Month: November 2016

The Dangers of Feed Buckets

The Dangers of Feed Buckets Written by Samantha Goldstein **Warning! Graphic images** Feed buckets, though essential for proper horse care, can be extremely dangerous! We all know how horses eat; so excitedly it becomes almost violent, as if they can’t finish their food fast enough. Research indicates that many horses have had multiple unpleasant experiences with these buckets, during feeding or just accidentally during the day. A few serious injuries from feeding are ripped eyelids and punctured or ripped nostrils. The metal piece that wraps around the bucket isn’t necessarily sharp, nonetheless horses are prone to injury. Minor damage encompasses...

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The Power of the Placement Pole

by Marissa Brown   Poles are something that are seen as standard equipment in any Hunter/Jumper barn all over the world. With lengths ranging from six foot poles to the standard twelve foot pole, typically made from wood or PVC pipes. We paint them all different colors, matching and mismatching to make our barns look unique and professional, as well as fun. They are an effective tool used by trainers and riders alike. In my near decade of experience working with many horses, seasoned show horses to green babies, I have yet to meet a horse that hasn’t benefited...

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What I Learned as a Horse Show Mom

By Kathy Storin A personal love of horses led me toward exposing my daughter to ponies and horses when she was very young. A pony ride here and there for a 3 year old, the pony birthday party at 5, combined with a neighbor who was an accomplished equestrian lead us toward a severe addiction to the horse world by the time she was 10. Our neighbor, Beth, encouraged me to wait until Kait was old enough to actually control a horse rather than just be adorable sitting on one before we started serious lessons. I am forever grateful...

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3 Tips for a Grand Prix Groom

Written by Rachael Wilkerson Grooming for several top Grand Prix riders in the last few years has left me with several important tips that I would like to share. I’m sure you know how to care for the horses and will do a splendid job of keeping them at their best and you obviously have a love for them, otherwise you would be smart and get a job that not only has better hours and pay, but the tendency to make you less crazy rather than more, as the years go on. The tips I have to offer, having worked...

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