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Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:16:19 -0500


3 Steps to Visualize a Better Ride

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:53:57 -0500

Learn three basic mental fundamentals that elite athletes rely on to gain a competitive edge. I'll tell you how to apply them to your riding today, so you can reap the benefits at your next show.

Novice Punter's Guide to Betting

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:13:39 -0500

Betting on the horses can be full of traps for novice punters but with a bit of common-sense and a cool head you can avoid many of the pitfalls which are the downfall of most punters. The Sport of Kings is a wonderful game which may not lead you to winning fortune, but you can at least minimise your losses while enjoying a fascinating hobby.

Horses, Riding, Polo and Women

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:26:55 -0500

Horses and Women have been part of my life for long years. I started off early on horses from a young age and perfected my skill later at the military academy. I also picked up horse polo at the academy, though I dare say I was not a champion in this field of sport.

Competitive Horseback Riders = Good Business

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:14:14 -0500

Growing up in the world of competitive horseback riding is no easy life. Whether we were born into it or fought our way into it, we made a choice. That choice was to give up most of our life and dedicate it towards a sport that involves other lives.

Buddy Sour Horse? 4 Steps to Turn That Nightmare Into Your Dream Horse (and Boost Your Confidence)

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:17:53 -0600

Is your horse's buddy sour behaviour making you feel anxious and lose your confidence? Follow the 4 steps in this article to teach your horse to feel calm whenever she's with you. You CAN turn that night mare into your dream horse.

7 Steps to Becoming a Successful Barrel Racer on a Budget

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:29:57 -0600

New to barrel racing and do not have a ton of money to spend? Do not be discouraged, this article will show you 7 steps to take to become a successful barrel racer on a budget.

Getting Fit Can Be Fun - Polo Is The New Zumba

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:37:42 -0600

Want a great way to get fit without feeling the pain? Find out why Polo is so good for you and not as expensive as you think.

Tips for Buying Equestrian Boots Online

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:46:44 -0600

This article explains the factors that influence in the buying of a right pair of equestrian boots and the special care that is required in the online shopping of the boots. People find their solace in the riding sport and usually are seen to be avid collectors of riding accessories and merchandise to express their love for the activity.

All Hows and Whys of Purchasing and Caring for Horse Riding Boots

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:49:33 -0500

Being an equine lover is not only delightful and relaxing but also pretty expensive. Like you have to buy several accessories for maximum comfort and minimum injury. Even if you are not going to take part in any show or competition in the near future, at least a pair of properly designed horse riding boots is necessary. If you think that any pair of cheap synthetic boots will do the job, you cannot be more wrong. However some people do purchase synthetic boots but there too, they are specifically designing for riding purposes.

Choosing a Children's Horse

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:19:04 -0500

Choosing a children's horse is both exciting and stressful. You need to find a horse that you feel will challenge your child to grow as a rider, but you also need to trust that your child won't be in danger. There are a few basic guidelines to follow when conducting your search.

5 Fun Horsemanship Facts for Kids

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:33:34 -0500

In the middle ages, horses played a much larger role in society than they do today. In those times, a person may require three separate horses, one for agriculture, one for transportation and one for war. If your child is interested in horses and horsemanship, here are some of the most interesting facts about horses in the medieval era that you may not have known.

Wearing a Body Protector for Horse Riding

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 07:33:56 -0600

Body protectors are foam filled vests worn when horse riding to reduce the impact of a kick or fall. Getting the right fit is essential to offering good protection.

Improve Your Horse Riding: Why Your Horse's Posture Matters

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:43:32 -0600

If your horse is resistant, spooky or unbalanced when you ride him it could be because of his posture. Find out the affects different postures have on you and your horse and what to do to give him good posture.

7 Most Effective Techniques to Rebuild Your Confidence Riding Your Horse

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:39:32 -0600

Have you 'lost your nerve' after a fall from your horse or because your horse is 'spooky'? The 7 most effective techniques are in this article to help you rebuild your confidence and improve your partnership with your horse.

