Western Dressage grew out of the concerns of top Western trainers in the training of horses to make suitable mounts. They had seen what the concepts of cadence, balance, and carriage from classical dressage had done for the English sports and wanted to incorporate them to help Western riders bring out the best in their horses. The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) was formed to help codify these principles, establish an educational program and develop a method of testing.
Being a horse owner means sometimes being a "first responder" when a horse looks ill or appears injured. Recognizing these 5 common barn emergencies can help you prevent your horse from being one of the “walking wounded.”
You are considering buying an otherwise perfect horse. But the X-rays come back and the vet has noticed a bone chip. Do you pass on the Horse?
If you’ve been following the political scene over the last few years, you have probably heard of lobbyists and special interest groups using their voice to be sure that our government is aware of their concerns and needs. But who is speaking up for the horse industry? The American Horse Council!
While shiny bays and gleaming chestnuts have always been the standard in the equine show ring, some of today's equestrians are looking for something a little more "avant-garde" to help them stand out among their peers and in competitions. Their choice is often one of the "spotted" horses.
With spring’s arrival and the start of show season, it’s the perfect time to bathe your horse. Some horses are fine with baths; while others will fight every step of the way. So getting a bath done quickly and efficiently can be great for both of you. And since too much bathing can actually strip your horse’s coat of its natural oils, make each bath count. These tips will help you get a better, more thorough clean when you bathe your horse.
With the Kentucky Derby just days away, here’s a look back at one of the superstars of the Triple Crown world of horse racing - the amazing Secretariat.
Hopefully you are able to put away most of your horse blankets until next year. Quality horse blankets can be expensive so you want them last as long as possible. Instead of just tossing them in a pile in the corner of the tack room until next fall, take these steps now and they'll be good as new next time you are ready to use them.
There are as many theories on how and when to deworm your horse as there are products to do it with. The worry has always been the possibility of overmedicating your horse, resulting in eventual resistance to dewormers, or not to deworm at all.
Whether you are building a barn, doing a big renovation or just adding a few things, you can do a lot with barn accessories. Including, but not limited too automatic waterers, new barn fans or ultimate tack organization. Check out the products at Classic Equine Equipment for some great ideas.