Stable Advice

Horse treats

Horse treats   Most people occasionally give their horse treats. How you give your horse treats, depends on the horse. Some horses are fine, while other horses get nippy. If your horse gets nippy or pushy, it me be a good idea to limit his/her treats, or put them...

Fly Control

Fly control Flies and other insects can be a big problem around a barn. In order to control them, you have to attack them on many fronts. One big thing you can do is to keep the barn area clean. Manure draws flies. Make sure you keep your stalls and surrounding area...

Crochet ear nets or ear bonnets.

Crochet ear nets or ear bonnets got their start with jumpers. They were used to keep gnats and flies from distracting horses while jumping. Most had tassels on them to help swish flies. Now, they have a multitude of uses. Keeping earplugs in, keeping bugs out, adding...

How to measure your horse for a blanket/sheet

  To measure your horse, use a tape measure and measure from the center of their chest, to their tail.  The number of inches is your blanket size.  Ex. Your horse measures 78" from the center of his/her chest to his/her tail.  Your blanket size should be...

Sports/Compression Bras. An important part of your wardrobe

Don’t forget an important part of your riding wardrobe. Going without the correct support can cause breast pain and upper back and shoulder problems. Breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue. Mainly skin and fragile ligaments called Coopers’ ligaments support...

Some tips on Saddle Fit

Here is an example of a saddle fit problem. The pony, a Welsh/TB/Appy cross, is deceivingly round. He doesn’t take up much leg because his ribcage doesn’t spring out, and because of that, the owners didn’t realize that he was quite wide up top until the trainer...

To Braid or not to Braid

Q. Does the judge care if your horse is braided? A. Yes, if you present your horse braided, it shows you are taking the show seriously , and have pride in your horses turnout. Even in schooling shows it is important to have your horse looking his/her best . Well...

Exercises for suppleness and bending

Q. What are some good exercises to improve my horses suppleness, and bending ? A. I like the spiral in and out 's on a 20 meter circle , they really help with bending , and teaching you horse to into your outside rein. I also am a fan of leg yields , and shoulder...