What Age Can a Child Start Horse Riding Lessons?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:41:27 -0600

If your interested in teaching your child to ride horses wait no further. The sooner the better. just like with martial arts the younger you can get them involved the better. Read more...

What's The Difference Between Jodhpurs and Breeches?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:17:19 -0500

Breeches and jodhpurs are both closely fitting horse riding trousers. However, there are some important differences between the two in terms of design and when they should be worn.

Developing Good Hands

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:03:33 -0500

When horseback riding, one must follow a few basic principals. Whether your showing horses, racing professionally, or just riding casually... These tips will help give you the upper hand.

A Guide To Choosing The Equestrian Sport That Is The Right One For You

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:26:56 -0500

Like all sports, horse riding can provide a huge amount of fun and exercise. Within the equestrian world there is a myriad of different sports. So it doesn't matter if you are a weekend pleasure rider or a serious competitor, a thrill seeker or a nervous Nelly, there is something for just about everyone. Generally speaking horse sports are divided into categories. There is western riding, Olympic disciplines, endurance, pleasure riding, novelty, horse racing, rodeos, team sports and carriage driving. Of course, there are also a few obscure sports like, vaulting, le trek and camp drafting. Within these categories there are a variety of different sports again.

The Importance Of Adjusting the Tempo Of Your Horse

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:14:26 -0500

Whether or not you're riding a dressage horse - you should keep an even tempo for your horse or risk him losing his balance and rhythm. Every horse has his own unique tempo and once you find it, you'll have the key to ultimate performance. Because the horse is so in tune with the rider, you must first take care of your own imbalances that result from tension and lack of exercise in the proper muscles. Here's an easy way to know how the tempo of a horse works:

What Horse Riding Clothing Do I Need For Summer?

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:42:15 -0500

Horse riding in the warmer weather requires some consideration in terms of what horse riding clothing you'll need. This article has a look at what you might need.

Starting Green Horses and Green Riders

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:11:54 -0500

So much has been said about the need to of the correct way to start of youngsters to the saddle, with progressive training so the green horses have the right attitude, are well-balanced and able to understand the communication between rider and horse under saddle. This could be called the A, B, C's of teaching horses to accept the rider. What about correct way and the A, B, C's of teaching beginner riders to ride the horse? Green riders also need to be educated with progressive training so they have the right attitude, are well balanced and are able to communicate with their horse.

7 Tips for a Safe and Efficient Horse Property

Fri, 16 May 2014 06:59:46 -0500

Is your horse property set up so you can safely and efficiently carry out your regular horse routines to care for your horses with a minimum of fuss? Even if your horses are not your business, the ability to work efficiently and effectively will maximize the time you spend with your horse to achieve a much higher level of results. One of the most obvious examples is how your horse property is set up.

Dressage Training - Going Back to the Basics

Wed, 14 May 2014 07:24:18 -0500

A lot of people struggle with knowing what the next step in their riding is. I remember I thought going up a level was a huge 'deal'. Now going up a level is or isn't a big deal. I don't know if it is or not, but I know that thinking it is won't help me, so I choose to think it isn't! Dressage is all about training the horse. The more horses I train up the grades, the more I think it isn't even about going up. The horse is capable of doing every single movement we ask in the GP test as a foal. It isn't about teaching the horse something it doesn't know. It's about helping the horse to understand what we want from our aids, and building his strength to carry himself and us through a test.

The Risks of Horse Riding

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:52:23 -0500

The fact is that as much as horse riding is a fun and adventurous sport, it is just as dangerous! There is a certain amount of risk involved, but as long as the rider is vigilant about a few safety precautions and abides by them, horseback riding will be an enjoyable experience. The following risks account for a majority of serious accidents.

