Winter Weather and Water

In southern Arizona and Florida, it is now prime riding season. For equestrians in the upper Midwest, it is snow, cold and gloom. Here in Colorado we have a mixture of snow and cold but are blessed with most days providing glorious warm sunshine. It is a…

The Elements of Saddle Fitting: 5 Fit Factors For Horse and Human

In recent years, the term “saddle fitting” has become a common topic of discussion. For many years I used the same two saddles and had the same four horses. Everything worked well – every horse fit with one of those saddles. I used twenty- five dollar…

Winter Horse Travel: Purposeful Preparation

Yesterday it was sunny and 50 degrees, today it is snowing and 30 degrees. Weather conditions change quickly in the west. It is easy to manage horse care at home during weather changes, but when traveling with horses at any time of year, it is necessary…

Caring for Horses In Winter – Tips To Simplify Chore Time

Throughout the country, temperatures are dropping. For some folks, this means it has cooled down enough to begin prime riding season. For others, it means it is time to adjust riding schedules and prepare facilities for easy horse care in winter. Part of…

5 Things to Watch For in Your Horse's Hooves This Winter

This month, winter officially arrives! That may be a scary thought for some, and a happy one for others. Most equestrians, however, don’t enjoy the temperature drops, shorter days, and the thought of snow. Winter brings the possibility of issues like…

Equine Joint Arthritis

What Is Equine Joint Arthritis As in humans, equine arthritis is a kind of “catch all” term that refers to inflammation in joints and surrounding tissues. It is painful, especially when it affects high motion, heavy weight-bearing joints such as the…

Sliding Stop, Roll-back, and Spin: Supporting Healthy Joints

Sliding stop, roll-back, and spin are terms used by reining enthusiasts to describe certain movements in their reining patterns. Every riding discipline has terms that describe the specific maneuvers and movements completed during practice and…

How To Safely Ride In a Parade

Parades can be a fun and exciting outing for horseback riders. Those entering parades on horseback usually decorate their horse and wear special clothing or costumes that represent the theme of the parade. Fourth of July is the most popular time of year…

Caring for Your Senior Horse

In recent years, a large selection of feeds targeting senior equines has become available at most feed stores. These feeds are specifically developed for our senior equine friends who may have dental, digestive and weight maintenance issues. After years…

Riding in a Cross Country Pair Pace

Do you like to laugh with your fellow riders, try new types of riding, and ride your horse in beautiful places? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a Pair Pace may be for you. In a nutshell, a Pair Pace involves a team of one to four…

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