With a generally interesting international / local section under Lifestyle which may not have anything to do with equestrian at all.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, we pause to contribute to charitable organizations that are meaningful to us. Keeping these groups in mind
One was an attractive roan Thoroughbred gelding with 12 race starts as a 3-year-old. He never placed higher than fourth. The
Earlier this summer while preparing for the World Championships of TREC, which my teammates and I completed a few weeks ago
Stephanie and Uloa at the conclusion of the 1997 TREC World Championships. Many moons ago I had the opportunity to represent
I’ve come to accept that, as a horse owner with a herd at home, I don’t get to celebrate Independence Day like “normal”
We horse people can be hard on each other—you don’t have to look far to see it. And nowhere is the
Grazing muzzles can allow overweight horses and ponies access to pasture while preventing them from eating too much lush grass. Photo:
A wise friend once told me that you don’t really know how a relationship will look until a full calendar year
Exercises on the ground can help improve your symmetry and coordination in the saddle. Photo: Courtesy Alexandra Beckstett I’ve always relied
Sunday, Oct. 25, concluded the third annual Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, which made its Bluegrass debut at the Kentucky Horse
Some disaster areas, such as Moore, Oklahoma, after the 2013 tornado, can look like war zones. Photo: Maj. Geoff Legler/Wikimedia Commons If you
Horse owner Alan Shank kept horses on his downtown Mukilteo, Washington, property for 16 years and maintained positive relationships with nonhorsey
It’s day one of the Nampa, Idaho, Extreme Mustang Makeover and exhibitors wait their turn in the handling and conditioning class.
By dividing a pasture area into smaller portions and rotating horses through each section, you can encourage horses to graze more
Me riding my trainer’s mare, Molly, during my last active show season. Even when the dressage coat diet works, I’m still unlikely to
Last week I returned from my one big out-of-town summer horse show adventure: two weeks competing at the new Tryon International
We learned in a remarkably popular article on our website recently that sweat marks on a saddle pad can tell you
Funds for land acquisition and trail development are drying up. Photo: Thinkstock.com Each horse needs about two acres of land to meet its
This weekend is Breyerfest here in Lexington, an event that promotional banners at our airport have heralded for at least three
Kelly and Dan Munro, owners of Grateful Pine Farm, a recently purchased a 17-acre commercial horse property in Snohomish, WA. Photo:
Control muddy runoff by locating your paddock so it is surrounded by 10 to 25 feet of vegetation. Photo: Alayne Blickle
As horse owners, we need to be especially aware of how our choices impact the environment.. Photo: Alayne Blickle Have you
Hannah was a happy pony after receiving what I now call her “magic staple.” Photo: Alexandra Beckstett At horse shows, it’s
Violet-green swallows will use nest boxes and are helpful in controlling mosquito populations. Photo: iStock Many pest management techniques have toxic
I’ve been back to horse ownership for four months, and I’ll confess: I haven’t made a “quick trip to the barn”
The two-day introduction to saddle-fitting course offered plenty of hands-on demonstrations. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett A couple of weeks ago I attended
Alayne’s husband, reining trainer and judge Matt Livengood, rides his mare in the couple’s outdoor arena. Photo: Alayne Blickle Interested in
Tack and equipment purchases, travel expenses, and show bills can really add up. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett One of my joys of
Use this diagram as a guideline to build a componst bin.. Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Clark Spring is a great time
I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in
I am a digital painter. I switched from oils to digital when I found that the effects I could achieve far surpassed anything I could do in oils alone. I can, and frequently do mix the effects of oils and water colour on one canvas and can then draw the effect of charcoal on top of both.
Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.
Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog. The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.
Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse. You have several different ways to choose from. If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.
BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING
When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.
The animal kingdom has a pecking order, which is very similar to our military. In the military the ranks in pecking order is General down to Private. The General will make the decisions on where to go and what to do, etc.
You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.