The Costs Involved With Horse Riding Lessons

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:51:46 -0500

Horse riding is a popular sport for people across the globe, and generally appeals to all ages. If you're looking to ride with the right principles, then professional horse riding lessons is your best bet. Many horse riding enthusiasts would love to take up coaching classes but are unable to due to the costs involved.

How to Get Your Kids Involved in Horse Riding?

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:50:29 -0500

Children and horses go well together, but getting your kids involved in horseback riding is not as easy as it may seem. Unlike the amusement park, horse riding is an activity that demands a high level of confidence and control, which are best learned by experts or professional coaching. It doesn't matter if you're a riding or a non-riding parent, bottom line is that you want your kids to grasp the best practices in the first go, and cement the best foundation.

Horse Riding Lessons for Beginners and Experts

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:49:56 -0500

Horse riding lessons are a great way to correct bad habits and communicate better with the animal. These sessions are not only geared towards beginners but to professionals and everyone in between. There are several of styles of riding, which are referred to as disciplines that have distinct bridles and saddles, and are performed in different riding positions.

Ride Horses Better: Improve Equestrian Performance and Prevent Injury

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:48:17 -0500

In the U.S., there are almost two million American horse owners, and seven million riders.Whether a hack, jump, race, or show, you may find that pain, muscle spasms, and imbalance prevent personal best performance when riding. Pain in the lower back, neck, hips, shoulders, knees, and wrists often sidelines riders and can limit participation in the equestrian activities they enjoy. In addition to falls, daily laborious and strenuous activities of caring for horses can cause shoulder, arm, and back injuries, as well as knee and leg injuries. Many riders have abnormal gait, due to falls, laborious activities, and heavy lifting. Chiropractic is a growing profession not only caring for riders, but for horses as well. In one of the most competitive and intense sports, gain an edge on your competition, by correcting your own spinal biomechanics.

7 Tips For Teaching Beginners On The Lunge

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:21:01 -0600

I am a strong believer in teaching beginners on the lunge. They can focus on gaining their balance and confidence while the instructor focuses on controlling the horse in a pace that is most beneficial to progress the skills of the rider.

Where Is the Best Place to Be Positioned When Teaching Horse Riding?

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:28:43 -0600

As you start to become more aware of teaching styles of horse riding instructors, you will probably be looking at the positioning of the horse riding instructor. Some are teaching standing up, sitting down, on a horse, inside the circle, outside the circle, in the arena, outside the arena and many other positions. Many of my trainee equestrian coaches ask the question "Where is the best place to be positioned when teaching horse riding" Before this question is answered, I like to explore the benefits and drawbacks of some different teaching positions with them.

Confident Rider Tips - 6 Powerful Tips for Regaining Your Confidence After a Fall From Your Horse

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:36:58 -0600

Have you lost your confidence after falling - or nearly falling - off your horse? The 6 powerful tips in this article will help you regain your confidence.

How to Mount and Dismount a Horse

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:26:16 -0600

If you are an experienced horse person, you have probably been asked this question a million times! I know, I know, everyone who has ridden any type of horse should know how to mount and dismount a horse. After all, how do they get up on the horse and down off the horse if they spend any time at all in the saddle? Maybe the question should be 'how should you correctly mount and dismount a horse?' However before we answer the second question, we should look at the different styles of riding and variations of these styles. Then this becomes a very sensible question that could be answered in a wide variety of ways.

Horse Bits: Where to Start

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 07:37:07 -0600

The choice of horse bits can be overwhelming. With a vast array of styles and materials to choose from, there is a lot to consider when looking to buy your horse's bit. This article attempts to introduce you to what is available.

Confident Rider Tip - Managing the What If's

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:45:15 -0600

Do you suffer from 'show nerves', feel mildly anxious or shake in your boots with fear when riding? The 3 tips in this article will help you put the joy back in riding your horse.

