Stable Advice

Girth Fit & Saddle Cleaning

Tips on Girth Sizing Girth Sizing - With the shorter billets of many jumping saddles, it is important that a girth of a sufficient length is used so that the buckles of it will land high enough up on the billets. Basically, you want the buckles closer to behind the...

Riding Helmets – Fit

Riding Helmets   You know you should wear one, but do you know how it should fit? You want your helmet to be snug, but not so tight that it gives you a headache.   A well fitting helmet will not move or bobble on your head. The brim should be about an inch...

Horse colors

Horse Colors Horses can be found with a wide variety of coat colors. Some horses are mostly one color, while some horses have multiple colors. Most horses have at least some white such as a blaze, or snip or a white sock. A blaze is a wide white stripe on the horses...

Bell Boots/Overreach boots

Bell Boots   If your horse overreaches, or hits his front heels with his back hooves, or, if your horse is wearing studs, you may need bell boots (also called overreach boots). They will help prevent injuries. If your horse tends to lose shoes in turnout, or...

Choosing the right boot

The type of riding you do may dictate what type of boot you wear. Dress, Field, Paddock? Tall riding boots give the rider lower leg protection against rubbing, and getting pinched by the stirrup leathers.   Dress boots are tall boots with no laces. Dress boots...

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 78.