Equestrian

Obsessing over Abscesses

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For horses, an abscess is a buildup of puss usually occurring under the surface, much like a boil. Most commonly found in horses’ feet, an abscess is a sore spot that causes discomfort, often resulting in sudden lameness. While pain levels and frequency vary from horse to horse, abscesses are commonly found in three places in the hoof: the frog, heel or toe. Since this is common among most horses, we are going to take look at how to diagnose, treat and prevent abscesses. Continue reading

Colic 101: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

colic-3Colic is a very common and well known ailment that most horses will experience at least once in their life. Colic is comparable to a typical stomach ache, however in severe cases it can lead to the twisting of intestines or a blockage in the intestines. Horses are not the only ones susceptible to colic, humans and dogs may even experience it as well. However, it is more common among mammals that do not have the ability to vomit, such as rabbits and horses. Because a horse’s anatomy prevents them from vomiting, their stomachs find other ways to alert the body that something is not agreeing. While there are many causes of colic, summer is widely known as colic season for a reason. As we enter into the warmer temperatures, it’s important to know the basics of colic, how to detect it, treat it and prevent it. Continue reading

A Step in the Right Direction

FullSizeRender(1)When it comes to horse arena footing, there is no shortage of options available. However, using the wrong footing can lead to health issues for both the rider and horse, so it is important to make an educated decision. Quality of the footing is one of the most important factors, and here the saying “you get what you pay for” could not be more true. To gain a better understanding of the various footing options available, riders must learn what options are available and what their benefits are. The following is a list of the most popular options along with some of their benefits and factors to consider when choosing the right footing for you. Continue reading

Safety First – Practical tips for safe training and riding

d9b8fbd0ffef7db37f120b1795ce8f32Even when you are prepared, accidents can happen. Fortunately, most of the time these accidents tend to lead to a bit of bruising at most, but on rare occasions, a small accident can lead to serious injury. Unfortunately, accidents both big or small can happen at any time to anyone. Even professionals are at risk, like the recent incident involving Olivia Inglis and her horse, Coriolanus. While an accident cannot be predicted or prevented, there are a number of steps you can take to try to stop a small accident from becoming a serious injury. The following are some of my top safety tips that I encourage everyone to follow anytime they ride. Continue reading

Customer Spotlight: Solving weather worries with ClearSpan

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Challenge – Unpredictable weather conditions
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 73’wide x 120’long
Application –Therapeutic riding and dressage lessons

Originally a 150 year old farm, Hope Ranch for Women bought the farm in 2011 and turned the land into an equine focused therapy facility. Hope Ranch for Women offers an equine-based, assisted personal development and mentoring service in order for women to heal from the physical, mental and spiritual effects of exploitation. As director of the program, Catherine Smith uses her Masters Degree in communication and 50 years of equine experience to run the program and service Hope Ranch’s clients. Continue reading

New Equestrian Sports

Equestrian SportsWithin the past few years the equestrian community has seen several new riding disciplines emerge. There are many styles and types of riding seen across the globe, from trail horses that spend most of their days herding cattle across the land, to hunter jumpers that spend hours in the ring. Some of the more traditional riding styles are: dressage, show jumping, reigning, western pleasure, driving and vaulting. Of course there are countless more, but the two newest disciplines that I find interesting are western dressage and mounted shooting. Every day I talk to a broad spectrum of equine customers, some ride dressage, others vault and several barrel race. Over the past two years I have encountered more and more customers who ride western dressage and participate in mounted shooting events. I thought it may be interesting to go into a little more detail about these two riding styles.  Continue reading