The Equine Bodywrap

Here’s an intriguing tool that can be used to encourage your horse to step under himself and engage his hind end. The “bodywrap” can be made out of two polo wraps tied together. It focuses the horse’s attention at the base of his neck and his hindquarters and suggests to the horse to engage his […]

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Spurs and Half Chaps: Under or Over?

Have you ever done something wrong for years and then realized there was an easier way? I wear half chaps and paddock boots most of the time when I ride — they are more comfortable, cooler and less expensive than my tall boots. Until I started riding Zelda, I never thought much about where the […]

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Supracor pad helps keep horses’ backs cool

When I was a kid, saddle pads were used primarily to keep your saddle clean. They were thin pieces of cloth, mostly white. Now? Saddle pads are therapeutic. They have pockets for shims to improve the fit of  saddles. They provide non-slip surfaces. They absorb shock. And they can help keep your horse’s back cool […]

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Better helmets, please!

Potential good news on the development of new helmet technologies. The designs always start with ther-than-riding helmets, but we’re already seeing some of the trickle down with the new MIPS helmet from Devonaire, the Aegis Matrix. I’m far more likely to buy a better helmet than an air vest, so am glad to see that […]

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What we can learn about helmet designs and safety

Thanks to organizations like riders4helmets.com more and more people are wearing helmets every time they ride. You only need to see a photo like this one once to understand how wearing a helmet can help save your life. As the medical community learns more about the long term effects of concussion on the brain, there […]

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The science of helmet design

Here’s an interesting video that was produced by NBC as part of their Science of Design series for the Olympics. Let me just say that the image of how the foam compresses after an impact reinforces my commitment to replacing my helmet after every impact. Of course, helmet fit is an important component of helmet […]

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Handy with a crochet hook? Custom fly bonnets are cool

In the summer I always ride Freedom with a fly bonnet. But I’d always thought of these crocheted ear protectors as functional, rather than fashionable. How wrong was I! Custom fly bonnets are gaining in popularity on the show circuit. Not only do these bonnets give you the chance to co-ordinate your show colors, but […]

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