any area of life can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Putting your horse knowledge to good use by volunteering at a therapeutic riding center will mean that you’ll not only feel good about offering your…


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

Golden Days and Hindsight Guilt.


These late October days are golden–sweet and rich, and as temporary as a long, crisp leaf. The sun is slow to rise and dawdles while setting over Pikes Peak. The clouds hold onto its colorful tail, long after the sun is gone. The horses and I want to languish on the tight wire between…


Added by Anna Blake on October 24, 2014 at 9:23am — 4 Comments

Preparing a Horse for Sale

When it comes to selling your horse, making him stand out from the crowd of other horses for sale is important in finding him a new home. When you prepare to show your horse to potential buyers, there are a few major tasks that you’ll want to be sure to do.

Get the Horse in Regular Work

If you’re selling a…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Planning to Say Goodbye

No one likes to talk about the day when we have to put our horses down, but facing euthanasia is often a very real and necessary part of horse ownership. If your horse is moving into his senior years, planning and discussing euthanasia and aftercare can help to make the difficult time a bit easier. If you own a horse, you will want to give these specifics some…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Playing the Lame Game...

They say that problems come in 3’s…

If so, then the sudden rash of  ‘lameness’ that’s been catching here on the farm of late should be over soon…

Handsome; but with a somewhat limited pain threshold!

Handsome; but with a somewhat limited pain…


Added by Lorna Leeson on October 22, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Benefits of Keeping a Horse Riding Journal

You have just finished cooling down from what, in your mind, was the best lesson you have had in months…

As you are tending to your horse, that afterglow feeling is radiating from you; the feeling of achievement and success.
 However, you notice that while you can look back over your lesson and remember details now; come two or three days time, when you are trying to replicate that feeling, you just cannot seem to repeat what you actually done to achieve it in the…

Added by Lorna Leeson on October 22, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Trakehner Horse History

The Trakehner, one of the most popular sport horse breeds today, originated almost 1,000 years ago. This warmblood breed makes an excellent dressage and jumper today. Have you ever ridden a Trakehner?


The Trakehner’s origin begins with the horses owned by Lithuanians and Old Prussians during the…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 20, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Tips to Make Your Horse's Long Trailer Ride Go Smoothly

Shipping your horse over long distances can be stressful on you both. You want to ensure that the trip is minimally stressful for your horse, and you’ll also want to be sure that he stays safe and healthy. Here are some ways you can help to make sure that your horse’s trailer ride goes smoothly.

Choose a Shipper Carefully

If you…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Horse Rescue: The Psychological Aspect of Physical Abuse.

I boarded the first horse I owned as an adult. It gave me something I hadn’t had in the past: a barn family. It was a private…


Added by Anna Blake on October 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Seeking 'Horsey' Bloggers

Do you have a 'horsey' blog?  

Are you writing about your experiences with your horses, whether they be on the ground or in the saddle?

I am looking for some 'Equine Inclined' bloggers to use the Strides for Success audio horse riding lessons for three months, free of charge, and when finished write a review on their experiences with it.

Strides for Success creates Daily Strides which is aimed at novice riders wanting to improve their riding and horsemanship skills.…


Added by Lorna Leeson on October 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

5 Amenities You Will Want to Include in a Boarding Barn

When horse owners look for a potential boarding barn, there are certain amenities that they tend to seek out. Including these features in your barn can help to increase its demand as a boarding facility. Are you planning a barn that you intend to use for boarding? Then you’ll want to give serious thought to including these features.



Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

When Horse Emergencies Arise (And You're Not There)

With horses as injury-prone as they are, medical emergencies are almost certain to arise. And while you would hope that the barn manager would be able to reach you if your horse were to ever have a medical emergency, unfortunately that’s not always the case. What would happen if your horse needed treatment and you weren’t…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on October 15, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 22: A Game of Inches

Sometimes it just feels as if we're not getting anywhere. Another beautiful autumn, the last show of the year goes by and the difference between this month and last month is hard to discern. It seems as if we're just inching forward. We're fighting a World War I battle, a titanic struggle over a few yards, at great cost and effort with nothing to show.

And there is…


Added by B. G. Hearns on October 14, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

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