Saddles for Sale - Finding the Right One for You

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:04:57 -0600

Horse riding, to some people, is more than just a sport; it is their passion. There are a number of different components to horse riding. One of the most important, apart from the animal itself, is the saddle

Horse Training - 3 Reasons Your Horse Evades the Bit

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:12:51 -0600

Do you know the 3 most common reasons that horses run through, lean on or fight the bit? The 3 causes and their corrections are in this article.

Saddles For Sale: Guidelines On Saddle Fitting

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:05:01 -0600

Are you searching for the best fit among a number of saddles for sale? If yes, refrain from making choices blindly. This means do not go to tack shops without having an idea on what to look for in these items. Do a thorough research first and take note of what equestrians and equine veterinarians have to share on this topic. These people often impart their valuable knowledge through their blogs and videos. If you do not have enough time to check them one by one, read the rest of this article for some quick insights.

Horse Barn Plans: Ensuring Equine Comfort During Winter

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:04:48 -0600

Horses are like humans. They can easily catch a disease during the cold winter months if they are not properly protected. This is where the importance of effective horse barn plans takes in place. A carefully and smartly planned barn or stable can keep foals or horses comfortable, safe and warm come winter time.

Safe Horse Back Riding: Do's, Don'ts And Gears

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:04:22 -0600

Accidents and injuries are part and parcel of horse back riding. Nonetheless, their impact on the rider can be reduced through the strict observance of safety practices and the wearing of safety gears. There are riders who do not pay attention to these. And so, they had to learn their lessons the hard way. Physical damage incurred through this sport is believed to be more fatal than those acquired through other rough sports like football or hockey. This goes to show that you can lose your life after a single fall off the horse or after a quick hoof quick. If you do not want this happening, take the safety measures seriously.

Horse Care: How to Use Electrolytes

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:04:37 -0600

Preventing your horse from dehydration is always a concern, especially if your horse participates in strenuous activities, such as competitions and frequent travel. Learn which electrolytes are most effective, how to identify the signs of dehydration, and the best way to administer electrolytes to maintain your horse's health.

Ideal Horse Blanket: Great Ideas On Getting One

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:04:21 -0600

A horse blanket is an indispensable material that is needed in keeping a horse warm and protected from all harmful elements the environment has to offer. These include dust, rain, snow or too much heat. Diseases which are spread through flies and mosquito bites also count here. For your information, this animal may be likened to a human being that needs comfort and protection from appropriate clothing through all types of weather.

How To Take Care Of A Horse With These Insights

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:03:59 -0600

It is important to learn how to take care of a horse in all kinds of weather. Every season of the year would definitely bring a challenge to an outdoor animal such as this. And so, you must be prepared to care and protect it as its owner.

Pre-Show Horse Grooming: All You Need To Know

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:03:06 -0600

Horse grooming for a competition must be started upon long before the show day. Doing everything a couple of hours right before your horse enters the arena may not provide you with the kind of impression that you need to wow the judges. Keep in mind that it is not only your horse's performance that would be judged but also its overall appearance. In fact, this is the first thing which the judges will set eyes on and so it has to be appealing to their sight.

The Most Important Secret to Building Confidence With Horses (It'll Give You Courage!)

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:49:02 -0600

Do you know the #1 secret to building confidence with horses - whether you ride or you don't? The most important secret is in this article.

Recovery From Equestrian Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:45:06 -0600

Head injuries are one of the most prevalent and serious injuries facing equestrian athletes. What can be done to reduce permanent damage?

Positive Reinforcement Training for Horses

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:44:25 -0600

What is positive reinforcement and how we can apply it to horse training? This article defines positive reinforcement as well as other common training methods and discusses how positive reinforcement can be used for training horses, citing several research studies.

Teach Your Horse to Stand Still at the Mounting Block

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:40:10 -0600

A horse that will not stand still at the mounting block is frustrating and can be dangerous. If you understand why your horse is moving, and take the time to train him to stand quietly, you will have a much better start to your ride!

