Accessories- hair nets, gloves, spurs, and nametags are considered accessories in the equestrian world.
Acupressure Treatments- Start by finding a comfortable location for you and your horse where it is calm and you both can relax. Slowly, take three even breaths in and out. Think about how you want to help your horse and strengthen his digestion. Taking a moment to formulate the intent of your treatment is very important Review the Bladder Meridian Chart; you will be tracing this meridian on both sides of your horse three times. Begin by resting one hand near your horse's shoulder. Using the heel of your other hand, place it at the poll and gently stroke down his neck, just off the midline. Continue stroking down to the hindquarters staying to the side of the midline. To finish, stroke down along the outside of his leg to the coronary band. Your opposite hand can trail along the same path touching the horse lightly. Repeat this stroking procedure three times on each side of your horse.
Acupuncture- may seem strange to anyone raised in an atmosphere of so-called Western medicine with its emphasis on disease signs that can be easily seen or felt. Eastern medicine takes a wider view to encompass treatment modalities such as acupuncture. The idea of using needles to influence energy meridians within the body is more acceptable when horse owners observe their horses before and after an acupuncture treatment. Odd as it may look, acupuncture does relieve pain, anxiety, muscle soreness, and other sources of discomfort in horses. It can also be used to treat such widely divergent maladies as diarrhea, undescended testicles, contracted tendons, and laryngeal hemiplegia.
Acuscope- The Electro-Acuscope is an FDA approved machine which has been used on humans for a number of years. Approximately five years ago, it was adapted for veterinary use on horses, cats, and dogs. It has both diagnostic and therapeutic functions. It provides feedback which indicates the location of an area of pain. With this machine, your horse can actually tell you where it hurts! It also tells the therapist when an area has been successfully treated. The Electro-Acuscope does not heal. It helps the body to heal itself by stimulating the supply of blood and oxygen to the involved area. It does not involve the use of drugs or needles and is effective in the treatment of many types of tissue damage. It is particularly useful in the treatment of swelling, inflammation, and soreness.
Apparel- typical apparel worn by English riders is breeches, a long sleeve shirt or polo, a sweater on top, black or brown tall boots, a helmet, and gloves.
An Capall Equestrian- An Capall is a 100% woman-owned business, which was launched by Jessica Eaves Mathews and her teenage daughter and FEI Youth Dressage rider, Katherine Mathews. Jessica has spent much of her career helping other business owners launch and run their businesses, and it is one of her passions. Jessica and Kate are determined to use their experiences in launching An Capall to help other women like them. They believe that as their company grows and succeeds, they should do their part to help other girls and women entrepreneurs succeed both in the USA and in the world. An Capall is committed to assisting other women entrepreneurs through mentoring, training, support, and micro-loans through organizations such as Girls Inc. and Kiva.org.
Animo USA- Dedicated to everyone who lives life with this feeling. Providing the finest riding apparel using premium materials. From equestrian show coats to riding breeches, Animo products are made to the highest quality.
Anique- At Anique, we have a passion for fashion-forward designs that look great on you and hold up to the awesome athletic life you live.
Ariat- founded on technology and innovation — with the goal of making the highest quality footwear and apparel for the world stop equestrian athletes.
Antares- In 2000, we established our workshop in Saintes, France, where we create both luxurious and high technology saddles. Driven by performance and the search for excellence, we conduct research with world-recognized equine health professionals and partner with international riders (World Champions and Olympians), in all equestrian disciplines. Our methods, knowledge and unique technology continue to evolve through our shared and passionate experience, so we can provide both horse and rider the ultimate performance. Our team of saddle-makers, engineers, and sales representatives is the best in their profession. Our research lab has created the DTA50* panels as well as the first memory foam panels, for which our team is very proud. We work with the best leather suppliers and we are constantly evolving our line of saddle, helmets, bridles, and accessories. Antarès is regularly innovating, both aesthetically and technologically, to serve our sport to its best performance. Today, Antarès is present in 18 countries throughout the world. (*DTA50 panels evenly distribute the weight of the rider across the horse’s back.)
Awnings and Drapes- Custom stall drapes create an attractive, professional presence that enhances your stable's image at a horse or trade show. They also provide some measure of privacy for your tack and grooming stalls, and a sense of calm for your horses in their show site stabling. A suite of custom stall drapes with embroidered lettering or your logo created in your stable's color scheme represents an investment in branding. A stall drape system is made up of panels that cover the exterior walls and doors of horse stalls, valances that add a polished look to the top of the panels and a name banner. Valances can be finished in a straight line or feature a scalloped or shaped edge. A name banner is designed to be hung over a doorway or aisle, and therefore it is backed with fabric so that it is attractive from both sides. Various lettering styles, such as Script or Roman, are available so that you can choose one that blends well with the look of your logo.
