It’s a common misconception that horses’ pastures don’t have to be mowed, since the horses will effectively take care of that for us. But the truth is, mowing is an important part of pasture maintenance. Here are just a few of the benefits of mowing your pastures.
Enhance Pasture Quality
Mowing your pasture is an excellent way to enhance the quality of the grass available to your horses. By mowing your pasture, you can keep the grass in a growing state continuously throughout your summer. This increases the quality of the grass available to your horses […]
When we’re training horses with a goal in mind, it’s easy to get set so focused on the goal that things get boring, both for us and our horses. Drilling on the same exercises every day won’t result in much progress, especially if our horses get sour with the routine. These tips can help you to break up the boredom so that riding becomes fun and engaging again.
1. Find New Exercises
If your current training exercises are getting old, it’s time to find a new way to train your horse. If you’re […]
Vaccinations are a must for most performance horses, and vaccinating your horse is a routine aspect of his health care. While vaccines are carefully developed and monitored to be as safe as possible, adverse reactions can and do happen. These tips can help you to maximize your horse’s safety when he does need to be vaccinated.
Determine Your Horse’s Risk Factors
One of the simplest ways to reduce your horse’s risk of having an adverse vaccine reaction is to only give him the vaccines that he absolutely needs. Think carefully about your horse’s risk […]
Almost every rider has a point during their career when their confidence is shaken. Once your confidence is lost, it can be hard to get it back. These five exercises can help you to build your confidence as a rider so you can enjoy riding again.
Perfect Your Position
A strong position will make you feel more secure in the saddle, which can translate to improved confidence. There are countless ways to work on your position in the saddle. Consider riding without stirrups, riding in two point, posting the canter, and more to develop your strength and position […]
Are you planning to bring a young horse to his first horse show this year? Shows can be overwhelming environments for horses, but there are a few ways that you can prepare your horse at home so that he’s better able to deal with the horse show environment.
Teach Some Extra Exercises
You can use your schooling time at home to give yourself a few extra techniques to keep your horse focused while in the show ring. Teaching your horse exercises and movements such as how to lower his head on command, the shoulder in, the shoulder […]
With spring upon us, it’ll be time to wash off muddy legs and prepare horses for show season. A wash stall or wash bay in your barn can make bathing easier and faster, but a poorly designed wash stall can cause problems and even be a safety issue. If you’re thinking of building a wash stall or wash bay in your barn, these tips can help you to design a wash area that you will love.
It’s best to plan your wash stall location when you initially plan your entire barn’s layout […]
With spring just around the corner, are you thinking of getting back into the saddle and maybe getting ready for the upcoming show season? Maybe you have more horses in your barn than you usually do, or maybe your schedule has changed and you won’t have as much time to ride. Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to lease out your horse this year, there are a few things you should know about finding the perfect person for the lease.
Be Honest About Your Horse
Start by making an honest assessment of your horse. What are […]
When you plan out and build your dream barn, it’s important to also think about how the barn will work on a day-to-day basis. When you’re caring for your horses or tacking up to go for a ride, saving even just a few minutes of time here and there can allow you to get more done while sticking to a schedule. These five barn design choices can save you time on chores so you’re able to spend more time in the saddle.
Strategically positioning your barn so that it’s […]