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Equestrian Equipment You Need To Have Happy Horse Times

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 Chickie Maxwell (January 15, 2012)  Did the horse bug get you? It gets countless folks every year. It is so easy to fall in love with these beautiful, intelligent and graceful animals and to want to learn as much as we can about them. Part of that learning includes riding and grooming, and that means you need equestrian equipment. And if you are wondering just what kind of equestrian equipment you need, you have come to .. (Equestrian)

History of the Blue Diamond Stakes

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 Peter Hamilton (January 19, 2011)  Part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the Blue Diamond Stakes is the most prestigious race in Victoria for two-year-old horses. This Group 1 race runs for 1200 metres and it is held under set weight conditions. Fillies must weigh 53 kilograms while colts and geldings must be 55.5 kilograms heavy. The Blue Diamond Stakes is staged every February at the Caulfield Racecourse. At .. (Equestrian)

Horse Riding – 10 Valuable Tips for Beginners

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 Karen Christel Gaza (September 23, 2010)  Horse riding can be addressed as a sport for equestrians, leisure past time for some, or a mode of transportation to others. Riding a horse is not as easy as it sounds. A rider will need to undergo basic trainings and lots of practice. An experienced and professional horse rider can help assist beginners on how to mount, ride, walk, and do simple trots in this fun activity. Here are .. (Equestrian)

Nutrition For Your Stallion

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 Leona Douglas (June 14, 2010)  The nutritional requirements of stallions are similar to those needed by performance horses. Maintaining the health and condition of the stallion, before, during, and after the breeding season depends largely on the stallion’s nutrition. Ideally, the body condition of the stallion year round should be such that • he has ribs hard to see, but still easy to palpate. • .. (Equestrian)

Horse Nutrition

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 Leona Douglas (June 14, 2010)  Any horse, whether broodmare, foal, stallion, performance or pleasure, has basic nutritional needs. adequate water, energy in the form of calories, fiber (or roughage), minerals - including calcium and selenium, and vitamins. – Vitamin D in particular. As a rule, a 1000 lb horse will eat 15 to 35 lbs of feed per day. The amount of food a horse chooses to eat depends on differing .. (Equestrian)

Foal Nutrition

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 Leona Douglas (June 14, 2010)  It is important for all foals to develop fully and completely. Horse owners need to decide whether young horses are to be fed for modest or rapid growth. If the foal is a halter futurity contenders, or if it will enter race training as yearlings, then early rapid growth is necessary. Either rapid rate of growth or moderate rate of growth produces mature horses that are as big as their .. (Equestrian)

Broodmare Nutrition

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 Leona Douglas (June 14, 2010)  Throughout the year, the pregnant broodmare goes through three different phases, each with a different nutritional demand. She is either in early gestation, late gestation or lactation. To maintain these cycles every time requires proper health care and nutrition. Body state may be the single largest factor affecting the reproductive performance of mares. Mares in peak condition are .. (Equestrian)

Considerations When Selecting a 2 Horse Trailer

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 Mike Bowater (February 16, 2010)  When shopping for a 2 horse trailer you've many options to choose from and just in case you’re looking at horse trailers for the first time you may be overwhelmed with so many alternatives. So along with ranging views it can be a challenge to know just where to start. Therefore, first of all consider if you need a ramp or step up. Some people favor a step up for horses that are .. (Equestrian)

Blinkers On Racing Stable – Offering Thoroughbred Racehorses For Sale

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 Phill Lorenz (January 20, 2010)  4G Unwired presents premier wireless network consulting through a combination of cutting-edge technologies and a staff of highly experienced professionals. Its wireless consulting services represent the most efficient means of optimizing any wireless carrier’s communications systems and maintenance practices. 4G Unwired takes advantage of the latest advances in its industry to .. (Equestrian)

The Saddlery Shop and The Young Driver: Items Your Kids Will Enjoy

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 Luke Wildman (October 29, 2009)  Kids have already been attached to the horseback riding activity. If your young ones are into the endeavour, get ideas on some of the items offered by a saddlery shop. As parents, you will always provide for the needs of your children. You will surely support your child no matter what interests him. If your young ones are now looking forward to horseback riding as a regular weekend .. (Equestrian)

