Classic Equine Equipment's Blog – September 2015 Archive (17)

What You Should Look for in Your Horse's Hay

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Hay is the basis of your horse’s diet, but do you know what to look for when you’re evaluating your horse’s hay? Here are some characteristics to consider.

Color and Feel

When you’re evaluating your hay, take note of the color and feel. The hay should still have a greenish color to it, but…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 30, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Caring for Your Skin as an Equestrian

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The active equestrian spends a lot of time in the sun. From long horse show days to training rides to lessons, we’re outside a lot. If you want to keep your skin looking great, follow these tips to care for your skin.

Remember Your Sunscreen

Don’t head out on a ride without your sunscreen!…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 25, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Easy Landscaping Ideas for Your Barn and Farm

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Landscaping around your barn and farm can be a challenge. You don’t want to create anything too time consuming, but you still want your property to look great. Here are some easy landscaping ideas you can put to use around your farm.

Use Horse-Friendly Plants

In addition to using only…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 23, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How to Find the Right Riding Instructor for Your Child

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Your child wants to learn to ride a horse. Great! Your first task will be to find a riding instructor who is a great fit for your child. This can be a little bit of a challenge, because every child and every instructor won’t necessarily be a great match. Put these tips to work to help find the right riding instructor for your…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 22, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tips to Help You Prepare Your Barn for Winter

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Believe it or not, winter is just around the corner and it’s time to start preparing your barn. These tips will help you to get your barn ready to weather the coming winter.

Make Paint…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 18, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Horse Supplies Online

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When you think about it, we spend a LOT of money on horse supplies every year. From tack to grooming supplies to barn supplies, it can quickly add up. Knowing how to find a great deal on horse supplies online can save you a lot of money – here are some great tips to get you started.

Buy in Bulk

Whenever possibly, try…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 17, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Design Features That Can Add Character to Your Barn

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Building your dream barn gives you the chance to express your own individual style. There are many design features you can use to add a bit of character to your barn. Here are just a few ideas.

Cupola and Weathervane

The cupola and weathervane that you select for your barn go far in…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How to Introduce Your Children to Horses

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We all remember the first time we met a real, live horse. It’s a memory that stays ingrained with us forever, and it was enough to generate a lifetime with these beautiful animals. Introducing a child to horses is a special moment, but it’s also important to make sure the introduction is done well. If you want to…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 15, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Prolong the Life of Your Wooden Stalls

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Your wooden horse stalls are a highlight of your barn, but if they’re not cared for properly, they may need replacing sooner than you’d anticipated. Here are some tips to prolong the life of your wooden stalls.

Start With Quality Wood

Using quality wood to build your stalls is the first step to prolonging the wood’s life. …

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Items to Have in Your Trail Riding Saddle Bag

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Have you ever gotten out onto the trails, only to discover you left something important back in the horse barn? Here’s a list of items to make sure you have in your trail riding saddle bags the next time you head out.

First-Aid Kit

Hopefully you’ll…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Knowing When It's Time to Bring Your Horses Home

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Do you dream of having your horses in your own backyard? Having your own barn is a dream for many horse owners, but how do you know when it’s time to bring your horses home and build a barn? Consider these factors when making…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 9, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tips for Teaching Yourself New Riding Skills

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It’s back to school time, and everyone seems to be learning something new. Now is the perfect time to teach yourself new riding skills. Whether or not you have a trainer, these tips can help you to facilitate your own riding progress.

Audit Clinics

Head out to audit local clinics for…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 8, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Tips to Help You Care for Your Arena Footing

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Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s important to turn your attention to your riding arena footing. Your arena has likely seen lots of use over the past few months, and that increased use can leave your footing in need of a little extra care. Put these tips…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 4, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Storing Medication in Your Barn: What You Need to Know

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When you own horses, especially those who are injury prone, you will probably accumulate quite a bit of medication. Whether bought over the counter or from your veterinarian, medications need to be handled and stored properly. Here’s how:

Create a Medication Cabinet

One of the most important precautions you should…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 3, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Evaluating Your Barn Prior to a Barn Renovation

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Since you’ll be doing construction on your barn, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the roof to make sure that it doesn’t need repair or replacement. Chances are your barn has been in existence for years, so thoroughly evaluate the roof for any repairs that may need to be performed. The last thing you want to do is fix up…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 2, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ways to Continue to Challenge Yourself as a Rider

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Do you sometimes feel that your progress as a rider is slowing? It’s a natural occurrence, especially since some of us spend decades of our lives learning the art of riding. We’ve come up with some great ways that you can continue to challenge yourself as a rider, even when you’re feeling unmotivated.

Make Specific…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Back to School: Great Ways to Improve Your Riding Knowledge

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It seems as though everyone is heading back to school right now, so it’s only fitting that you brush up on your own schooling when it comes to riding. While you don’t necessarily have to go back to school, there are some great ways you can improve your riding knowledge on your own.

Attend Clinics

One of the best ways…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on September 1, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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