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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 »

5 Ways to Keep (Better) Track of Your Pet

The American Humane Association estimates more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. They also report that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life. Although most pets are reunited with their owners, that constant anxiety hangs over me. I can’t stomach […] 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 »

Does ‘Dog Speak’ Bond You and Your Dog?

When you mention dinner, a walk, or an upcoming house-guest arrival to your dog, you might deliver the news through ‘dog speak.’ While friends and family might tease our baby-talk voice, this vocal affectation matters for relationship building with your four-legged friend. Researchers wanted to understand more about the infantile voice, why humans talk to […] Read more »

The Benefits of Music for Horses Are Noteworthy

Studies have found that relaxing music can help ease a horse’s agitation levels, especially during travel or when their amount of stall confinement needs to be increased. Learn how the right type (and volume) of music for horses can be a useful tool in helping with stressors, like vet visits, trailering, or pre-performance jitters. The […] Read more »

The “Puppy Dog Face” Works (and Dogs Know It)

puppy dog face
Whether you call it “puppy dog face,” “puppy face,” or “puppy dog eyes,” we all know the look. When a dog has his head down while his eyebrows and big sad eyes look upward, it suddenly becomes awfully hard to stay angry. Kids and adults mimic this face when a little extra cuteness is needed, […] Read more »

Top Consignment Saddlery Stores Around the United States

Consignment saddlery
Thankfully, consignment saddlery stores have become increasingly more popular throughout the country. As a kid that grew up riding, I have gone through a lot of tack and clothing. The opportunity to sell items at the local consignment shop afforded me the luxury of either buying new items or previously owned treasures. I found my […] Read more »

5 Signs Your Dog Is a Cat

Is your dog a cat
If the animal you thought was a dog displays these 5 cat characteristics, you in fact have a feline in your lap: 1. Curiosity Does your dog ever just sniff your face? It’s gentle and sweet, but also wet. When cats sniff up close and personal, it is due to their curiosity in you and […] Read more »

Changing Our Behaviors for Equine Welfare

As caregivers, we often take the lead when it comes to ensuring our horses are happy and healthy, but by holding the reins,are we adjustingthem to our wants and needs, or are we adjusting totheirs? To enhance equine welfare, changing our actions and habits is a necessary first step, although not an easy one. Debbie […] Read more »

The Importance of Properly Pedicured Pooches

Proper nail maintenance is an important part of dog health, as the paw’s power comes from the nail. The do-it-yourself approach to trimming dog nails can be done, but it does come with risk, which is why many dog owners prefer to have it done by a professional. This spring, Springtime wants all paws to […] Read more »