Rider Fitness and Equestrian Sports

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 Sarah Tymeson (December 10, 2008)  What can happen when a rider is NOT fit for equestrian sports. As nearly all equestrians know, horses mimic in their bodies what takes place in the rider's body. So, if a rider is not physically fit, they cannot expect their mount to perform at his highest potential. Stiffness and rigidity in the rider's body can translate to stiffness in the horse's body. So, the rider may think that .. (Equestrian)

Horse Riding Summer Camp

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 Mari Milian (November 12, 2008)  Youngsters may have just seen horses in books, TV, or visiting friends who have horses. They may have a fascination of riding a horse but may not get an opportunity. Not only youngsters, but even women and men have a fascination for riding a horse. People who are Rhodes scholars and mentally challenged do enjoy the thrill of horses and the art of horsemanship. As summer is approaching .. (Equestrian)

Preparing For the Newborn Foal

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 Michele Anderson (November 11, 2008)  Your mare will need a clean, dry stall (preferably 14'x14'), and some peace and quiet. You will want to clean the stall thoroughly, walls and floor before laying down the clean bedding. Straw or wheat straw is the preferred bedding for newborn foals, as shavings may get into your newborns nasal passages and can cause breathing problems. Straw creates a thermal barrier between the foal .. (Equestrian)

The Importance of Weaning

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 Anita Lamb (November 10, 2008)  A veterinarian recently told me she was visiting a client and saw what looked to be a fully grown horse nursing on another horse. The client told her that oh yes, those two were mother (20 years old) and son (16 years old). They had never been separated, and thus, the baby had never been weaned! The 16 year old gelding was utterly useless, according to the client, as he could not be led . (Equestrian)

Why Train Your Own Horse?

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 Anita Lamb (November 04, 2008)  Training your own horse is an option for anyone who wants to have a close and dynamic relationship with his horse. Let's take a look at some of the reasons this approach to training a horse makes sense: 1. Have control over the training process. 2. Progress at your own pace. 3. Develop a better relationship with your horse. 4. Educate yourself on training and problem-solving techniques. . (Equestrian)

Horse Training Techniques

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 Nathalie Kruger (October 23, 2008)  There are many different horse training techniques available.  Some owners are more than happy to have a horse that carries them at a leisurely pace down a trail while others want a horse that can perform in competitive events. For a horse to be successful in whatever task you wish him to perform, they must be receptive and able to learn.  The most widely used horse training .. (Equestrian)

9 Simple Tips to Help You Warm Up Your Dressage Horse

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 Jane Savoie (October 23, 2008)  So many riders are confused about how to warm-up their dressage horses so they can have a productive schooling session. So here are 9 tips to help you with your warm-ups. As a rider and trainer, your goal in the warm-up is to take the restrictions away from your dressage horse's body. So depending on the day, your warm-up could be as short as 10 minutes, or it could end up making up .. (Equestrian)

3 Quick Tips to Make Sure Your Horse Bends in Lateral Work

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 Jane Savoie (October 22, 2008)  In order for your lateral work such as shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passes to be effective as collecting exercises, your horse must BEND. Think of the following equation as it relates to your horse. Bend Sideways=Engagement. (Engagement means the bending of joints. As your horse bends his hind legs, his croup lowers, and his forehand goes up-kinda like a seesaw or an airplane .. (Equestrian)

A Quick Tip to Help You Switch Your Dressage Whip With Ease

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 Jane Savoie (September 21, 2008)  Lots of riders are confused about how to smoothly switch their long dressage whip from one hand to the other. Many of you tell me you feel awkward while doing this, and you're concerned about making your horse uncomfortable and disturbing the contact because you're twisting the bit in your his mouth. Here's a step-by-step method to switch your dressage whip without disturbing the .. (Equestrian)

