In the Saddle with Starfighter – Our Holiday Catalog Model

starfighterLove our new holiday catalog this year? Curious about the gorgeous grey horse posing in many of the shots? You are not alone. Many of our loyal fans have reached out to us wanting to know more about him. That grey beauty is Starfighter, a four-year old Hanoverian by Stolzenberg out of Caliku. We sat down with his owner, Gail Dady, and got the full scoop on our latest Dover model. Continue reading

How Entire Diet Builds Better Hooves

hoof growthKentucky Equine Research discusses what factors into hoof growth and how you can aid your horse’s hooves in growing strong and healthy.

Hoof growth in horses is determined by several factors, including genetics, age, breed, exercise, metabolic rate, illness, temperature, environmental moisture, shoeing and trimming. Building strong hooves can take anywhere from six to twelve months. If a horse has dull and brittle hooves, a reliable way to improve the quality of its hooves would be through balanced nutrition. To achieve this, a total diet reconfiguration may be in order. Continue reading

All About M-T-G

mtg treatment

Use these tips provided by Shapley’s to achieve the best results when using M-T-G for a variety of conditions.

M-T-G was originally developed by a barber to treat human skin and hair conditions. One of the “magic” ingredients is oil of cade, derived from a type of juniper tree. Oil of cade has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin issues.Today, M-T-G is used on animals, and horse owners in particular use it to treat dozens of conditions, including rain rot, scratches, sweet itch, dandruff and even thrush. You can also use it to loosen wind knots and remove smegma stains from the insides of your gelding’s legs. Tar, sap, and other sticky substances can be removed with a small amount of M-T-G. Reading the instructions can save you a bit of time and give you the best results. Continue reading

In the Saddle with Parlanti’s Gianluca Caron

parlanti passion We are extremely excited about our newest boots from Parlanti. Designed exclusively for Dover, these gray Parlanti boots are exceptionally styled, combining fashion and function into the ideal riding boot. We recently caught up with Gianluca Caron, CEO of Parlanti Passion USA, to find out what makes the brand unique, how he got involved with the company and how our new gray Parlanti Dallas Field Boot was developed. Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Vitamin E for Horses on Fall Pasture and Hay

fall pastureVitamin E has an important role in many physiological functions in the horse, including reproduction, immune response and nerve and muscle function, yet it is one of only a few vitamins that horses cannot produce themselves; it must be provided in the diet. Without vitamin E, horses may experience a variety of issues, including pathological changes and poor immunity. Continue reading

Helmet Crash Replacements—What to Do Before and After a Fall

helmet crash replacementAlthough a riding helmet can make a fashion statement reflective of your personal style, it’s far from a simple accessory. Use of a protective helmet is always wise for riding, and in fact is mandated by the U.S.E.F. and the F.E.I. for mounted riders on show grounds. Some horse handlers even choose to wear a helmet for lungeing or while working with young or fractious horses on the ground as an added precaution. Continue reading

Helpful Riding Helmet Resources

helmet resourcesIt’s Helmet Week here at Dover! A helmet is perhaps the most important piece of equipment a rider will purchase. Choosing the right helmet requires a rider to find a model that is aesthetically pleasing, appropriate for use in his or her riding discipline—and most critically—well fitting.  A helmet purchase can represent a significant investment once all these factors are met, so proper helmet care is also critical. We’ve put together some helpful resources about riding helmets so that you can arm yourself with the knowledge to get the most out of your riding helmet. Continue reading