After a 79 year legacy of horse racing, Suffolk Downs has announced that it will be closing its starting gates at the end of the 2014 Season on September 29th. Many of the Thoroughbreds that have found their first careers at the track will be in need of new homes and jobs after the closing. While there will be a grace period after the track closes in order to allow horses to be matched with new owners, CANTER New England, a non-profit horse welfare group, expects that over 100 horses will need to be re-homed by mid-October. Continue reading
As we head into fall, many horse owners are starting to think about blanketing and which layers they will need to keep their horses warm and dry this season. A turnout sheet or light blanket can be important elements to add to your horse’s wardrobe to protect from mud and rain as the weather starts to cool, and is equally useful in the spring when weather is warming but still retains a chill. A turnout sheet is a lightweight, waterproof sheet with no fill, which is great for turnout to protect from mud, rain or wind. A light turnout blanket will protect from mud, rain and wind as well, with the additional benefit of having a light fill to provide additional warmth. Each of these horse clothing options are not necessarily required, but are great options in certain conditions.
As a rider, a lot of your time is spent wearing paddock boots or tall boots while riding your horse, but these footwear options are not always your ideal choice for days when you’re not riding. You’ll always spend a good deal of time working around the barn, hand-walking, cleaning stalls, scrubbing buckets or bathing and grooming your horse, when alternate, waterproof boots are better suited. It’s also likely that you may be coming from or going to other activities, such as work, errands or meeting friends, when having fashionable as well as functional footwear would be a great added bonus. Continue reading
The exciting time of year for our annual photo contest has arrived! Showcase your photography skills, and the equines and equestrians in your life, by entering in one or more of the many categories: Continue reading
Dogs just seem to go along with horses. Spotted at many barns, show grounds and homes of equestrians, many riders keep a smaller four-legged friend nearby. While a vast array of dog breeds, including mixed breeds, would make excellent companions for both riders and horses, the same breeds of barn dogs are often seen repeatedly in the equestrian world. It seems that many riders may have a preference for particular dogs, and for a reason. Continue reading
A good show ensemble is an absolute must for every rider, particularly those who plan to compete often. While some styles of show attire go in and out of show ring fashion, Tailored Sportsman produces a line that is timeless- both in design and durability. While Tailored Sportsman is most well known for their breeches, the brand also produces elegant show shirts and competition coats to complete your horse show look. Continue reading
Horseback riding requires a lot of tack and associated items like helmets, boots and extra clothing for yourself. You may not always be able to leave everything you need at your barn, but a variety of bags specifically designed for aiding in the storage and transport of your tack and accessories are available to solve the problem. You’ll find barn bags are available in many fashionable styles, with some even offering custom options to match them to your barn colors. Whether you’re going straight to the barn from work and need a change of clothes, have nowhere climate controlled to store your helmet at the stable, or are heading off to compete at a horse show, a barn bag exists to hold whatever you need to take with you. Continue reading
Among all the preparations that go into getting ready for a show, cleaning up your horse is a big item to check off the list. It’s important to look your best when you enter the ring, regardless of your discipline, and the appearance of your horse is a major part of the overall picture. Your horse’s tail should appear long, thick and neat, with mane pulled, combed or braided. Overall coat condition should be rich and sheen from a habit of healthy grooming, exercise and nutrition, along with high quality grooming products. Luckily, a new company, Ponytail, has launched a high-end grooming collection of shampoos, conditioners, and other helpful items to get your horse’s coat to shimmer and make your horse show prep easier.
Horse clippers are always an asset to have on hand, whether you do all your own grooming, just a few touch-ups here and there, preparing for a show, or clipping to clean up any wound areas for treatment. Certain types of clippers are better suited than others for specific tasks and areas of the horse, so it’s important to select the clipper that will do what you need the best. Consider the following when you go to purchase a new pair of clippers: Continue reading
Selecting a pair of tall riding boots is an important decision, as they are a vital element of your riding gear. Tall boots are both useful for schooling and necessary for showing. There is a large range of tall boots available, from affordable options for any budget to top of the line custom boots made just for you. No matter which tall riding boots you select, the quality and styling make them an investment. It is worth spending the time to consider the different options of tall boots, what style is right for the type of riding you do, and ensure a proper fit. Continue reading