Horse Training for Beginners

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:37:16 -0600

Learn the basic principles of training horses, written in a way that even a new rider can understand. This article will help you better understand horses and gives tips to train your own horse.

3 Myths About Buying A Young Horse (Why It May Be the Wrong Choice for You!)

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:05:00 -0600

Do you know the 3 most common myths about buying a horse that get first time horse owners into trouble? The 3 myths and the reality checks to help you find your dream horse are in this article.

Frustration From Horses or Passion For Horses?

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:42:01 -0600

I love technology when it is working well but find it very frustrating when it isn't! I can do some of the basic stuff, but if the wrong button is pushed or a misdirected technical genius makes a website go down then I am not interested in fixing the problem and refer it to the Webmaster.

Ride Safe With Proper Equestrian Gear

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:18:11 -0500

Horse riding is an exhilarating experience and one which has been practiced for many centuries. Horses themselves have served us loyally as working animals, pets and even at war.

Horse Riding Tips - 7 Tips to Improve Your Riding by Improving Your Mindset

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:33:36 -0500

The most important factor for improving your horse back riding performance and confidence is your mindset. This article provides 7 strategies to help you improve your mindset.

5 Horse Training Tips to Improve Your Horse's Behaviour and Build Your Confidence

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:02:38 -0500

Has your horse's sudden change in behaviour or performance caused you to feel frustrated or anxious? The 5 tips in this article provide the answers to getting your horse back to where she was and rebuilding your trust and confidence in her.

Deciding on the Correct Equestrian and Horse Riding Wear

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:13:39 -0500

Equestrian and riding wear is available in a variety of designs and styles and the chosen design is likely to relate to the riding discipline. In most situations the horse riding wear is chosen based on the specific look it offers and the level of comfort.

What Is a Warmblood?

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:13:40 -0500

Have you ever wondered what the term "Warmblood" means? Here I discuss the two major schools of thought on the term, how they differ and are alike, and what I believe to be the most correct definition.

Joint Supplements For Horses - Why Horses Need Joint Support

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:52:27 -0500

Joint supplements are a controversial area. Horse joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments require specific nutrition to work effectively and stay strong and healthy.

Horse Tack: What to Consider When You're Starting Out

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:29:28 -0500

The term horse tack refers to any equipment used for horse riding and includes the saddle, bridle, girths, bit and halters. There are a wide variety of styles and makes available, but it is essential that any tack for your horse fits them correctly to ensure the horse's comfort and your safety. This article will look at a few of the main items to steer you in the right direction.

Choosing the Right Equestrian Clothing

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:50:06 -0500

In the process of choosing the right equestrian clothing, there is likely to be a range of factors that need to be carefully considered. If you are able to consider issues that relate to the function, style, and cost of the horse riding wear, you are certain to get the right equipment for a more enjoyable riding experience.

Get The Best Protection For Horses With A Quality Horse Rug

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:48:08 -0500

A horse rug is, in its basic design, a coat meant to keep the horse relatively protected from external dangers like temperature, wind, insects, precipitation and other elemental dangers. These coats are customized according to the horse whose body is to be covered.

HDR Advantage Saddle For Those On a Tight Budget

Fri, 24 May 2013 08:30:59 -0500

Owner's of the HDR advantage saddle often remark that the rig is worth so much more to them than it cost. More expensive saddles are often overlooked in favor of the HDR Advantage because of its high quality, even when the rider clearly has a larger budget...

Horse Riding Clothing: The Essentials

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:32:23 -0500

If you're new to horse riding, what to wear is definitely something you need to consider. This article looks at the basics of horse riding clothing, what you will need and where you can find it.

Horse Blankets and Sheets: What You Need to Know

Thu, 16 May 2013 11:55:04 -0500

Confusion runs high in some horse owner forums about the subtle variations between different types of horse blankets and sheets. Using them interchangeably could cause a lot of discomfort for your horse. This article defines each type and describes the application in which you should use them.

