In this section, find some great tips on how to ride a horse, how to care for your horse and many other horse how to advice guides!

In the winter, it can be easy to assume that your horse has the right amount of traction, but a trip or a slip can mean serious consequences. The right amount of traction - not too much or too little - is crucial to a horse’s performance, health and well-being. When a horse is traveling on slippery ground, he takes shorter steps, crouching to lower his center of gravity and keep his ...

Do you find yourself stressing over the perfect saddle for your horse? Have you noticed that your existing saddle isn’t perfect? Maybe it slides around or it’s slightly too wide. Before you head to the store to purchase a brand new one, listen to this advice, brought to you from veterinarians.   If your saddle is slightly too wide for your horse, a sheepskin pad mi...

Do you expect your body to stay the same throughout your life? Of course not! Your body changes as you age, and so too do the clothes that fit it. The same thing can be said for your senior horse. The saddle that fit perfectly on his young, strong body might not be the right saddle for him now that he’s past his prime.  Spending a short amount of time re-fitting your horse’s sa...

Now it’s January and the sales have started, what better time to sell all your unwanted tack and riding gear to start the New Year. Here is a guide to show you the best ways to advertise your unwanted items to ensure you get the best price for them.   Remember to be truthful when placing the ad. Keep the details correct because this will help to prevent any future problem...

There are so many different types of horse rugs available that it is easy to become confused about which ones to buy. From Lightweight to heavyweight rugs, they all provide a different beneficial purpose. A horse’s wardrobe can easily become as big as its owners if you are not careful; it is possible however to spend a sensible amount of money by buying the essentials first. ...

It is not uncommon for someone used to horse shows and fancy facilities to wonder why so many horse people still use old-fashioned stock trailers for their animals.  With so many options available for slant load, rear facing, and other combinations of trailers, why would anyone want something as simple as an open-concept stock trailer? Depending on your purpose, stock trailers have ma...

There are two basic types of martingales, the standing martingale and the running martingale.  Depending on your discipline and your purpose, both have their place in your training repertoire. Standing martingales are common in the hunter ring.  They are legal for use over fences, but are not acceptable on the flat. A standing martingale consists of a strap that leads from t...

When to Upgrade your Bit If you have been riding for any length of time, you will have seen it.  A rider is struggling with her headstrong horse, and the coach steps up and suggests trying a stronger bit.  The coach comes out with a twisted snaffle, or even a kimberwick, and soon the rider is back to work, hauling away on the poor horse’s mouth.  Certainly the horse st...

English nosebands come in a wide array of styles and shapes.  While most bridles come equipped with a basic cavasson noseband, sometimes a rider chooses a different style of noseband.  What are these nosebands, and what are they for? Cavasson Noseband This is the basic noseband that you see on most bridles.  While it looks nice when adjusted properly, a cavasson noseban...

If you are considering buying a horse trailer, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the wide selection available on the market.  From front facing to slant load to stock trailers, everyone claims that their trailer is the best and will be perfect for your needs. Before buying a trailer, you need to consider what you need it for.  Will you be showing a lot?  Are you traveling lo...

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