Organizations can no longer deny that a focus on diversity and inclusion is essential to succeed and flourish, and the equestrian industry is no exception to this new standard. Unfortunately, the high cost of participating in equestrian sports means that it has been, for a long time, an activity reserved for the elite of predominantly white background. Today, many equestrians and organizations are advocating to promote inclusion and diversity in the horse world, in the hopes of one day making equestrianism a sport accessible for all.
In 2020, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) publicly released the USEF Member Racial Demographics […]
Horses have been a source of inspiration and appeared in art works since the early days of humankind. From the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings in France, to today’s equine-inspired architectural designs, the beauty, shape, and majesty of horses continue to inspire artists around the world. Today, we will be exploring the works of two contemporary equine artists in North America.
George Gospodinov: Equine Painter (Acrylic on Canvas)
George Gospodinov, a US-based equine artist who paints with acrylic on canvas, has been fascinated by the movements and elegance of horses since his early childhood.
George grew […]
Mental Health and Equine- Assisted Therapy (E.A.T) in the Covid-19 era:
Following our previous blog post on the ‘Benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy’, we thought it might be interesting to revisit this topic in the context of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Mental Health has been at the forefront of many discussions this past year, while anxiety and depression have skyrocketed as a result of prolonged isolation, grief, and loss. As we continue to recognize the benefits of outdoors activities and contact with animals on our mental health, adequate funding for large-scale scientific studies […]
When you think of Western movies, your mind may not immediately go to Philadelphia as a staple of cowboy culture. Yet, the urban riders of North Philadelphia have been an integral part of cowboy culture and its heritage for over a century.
The 2020 movie “Concrete Cowboys”, directed by Ricky Staub, tells the story of Cole (portrayed by Caleb McLaughlin), a teenager with a turbulent past sent to live with his estranged father (Idris Elba), a prominent member of the Urban Black Cowboys community in Philadelphia. Reluctant at first, Cole is gradually pulled into the Fletcher Street Riders tight-knit […]
Winter can seem all too long for horse owners, especially when you’re ready for show season and not a huge fan of riding in the cold. If you’re feeling the winter barn blues, these activities can help you to make it through to spring.
Attend an Online Clinic
More and more clinics are now available online. Consider auditing an online clinic with a trainer you haven’t worked with before. You can also find online clinics by sports psychologists and judges. You’ll be working on your show prep while learning something new, and you don […]
Are you still working on your New Year’s resolutions? If so, we have some ideas to help you out. These resolutions can make you a better barn manager, helping to maximize your horses’ health and safety, too.
Update Your Deworming Plan
If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to start deworming your horses according to fecal egg count results. Talk with your vet about the most appropriate time to do these tests and the dewormers that are right for your horses.
While you’re at it, make sure that your manure management plan […]
Running a boarding barn business is full of challenges, including financial ones. If your barn isn’t bringing in the revenue that you need to stay profitable, there are plenty of ways that you can change that. These five tips can boost your barn’s profitability without requiring any substantial changes to your business model.
Raise Your Rates
One of the simplest and fastest ways to increase your boarding barn’s revenue is to raise your rates, but this needs to be done carefully. It’s a good idea to get into the practice of evaluating your expenses […]
The horse world gives us a lot. It’s a source of entertainment, enjoyment, competition, and even financial income. But for all that the horse world gives you, how much do you give back? Consider the following ways that you can help to support charities, horses in need, and even young riders.
Adopt a Rescue Horse
If you have an empty stall in your barn, you might want to adopt a rescue horse. Adopting a horse from a reputable rescue will make a difference not only in that horse’s life, but also in the life of the […]