It may only be February, but the summer riding and show season really isn’t that far away. Even if you still have snow on the ground and aren’t able to get back into the saddle yet, you can still work on getting yourself fit for riding. Here are five tips that will help you get fit and ready to get back into the saddle.
Stand on the Stairs
Remember the good old stair trick that your first riding instructor had you do as a child? Standing with your heels off the edge of the stairs and […]
Whether you have your own private horse barn at home, or run a commercial boarding operation, one of your largest bills is probably your hay bill. And with the cold winter temperatures, you’re probably already feeding out extra hay. But are you wasting hay that you don’t need to be? These tips can help you to prevent unnecessary hay waste in your barn.
Use Hay Feeders
To minimize hay waste in your horse’s stall, use feeders. Hay feeders, whether they’re hay racks or hay nets, can help to keep your horse from trampling excess […]
Winter makes barn management particularly difficult, but it’s still important to keep up with your barn care to-do list. Even though your horses might have the winter off, you’ll need to stay on task to make sure you prevent problems before they occur. Have you added these 5 important winter barn maintenance chores to your to-do list?
Freezing temperatures can mean frozen and burst pipes, so stay ahead of the problem. Insulate any exposed pipes, and familiarize yourself with how to turn off your barn’s water source just in case a […]
If you’re still trying to figure out that perfect resolution, we might be able to help. We’ve come up with 5 great New Year’s resolutions that are perfect for horse owners. Take a look!
Learn Something New About Riding
No matter how much you know about riding, there’s always room to learn something new. Make learning more about riding one of your New Year’s resolutions this year. Take extra riding lessons, or attend a clinic and ride with a trainer that you’ve never worked with before. Invest in a new book or […]
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means plenty of time spent with family and friends. If you travel for the holidays and keep your horses at home, then you’ll need to find a great barn sitter to cover things while you’re away. Knowing that your barn sitter is reliable, trusty, and knowledgeable can allow you to kick back and enjoy your horses without worry about what’s going on at home. These five tips can help you to find the perfect barn sitter to take care of your property and animals.
1. Start Looking Now
Will you be traveling for the holidays and leaving your barn in the care of a barn sitter? In our last blog we included some tips on how you can find a great barn sitter for the holidays. But when it comes time to leave your property, how well have you prepared your barn sitter? These tips can help set your barn sitter up for success.
Call Your Vet Before You Leave
Before you head out of town, call your vet’s office and explain that you will be away. Provide them with the sitter’s name and […]
Horsemen often rely on hot walkers and treadmills as opposed to hand-walking as an efficient method of conditioning, rehabilitation therapy, and for cooling horses down after work. These devices come in many shapes and sizes, each with its own unique characteristics and benefits. Walkers allow several horses to be exercised or cooled off simultaneously, providing time saving systems and quicker results.
Traditional Hot Walker (or Lead Walker):
This style of hot walker has been used by trainers and farm managers for years. An example of this would be the units made by Priefert (www.prieferthorsewalkers.com). It […]
Bringing a new horse home is often an exciting time, but introducing that horse to your herd can also be quite challenging and risky. Horses rely on the hierarchy of the herd for their security, social status, and safety. During the weeks following the introduction of a new horse, the herd must redefine their social rankings, leading to an increased risk of injury and stress for the newcomer as well as the established herd members. There are several steps you can take however, to help assure the transition is made safely and with minimum risk of injury.
The first and […]