Steve Wawryk's Blog (11)

Picking the right boarding stable: Barn safety.

Last week I touched upon the hazards to look for in the pasture your horse will be kept in. Today I want to look at some things to look for when selecting a safe barn to keep your horse in.

I don't believe horses are fussy weather a stall or barn is well painted or has fancy brass hooks and handles. If that's what floats your boat go for it it but don't make decor the number one priority in selecting a barn. Once again put the horses safety and well being…

Added by Steve Wawryk on April 21, 2010 at 12:06pm — 2 Comments

Picking the right boarding stable. Pasture safety.

In my previous blog I spoke about the importance of a facilities fencing as it relates to the horses safety. I'd like to continue on the subject of horse safety and talk about the pasture and paddock area.

Any of you who already own a horse know how quickly a horse can find trouble. They just can't help it because of their curious nature. Eliminating the risks is key to keeping your horse from suffering a serious injury or even death. Over the…

Added by Steve Wawryk on April 14, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

Picking the right Boarding stable for you and your horse.

Today I want to talk about picking the right horse boarding stable. I have been boarding horses for almost 20 years now and have probably been at 10 different stables some great others not so good. Over the next couple of days I will talk about things to look for when picking a stable.

The well being and safety of your horse is of the utmost importance. This…

Added by Steve Wawryk on April 7, 2010 at 11:05am — 2 Comments

Spring Check list for Horse and Rider.

Finally, spring is here in Southern Ontario and we can start to ramp up our outdoor riding activities. After a long winter and not much riding you are eager to get out there and hit the trail but before you do there are a few things you need to check.…


Added by Steve Wawryk on March 31, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

A little trick for calming a nervous horse.

We have all been there, you are out at the barn ready to load your horse on the trailer or go for a ride and your horse is wired for sound. They could be fired up for any sort of reason but all you know is your horse is prancing, head held high, jumpy and showing the whites of his eyes. It is obvious your horse is nervous or scared so how do you calm him down so you can handle him in a safe calm manner. I have a trick I use to help settle a nervous horse. I am not sure where I picked this trick… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on March 1, 2010 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Part-Boarding Part 2: Taking the Plunge

So you’ve finally decided to elevate your riding from a weekly lesson to part-boarding a horse. This is a big step so you want to make sure you know exactly what you want and what to look for before taking the plunge.

Here are a few things to…

Added by Steve Wawryk on February 17, 2010 at 11:01am — No Comments

Part-Boarding a horse, is it time?

Most people who get into riding usually start their equestrian journey off with lessons. You sign up for riding lessons an hour one day a week, just long enough to leave you eagerly waiting for next week to roll around hoping to build upon what you learned the week before. This goes on for a while and for some it is all the riding they need to satisfy their horse fix. For others it starts to grow a little frustrating, you feel your riding isn't progressing quickly enough. You may become… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on February 17, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Beat the February Horse Blahs

Winters in Canada can be very long and arduous for the horse owner. If you don't have a riding arena the snow and the cold can really limit the quality and quantity of your rides. Don't get me wrong I love riding on those nice sunny winter days with a fresh powder on the ground but those days are far and few between here in southern Ontario. Most days we are dealing with deep snow, icy conditions, very cold weather or just a very bleak cloudy day.

I'll stop there before I… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on February 3, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

My favorite horse training tool... the fence.

You might be thinking how can a fence be used to train a horse; simple the fence or arena wall acts as a barrier and helps direct or change the direction of a horses feet when worked in combination with your riding cues. Let me explain how it can work.

Say you are working on your horses stop but he seems to be walking out of it, ride him straight towards the fence as you approach the fence or wall apply your cues for the whoa, the closer you get to the fence the more likely… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on January 28, 2010 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

Teaching a horse to ground tie.

I'm of the opinion one of the best things you can do for you and your horse is to teach them to ground tie. Two reasons I like to teach horses to ground tie is for convenience and safety. We have all been there, we are up on our horses and realize we dropped something or we forgot something in the barn or trailer. It may be you need to tend to another rider or adjust someone’s tack, whatever the situation it may require two hands and be in a location where there isn't enough room or be safe to… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on January 22, 2010 at 12:46pm — 4 Comments

No more frozen water tanks, your horse will thank you.

For those of you that live in a warm climate you can skip over this tip but for those of us battling the winter weather and freezing temperatures you might want to read this.

Keeping water from freezing is a real concern for many of us. Horses need their water just as much in the winter as in the summer so it is vital we keep our stock tanks from freezing over. Here are a few tips that might help in the battle of the frozen water tank.

If electricity is around try using a… Continue

Added by Steve Wawryk on January 12, 2010 at 5:18pm — No Comments

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