Vitamin 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
This Helmet Week, we were able to speak with Dean Moran, Program Manager at SEI, regarding helmet safety testing. He explained to us all about the standards, testing frequency, process and which helmet brands participate. Continue reading
Although 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
It’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
Regardless of if you clean one stall, twenty or just your trailer, the Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters™ will change your mucking experience. The Wave Fork is made from a heavy-duty i-beam rail and flexible tines attached to a lightweight, aircraft grade, aluminum handle. This lightweight composition, which weighs only 2.1 pounds, combined with a signature basket design make using the Wave Fork extremely easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Continue reading
If you haven’t had the experience of watching a polo match, it’s something to definitely get on your schedule. While different from the horse show circuits many of us know well, polo offers a different, fast-pace way to enjoy the sport of horseback riding. Jonny Lavine, who currently plays for the University of Miami polo team, was happy to tell us how he got into the sport, what makes a good polo pony and what he finds necessary around the stable. Continue reading
With so many great products, Absorbine® is always happy to give us more information about any we are particularly excited for. Here they let us know how Magic Cushion® can help painful hooves and provide instructions on how they recommend using it.
Many types of equestrian activities and environmental conditions, whether training and competition, endurance and trail rides, dry and hard ground or even a transition from shod to barefoot, can put an added strain on your horse’s hooves. Continue reading
As you drive onto the grounds of Brackenside Estate, you are almost transported into another era. The gravel drive, expansive fields, meticulously manicured grounds and soft nickers of horses nearby all make the experience enchanting. During our fall photo shoot at Brackenside this week, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the estate by the owner and learned about the rich history of the property. Continue reading
Icing and cold therapy can benefit a variety of areas on the horse. Pro-Equine Grooms and Ice Horse® outline how you can help your horse’s hooves with the Ice Horse Big Black Boot.
Many of us have grooming routines that include icing our horse’s legs after exercise. We can take this one step further to treat our horse’s hooves as well. Hoof icing can be a daily occurrence done for maintenance; there is no need to wait for an unfortunate incident or medical condition to consider icing your horse’s hooves. Work closely with your veterinarian to create an icing plan for your horse based on his medical history, his exercise, his conformation and his job. Your veterinarian is also the only one who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for your horse’s hoof issues, so involve the vet if you even suspect any hoof injuries or diseases. Time is of the essence! Continue reading