Quick Tips For Helping Horseback Riders Overcome Fear

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 Jane Savoie (September 19, 2008)  Fear is a very real issue for many horseback riders. And, why not? You're dealing with an animal that greatly outweighs you and is not always predictable. In a moment, I'm going to give you some quick tips for managing your fear. But first I want you to wrap your brain around the idea that just because you're afraid at times, doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you. Courageous .. (Equestrian)

Horse Grooming - Brushing Basics

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 Susanne Malloy (September 19, 2008)  There are two major components to grooming a horse and they are brushing the coat and cleaning the hooves. There is no right or wrong way to groom your horse, but it is a good idea to get into a routine and always do the process the same way, either feet or grooming first, so the horse can anticipate what you are going to do next. Start with your horse secured in crossties that are .. (Equestrian)

Horse Tack Essentials

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 Susanne Malloy (September 19, 2008)  When you purchase a horse you may not be aware of all the additional expenses you will have before you actually get to take the horse out for a spin. Before making the plunge, be sure to price out the various types of tack and make a decision which style of riding you want to do and what type of tack is best. If you are on a budget or don't want to buy new tack right off the bat, a good . (Equestrian)

Saddle Buying - English Or Western?

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 Susanne Malloy (September 19, 2008)  For the most part there are two distinct types of popular saddles, English and western. In reality there are distinctions within these two groups, especially in the English saddles, plus there are endurance saddles and Australian saddle styles. The two general saddle styles of English and western are impossible to mistake, and are designed to best suit the particular demands of the .. (Equestrian)

Stabling Your Horse

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 Susanne Malloy (September 19, 2008)  Unless you happen to live in a rural area, own a ranch or farm or have friends that do, you are likely going to have to stable or board your horse at a different location than where you live. The good think is that with so many people living in the city owning horses, there are typically professionally run and managed stables located within easy driving distance of most bigger towns and . (Equestrian)

Horse Blanket Choices

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 Susanne Malloy (August 18, 2008)  There are several different types of blankets that can be important additions to your tack room and definitely can help your horse in staying comfortable in all types of weather conditions. Blankets will vary in both weight and materials, depending on where and how they are to be used. Since putting a blanket on a horse can really help in keeping them warm, helping them to cool down .. (Equestrian)

A Bit About Horse Bits

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 Susanne Malloy (August 18, 2008)  The bit is your communication link to your horse, along with the reins, pressure from your legs and body position. Depending on your style of riding and your experience level as well as the condition of your horse's mouth, different bits will be more appropriate than others. Generally most horses that have not been mistreated will have what is called a “soft mouth" which means .. (Equestrian)

English Tack Items Are a Necessity For the English Style of Riding

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 Mike Selvon (August 18, 2008)  Horse tack is the short name for all of the accessories and items that go along with owning and riding a horse. These horse supply items provide many different accessories for different ways of riding horses. There are several main types of tacks, one most notably being the English tack. Horse tack can be bought in many different places, but some stores specialize in particular tack .. (Equestrian)

Horse Experts From the 19th Century

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 Mike McDaniel (August 17, 2008)  The problem with horses is they won't do want you want unless they are trained to respond to your cues. Most folks like horses already trained, at least to some extent. Further, most folks are unaware of the multitude of simple and easy, training methods available. A trip to the library will yield hundreds of books about horse training. A look on the Internet will reveal thousands of .. (Equestrian)

Horseback Riding Apparel

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 Candis Reade (July 28, 2008)  Having a horse or getting one calls for the buying of proper horseback riding apparel. This is because apparel of this kind is important for a safe and more comfortable ride. However, there are many things that need to be considered before buying apparel for horse riding. One of the considerations that anyone should look into before spending money to buy horseback riding apparel is the . (Equestrian)

Learn the Art of Riding Horses Horse Riding in Pune

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 Trupti Shetty (July 24, 2008)  Learning horse riding is something that has an exotic appeal to it. However, it involves a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and presence of mind when it comes to controlling the beautiful animal. At least, that's what we learnt from Lorraine More, a horse expert and the owner of Japalouppe Equestrian Center that has trained hordes of people since 1999. Here are her guidelines on this .. (Equestrian)

