With holiday shopping season officially underway, why not splurge on a new pair of matching sneakers for you and your horse?
It is finally happening – horses can now wear designer shoes! Although hoof boots have been around for a while, the new designer kicks on the market are designed by hand and custom made for each horse to fit any breed and discipline.
The mastermind behind this new concept is Marcus Floyd, a Lexington (Kentucky) based shoe designer and pioneer in this new genre of footwear. Floyd studied at the Shoe Surgeon’s SRGM Academy, where he learned the art […]
Buying a horse: For many, it’s a childhood dream- but when the time comes, there is a lot of research, legal and financial considerations. Asking the right questions, budgeting for unexpected expenses, and weighing the pros and cons may go a long way in having a successful adventure with your new companion.
Initial research: The initial research phase will help you determine what breeds and characteristics to look for in your future horse. Depending on your riding goals, whether you wish to compete, ride for leisure, or if you want to use your horse for breeding, you […]
Queen Elizabeth II is known as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. While she ruled the Commonwealth for 70 years, her passion for horses goes back much further. As a keen rider and racehorse breeder, Elizabeth II was a true horse woman. From a very young age, she was captivated by horses, receiving her first riding lesson at the age of 3 at the Buckingham Palace Royal Mews. At the age of 4, she was gifted her very first horse: a Shetland pony named Peggy, a present from her late grandfather, King George V.
Over the years, the Queen […]
There are many benefits to owning a simple, or more complex, camera surveillance system at your barn. Whether you want to prevent theft and unwanted visitors at your barn or monitor a pregnant mare without interrupting your other responsibilities, you may be considering investing in a surveillance camera.
Different cameras are available on the market depending on your specific needs. For example, the ability to view camera footage remotely from your phone may be desirable for someone who wants immediate and real time information about what goes on at the barn. Having a camera that has clear night vision and […]
Selecting the right tractor is one of the most important equipment decisions you will need to make in order to run your farm’s operations. As a significant investment, there are a few things to consider so that you can make an informed purchase decision. Below are some tips to help you choose the most suitable tractor for your needs while limiting unnecessary expenses.
The Size of Your Land:
Generally speaking, the size of your land or property will help determine the type of tractor and accessories needed. While a smaller piece of land may only require a […]
Can you imagine a scenario where all the efforts you put into manure management could be used towards a sustainable energy source for your home? In Finland, heat recovery technology from horse manure is gaining momentum in local equine shows and amongst farmers, as some organizations are starting to reap the benefits of an alternative and sustainable energy source that could replace fossil fuels.
Simply put, composting horse manure yields fertilizer and generates heat, and its energy can be converted and used to power homes. In some Finnish farms, a rotary drum composting mechanism equipped with a heat recovery system […]
Positive reinforcement is an ethical training methodology that can help horses that lack self-confidence or willingness to benefit from an exciting learning experience, while building a stronger relationship with their human!
Horses are intelligent and emotional animals that can learn new tricks easily. For each trick, make sure to use repetition, consistency, and reward (positive reinforcement). At the beginning, reward each small step before asking for more, and keep sessions short (between 5-15min) to prevent your horse from losing patience and disengaging. Don’t forget to have fun and take it one step at a time!
The incredibly sad consequence of Russia’s attack on Ukraine has caused a mass exodus of the Ukrainian population – with over 3.7 million people having fled the country in the past few weeks and now seeking refuge abroad. Amid all the horror of this humanitarian crisis, pet owners have struggled to bring their animals with them, and with over 100 000 domestic horses in Ukraine, many horse owners are also faced with extremely difficult decisions. In a remarkable coordinated effort, the international equestrian community is stepping up to help Ukrainians and their horses evacuate and support them through these […]