No matter what you do in the horse business — training, sales, breeding, instruction — you probably find yourself regularly in need of some decent photos of your horses. Equine photography is a challenging practice, which is why there are so many professional photographers out there just waiting to take your next conformation shot. So what are some great ways to improve your eye for equine photography? We have some tips for taking great horse photos.
Pick your lighting: Either full shade or full sun, there is no in-between. Camera light meters, even relatively basic ones like your smartphone […]
Feeling a little penned in by your arenas? It’s time for a new adventure! Why not put a whole new kind of ride in the planner? As the National Park Service celebrates one hundred years of protecting and sharing the country’s most treasured landscapes, saddle up for the trail ride of a lifetime with one of these amazing national park riding experiences. Here are three very different ways to explore our national parks with horsepower.
(Feature photo: Jeff Hitchcock/Flickr)
Glacier National Park in Montana offers stunning views, diverse wildlife and geologic history, and a variety of options […]
With natural disasters ravaging sections of the United States, from thousand-year floods in Louisiana to devastating fires in California, heart-rending scenes of horses in danger have many people wondering how they can help. Most charities agree that financial donations are the best way to make sure horses (and humans) get the help they need. Certainly if you’re a few hundred miles away, sending a big load of hay and grain over is out of the question. It’s tougher to prove that your dollars are going directly to the horses with cash, though. Before you send a […]
Polo wraps are one of the oldest forms of support and protection for a working horse’s legs. When done up properly, their uniform look and striking color contrast with the horse’s coat color is very appealing. A horse with good polo wraps looks workmanlike, and if you’ve ever worked with a trainer who believes perfect groom equals success, you probably appreciate the distinction.
They’re not easy to master, however, and that’s important, because improper polo wraps can do far more harm than good. Let’s take a look at polo wraps and how they should […]
The weather forecast for the rest of summer: sultry. Ready to stop sweating it in the barn? Get the chores done early and haul your old tack inside: it’s time for a saddle and bridle deep-clean!
There are a lot of witch’s brews and home remedies out there for stripping and conditioning tack. Walk into a feed store and ask for recommendations, and you’ll hear hearty endorsements for everything from ammonia to olive oil. The general idea is to strip the oils and dirt out of the leather, leaving it clean, but dry, and then returning […]
The equestrian life doesn’t typically leave a lot of downtime. But we all need our moments of leisure, and they’re even better when we can count those precious moments as “work,” too. Plus, do we really need an excuse to watch more horses after we’ve come inside from working with our own?
Streaming horse shows has become a huge new source of fun and education for equestrians. Whether you’re watching a hunter round to take pointers from top riders, or just blowing off some steam with a cross-country feed from an Advanced horse trial, or […]
Summer is here, and the show season is in full swing. Luckily, you organized your tack room, your tack trunk, and your trailer during spring cleaning, right? OK, we know you skipped spring cleaning, but that’s no reason to let a disorganized life bring you down. Take a little time on a rainy day and get your stable life back on track. Here’s some barn organization tips:
Sort it out: Whatever you might need at a show does not include everything you own. Pick a tack trunk or a storage bin to start your adventure. Go […]