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Stormy May is a former horse trainer, riding instructor, and rider. She was a very good trainer, instructor, and rider and she was able to teach her students how to control their horses. But, she felt that something was missing in her relationship with the horse. She realized that somewhere […]
All sports can be expensive and horse riding is certainly no exception! Equestrian sports makes the top 10 list of most expensive sports in the world. Like many sports, one needs the right clothing, equipment and tuition. In the world of an equestrian though, there is so much more than what meets the eye, but starting out and simply having lessons at a local riding school, horse riding can be quite affordable.
Cheap and saddle honestly do not belong together in the same sentence. Why? Because quite literally, you DO get what you pay for if you buy a cheap saddle. And it’s not just that you will be uncomfortable, but it will not make your horse all that happy either, and […]
As with anything that you do with a horse, when you start lunging, start slow, smooth and easy. Think young horse, short attention span, still developing knees and short sessions. (5 to 7 minutes). This isn’t to say an older horse would not benefit from lunging, but generally speaking you […]

The famous Coolmore Stud in Ireland sold Duke of Marmalade to Drakenstein Stud in May 2014. At the time the Champion son of Danehill had only produced three Group winners among thirteen Stakes Winners. In the year that followed, "the Duke", as he is affectionately referred to at Drakenstein, has sired eleven Graded/Group Stakes Winners including two Group One winners in Star of Seville and Nutan.

Drakenstein Stud FarmOn the 12th of September 2015, only a few days before the Springboks easily achieved a win over Samoa, South Africa scored another famous victory, The Duke of Marmalade’s filly, Simple Verse, triumphed in the St Leger horse race. In any other year perhaps this wouldn’t be worthy of a South African newsreader’s attention.

However, this is not any other year. And this just isn’t any other horse race. This victory is an accomplishment every South African horseracing fan or sports follower will appreciate and inspire to stand tall with a sense of patriotic pride. The day marked the first time ever that a horse winning a British Classic was sired by a stallion standing in South Africa.

Don’t really know what is in your horse feed in the bag? Join the growing crowd of horse people who are confused about what is really in their horse’s feed. However, having said that, it’s an easy problem to remedy with a bit of knowledge. Learn to read a feed-bag […]
Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
Reef really hard on the girth/cinch to tighten that saddle down right tight so it doesn’t slip? Not! How about doing one thing at a time first – like correctly positioning the saddle. Snug yes, tight no. Horses girthed too tightly get cinchy and dislike being saddled. Really, it’s like […]
Selecting the right horse tack for use with your horse are some of the most important decisions you will have to make. Tack that does not fit correctly or is used improperly can have disastrous results for the health of your horse and possibly yourself. Following some of these tips […]

Just because your horse is older does not mean he is ready to retire and not get ridden. Even aging equines need exercise. Not to mention the fact that they get bored doing nothing if they were active in their day. Aging horses still have sharp minds and although the body may not be keeping up as well as it once did - they appreciate being useful. Being ignored and left alone can lead to depression in a once active horse.

Identifying parasites eggs
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Internal parasites - out of sight, out of mind - can kill your horse. While they may be out of sight, they are doing extensive damage internally. At a minimum, parasites can steal nutrients from your horse and cause gastrointestinal irritation. The bad news is, uncontrolled they can cause colic, intestinal ruptures and death.

You may need to educate yourself on some saddle basics before buying your own western saddle. Ride in as many different types of saddles as you can. Talk to all the horse people you know about their choice of saddle.

Buying the wrong western saddle is an extremely common mistake made in the western riding world. It's also a very costly learning experience that you can skip by avoiding the top seven western saddle buying blunders.

English horse tack differs from Western tack, so make sure you know what you need before buying and save yourself time and money. If you are unsure, consult someone who already owns horses to find out what's needed for the breed of horse you plan to own.

If you're going on a trail ride or a weekend camp out, horseback riding is supposed to be fun, but sometimes emergencies happen!  Be better prepared by having some of these items in your back pack or saddlebag.

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