Weatherbeeta Rugs: The Use of Technology to Create Comfortable Horse Wear

Tue, 14 May 2013 09:40:46 -0500

Weatherbeeta have been designing and manufacturing horse rugs for over 30 years. Their rugs are designed to fit comfortably and use the latest technology to make them waterproof and breathable, to ensure your horse is protected and comfortable in all seasons. Easy to wash too, they are ideal for any horse owner.

The Journey To Grand Prix Dressage On A Friesian Stallion

Fri, 10 May 2013 14:56:19 -0500

For those of you who follow Ebony Park, you would know Abe and I have been having fun with Grand Prix for over 2 years now. Abe is the first horse I have taken to Grand Prix level, so we are both learning and growing at this new stage. It took 5 years of learning to have enough knowledge to get to Grand Prix. Now that we are here, it feels like we need another 5 years to learn everything we need to learn to master this level, and get it as good as we can to perform!

Guide to Equine First Aid Kits

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:01:21 -0500

Whether your horse is a work horse or family pet, it is important to have first aid kits on hand for unexpected illnesses or injuries. Some first aid kits are more extensive than others, providing every single thing you could ever imagine to protect your horse and prevent him from further injury, while others provide only the most basic necessities to help you get by when a situation arises.

Learning More About Horses at an Equestrian School

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:51:05 -0500

Riding and understanding horses is an ancient art form. It's also an exact science that has been taught for hundreds of years. Because of this, the necessary skill sets involved in passing on the equine arts can be taught by accredited teaching facilities and learned by a willing student.

Is Fear Holding You Back In Your Riding?

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:53:05 -0500

How is your riding going? And how are your goals going? It's funny - when we talk about goals you can have so many from so many areas in your life, but usually there is one main one. For some people it's - no matter what - I am going up a level in my riding, or maybe it's to finally get your health and fitness where you need to be. For some people it's to be more productive and better at time management, for others it's to finally free themselves from fear and start taking control of their life, rather than have fear control it for them.

An Owner's Guide to Horse Calming Supplements

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:06:25 -0500

Horse calming supplements may not be the alternative you were looking for, but veterinarian scientists have developed several types of healthy supplements to help calm your distressed horse. This article details the varieties available and helpful tips.

Emotional Balance

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:11:48 -0500

The horse needs to be able to trust the handler so that they can confidently and willingly offer a behaviour that they think is the right answer in response to a request. That trusting relationship needs to built over time. It's important that the trusting relationship is there when we are asking the horses to manage their emotions.

The Origins of Horse Riding Jodhpurs and Achieving the Perfect Fit

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:41:59 -0500

Jodhpurs are specially designed trousers to provide comfort and safety whilst horse riding. It's worth investing the time in finding the right pair for you.

Building Horse Jumps

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:49:16 -0500

This is a guide on how to build horse jumps intended for show jumping. It describes the most common types of horse jumps and things to consider when building them.

14 Horsemanship Tips For New Riders

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:23:53 -0600

Here are 14 tips on horsemanship for new riders. It's always good to get tips from fellow riders. Here is a short list of tips that will do some good when out riding.

Changing Lives From the Back of a Horse: How Equine Therapy Heals

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:21:37 -0600

Horses are helping the disabled regain their lives and achieve impossible dreams. Equine therapy is gaining popularity for its creative approaches and outstanding results. The horse is proving once again its immeasurable service to mankind.

The ABCs of Towing a Trailer: Know Your GVWRs and GCWRs

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:45:57 -0600

Need to move your horse and already decided to go the do-it-yourself route? Before hitching the trailer to the back of just any truck, read this article to understand the requirements your towing vehicle must meet before you haul your horse.

