One of the best ways to succeed jumping at a show is to get your horse as familiar as possible with a variety of jumps in the safety of your own arena. Most show jumps are fairly straightforward – vertical and oxer. What often scares horses are the bright colors, flags, flowers and other design elements.
In Honor of St. Patrick's Day. - Ireland is a land of incredible beauty and incredible horses. The following three breeds were developed to work with people of Ireland under a variety of tough conditions. Their hardiness and easy temperament are legendary. ￼
When it’s time to bed your horse, there are a wide variety of options to use. Here are some things to consider when deciding on what your horse will stand and sleep on.
Having a safe and functional wash bay is an essential element of any barn. It can be outside or inside, though it seems most would prefer inside. Here are some ideas to consider when building or upgrading your wash area.
Bad weather and busy schedules can sometimes prevent proper exercise or turn out time for your horse. This can sometimes lead to higher levels of stress and an unhappy horse. If you want to minimize stall boredom and resulting stress in your horse’s life, consider the following ideas:
As the cold weather drags on, it tends to feel like spring is nowhere in sight. Luckily, we’ve come up with some fun activities for you to help beat the winter riding (or non-riding) blues. ￼
Knowing how your horse acts when he is feeling good will help you better realize when there is something wrong. Every horse owner needs to know what “normal” is for their horse. Being able to report abnormal behavior can help your veterinarian diagnose your horse in the future if there is ever something wrong. ￼
Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Are you stumped on just what your goals for this next year should be? We’ve come up with some great ideas for some barn-related New Year’s Resolutions. Take a look and see if one of these ideas might be right for you.
Hopefully your horse has been on Santas nice list. Finding a gift for the horse who has “everything” can sometimes be a challenge. But here’s an idea – the perfect gift for your horse may be a little bit of pampering. We know you already pamper your horse with good food, a great stall, and lots of treats, but these are some extra ways to make him/her feel extra special. ￼
Whether you’re a competitive rider or just going out for the occasional trail ride, warming up your horse can help prevent injuries. A pre-ride safety check can start even before you get on. If you are working in an arena, check the area for holes that need to be filled or for larger rocks that may cause your horse to stumble. When grooming your horse, make sure there are no cuts or loose shoes or other indications that your horse isn’t 100%. Finally, when tacking up, make sure your tack doesn’t have any weak areas, such as stirrup leathers or the throatlatch that can break while you’re riding.