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If you are trying to sell your horse, you probably understand the importance of taking good photos. Unfortunately, many sellers post poor quality photos of their horses for sale, turning away potential buyers, and reducing the value of their horse. Here are several common faux-pas of equine photography to avoid. 1.    Not Grooming Your Horse It is amazing how many ...

If you are looking to buy a farm there is a good chance that you have seen many old-style bank barns.  Some are in excellent shape, others are barely standing.  When your goal is to keep horses in that barn, it is important that you know what to look for. Going in the Door When looking at a bank barn, you need to start from the first place you go in, the door.  Many ban...

You may have seen it at a show, a lovely horse trotting around the ring sporting a fancy red ribbon in his tail.  Sure it is pretty, but did you know that it also has a meaning?  Surprisingly, many riders do not. The tradition started many years ago.  Riders would place a ribbon in their horse’s tail when riding in the hunt to warn other riders of things they might not...

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it is necessary to sell a horse through auction.  While this can be a quick fix, often the sale price you receive at an auction is well below your horse’s actual value.  Even worse, sometimes this low price is from a kill buyer, who will turn around and deliver your precious horse to a slaughter house. Fortunately, there are many things ...

ArticleHow to - Careers19-01-2012
While many riders enjoy showing, it is not unusual to want to learn more about the horse show environment before investing money into it.  While most shows are free for spectators, you might be limited to what you can learn as far as what goes on behind the scenes.  If you have a friend that is showing, you can ask him or her to explain the classes when not busy in the ring.  Eve...

Horses often become dead to the aids over time.  They are not as responsive and get bored of what they are doing under saddle.  Sometimes this can be corrected under saddle, but often a horse becomes hard in the mouth, or otherwise will not listen to a rider.  In this situation, it can be useful to tune him up on the longe line. Proper longing for training should always be d...

If you are going to build a barn, it is important to carefully consider what you will need as you create your floor plan.  There are several essential spaces needed in a barn, and unless you plan for them ahead of time, you may find that you are not prepared once your horses move in. 1.    Stalls This may be obvious, but you will need to plan how many stalls you ne...

When shopping for a saddle, you will see that there is a wide range of options available to you.  Not only are there many different styles of saddle, there are also a range of materials from which the saddles are made. At first glance, it may seem obvious what material is best for a saddle, but it is actually a little more difficult that you might expect.  The following compariso...

So, you are ready to have a horse of your own, or at least you think so.  But should you actually go out and buy a horse?  Or is leasing for you? There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing to lease a horse rather than buying one.  You need to carefully look at your situation before making a decision. When you lease a horse, you don’t have the up front cost...

When riding in the jumper ring, it is very important to know your horse’s stride length and know how to adjust it to work with the distances set out on the course.  The following exercise is designed to help you learn to adjust your horse’s stride. Course designers consider an average stride to be 12’ in length.  On a hunter course, all of the distances are set ...

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