North Kingstown, RI Tent Sale – Save The Date!

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Save up to 65% off!*

June 21-23, Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends June 23.

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*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

Tack Room Gatherings

Today, Denny Emerson joins us, and shares some tack room memories that he has in this colorful post:

It might be a couple of nails driven into a barn wall, holding a couple of dry, cracked and ancient bridles. In the corner, a sawhorse, and on those splayed and splintered legs, the dusty ruin of what was once a cowhand’s treasured saddle.

In Europe, tack rooms that rival Park Avenue apartments. Gleaming marble floors, chandeliers, polished ledges of black granite, ornate antique desks and chairs.
My first tack room memories from 1950, the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School barn, the first door on the right.

In the corner, an old coal stove for warming cold New England winters. Brown walls, red trim on the door frames and windows. Rows of iron saddle racks, on each a well oiled and polished English saddle. Ornate iron bridle racks, several rows, each with a snaffle, or a Pelham, and not a few double bridles.

A sink. Cans of saddle soap, the yellow kind in those old, flat jars, bottles of neatsfoot oil.
Boots, hunt caps, saddle pads, crops, piled, jammed helter skelter.

The pungent aroma, a commingling of soap, sweat, leather, linament, intermingled with the over-riding scent of the horses in the adjacent stalls.

A couple of high stools, by the sink. Four pronged bridle hooks, hanging on chains from the ceiling, each loaded with sweaty bridles, martingales, girths, stirrup leathers, halters, each awaiting its turn to be scrubbed, oiled or polished.

Chattering, laughing, boisterous riders, done for the day and cleaning up, or scooping up tack for the upcoming ride.

Horse people gravitate to tack rooms the same way that bees are drawn to apple trees in full blossom in Vermont in May.

It’s their natural habitat, the one refuge from the outside world and all its cares and pressures.

The barn draws the heart of the horseman, like bees are drawn to apple blossoms. The tack room is the heart of the barn.

From guest blogger Denny Emerson. Entry represents personal opinion of the blogger and is not formally edited.

DENNY EMERSON is “One of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century …”(The Chronicle of the Horse, 2000).He is the only rider to have ever won both a gold medal in eventing and a Tevis buckle in endurance. In 2006, Denny was inducted into the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Hall of Fame. Denny Emerson, eventer, trainer, coach, author, leader, activist, has been a significant, influential force in the equestrian community for a half-century.

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Does My Horse Need a Hoof Supplement?

In this post about horse care we examine situations in which you may want to use a horse hoof supplement.

You might consider adding a hoof supplement to your horse’s daily feed if your horse has issues with:

  • Poor hoof growth
  • Cracks and ridging of the hoof wall
  • Thin, brittle hoof wall
  • Losing his shoes constantly

Or if you deal with

  • Competition horses, horses in hard work, or those with low fiber diets, that have poor-quality hooves

Certain nutrients in the horse’s diet are transported via the bloodstream to the hoof and play a role in stimulating hoof growth and repair. One nutrient that has received a lot of attention, in respect to hoof care, is the vitamin biotin.

Biotin, also known as vitamin B-7 or vitamin H, is produced in the horse’s hind gut from the breakdown of fiber in the diet. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored in the body for long, therefore, if there is a deficiency, it needs to be added to the diet every day.

We do not know exactly how biotin functions, but it is thought necessary for the production of keratin, a key component in the structure of the hoof wall.

Studies have shown that there is a significant improvement in overall hoof condition when biotin is fed at the rate of 15 to 25mg per day. Studies where biotin has been added to the diet have shown improved growth rate and improved hoof quality – this includes hardness and strength.  Other nutrients such as zinc, methionine can also affect hoof quality so look for a hoof supplement that contains these as well as biotin.

An overall balanced diet, a healthy digestive tract, proper hydration and exercise will help a hoof supplement achieve optimal results. There may be multiple reasons why a horse has poor hoof quality. The effects of any supplement on hoof growth will not be seen until the new and improved growth comprises most of the hoof, which can take six to nine months in an average horse. Veterinarians and farriers observe that horses respond differently to hoof supplements. Your results may vary, and what works for one horse may not work as well for another. Rate of new hoof growth will vary amongst different horses and the climate – growth is slower during periods of colder weather.

Most people turn to a hoof supplement when the poor quality of their horse’s hoof leads to loose or lost shoes, comments from the farrier, or just observing an increase in chipping and cracks. An injured hoof may also benefit from a hoof supplement to insure that new growth is healthy–and accelerated.

Laura Kraut tells how the company Horse First came to her rescue last December when Cedric sustained damage to his hoof and coronet band. Laura added Hoof First to Cedric’s feed for twenty days and then was able to compete again. Laura commented “these photos show that Horse First works.”





We wish your horse strong and healthy feet!

Let us know your tips for healthy hooves.

AMS Saddle Panel Technology Explained

Up until a few years ago, the idea of stuffed panels was virtually unheard of on a competition jumping saddle. Using the Pessoa brand as an example, 95% of the saddles sold in Europe had Bayflex Molded Memory Cell foam panels.

Five years or so ago, the maker of Pessoa saddles, Pedro Ruiz Diaz, worked with a German company to develop a stuffed panel that improved upon the traditional wool or synthetic wool flocked panels used in dressage saddles.

The goal was to create a panel that could be re-stuffed and shaped like a flocked panel, yet did not have the problems of the wool shifting or bunching up, which can create hot spots and bumps that create soreness. The AMS panel was the result of this quest and it stands apart from other panels.

