Does your horse need a blanket?

I love this flow chart from Auburn Agriculture. Intellectually, I know that most of the time, my horses could live just fine without their blankets. After all, they have access to shelter, I haven’t clipped them yet this year, and we feed plenty of hay. On dry nights, without wind, they would probably be just […]

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Equestrian Stretches

Since my accident I’ve been doing a lot of Physical Therapy. A lot. When I first started going, it took me almost two hours to go through the full spectrum of exercises, given how many things I was rehabbing. I still go to PT and now it takes a mere 90 minutes :). I suspect […]

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Winter Dance

The sun drops out of the sky so quickly now. By four thirty, it’s dark. But there is a magical moment just before that happens where the light dances on the trees as they sway gently in the wind. The silver birches glow and and shimmer and for just those moments you can almost forget […]

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Why Reining is no longer an FEI sport

As recently as this fall, at the World Equestrian Games, reining was a big draw and the US team brought home gold. But that’s over now that the FEI has severed its ties with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Reining is no longer an FEI-recognized sport. So […]

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8 Ways Equine Massage can Improve your Horse’s Performance

I have been sitting around thinking about how much massage could benefit me, when this cool infographic was sent to me by Dave Miller at Clear-Round.com. Dave is a professional Showjumper who searches out interesting products and evaluates them. The only things I would add to his list of benefits is that 1) if you […]

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Too Hot to Ride!

Freedom staying cool

This week has been more than hot. It’s been miserable enough to be a human with access to air conditioning. It’s hard to imagine how the horses feel, dealing with mid-90s temperatures and high humidity when all they have is a run in shed for shade. When is it too hot to ride? For me, […]

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