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Polo wraps are an alternative to protective boots. They can provide light protection for horses with sensitive skin who might get rubs from other types of boot. Tap here to read about other types of leg protection for horses. First you...
Learning to mount and dismount safely is essential. Follow this step-by-step process to position yourself correctly and control your horse or pony effectively while getting on and off. Mounting and dismounting should be done on the left side of...
Reining combines speed, control and exciting maneuvers that will make your heart pound. Each of the moves in a reining pattern is designed to show how athletic and well-trained your horse is. The sport originated from the maneuvers of...
Posting the trot is a skill like riding a bike: Once you learn to do it well, you won’t forget how, no matter how long it’s been since you last sat on a horse. If you learn to “rise...
International event rider Elisa Wallace loves to compete on her athletic Thoroughbreds, which include her off-track mount Simply Priceless (“Johnny”). In 2016, they had a top-10 finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and served as an alternate on...
There’s just something extraordinary about the Friesian horse. Big, bold and brilliant, with stunning good looks and plenty of talent and power, the Friesian is easily recognizable thanks to its striking black coloring and abundant leg feathering. Here are...
Q: I have an OTTB (off the track Thoroughbred). When he gets anxious, he grinds his teeth and tilts his head to one side. It’s extremely annoying when I’m trying to ride. Any suggestions? A: Young Thoroughbreds are taught to...
You can ride western in a snaffle or curb bit, depending on what your horse goes best in. Your saddle should fit your horse comfortably, not rubbing on his withers. Western saddles typically have a simple cinch, but...
Feeding your pony right is one of the most important ways to keep him healthy. With a little know-how, you can keep an eye on his diet and make sure he’s getting the best nutrition possible. Check out these...
Thoroughbred mare Arravale with her 2018 colt by American Pharoah

Foal Patrol

By Dorothy M. Callahan It was cold. Late March can be like that in upstate New York. Light snow from the last storm blew around outside the barn. Inside, Greg and Trina were taking turns every other hour watching Memento...
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