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How To Make Dressage Test Arena Letters
26th Apr 2015   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
You may like jumping, trail riding or any of the wonderful western riding disciplines, but you can always use some dressage letters. Even if you never plan to ride in a dressage test, they are very handy to have. Arena letters can ...
Sizing English and Western Saddles
23rd Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Whether you ride English or western, it can be tricky to find a saddle that fits both you and your horse. Saddle fit is essential for a happy horse. Imagine having to hike for a few hours in shoes that are too small, or think abou ...
 
Hack My Ride
21st Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Not all the answers to riding and horse care are to be found at tack shops. Sometimes, solutions to problems can be found at the dollar store. Here are a few examples of how to hack your ride with inexpensive items that you can fi ...
Horse Breeding Terms Tutorial
19th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Line breeding is a method of selecting and mating individual breeding stock from the same bloodlines. They may have the same ancestors, but arenít necessarily closely related. Inbreeding is breeding two closely related individuals ...
Road Apples and Sugar Cubes
16th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Sugar cubes to Madison Bumgarner for riding a horse into the stadium on opening day. Iím not a baseball fan, but Iím all for a great entrance on horseback. Extra sugar cubes, because he did a good job of mounting up. Sure heís an ...
To Blanket or Not to Blanket - Spring Edition
15th Apr 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
To blanket or not to blanket remains a question until the weather really warms up. I find myself driving back and forth to the barn frequently, to put Trillium's blanket on, and then take it off again. A few days ago, warm weather ...
Ripple and the Wild Horses of White Cloud Station Giveaway [Video]
12th Apr 2015   |   Product Reviews   |   PonyBox
The White Cloud Station horse series of books makes its debut in the United States with a giveaway exclusive to PonyBox.com members. The books are aimed at 8-15 year olds and bring with them a slice of New Zealand high country sta ...
Unless You Work Cattle You Are Not A Cowboy
11th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Unless youíve actually worked cattle, youíre not a cowboy. You may have bought the boots, the belt buckle and that hat. Wearing scuba gear wonít make me a scuba diver. I donít believe the saying, clothes make the man (or woman). I ...
Fixing Your Horse Blanket With Heat Bond Material
10th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If youíre not into handsewing like I did with the baseball stitch or donít have access to a heavy duty sewing machine, thereís another way of fixing tears in horse blankets. Fusible or iron heat bonding materials can get the job d ...
Tricks for Doing Horse Laundry
7th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I imagine there is a place where all horses are clean and all of their clothes like leg wraps, coolers and turnout rugs stays dirt free. Thatís not where I live however. My girl loves a good roll in the mud or dust and everything ...
The Pony Express Rides Again
5th Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Back in 1860, there was a lot of space between the east and west coasts of North America. Getting a message across the continent was difficult. To get things moving faster, The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Co ...
Ten Gifts Spring Brings to Horse Owners
3rd Apr 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Spring is in the air! The robins and other spring birds have arrived and out in our barnyards and stables, other gifts of the returning season are evident. ...
Types of Materials Used in Horse Bit Mouthpieces
1st Apr 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
We took a look at some common bit mouthpieces. All mouthpieces can be made in a variety of materials, and sometimes they incorporate more than one. Different materials are thought to enhance the effectiveness of the bit, although ...
Most Common Types of Horse Bits by Severity
30th Mar 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
There are many types of bits available. Go into any tack store and youíre likely going to be overwhelmed by the choices. There really are only a few main types of mouthpieces that bits are designed with. And, although Iíve listed ...
How to Make a Horse Drink Water
28th Mar 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Weíve all had a glass of water from somewhere and thought, yuck, this tastes terrible. Your horse might feel the same way. Horses get used to the taste of water at home, and then wonít drink at an event because the water tastes fu ...
What Triggers A Horse to Shed
24th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Coat growth is triggered by exposure to daylight. This explains why many horses will actually start to lose their winter coat in January, when the coldest winter weather is still upon us. Horses can start losing winter coat after ...
How to Age a Horse by Teeth
22nd Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Galvayne's groove grows out above the gumline. By the time the horse is fifteen, this groove will reach halfway to the top edge of the tooth. By the time the horse is twenty, the groove may run the full length of the tooth. By the ...
What Not to Wear - Stable Style
18th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Street clothes donít always make good riding clothes. A few of these things Iíve learned the hard way. Others are (un)common sense. Hereís what not to wear in the stable, or when youíre riding. ...
What is the Difference Between Domestic and Wild Horses
16th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the 1950s, a Russian geneticist became interested in how dogs evolved from wolves. Basing his research on evolutionary theory, he endeavored to speed up the process using foxes, a species that had never been domesticated before ...
Four Tactics of Wiley School Horses
14th Mar 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
School horses can be wiley. Theyíre a bit like production line workers who get a tad bored and find ways to entertain themselves or make their work easier. Like a good boss, we need to know how to motivate them and keep them at th ...
I Want to Be a Pony
12th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
No one really knows if there is such a thing as reincarnation. But if there is, Iíve given some thought as to how Iíd like to return. I first considered coming back as a cat. But the prospect of being expected to hunt for mice and ...
The Most Asked Questions About Horses
7th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The top question people ask online about horses, whether they are horse owners or not, is how long do horses live? Horses, like people, are living longer than ever. This is largely due to our greater understanding of their needs, ...
Parts of the Horse Hoof
5th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse hooves are fascinating and so much more than hard roundish disks at the end of a horseís legs. Over the eons, horses hooves have evolved from five toes, much like your dogís. Modern horses still have vestigial digits - lefto ...
Why Horses Kick
3rd Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the first things riding students learn is how to walk behind a horse without it being startled. Being startled is one of the most common reasons a horse will kick. Their hair trigger self defense strategy can sometimes go o ...
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