Perfect Holiday Equestrian Gifts for Every Budget

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The holidays are upon us! Amid all the excitement of spending time with family and horses, eating great food and admiring the holiday decorations, make sure you set aside time to get your holiday shopping done. The holidays are all about giving, so we want to offer you a collection of gift ideas in various price ranges to help you pick the perfect equestrian gifts this season for the rider or horse in your life. Use this gift guide to help you select equestrian gifts for the other horse lovers in your life, or share it with your family and friends to help them pick something for you! Continue reading

How to Keep Your Hands & Feet Warm – Winter Gloves & Winter Riding Boots

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Freezing feet and fingers are a common struggle around the barn in the cold winter months. While layering up your core for the cold is easy with the many available options in thermal shirts, vests and fleeces, keeping hands and feet warm can be more challenging. Start layering gloves and it quickly becomes cumbersome and impossible to unhook a halter or latch a paddock gate. Too many socks and you’ve accidentally hindered circulation or caused your feet to sweat and then freeze. Layering doesn’t work so well for the extremities, so keep them warm with the right pairs of winter gloves, winter riding boots and winter socks. Continue reading

Perfect Winter Horse Blankets for Every Horse’s Personality

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Guest Post by Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore, Marketing Communications Manager, Weatherbeeta USA

We’ve all been there: standing in front of racks of winter horse blankets in a sea of colors and styles wondering which winter turnout is going to meet your horse’s needs as well as yours. WeatherBeeta has taken the pain out of blanket shopping by suggesting turnouts based on your horse’s personality.  Continue reading

Brand New Fall Apparel! – Joules Equestrian Fall Line

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A change of season is always a good opportunity for a change of wardrobe. Joules consistently offers clothing that is functional for wearing around the barn, yet so well styled that it begs to be worn daily for everything you do. This fall’s new clothing line is no exception. Take a look at some of the new fashionable Joules equestrian inspired items that are ready to make their way into your closet this fall. Continue reading

Trick or Treat! – Halloween Horse Treats

 

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While dressing up as a knight in shining armor and taking your horse trick-or-treating is a tempting idea, it’s rare to find a neighborhood house that has horse treats on-hand. So instead of ending up with a disappointed horse, bring the trick-or-treating to your barn and give him a treat tonight, or any night! The standard apples and carrots are always good, but for an extra special treat, there are a variety of horse treats that look good enough you’ll want to try them! Here are some of our top sellers and horse favorites: Continue reading

Brand Spotlight: Kerrits® Fall and Winter Wardrobe

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Getting dressed for the barn in the cold weather becomes a process of layering clothing to be comfortable working around the barn and on horseback. For the past 28 years, Kerrits has worked to create clothing that allows you to look your best and perform at top level, while being comfortable no matter what time of year it is. This fall and winter season is no exception. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from Kerrits this year. Continue reading

In the Saddle with William Micklem: Building a Better Bridle

 

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The Micklem bridle has seen large success since its introduction, appearing on horses more and more frequently. Designed to fit the shape of the horse’s skull, the Micklem bridle is intended to be the most comfortable bridle for the horse, making it very effective. We were thrilled to be able to talk with William Micklem recently about the development of his bridle, what makes it unique, and what’s to come. Continue reading

Body Clipping and Types of Horse Clips

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As the evenings are dropping in temperature, your horse’s coat is likely changing and growing in thick for the winter.  If your horse is in regular work and tends to run hot enough to work up a sweat, you may be considering body clipping. Body clipping allows the horse to dry off quickly after becoming damp or sweaty, reducing the chance of it catching a chill and becoming ill. Not all horses need to be body clipped, and if you only ride your horse leisurely or not at all, he should be fine keeping his coat. There are a variety of types of horse clips to choose from, and depending on the amount of work you will be doing with your horse and how hot he runs, some may be more appropriate than others. Take a look at these popular types of horse clips to see what might work best for you: Continue reading

Visit Us At the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

dover quarter horse congress For the first time ever, Dover Saddlery is exhibiting at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The first Quarter Horse Congress horse show ran in November of 1967,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA with over 5,000 riders attending. The event was considered an outstanding success and over 40 years later is still drawing huge crowds as the world’s largest single-breed horse show. Typically, Quarter Horse Congress has over 17,000 entries each year, with almost 6,000 Quarter Horses coming for the three-week long event.

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6 Types of Horse Blankets You May Need

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With winter coming up, it’s important to ensure you have all the types of horse blankets you will need to get your horse comfortably through the cold and wet weather. First you should be careful to evaluate your horse’s living situation, as well as how she specifically reacts to temperature- does your horse run hot? Is she clipped? Is she older or does she have any health conditions that may alter how she is able to regulate her own heat? Then make sure your stock of horse blankets has the right layers to cover all the scenarios your horse may encounter this winter. Here are the six types of horse blankets you may find yourself needing:

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