Kevin and I took Cole and Starry out for a ride last night. It was in the 70s, so we figured they would be on the quiet side, but we were wrong. Both were feeling good. We started out with some fine trotting. They were energetic, but behaving, so I was able to talk Kevin into doing some cantering—with me in the lead. That meant I could go fast!
We have a favorite stretch for cantering that is so good that we even call it “the canter stretch.” Cole really felt like cantering, so it… Continue
Added by Judi Daly on May 2, 2013 at 11:00am —
Anyone following the Kentucky Derby this year? I've really been enjoying the Kentucky Derby Photos that I've seen so far. Such great looking horses. Do you guys have any favorites?
Added by Melissa Sue on May 1, 2013 at 11:58am —
Mrs. Zackery’s Crash Course in Hoof Anomalies.
Below is the view of the foot most often seen by the bare foot trimmer. These are the structures and areas of the horse’s hoof anatomy that we most often directly affect, when trimming. Learn the names and proportions of each area of the hoof. It will help you trim correctly and also help you recognize a healthy foot.
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on April 30, 2013 at 10:06pm —
Have you ever noticed the relationship
between children and the soil?
Watch how happy they are touching the dirt.
The children play in it and eat it.
If you are stressed, go to a spot on the Earth,
put your fingers in the dirt, dig in it.
Wash your hands in the soil.… Continue
Added by Joe Robertson on April 30, 2013 at 8:51am —
I’ll admit, I haven’t been feeling ready for show season. Between my struggles to find a saddle (stay tuned for a saddle fit post coming soon!), the looming financial toll, and the fact that the test movements were not confirmed to where I want them, I could use another few months!
I have been fortunate to… Continue
Added by Essential Equestrian on April 30, 2013 at 7:28am —
Added by Donna Martin on April 29, 2013 at 10:53pm —
Share YOUR Most Interesting Hoof Problem Story …..And you will be entered into our first drawing of May to win one of the pictured hoof picks. This hoof pick has a convenient brush for thorough cleaning and it is equipped with a rubber grip for easy handling. Comment on this post with your story and be sure to leave… Continue
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on April 29, 2013 at 9:30pm —
Buying a horse is a huge investment. For some it may be the culmination of a dream come true, while for others horse ownership is born from necessity. Either way, knowledge is key when deciding to buy a horse. There are a great many factors to consider- breed, age, housing, feed and medical expenses and the like. For that reason, it is important to approach horse buying with a clear understanding of both the buying and owning process. These guidelines will help you understand the process and… Continue
Added by Kristine Vicencio on April 29, 2013 at 10:14am —
Hard Feeling Mouths
I have been thinking a lot about the new challenges Shannon’s Arab-Welsh mare Cider has been presenting me. I went through my old calendars and I started riding Cider regularly in 2006 until January 2012 when I switched to riding Merlin and Bobby until I could get Cider a saddle that fit her properly since her back had changed. At the end of those 6 years Cider was super responsive to the bit (Dr. Bristol snaffle), aware that a twitch of my little finger… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on April 28, 2013 at 2:16pm —
New post on http://essentialequestrian.wordpress.com!
I attended my first Equine Affaire earlier this month. Boy, what an experience! A friend and I were on the fence and finally decided at the last minute. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but it was bigger, and better, than I imagined! I soaked in all of the information I could talking to the vendors and attending clinics,…
Added by Essential Equestrian on April 28, 2013 at 9:13am —
I am getting tired of FB and maybe some other members here are too. I would like to spend more time on Barnmice and would hope others would too. WE could post how our day goes. Horse shows or fairs we go to showing or not. Talk about our horses such as funny things they have done or awards they have won. New additions to your horse family. There is so much horse people can talk about. Lets get more active on Barnmice.
Added by Joe Robertson on April 28, 2013 at 6:34am —
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on April 27, 2013 at 3:45pm —
So…here we are. I’m 27 years old and I’m finally writing my first post on my first blog. Timmy and I started Equistributors with big dreams. I fully believe in Hoof-Ease and I fully understand the importance of sound feet. I hope the people of the equine world end up seeing it it same way.
I ESE at the elementary level. I have grades K-5 in my class. My husband drives freight trains. delivering to local businesses and…
Added by Danielle Zackery (Hoof-Ease) on April 27, 2013 at 11:00am —
I have always said people were the most difficult part about being involved with horses, and I stand by that statement. My dad and I have affectionately named this quirk "HPS," standing for Horse Person Syndrome. In a sport where so much emotion, pressure, money, fears, expectations, etc., are a part of the daily… Continue
Added by Essential Equestrian on April 27, 2013 at 10:30am —
I've just joined Barnmice and will be sharing posts from my new blog essentialequestrian.wordpress.com!
Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life…
Added by Essential Equestrian on April 26, 2013 at 8:49pm —
My sister decided that she wanted to buy another horse last fall because Ranger is getting older, and she can’t ride as fast or as far as she would like. Don’t worry, she is going to keep Ranger—and ride him as much as she can. She just wanted to ride more than he was able. I… Continue
Added by Judi Daly on April 26, 2013 at 1:30pm —
“That horse has been beat!” is her opinion. Sometimes you can look at a horse and just tell. He’s showing every sign, and he has been passed from owner to owner. Abuse is always possible, but working with him, I don’t think he’s literally been beaten. Who’s right?
The horse is. It’s my As-If Rule. His history doesn’t matter that much. If he acts as-if he has been… Continue
Added by Anna Blake on April 26, 2013 at 8:00am —
Most riders eventually understand that it is ideal for their horse to work in a frame. A frame is a way of carrying the body that utilizes the ring of muscles by asking the horse to engage his haunches, lift his back, travel lightly on the forehand, round the neck from the base and drop the head. This is an efficient way for the horse to move that prevents injury and helps the horse to carry the weight of the rider. Unfortunately, many people lose sight of the whole picture and focus only on… Continue
Added by Stef Perkins on April 25, 2013 at 2:05pm —
Rainy Evening Ride
My boyfriend, Kevin, wasn’t able to ride with me last night, but he didn’t miss too much. It was rainy, cold and the river was too high to cross. At first, I didn’t even think I could ride outside because of the rain. When I arrived at the barn, I peaked into the indoor arena, and a horse was being lounged. I figured I would wait until it was empty, so I cleaned a couple of stalls. The lounging was over, and I started to saddle—and the rain stopped! Hurray! I… Continue
Added by Judi Daly on April 25, 2013 at 1:52pm —
We called upon our Barnmice members to provide us with a recipe for making homemade horse treats and Darla of Darla's Cake Blog came through with flying colors! Check out this great (easy to follow) horse treat recipe below and be sure to share it with your horsey friends!…
Added by Barnmice Media on April 23, 2013 at 3:34pm —