Q: I have the opportunity to reduce my monthly board payments by allowing my horse to be used in my barn’s lesson program. I love the idea, because I could really use the extra money, and my horse is generally extremely quiet and straightforward. However, I’m also a bit worried about the ‘what ifs.’ What if my horse is somehow injured in a lesson? Or what if someone falls off of him and gets hurt?
Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members are invited to nominate their favorite NRHA Professional for top honors in one of the following categories: Professional Horseman of the Year, Professional Horsewoman of the Year, Non Pro Coach Of the Year, Youth Coach of the Year and Up-and-Coming Trainer of the Year. Below are the winners for each category, who will receive their award at the NRHA Convention & Awards in February.
Eric Lamaze scored his first win of the 2018 season, claiming victory over 109 starters in the $35,000 CSI2* Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round II on Thursday, January 18, at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
Guenter Seidel is a native of Germany who moved to the U.S. in 1985 and has contributed significantly to U.S. dressage. Seidel helped the U.S. win the Team Bronze medal at three consecutive Olympic Games -- 1996, 2000 and 2004 - with three different horses. He also was on the Silver medal team in 2002 and the Bronze medal 2006 team.
The beauty and flair of Spain’s Andalucía, the picturesque countryside and villages of Italy’s Tuscany, and the green rolling hills and historic landmarks of England’s Gloucestershire are the backdrops for ideal vacations when combined with lessons. These unique riding vacations immerse travelers in the highlights and character of a destination, often from the back of a...
Like humans, horses can sometimes benefit from using natural products. From garlic sprays that act as a fly shield, or applying witch hazel on recent cuts — natural grooming products can easily become a part of your grooming regimen.
by Gayle Ecker Fall and winter is a time of lovely colors, family get-togethers and winding down the busy show season. However, it is often a time of increased colic calls to veterinarians.
If you have horses at home, making travel plans can be complicated. If you have ties to a local boarding operation that you trust, some people will decide to board their horses while they are gone. If you lack that option, or your number of horses makes that cost prohibitive, your best option is usually hiring a farm sitter.
Before you enter into the arena of keeping a stallion on your property, you should acquaint yourself with what actually happens at breeding time. Visiting an established breeding shed in your area is a good way to do this.
One of my favorite horse activities is playing in the water. There's just something very soothing and natural about horses and water. That is if your horse is accustom to it. Unfortunately, where we live there's not a whole lot of water in the summer so I don't get frequent opportunities to get my horses accustomed to it.