5 Tips for Winterizing Your Barn

5 Tips for Winterizing Your Barn

Winterizing your barn doesn’t just mean decorating it for the holidays!

Your barn is one of the biggest assets in your life, so it’s important to treat it like one. Now is the time to start making preparations for the coming winter, which without fail will bring with it freezing temperatures, strong winds, several feet of snow, and a great deal of ice. Making sure that your barn is in tip-top shape and ready to face the winter months will keep both your barn and your horses safe from the cold.  If you’re not sure where to even start, don’t worry – our tips on how to start winterizing your barn will help get you started. Read below for some more info. Continue reading “5 Tips for Winterizing Your Barn” »

Different Horse Clipping Styles

Different Horse Clipping Styles

Should this horse have a full body clip of a hunter clip?

When the cold weather starts coming in, many horse owners choose to ‘clip’ their horse’s fur. This means that the fur will be trimmed or removed from certain areas of the  horse’s body with the help of a pair of clippers. There are many different reasons behind clipping a horse, but most fall into the category of either aesthetic or practical purpose. Most commonly during the winter months, owners will clip their horses so that the horse doesn’t overheat while being ridden and will be able to cool down faster. Whereas horses in the wild relied on their thick winter coats to keep them warm in frigid temperatures, there are countless of horse blankets for sale that can do the job.  Continue reading “Different Horse Clipping Styles” »

Fun Fall Horse Activities

Fun Fall Horse Activities

Why not go on a hay ride this fall?

Autumn is well underway – Halloween is right around the corner, the ground is covered with fallen leaves, and chillier temperatures have started to arrive. If you’re an equestrian, now is the time to take advantage of all that fall has to offer, both to your and to your horse! There are plenty of fun horse-related activities that are perfect for the fall season. With just a little over a month left before winter temperatures start to roll in, you have just enough time left to plan some autumn equine activities with your horsey pals. Read below for a little inspiration! Continue reading “Fun Fall Horse Activities” »

Horse & Rider 2013 Halloween Costumes

Horse & Rider 2013 Halloween Costumes

Make Halloween extra fun this year with a great horse and rider costume!

Equestrians from all over the country love the autumn months. The weather is beautiful, the leaves change colors, the pesky flies disappear — and best of all, Halloween takes place at the end of October! Many horse shows will add in costume classes to their line-up of classes, providing delight and entertainment to both those competing and those watching. Whether you or someone you know is planning on entering one of these classes, you first need to decide on an award-winning costume. In many cases, deciding on a costume for a horse and rider pair even more challenging than picking one out for just yourself! If you’re stumped and can’t decide, read our list of 2013 Halloween costume ideas below for some inspiration. Continue reading “Horse & Rider 2013 Halloween Costumes” »

Riding in the Rain: Jacket Guide

Ride in the Rain: Jacket Guide

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that you can’t hit the trail!

When it comes to horse back riding in the rain, equestrians tend to have different opinions. Some don’t mind getting a little wet, whereas others would rather muck every stall in the barn. Regardless of which side of the argument you land on, rain happens – and when it does, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Luckily, there are a number of riding apparel options that double as great rain gear. If you’re unsure where to start shopping, don’t stress. We’ve put together a guide of some our our favorite rain gear picks on the market today. The next time showers are in the forecast, you’ll be well prepared and ready to ride. Continue reading “Riding in the Rain: Jacket Guide” »

How to Care for Your Riding Boots

How to Care for Your Riding Boots

These horse back riding boots could use a good cleaning!

Aside from your horse back riding helmet, your horse back riding boots are the most essential part of your equestrian outfit. You should never ride in anything other than proper riding boots, since they are specifically designed for horse back riding. The rubber heel prevents your foot from slipping through the stirrup, while the construction of the boot offers your ankle and leg flexibility and support. Since riding boots are so essential, it’s important that you care for them properly so that they will last for as long as possible. Equestrian boots are typically made from leather, which requires regular maintenance. If you’re unsure of how to properly take care of your leather riding boots, keep reading below. Continue reading “How to Care for Your Riding Boots” »

5 Tips for Buying a New Horse

5 Tips for Buying a New Horse

Don’t start your search for a new horse unprepared!

Shopping for a new horse is a fun but nerve-wracking time. Whether or not it’s your first horse or your fifth, the process of buying a horse one that requires much thought and deliberation. You will inevitably question yourself and wonder, “Is this the right horse for me?” Even seasoned equestrians sometimes feel unorganized and overwhelmed by the process. Buying a horse is a serious commitment – unlike just another pet, your horse is your riding partner, and it’s important to make sure that your personalities align before you make the purchase. In order to minimize stress and streamline your shopping, a good idea is to make a list of guidelines to follow while you search for your new steed. Continue reading “5 Tips for Buying a New Horse” »

September Shows: Dressage at Devon 2013

Spend a day enjoying dressage riding at Devon.

Summer may be winding down, but the same can’t be said about horse show season! Several big equestrian events are scheduled for this fall. Regardless of whether you’re competing or not, it’s definitely worth the trip to the showgrounds. Major competitions have a great atmosphere, great people, and of course, great horse and rider pairs to watch! One such competition is Dressage at Devon, which will be held in Devon, Pennsylvania. The show runs from September 24 to September 29, so you have several days to choose from! Read below for some more information about this spectacular show. devon 2013 horse show, dressage at devon 2013, riding apparel, fall horse shows, finest equestrian attire

Autumn Equestrian Gear

Enjoy riding in fall with the right gear to keep you warm and happy.

In the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the weather change from sweltering hot to breezy and cool. This shift from summer to fall has found many horseback riders unprepared to face chilly autumn temperatures. Unfortunately, it’s time to start putting away this summer’s tank tops and lightweight shirts, and start breaking out some of your cold weather gear. If your fall and winter wardrobe is insufficient or in need of an update, don’t worry! We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate the world of autumn riding apparel. Keep reading below for some helpful tips on how to dress for the cooler weather to come. Continue reading “Autumn Equestrian Gear” »

Falling Off Your Horse: How to Deal

Falling Off Your Horse: How to Deal

Don’t be like this guy – always wear a helmet when horse back riding!

As any equestrian knows, falling off your horse is a natural occurrence, and no matter how good of a rider you are, it is bound to happen sooner or later. However, no matter how often you tell yourself this, a fall on horseback can still be a rattling and traumatizing experience – especially if it hasn’t happened for several years. Unless you are seriously injured, it is important to always get back on your horse after you take a fall. Despite how daunting it may seem, remounting your horse, even if only for a few minutes, will help you to rebuild your confidence. In addition, there a a number of things you can do both before and after the fall – read below for more! Continue reading “Falling Off Your Horse: How to Deal” »