Red, White and Blue – 4th of July Horse Tack!

4th of july horse tackWhile everyone is planning their barbeques and parties, you may be preparing to compete in a horse show, walk in a parade or just show your spirit around the barn. We may not be able to help you paint your horse like a flag, but we can certainly help you find the best red, white and blue 4th of July horse tack to show your patriotic spirit on Independence Day. Here are our favorite spirited tack items that can be used all together for a complete, parade-ready look, or individually for a tasteful competition accent. Continue reading

Help Horseback Riding Pain – Ice Rider® from Ice Horse®

horseback riding pain

We all know riding is a very physical activity. While your main goals may often be focused on building your horse’s stamina and muscle, the time you spend in the saddle and around the barn is taxing on your own body as well. If your horse is sore, injured or just needs a little preventative support after a tough workout, you apply liniments, wraps, ice or any range of other treatments to help him feel better and be ready to keep working as the athlete he is. Why not do the same for yourself? Continue reading

In the Saddle with Dr. Tim John of Ecovet Fly Spray

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The beautiful weather of spring and summer is often marred by the presence of pestering stable flies, ticks and other biting insects. We douse our horses in fly spray to try to make rides and time in turnout more enjoyable, but bugs are relentless. A new, exciting fly spray is available now from Ecovet™, which has us here at Dover smiling happily as our horses’ tails hang quietly and still while they graze in their paddocks. We were able to chat with veterinarian Tim John about this new fly spray he created and what makes it different and effective. Continue reading

In The Saddle with Joe Meyer

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Joe Meyer has had quite the career, from starting to compete at just six years old to representing New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics, he is an equestrian one would want to aspire to be like. In between his time spent competing and practicing, we were lucky enough to talk to Joe about how he got started, where he has seen success and what his favorite products to use are.  Continue reading

Types of Horse Bits: Part 1 – Mouthpieces

horse bit mouthpieces

Unless you are using a hackamore or bitless bridle, you’ll have to select a bit for your horse. The many types of horse bits available can make this choice a tough one. The correct bit for each horse is different and depends on a variety of factors. The experience of the rider, temperament and training level of the horse, discipline being ridden and training goals all factor into bit selection. Some riders even use various bits on the same horse to address a range of challenges in the horse’s development. Continue reading

Riding Sport Breeches for Every Style

riding sport breeches

Avid riders spend a lot of hours at the barn, which means a lot of time in riding clothes. If you are anything like us, you end up running errands, meeting friends for lunch or even stopping by the office in those clothes as well. So why not express your personality and unique style with high functioning breeches? Fashion and function truly do go together with this season’s new Riding Sport™ breeches which offer the best technology for performance, updated styling and a price tag that will bring them to your closet. Continue reading

Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy

equine massage therapy

Who doesn’t love treating themselves to a massage? With the relaxing effects, the great feeling while it’s being performed and the even better way your muscles feel afterward, it’s no wonder athletes especially benefit. One of the greatest athletes you know is likely your horse, and with over 60% of his body weight being made up by muscle, equine massage therapy may be an appropriate way to support your horse’s wellbeing. Continue reading

In the Saddle with Jon Holling

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Photo by Andie Bichio

Running Holling Eventing is a full time job, but Jonathan Holling still finds the time to compete at the CCI**** level and coach the Area 4 young riders team to success as well. We were recently lucky enough to speak with Jonathan about his favorite competition, how he braves the cross-country phase, what products contribute to his success and his favorite memories. Continue reading

Benefits of Synthetic Fleece

synthetic fleece

Equestrian tack and supplies are made from a variety of materials, with each having its own merits. Synthetic fleece, made to appear as sheepskin, is often seen in saddle pads, horse boot linings, halter fleeces, girths, saddle seat savers, grooming mitts and more. Here are some of the reasons why synthetic fleece is a great option when you are purchasing new tack. Continue reading