A Survey of Western Saddle Types

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 Janet Ashby (July 20, 2008)  Trail Saddles The most popular type of saddle, trail saddles are designed for comfort over rough terrain and many miles. Designed for comfort they are lighter than ranch or roping saddles which are designed for heavier work. New materials and features often appear in trail saddles first due to their popularity. Some features include an easy to hold thin horn, a higher fork for .. (Equestrian)

Horseback Riding For Beginners 7 Vital Tips

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 Roger Overanout (July 18, 2008)  Horseback riding for beginners can seem a bit of a challenge at first, here are a few tips to help you get started. 1. Horseback riding for beginners is great fun, but it can be dangerous if you do not have a good instructor so make sure your instructor is qualified. In the USA this means they should be certified by the American Riding Instructors Association and in the United Kingdom .. (Equestrian)

Learning to Horse Ride

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 Sunil Tanna (July 10, 2008)  Horses have been domesticated by man for many thousands of years, and people have rode on horse back for at least 6,500 years (there is evidence that people in what is today the Ukraine were riding horses as early as 4500 BCE). Before the advent of motor vehicles, horses were the main means of transport, both for pulling loads and for riding. Even today, horse transport remains .. (Equestrian)

The Style Fallout at Royal Ascot

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 Chelsea Butterworth (July 08, 2008)  Royal Ascot is one of those long standing very British traditions that set us apart from other countries originally founded in 1711 by Queen Anne it has become a high light of social summer calendar. The ceremonial nature of Royal Ascot shows just what it means to have our Royals out and about in action amongst the more regular folk. The international news coverage of the arrivals by .. (Equestrian)

Learn How to Horse Ride

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 Sunil Tanna (July 07, 2008)  Horses have been closely associated with man for many thousands of years. They have been domesticated and used in agriculture, in transport, in trading, in hunting, and in war, since time immemorial. It is not certain when horses were first rode, but there is some evidence that suggests this practice dates back at least 6,500 years (to approximately 4500 BCE), and began in what is today . (Equestrian)

Horseshoes and the Trims They Bring HorseShoe Manufactures Set the Trend, Our Horses Pay the Price

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 Kc La Pierre (July 01, 2008)  Some recent and not so recent research has prompted my writing this article. Over the past two decades horseshoe manufactures have been inadvertently or perhaps purposely setting trends that could be proving to be detrimental to even those horses that go barefoot. You read it right; trend set by horseshoe manufacturers could have an effect on your barefoot horse. Not through their .. (Equestrian)

Tips For Sport Horse Buying at European Auctions

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 Jill Patt (June 29, 2008)  We began our journey approximately 1 year prior to the purchase of our Hanoverian gelding. At that time we were primarily shopping in the U. S. for a young dressage prospect. Our goal was to find a horse with potential that we could enjoy developing and furthering to the fullest of his abilities. Living in the Southwest we found that there were few breeding farms in our areas dedicated . (Equestrian)

Stop Pacing in a Circle Trying to Choose Which Saddle to Get

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 Jason Tasker (June 24, 2008)  So it's time for a new saddle. . . If you're reading this article, that's probably just about all you're sure of at this point. The question is, what type of saddle should I get? What brand name of saddle should I get, and what type of saddle should I get? Well, you're asking the right questions, so read on and learn how to buy the saddle that best suits you. Every type of saddle on .. (Equestrian)

So Many Western Saddles, But Only One is Right For You

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 Jason Tasker (June 23, 2008)  If you're out and about shopping for the right western saddle, you'll be glad you found this article. I've got years & years of experience in the field of horseback riding, and I'm an expert at choosing the right saddle for the intended use. Step 1 in choosing a the right western saddle is figuring out the main intended usage of the saddle. There are numerous types of western .. (Equestrian)

The Dancing Horses of Andalucia

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 Dzagbe Cudjoe (June 21, 2008)  The idea of dancing horses may seem both novel and strange to some people. Many animals “dance" especially as part of the courtship ritual. Just like with us there can be a very strong link between dance and sexuality. At shows such events for our canine friends are becoming common place. Dogs while entertaining and enthusiastic performers lack both the grace and sophistication of . (Equestrian)

