Seven Must-Have Dressage Accessories for the Competition Arena

Riding a dressage test successfully involves countless hours of practice with your horse as well as a lot of other prep work to get ready for your big moment. Once you are done packing all your riding essentials, you might want to consider a few finishing touches to personalize your look to your taste. You can also improve your riding experience by bringing the right accessories with you to the competition.

The next time you head out to compete, remember to pack these easy-to-forget items:

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11 Organizing Tips to Keep Your Barn Clutter Free

When it comes to your barn, maintaining a clutter-free space is more about safety than aesthetics. Debris, clutter and disorganization can spook your horse, increase the risk of injury and lead to other safety hazards. As you care for your horse, barn cleaning and maintenance should be a regular part of the routine. Make it easier on yourself and more effective by incorporating these 11 organizing tips to keep your barn clutter-free.

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Spotlight on Ice Horse™ Cold Therapy Products

The Ice Horse™ Brand

For over 15 years, Ice Horse™ has lead the way in designing Equine Cold Therapy products. Made in the USA, their innovative wraps, boots, and cooling machines have defined product standards and garnered international acclaim from vets and riders alike. Ice Horse™ is dedicated to creating products designed to prevent injury and speed recovery for equine athletes. The multi-disciplinary team of Ice Horse™ sponsored riders includes some of the best competitors the sport has to offer.

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Choosing a Fly Sheet

Help your horse beat the heat and the bugs this summer! Dover has plenty of protective fly gear for all your equine friends. You may be wondering which brand is the best, what fabric is the most practical, and what sorts of accessories are necessary–neck and belly guards, for instance.  Put simply, there’s more than one correct answer. When picking out a fly sheet, identify your main concerns and consider the functional purposes that it needs to serve.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Using Horseshoe Studs

There are many good reasons for using horseshoe studs: They provide extra traction and gripping on slippery surfaces like grass or mud, and, because of these benefits, they can make all the difference when a rider is accelerating through sharp turns or high jumps. Horseshoe studs must be used properly, however — and that requires a thorough understanding of what to do and what not to do. So with that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top do’s and don’ts of using horseshoe studs:

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10 Fly Control Products to Protect Your Horse from Flies

Where there are horses, there are bound to be flies. Aside from being a nuisance to your horse, these pesky flies can lead to physical discomfort or illness. Every year, your horse will likely come into contact with a variety of fly types, including midges, house, stable, bot, deer, horse, and horn flies. These pests can cause frustration and illness as they land on and sometimes bite your horse. They are infamous for depositing the bacteria they’re carrying, leading to irritation, open sores, and disease.

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7 Horse Grooming Supplies

Grooming is an important part of caring for a horse and maintaining horse health. A daily maintenance regiment can help prevent nagging skin and hoof conditions from occurring and escalating down the road—scratches, thrush, etc. After a tough winter for horses and riders alike, your grooming kit may be in need of resupply. Here are seven horse grooming supplies you shouldn’t be without this spring!

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Spotlight on M. Toulouse Saddles

Marcel Toulouse is known for their ability to blend old world quality with the latest advances in saddle making at a remarkable value. Featuring classic French designs, every M. Toulouse saddle is made of the finest materials available, with high-end craftsmanship. It’s one reason the brand is incredibly popular with riders who shop at Dover Saddlery.

Toulouse saddles combine classic lines with modern technology to make a truly unique product that can be easily customized to fit horses and riders of all shapes and sizes. Toulouse offers a wide range of saddle models to suit the needs of Dressage Riders as well as close contact saddle models that work for a variety of horse jumping sports. The easiest way to find a saddle you love is to visit a Dover store to see and feel the saddle for yourself. Looking for suggestions? Here are a few Toulouse saddles we are proud to offer.

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