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Why We Hate Fly Sprays

Ticks are still alive in many areas, and are looking for a last meal before winter is in full swing! Fly toxicity is real. With chemicals in pet products advancing, our dogs and horses are not equipped to detoxify against the shampoos, collars, spot-on products, and fly sprays that we are introducing into their systems. […] Read more »

5 Games to Play with Your Horse

Playing with your horse is a great way to encourage your horse to think. Horses are very intelligent, and are able to process and problem solve. Finding games to play with your horse can be great for helping an easily spooked horse, as it furthers your relationship with them. Playing games that “bomb proof” will […] Read more »

10 Easy DIY Dog & Horse Costumes for Halloween

Make this Halloween your dog’s best! Plus, get in on the four-legged fun without breaking the bank. These do-it-yourself costume ideas for your dog are adorable, and more importantly, they’re easy! Always remember that costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe! If you’re going to including paint on your pet […] Read more »

Science Says Horse Personalities are Heritable

Horse owners know their barns are filled with unique temperaments, but does science know if these horse personalities are heritable? Researchers are continuously uncovering which horse genes are responsible for certain equine personality traits and characteristics. According to The Horse, “Many characteristics, such as coat color, height, athletic ability, and behavioral tendencies are genetic in […] Read more »

Assateague Island, the Hidden Getaway Gem

A fall getaway to an island? Yes! Assateague Island, roughly a three-hour car ride from Philadelphia, stretches across 48,000 acres. The island is between the coast of Maryland and Virginia, and is unique for its wild horses and seclusion. Assateague’s ecosystem is so cherished, that three separate agencies manage it: the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and […] Read more »

5 Ways to Transform the Horse and Rider Bond

Horses are graceful, elegant, and fascinating creatures. As with any owner-animal relationship, encouraging a strong bond promotes better wellness for both rider and horse. However, there are ways to transform the relationship to even further increase your horse and rider bond. 1. The Power of Touch Allogrooming is form of grooming between members of the same […] Read more »

Can Horses Read Our Body Language?

Most riders sense that they have an unspoken bond with the horses they are close to, but do horses really have an innate capacity for reading human body language? Amy Smith, researcher at the University of Sussex, wanted to learn more about horses’ ability to interpret non-verbal communication. Smith and her research team created an […] Read more »

How to Tell if Your Horse is Overheated

Long hair, too much fat insulation, and hot trailers are a few of the many reasons why a horse could overheat. In hot, humid conditions, the air is damp, and horses’ sweat won’t evaporate. This means the horse stays wet with sweat, but doesn’t get any cooler. It is incredibly important to take preventative measures, […] Read more »

5 Stretches for Equestrians & their Horses

Light stretching is wonderful for our flexibility and elasticity, improved performance, and stress relief. In the same way, equines have stretches to benefit their bodies and performance, as well. Using stiff muscles adds stress to the joints and can result in injury. While equine and equestrian stretches are important, they can also be a fun […] Read more »

Long Story Short, Leg Length Affects Your Riding Position

Appropriate stirrup placement is important for safety, balance, and correct riding skills. Many factors come into saddle fitting, such as riding discipline, pelvic tilt, seat bone width, and weight carriage, but have you considered your upper/lower leg ratio? A larger ratio may call for a readjustment of the stirrup bar to be placed farther back […] Read more »