Learn Horse Riding

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 Sunil Tanna (June 17, 2008)  It is not certain exactly when horses were first domesticated, and the matter remains a subject of controversy among historians. That said, there is some evidence that horses may have been first rode approximately 6,500 years around (4,500 BC) in the region near the Dneiper and Don Rivers, in what is today the Ukraine. In any case, what is known for certain is that humans have had a .. (Equestrian)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Barrel Racing

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 Heather A Smith (June 06, 2008)  Although the exact dates are unknown, the sport of barrel racing traces its roots back to the 1930's when young women competed in horsemanship contests that involved riding their horses in a figure eight pattern around two barrels. Legend has it that Texas was the state where barrel racing originated. Women wanted to participate in rodeo events as their male counterparts did. However, .. (Equestrian)

Essential Horse Riding Equipment

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 Anitha Hari (April 04, 2008)  Horse riding is a popular sport, which all kinds of people enjoy. It is a great combination of exercise and pleasure for all ages. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider it is essential that you know about the horse riding equipments. Horse riding apparels not only gives safety but also comfort to the rider, certain products can also protect you from extreme weather .. (Equestrian)

Something Fun To Do With Your Horse

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 Bonnie Martin (January 10, 2008)  A new association started here in the South in the spring 0f 2007 called the SE Buckaroo Association. They believe in the vaquero method of training which is a slow, steady process that turns out very responsive, well trained working ranch type horses. They don't have a place for gimmicks or crutches like tiedowns or martingales in their training, and the horses are ridden and trained .. (Equestrian)

Does Your Horse's Saddle Fit?

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 Ron Petracek (July 17, 2007)  Is your horse exhibiting uncharacteristic performance or behavior issues? Well then, check his saddle. Badly fitting saddles account for a vast array of issues in the horse. Yet they often go undetected, either because people don't recognize the signs and symptoms of an improperly fitting saddle, or because they have no idea how to fix the problem. This lack of knowledge can hurt our .. (Equestrian)

Riding Your Horse Away From His Buddies

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 Ron Petracek (July 13, 2007)  Horses are herd animals and those instincts often fall into place in other places such as an arena or trail ride. These are also the times when you generally need the horse to be more independent and do what you ask. These herd instincts often lead to fights either on the rail or on the trail, but in order to find the root of the problem, it is important to look at things from the .. (Equestrian)

Balance Seat

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 Ron Petracek (June 11, 2007)  What is the most important building block when it comes to your riding? The way you sit, of course! That’s right, the way you sit will have a huge impact on the way you ride. A good seat should accomplish two simple things: it should make it easier for you to stay on your horse, and it should also be comfortable for both you and your horse. Sitting wrong, on the other hand, makes .. (Equestrian)

The Indian Bosal - A Bit-Less Solution

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 Ron Petracek (June 11, 2007)  The Indian Bosal is an uncommon piece of equipment found in a tack room. It is a simple and often unknown solution to the many problems that bits may cause. It is a simple design, consisting only of yacht rope or rawhide much like today’s rope halters. The Indian Bosal may be attached to any type of headstall, either Western or English in style. Much like the rope halter and The .. (Equestrian)

The Western Riding Ideal

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 Ron Petracek (June 11, 2007)  The Western Riding class once became a highly competitive class with the competitors all but racing neck and neck through the class. The class was designed to show a horse’s quality of lead changes, not how fast you could work the pattern. Today, there is a greater emphasis on working the pattern correctly rather than quickly. The Western Riding horse should have quality lead .. (Equestrian)

Teaching Your Horse to Stand Hobbled

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 Ron Petracek (June 11, 2007)  Teaching your horse to stand hobbled can be very convenient in a variety of situations. Hobbling is very popular on ranches as they are often stuck somewhere and there is no place to tie their horse. It is also dangerous to tie your horse by his reins or bridle, so hobbling can be very convenient. In order to teach your horse to stand hobbled, you will have to teach your horse to .. (Equestrian)




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