Know Your Bridle: Types of Nosebands

types of nosebandsEnglish bridles are composed of a variety of pieces, some of which are generally consistent, such as cheek pieces, and others that vary in appearance and purpose, such as nosebands. Nosebands are also known as cavesons and serve a few purposes. By keeping your horse’s mouth closed, nosebands encourage contact with the bit for better control, as well as reduce evasive behaviors in the horse, such as crossing his jaw or putting his tongue over the bit. Nosebands also can be used to attach a standing martingale and generally help keep the bridle in place. Learning the most common types of nosebands can help you make a selection for your horse. Continue reading

In The Saddle with Whitney Weston

whitney westonWhitney Weston recently set up her farm in Southern Pines, North Carolina where she rides, trains, teaches lessons, sells horses and competes in upper level eventing. Whitney was kind enough to spend some time talking with us about what events she enjoys, her horses’ special personalities, how she ensures their comfort and catching the horse bug at an early age. Continue reading

How to Cool Down a Horse in Summer

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A proper cool down is always important, but with summer rides taking place in hot and often humid weather, your horse is more likely to become overheated while working. Make sure to keep an eye on the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) and tailor your rides accordingly so both you and horse exercise without overdoing it. After a ride, follow these general guidelines on how to cool down a horse to ensure your horse is comfortable when you put him back in his stall or pasture this summer. Continue reading

Does My Horse Need a Fly Sheet? – 3 Reasons He Might

riders international fly sheetWith plush, green pastures, bright sunny skies and warm temperatures, summer can easily be your horse’s favorite time of the year for turnout. While chilly temperatures are gone, and winter blankets have been sent off for washing or storage until next season, your horse may still benefit from being covered with a fly sheet. A fly sheet does more than just ward off flies, so before you decide your horse is fine sheet-free, consider these reasons he might need one: Continue reading

Brands We Love: Kerrits Casual Riding Apparel for Summer

kerrits casual riding apparelKerrits® has been creating equestrian clothing that is a favorite among many riders for 28 years. While show clothing is important for the competitive rider, high-quality casual riding apparel is just as crucial. Kerrits focuses on technical clothing for the equestrian athlete, which allows the rider to perform optimally while in the saddle regardless of weather and season. Wearing these casual riding apparel items from Kerrits this summer will help you stay cool and comfortable as you enjoy your horses. Continue reading

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