Riding clinics are valuable tools in learning to better ride, compete with, and train your horse. Clinics give you a chance to receive instruction from a trainer that you might not otherwise have access to, and riding in a clinic can open up opportunities and training advancements. But clinics are expensive and can require travel and time, so your chances to ride in them may be limited. When you do get to ride in a clinic, use these tips to get the most out of the experience.
Choose Your Clinician Strategically
Clinics are valuable learning opportunities, but only […]
It’s always safest to ride with someone else, but sometimes life happens and that isn’t always possible. However, getting help if you fall – especially if you’re unconscious or unable to reach your phone – poses a real problem for equestrians. Thanks to technology, though, you can take steps to prepare for this worst case scenario so that you’re still able to get the emergency help you need after a riding accident.
Ride With Me
The Ride With Me app is a free app developed by SmartPak. You’ll enter in some emergency contacts, and then […]
When it comes to colic episodes, the sooner you realize your horse is in trouble, the better the chance of your horse surviving the colic. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep a constant eye on your horse when he’s out to pasture or once you leave the barn to go to work or to go to sleep for the night.
Technology is stepping up to help horse owners monitor their horses for colic and health issues, even when they can’t be there with their horses in person. Consider using these four options in your barn.
Whether you’re building a new equestrian property or are purchasing existing property, you may need to find some ways to establish privacy. Barns and stables seem to naturally pique neighbors’ attention, and you may find that neighbors or passers-by start to wander down your driveway to greet the horses or see the barn. If you’re running a professional boarding barn, this comes with the territory, but if your property is private, these occurrences can become annoying and invasive.
Luckily, you can make some simple changes to discourage people from wandering onto the property, regaining your privacy in […]
For decades, the accepted deworming practice has been to rotationally deworm horses every two months. But in the face of parasite resistance, rotational deworming has quickly become a problem. Here are the facts on deworming, including the importance of fecal egg counts and how to adjust your deworming program.
The Problem of Parasite Resistance
We have just a few different wormer active ingredients in our arsenal: fenbendazole, pyrantel, ivermectin, and moxidectin. Though there are countless different wormer brands, they all use these same ingredients to kill off intestinal parasites. The problem occurs when parasites develop a resistance to […]
With parasite resistance on the rise, vets are advising horse and stable owners to change their deworming programs. If you haven’t yet adopted the practice of strategic deworming, then it may be time to take a look at your stable’s deworming program. The below tips can help you to create an ideal deworming program for your stable.
Understanding Fecal Egg Counts
Fecal egg counts are the basis of your strategic deworming program. These counts measure the parasite egg counts present in each horse’s manure. This can help you to identify which horses shed high numbers […]
Riding lessons are your chance to practice your skills, to make mistakes, and to learn. The better you can use the time in your lessons, the better a rider you can become. With lessons being expensive and limited in frequency, these six tips can help you to make the most of your riding lessons.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your riding lessons is to truly stay engaged during your lessons. Think about how you learn best, and work with your instructor to ensure that you’re getting the most out […]
Summer is here, but with it come the flies. When it comes to controlling flies in and around your barn, you have many different options. Choosing the right type of fly control for your stable will depend on a number of factors, and each fly management system has its own pros and cons.
What You Need to Know About Different Types of Fly Control
Here are the details you should know about the different types of fly control options available. We’ve highlighted some of the most common options to help you get started.