Let's be honest, college is hard. Especially if you are moving away from the comfort of your home and family for the first time. With the significant time and financial demands of college owning a horse may be a bigger challenge than you want at this time. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to own a horse in college to keep riding. Here are some suggestions that allow you to keep riding while you’re in school.
Trail riding is a great summertime activity, but if you’re hesitant to head out on the trail because you feel that your horse might miss out on schooling for the day, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of horse training and schooling exercises that you can put to work on the trail so that your horse gets his training and you get to enjoy the change of scenery. Here are a few exercises to get you started.
Whether you’ve been around horses a long time or you are brand new to horses, building your own barn can be a challenge. Will your barn be larger or smaller? Will your barn be for personal use or will you board other horses? These are all things you must take into consideration.
Summer is the best time to own a horse, but we have been getting some real scorchers these last few weeks. Here are some tips on keeping your horse cool this summer.
This is Part 2 of our two-part blog series on barn fires. Last week offered suggestions on lowering your risk for a barn fire. But sometimes no matter how careful you are, a fire may be unstoppable.
Every year, thousands of acres of land are burned and hundreds of homes are destroyed due to either wild fires or residential fires. However, every once in awhile a miracle happens – a lone house remains standing, untouched, while the area around it is completely destroyed. Here are some tips on how you can help better the odds that your barn becomes one of the survivors.
The 4th of July holiday is a wonderful opportunity to remember all that is great about America. Across the country, we celebrate with parades, speeches, picnics – and fireworks. Some horses do not mind loud noises while others become stressed and spook easily. Here are some ideas on how to help your horse cope.
With high temperatures and dangerous heat waves looming through the midwest and south this week it is important to remember the dangers of heat stress/exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are extremely dangerous conditions for not only you but also your horse and other animals. It is often seen during the summer months and in areas where the humidity is high. Strenuous activities or sports such as eventing, jumping, combined driving, or even a simple ride during high temperatures can cause heat stroke/stress.
Is your horse close to retirement? Is a therapeutic riding program a good option for him? Therapeutic riding programs may seem like an ideal option, but therapeutic horses need to possess a very special set of skills. Consider the following must-have characteristics.