Equestrian Essentials: Gatehouse Riding Helmets

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:18:42 -0600

A riding hat is the most important piece of equestrian clothing. A properly fitted helmet is essential to riding safely as a poorly fitting hat will not offer adequate protection. Riding helmets should be well looked after and immediately replaced if damaged. Gatehouse helmets have been at the forefront of development over the years, offering riding hats that are lightweight, comfortable and competitively priced.

No Need to Put Them Out to Pasture, Put Them on the Road Instead

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:27:31 -0600

Transporting an elderly horse or one with disabilities can be tricky and stressful. Use these guidelines to successfully transport a horse with special needs.

My Betting Bias for Horse Racing Lays

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:15:14 -0600

Lay betting horses for profit may be something of a mystery for some. And it is not as easy as it sounds. But with expertise, it can be the most profitable way to make profit in the horse racing market.

Best Places for Horseback Riding for Beginners

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:57:44 -0600

If you are a horseback riding beginner or thinking about becoming one, here are some useful places to get you off to a great start with gentle horses and some excellent training. These are the best of the bunch for beginners in the United States, including Hawaii.

Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle - Beat Your Competition

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:03:06 -0600

The Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle features the latest saddle technology. Far from the traditionalist saddles of yesteryear, Wintec puts new innovations to work for the rider, increasing comfort, and allowing for proper positioning while riding.

Sports Design in Performance Equipment for Horseback Riders

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:49:22 -0600

Basic care and grooming equipment is essential when you ride and train horses. The right equipment can make it much easier to properly care for your horse and keep him in good health.

American Cowgirl

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:38:51 -0600

Pam has lived her life as an American Cowgirl. Her story is a colorful tapestry of life in the West.

Horse Feed - Different Types

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:02:43 -0600

The food which we feed to horses should meet seven essential requirements: - Energy. It should give enough energy (calories) to meet the requirements of the horse. If the weather becomes colder or even the horse is utilized more regularly, the amount of food will need to be increased accordingly.

Making Lucerne Hay

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:01:49 -0600

Good quality lucerne hay is green, leafy, soft to feel, sweet smelling, and without any mould, dust, weeds, and also other foreign material. The caliber of hay is reduced by any of the following factors: Presence of weeds, Cutting the lucerne at too late a stage of growth, Over drying in your windrows, causing leaf shattering, brittle stems, and reduction of green color...

Horse Owners Guide to Equine Terminology

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:49:41 -0600

Like with many industries, there is plenty of jargon to get your head around in the world of horse ownership. If you're a new owner, this is your essential guide to equine terminology and their definitions.

Moving the Body Parts of the Horse

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:38:57 -0600

In this article I will explain the five main body parts of the horse that are important to have control of when riding. I will go through each part and describe how to more that body part and how to use it in your everyday training.

Natural Hoofcare and Natural Horsemanship

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:19:10 -0600

With the advent of natural horsemanship, natural hoofcare is a reasonable step to take. Natural hoofcare should be a consideration for every discerning horse owner.

Equestrian Apparel: Top 5 Items to Put on Your Holiday Wish List

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:33:10 -0600

Putting together your Christmas Wish List? View the Top 5 items for Equestrian apparel.

Tips for Training Horses - When Should I Move On to the Next Step in The Training?

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:47:37 -0600

Good training is about breaking things down in to smaller steps to teach to the learner. The smaller we can make the steps the easier it is for the learner to find the right answer, and the easier they can find the right answer the more motivated they will be to keep learning. It's important to balance out how easy it is to find the right answer with a bit of problem solving. We don't want to give the learner the right answer, we need them to work a little bit for it, just not so much that it causes a level of frustration that makes them give up. When Do You Move on to The Next Step in the Training?

Colleges Should Include Equestrian Athletics in Fitness and Wellness Programs

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:51:28 -0600

A few days ago, I was working out in my college gym when I happened to notice a sign promoting the sailing club. The sign said that sailing was free to all students and that the club aimed to expose as many students as possible to sailing. Realizing that my school is so supportive of the sailing club makes me somewhat jealous because as a dedicated equestrian and a member of the equestrian club (which is certainly not free) at the same school, I do not feel that my college is as supportive of equestrian athletics as they are supportive...

