Thinking of adding on to your equine family? Adopting a horse can be a wonderful opportunity to give a rescue or foster horse a much-needed permanent home. Whether you’re looking for a youngster to bring up through the levels as a show horse, or an older horse to serve as a companion or just mow the grass for you, there is probably an adoptable horse out there who meets your needs and then some.
There are so many equine rescues and rehoming organizations, in fact, that prospective adopters would do well to take a step back and investigate […]
Fall is here! It’s time to think about grass. Wait — grass? But isn’t winter coming? If your spring grass is the last thing on your mind as the days grow cooler and the green starts to disappear from the pasture, read on. Next year’s grass depends on this year’s good care. Here are some fall pasture care tips to give you a green spring.
Take a soil sample. Your local extension office can analyze your soil and see what nutrients your ground is lacking. Some feed stores offer this service, as well. Why is […]
Those two words might sound like polar opposites, but the proponents of Western Dressage would like you to know that they’re very complimentary. It’s one of the equestrian world’s newest sports, and it’s growing across the country.
Perhaps it’s a natural offshoot of recent “natural horsemanship” and new Western horsemanship that has been evolving in recent years. Perhaps it comes from the traditional riding of Spanish vaqueros in centuries past. Either way, Western Dressage values many of the same tenets as traditional dressage, such as lightness, acceptance of the bridle, and response to subtle cues […]
Is your child a horseback rider? Horses and kids are an amazing match, with studies showing that children learn to take responsibility and initiative through horse-care and riding. Equestrian kids tend to have better grades and higher graduation rates than other students. And there are great organizations to support children who ride horseback throughout their school-age and college years, making the journey easier for parents and even providing valuable educational assistance and scholarships.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Federation is one such organization. The Interscholastic Equestrian Federation allows students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to field teams in either […]
Companion Animals for Horses
Horses are herd animals, and they are naturally suited to life with at least one companion. Sometimes, though, it just isn’t possible to have another horse for a companion. Pasture space may be at a premium, or you may be dealing with a stallion or otherwise aggressive horse who is nonetheless lonesome for a pal. So what kind of animals can you use as a companion for your horse?
Ponies and Miniature Horses can make great companions when a horse is too valuable/accident-prone to be turned out with other […]
Five spring horse care must-dos.
Spring! Sunshine! Flowers! Grass!
Spring thaws mean equal parts happiness and despair for many horse owners. You are thrilled with the warmth and the returning grazing. You are disheartened by the mud.
Your horses feel much the same way. Well, they probably don’t mind the broken barn door where the snow-pack pushed its way through. Or the Serengeti watering-hole that has appeared where the pasture gate used to be, complete with fetlock-deep mud. More mud, more rolling, that’s most horses’ motto.
Either way, it’s time for everyone […]
Awards season is wrapping up, and that’s probably great news if you’re a celebrity horse owner. After all, late-night partying and getting out to the barn for an early morning ride probably don’t go hand-in-hand. While horses might be a status symbol for some, there are a few A-listers out there who rank their horses number one, and they’re using their high profiles to make a difference for horses everywhere.
Bo Derek rose to fame wearing a swimsuit, but these days, she’s just as well-known for wearing jeans and riding […]
It’s cold outside! Winter weather can put a damper on your riding and training schedule. Sometimes, it just makes more sense to curl up on the couch than tack up for a riding lesson on frozen ground in the howling wind. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can keep growing as a rider, trainer, and businessperson. Check out these online seminars and courses that are perfect for a little winter-time inspiration.
Equestrian Professional offers horse business seminars and webinars […]