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10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Equitation Finals

For junior riders, some of the most coveted ribbons are awarded at the end of an equitation final. From the ASPCA Maclay to the United States Equestrian Federation Hunt Seat Medal, the road to finals is as long and challenging as it is rewarding in more ways than trophies. Experts Kelli Cruciotti, 2015 Pessoa/U.S. Hunt Seat Medal Final winner, and Kathy Fletcher, owner and head trainer of Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA, weigh in with their tips for making the journey a smoother one.

The Northeast’s 10 Best Trail Ride Events

When you live in the Northeast, it is easy to forget just how lucky we are to have all four seasons in such a beautiful and unique landscape. And what better way to take in the natural splendor of our states’ scenery? Trail riding! Though many of us prefer not to go on trails alone, or we may not have one near our barn, we do have fantastic organizations that work to put on the best events for members and the public.

5 Hay Hazards

As natural grazers, horses spend a majority of their free time eating. Therefore, it is imperative to feed horses safe, clean, and healthy hay. Feeding questionable hay can result in digestive issues, nutrient deficiency issues, and even possible death. By taking the proper steps to ensure that the hay is safe, you also work to ensure that your horse is safe.

How to Check Your Horse’s Vitals

You know if your horse didn’t eat all of his grain, if one leg’s tendon is a few degrees warmer than the other, and can find the tiniest scrape in the most inconspicuous place, but can you rattle off your horse’s vital signs? Knowing these basic ranges for your horse can tell you the difference between not having to worry and needing to call the vet.

Improve Your Event Horse’s Adjustability

Adjustability to go from a ground-covering gallop to a shortened canter is one of the most important skills an event horse uses to tackle a technical course. With tighter turns and tougher questions, horses are continually asked to alter their stride, speed, and pace. “I feel like cross-country or show jumping these days is all about adjustability,” says trainer and…

Bad Habit Breakers—Gadgets to Fix Common Riding Problems

Many riders grow up having their instructors chant the same old phrases. “Heels down,” “shoulders back,” and “hands up” are some of the more common ones. What’s funny is that even after years, most still struggle with these bad habits. Verbal conditioning has not served us justice. Finally, our saviors have been invented to help aid the battle against bad…

16 Equine Nutrition Facts

A healthy horse starts on the inside, so it is important to provide your horse with top-notch nutrition in order for him to perform his best. But it can be tough to separate fact from fiction when there is so much confusion and so many opinions on how a horse’s digestive system works and what they should be fed. Thankfully,…

Back on Track with McLain Ward

  ©Photo Art by Jill For years, McLain Ward has been a force to be reckoned with. His accolades include a 2015 Pan American Games Team Bronze Medal, winning two Team Gold Medals as a representative in the U.S. at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing, respectively, and now earning the title as the 2017 FEI…