Horse Race Betting - What To Do Before You Wager

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:19:03 -0600

Horse race betting is a pastime that can give you both pleasure and earnings. To make your time more worthwhile, it is of the essence that you do your research and study about what things you should consider when choosing a horse to lay down your money on.

Theft of Electric Fencing Energisers

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:01:34 -0600

By the very nature that a battery driven electric fence energiser is left in remote rural areas invariably on the edge of fields means that they are easy targets and liable to be stolen by itinerant thieves. It is very hard to disguise their presence as the fence itself is highly visible and probably several miles long so a thief has to simply follow the fence to find the energiser and purloin it leaving valuable livestock to be free to roam or removing the necessary protection from predators.

Choosing the Perfect Horse Rug

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:52:31 -0600

Horse rugs are probably one of most well-known pieces of horse wear, a staple item that protects the horse from the outside elements as well as keeping those pesky flies at bay! Top brands include Rambo, Amigo, Shires and Mark Todd, all of whom create high quality horse rugs using the finest materials and finishing techniques ensuring that your horse is well protected.

What Happens to a Racehorse After It Retires?

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:11:11 -0600

In the space of ten days, two of Britain's most decorated horses were retired from their racing careers. Kauto Star and Frankel were two very different horses, one running the shorter distances over the flat and the other tackling the gruelling long distances over fences. But now that these racehorses have run their final furlong, what will happen to them in retirement? This article takes a closer look at what life is like on the other side of the racetrack.

Considerations When Designing Your Own Horse Stables

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:32:42 -0500

When looking forward to completing a few horse stables to keep your horses in a good place, know the basics. You don't need to learn all the skills in one sitting.

7 Horse Riding Tips for Beginners

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:18:03 -0500

Learning how to ride a horse is great for people of all ages. It is more than a really interesting sport to get involved in. It's the perfect way to learn a new skill, gain confidence, and meet new people. But if you're a novice, you may not know where to start. Here then, are 7 top horse riding tips for beginners:

Dressage: A Brief Look

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:30:05 -0500

This article will go in to a brief history of dressage. It will answer what it is and how it got started.

The "How To" Of Lunging A Horse For Beginners

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:39:03 -0500

Lunging is the process of exercising a horse in circles on a long line or rope. It is the first step to establishing clear communication with your horse. Lunging a horse is a process that must be learned and practiced consistently in order to do so proficiently. However, when you have mastered the lunging method, it is a very handy tool to have in your repertoire. Let's begin the process of lunging. A horse can be free lunged in a round yard without equipment. However, familiarizing yourself with the equipment ahead of time is recommended. This allows you to learn proper use of the equipment before adding the complexity of maneuvering the horse.

Exercise Testing the Competition Horse

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:29:53 -0500

Whether you're into the research and the resulting developments within our industry or not, you should be interested in the recent advancements for competitive riders. Exercise testing is the practice that judges the natural ability of the competition horse.

Purchase An Authentic Old West Ranch Coat To Keep Yourself Warm In Style

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:33:02 -0500

In the earlier days of America, cold weather old west coats were a staple item for men. Whether they worked on a ranch or spent most of their days doing business in town, they would need a well-fitting garment to protect them from damp, rain, cold and even snowy conditions. These garments were made of sturdy fabrics, lined and meticulously sewn. To wear the same Ranch Coat styles today, buying from a historical clothing manufacturer is the way to go.

Pessoa Legacy Event Saddle - Ride Like a Pro

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:15:04 -0500

The Pessoa Legacy Event saddle will help you train like a pro. Read why you can push yourself and your horse to the limit with this saddle. Ride long and hard in comfort.