How to Utilize Horse Jumps

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Once you are at the point where you and your horse have developed your foundation of flat work and are ready to start successfully jumping, you and your trainer may want to explore putting different jump patterns together to create a full course.  Setting a jump course is a great opportunity to allow yourself to be creative and come up with new ways to challenge your horse that are rewarding for both of you. Continue reading

William Micklem: The Surprises and Delights of Life

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We are pleased to have recently added two new bridles from William Micklem to our collection- the Micklem Deluxe Competition Bridle for jumping and eventing and the Micklem Diamante Competition Bridle for dressage. Learn more about William Micklem as he speaks about his recent Lifetime Achievement Award, Irish jumping greats, what is to come and the value of a small horse in this guest post straight from his pen: Continue reading

Make Your Horse Look Rolex Ready with Mane ‘n Tail

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With Rolex coming up, your plans for competition and success with your horse may be ignited. Along with practice, skill and determination, a winning appearance can go a long way in making you feel like you’re performing at your peak. Some of our favorite products from Mane ‘n Tail® will do the perfect job of cleaning up your horse this spring. Whether you want to look your best for a big show or just a day in the pasture, here is what you’ll need: Continue reading

Types of Common Horse Vaccines

Spring is right around the corner, and in between dreaming about riding outside in beautiful weather most riders are also thinking about taking care of their horse’s spring vaccines. There are a range of common horse vaccines available that owners can select from to help protect their horses. Here is a list of the most common horse vaccines that you may be considering for your horse this spring. As always, be sure to consult with your veterinarian on what is appropriate for your specific horse, especially in cases where a mare may be pregnant and with young horses. Continue reading

Winter Blues? Stock up for Spring with CoolBlast!

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If you are in the cold parts of the country right now, it may be hard to imagine the weather warming up and spring arriving. Do not fret- spring is on the way! As the weather warms up, the time to hang up your winter barn jacket and warm layers will arrive, and you’ll need to make sure you have the right clothes for the warmer weather. Take a break from the frigid temperatures for a moment, pretend it is spring and stock up on one of our most popular brands. Continue reading

Brands We Love: Back on Track®

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Both you and your horse are athletes and should take care of your bodies as such. Products from Back on Track can help support joints and muscles and keep you and your horse active and comfortable. These products generate infrared heat radiation, which increases blood flow, helping to relieve sore muscles while decreasing chances of injury.  Back on Track makes their products with textiles that have ceramic particles fused into the fibers. When these fabrics are worn, the body heats up the fabric and the ceramic particles radiate that heat back onto the person or animal wearing it. Because the ceramic particles are part of the fabric, they never wash out and the product never becomes less effective, even with daily use. Continue reading

Developing a Horse Deworming Schedule

horse deworming scheduleParasites, including varying types of worms and bots, are present in your horse’s paddocks and living areas and can make their way inside your horse, affecting him throughout their life cycles. Left untreated, internal parasites can cause weight loss, itching, lethargy, digestive and gastro-intestinal problems, malnourishment and even colic. Fortunately, controlling internal parasites in your horse is fairly easy with an appropriate horse deworming schedule developed with the help of your veterinarian. Continue reading

Does it Fit Right? – Horse Blanket Sizing Tips

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Similar to people, horses have different body types and therefore various styles, types and brands of blankets may fit different horses in different ways. Horse blanket sizing can be tricky, and having a horse blanket that fits properly is important for a variety of reasons. A blanket that is too small can restrict movement, cause rubs and be generally uncomfortable for the horse. A blanket that is too loose can increase the risk of getting caught up in straps, allow rain and snow in around the neck area and not stay in place very well causing rubs and chafing. Here are the key areas to inspect closely when fitting a blanket and what to look for to spot an incorrect fit. Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Your Feet Warm with Winter Riding Boots

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With the arctic, winter weather that arrives in January and February, keeping your feet and toes warm can be difficult during long hours outside while you take care of barn chores and spend time with your horse. The right pair of riding boots is the place to start with ensuring warm feet, but if you have a hard time keeping toes warm, these tips can help get you through the winter comfortably. Continue reading

Brands We Love: Charles Owen

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Many riders have proudly worn a Charles Owen helmet during their riding careers. With over 100 years of producing top-of-the-line helmets, it’s no surprise that Charles Owen has become one of the most popular helmet brands on the market. Starting with the development of better military helmets, then moving to motorcycle helmet production, and finally to jockey racing helmets and horseback riding helmets, Charles Owen is clearly a master of helmet development. Continue reading