The extreme quality of Bayer synthetic wool provides resilience under all weather and temperature conditions with no chance of mold or mildew. This synthetic wool is encased in a breathable neoprene wrap that provides a smooth, yet adaptable, surface that absorbs rather than transmits pressure to the horse’s back. Neoprene was chosen due to its breathability, shock attenuation and wear-ability. Latex was ruled out as it had a tendency to become hot, as well as to break down and crumble over extended usage.

In Europe, the AMS panel soon found favor. The neoprene sheath proved even more interesting as it became clear that the panel, which was not firm and did not have hard solid edges, molded itself to the horse’s back. The softer composition, unlike non-molded Latex, flattened out on the horse’s back to provide an even more effective platform for the even distribution of the rider’s weight.

By some stroke of chance, a German customer asked to have AMS panels put onto the Pessoa jumping saddle. With a curious eye, Nelson watched as the new model was developed. The outcome was transforming. The panels worked as well on a jumping saddle as they did on a dressage saddle. While show jumpers did not have the same inclination for a stuffed panel saddle, many found that the AMS panels improved their horse’s performance and well-being.

It did not take too long for the AMS fitted jumping saddles to become popular in Europe, in the tradition set by the dressage models years earlier. Today, more than 50% of all European Pessoa production is outfitted with the AMS panels. The AMS panel system is available on the Pessoa A/O as well as certain Gen-X models.

We think our motto – No lumps, No bumps, No hotspots – pretty much sums up the benefits of the AMS panel system. The AMS panels are a plus for everyone truly concerned about how a saddle fits and works on the horse’s back.

Provided by guest blogger Kelly Lynn Smith. Kelly is a Saddle Manager at English Riding Supply. Entry represents the personal opinion of the blogger and is not formally edited. 

Parker Tent Sale – Save The Date!


Parker, CO Tent Sale – Save The Date!
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June 14-16, Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

10 Tips For Trailering Your Horse

Elly SchobelWe’ve been getting many questions about how to transport or travel with your horse, so we reached out to our good friend Elly Schoebel for some tips and here’s what she had to say:

As a breeder and competitor I often trailer horses…broodmares with foals, yearlings and two year- olds to their first breeding shows. My truck and trailer are used frequently, so oil changes, tire pressure, greased ball bearings/trailer hitches are a monthly routine. In addition, cleaning the inside of your trailer is a must to provide cleanliness and safety. Here are a few other tips I have gathered over the years:

1. PLEASE, PLEASE use proper footwear when loading (or handling) any horse. Solid paddock boots, preferably waterproof (I like the zipper versions, fast to get on) and a pair of sturdy gloves (leather gloves are my favorite) should be standard equipment.

2. I prefer leather halters, or nylon halters with a leather crown piece because in an emergency, these halters break. Usually I use a plain cotton lead rope, but always have a 6′ leather lead with a chain in my trailer tack room – young colts can get pretty rude at times and I want to be ready to ‘explain’ to them, who actually runs the show.

3. My 3-4 year olds learn early on, that shipping halters and shipping boots are part of their trailering experience – again, protection is of utmost importance to me and I will take a lot of time to introduce my youngsters to all the equipment PRIOR to loading them. They usually spent some time in the wash/grooming stalls, wearing everything. Once this is not big issue anymore, we move on to loading.

4. Loading is always done with an older horse provided to give ‘a lead’ to the younger horse – taking time to train horses to load, without the stress of having to be at the show at a certain time, makes the entire experience less stressful.

5. Make sure that your trailer in good working condition. This includes:
• clean, filled with fresh shavings (or straw)
• all moving parts, such as partitions, chains, trailer ties which are not in use are secured
• trailer hitch is in working condition, property oiled/greased, in the correct position to pull the trailer in an optimal (level) position
• electric system, including brakes and trailer lights (inside and outside) work

6. For any trip, have a couple of clean 5 gallon water containers with you. Some horses will not drink water that tastes different then at home – and a dehydrated horse is never a good thing on the road.

7. Hay nets – I personally prefer the newer ones with the really small squares. It makes horses work harder trying to pull hay through. This takes more time and concentration – i.e. they will be occupied for a longer period of time. Generally we put an entire bale of hay in each net and hang it between 2 horses – this serves 2 purposes:
• it creates a type of partition between the horses
• both horses can eat at the same time from each side

8. We also keep a broom/pitch fork/shovel in the trailer at all times, making it easier to find when needed.

9. Keep required paperwork for each show in the trailer, for example a copy of Coggins and a health certificate – good for 30 days.

10. Another important item we always have on the trailer is a so-called Emergency kit. Ours contains the following:

• Vet wraps/sterile gauze
• SMZ (pills), both Bute and Banamine in paste form
• Rubbing alcohol
• Band Aids/Lidocaine for severe Sunburn/Tylenol

I am sure that all of you have your own set-up. These are just a few tips – enjoy your horses until we talk again.

We’d like to thank Elly for her wonderful contribution. Do you have any tips you’d like to add when it comes to tailoring your horse? If you do, please leave a comment below!

From our Guest Blogger Elly Schoebel. Entry represents the personal opinion of the blogger and is not formally edited.

Elly Schoebel is a German trained Bereiter FN, Grand Prix rider and trainer, Champion of Selection Trials for World Champion for Young Dressage Horses, breeder/owner of successful Event horses (her mare De Luetje MF was 2012 Future Event Horse Champion). She owns and operates a small dressage training/breeder farm in South Carolina.


Hunt Valley Tent Sale – Save The Date!


Save up to 75% off!*
June 8-9
Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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Enter to win your order FREE! Up to $500! Tent Sale Weekend Only! To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends June 9.

*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.