Belts- primarily for style, but also to hold your breeches up!
Blankets- any horse that is turned out in winter without shelter, or meets any of the following factors, will benefit from being blanketed: He's ridden in indoor arenas, fully or partially body clipped, geriatric or compromised by certain health issues, unable to grow a thick hair coat, or been transplanted from a warm geographic area to a cool one. In blanketing your horse for extra warmth and protection, you have to monitor the fluctuating winter temperatures and change his blanketing to prevent him from sweating when temperatures rise or shivering when temperatures drop. It is very important to prevent sweating under a blanket, as it can cause a chill or lead to illness. For this reason, many have several articles of horse blankets that offer varying levels of warmth on hand to use in various conditions. Some equestrians find layering to be the most practical approach to blanketing. Ready-made layering systems are available on the market, or you can create your own layering options with pieces of horse clothing that can perform multiple functions, such as a fleece dress sheet that can act as both a blanket liner and a cooler. Horse clothing falls into two main categories: those used for turnout and those used in the stable, while trucking or under supervision. Read on to learn more about types of blankets.
Bonnets- No, the hats are not a fashion statement, they are called "ear bonnets" or "ear nets", and serve a very important purpose besides keeping flies off the horses' ears. They help to keep the horses calm by muffling sounds and help keep cotton balls in place if extra sound muffling is needed for super sensitive horses.
Boot Crowns- is a brand new equestrian accessory that makes riding boots into custom riding boots.
Boots + Wraps- Unless there is a pre-existing condition that needs protection, most backyard pleasure horses do not need any type of leg protection. However, some horses, no matter how light their workload is, are prone to over-reaching, forging, or interfering and injuring themselves. Often poor conformation causes them to hit themselves, especially after they get tired. (Rather like you and I might trip over our own feet when fatigued.) Young horses that are being started may hit themselves because they are unbalanced. And of course, performance horses-hunters, jumping, endurance horses, barrel race, reiners, and many others, may benefit from the support and protection of a leg boot. Depending on what your horse's specific problem is, or what sport you're competing in, there are many boots to choose from. Manufacturers don't always use the exact same name to describe all boots. Some boots combine functions, such as a boot that is both a sports medicine boot and skid boot. It's important that leg protection fits well, is kept clean and in the case of bell boots used for stabling or turn out, checked frequently in case the boots are chafing. Built up a sweat, grit, and dust can make boots uncomfortable, so cleaning them regularly is essential. Here are the most commonly used leg protection or leg boots.
Braiders- It’s important that your horse’s mane be free of debris and dirt prior to braiding. If your horse’s mane looks more like a dust and debris graveyard than a beautiful mane, we highly recommend washing it. Thoroughly wash your horse’s mane and allow it to dry completely before you begin brushing or braiding. Take the time to brush your horse’s mane before you begin braiding. It’s important that you only braid small sections of the mane at a time. Doing so will ensure that you are not causing too much tension on the mane as your horse moves its head throughout the day. Start at the top of the mane, near your horse’s head, and begin braiding sections that consist of just a few inches of your horse’s mane. Taking the time to braid this way is well worth it, and it will go a long way in protecting your horse’s mane. Braiding the mane is very similar to braiding the tail. If you make the first few crosses of your mane braids too tight, you will cause more irritation to your horse’s neck and mane roots. Obviously, you will need some level of tension to keep the braids in place. However, it’s important that these braids are loose enough as to not cause unnecessary irritation to your horse. After you complete the first 4 to 5 crosses loosely, begin braiding the rest of each mane section cleanly and tightly. There’s no need to go overboard on the tightness of the braids, but be sure that your braids are tight enough and clean enough to keep the full braid in. Braid down to the end of your horse’s mane. Usually, you should not leave more than 3 to 4 inches of your horse’s mane outside of the bottom of your braid. Doing this will greatly help protect the ends of your horse’s mane, and it’s totally worth it. We promise. After you have braided your horse’s mane, we recommend using black electrical tape to secure the braids. Electrical tape is stretchy and pliable, and it will allow you to get a tight, secure hold on the end of your braid. Additionally, this kind of tape won’t leave excess gunk on your horse’s mane. We strongly discourage the use of other types of tape on your horse’s mane. We implore you to not use thin rubber bands for a long period of time. While these bands may be required for certain events or shows, they can do some major damage to your horse’s mane if left in too long. Whatever you decide to use to secure your horse’s mane, we recommend only leaving braids in for about 7 to 10 days. If needed, and the mane looks good, you can tentatively leave braids in longer. If your horse has an awesomely long mane, we recommend tucking the braids up to shorten how low they hang. Doing this will keep those braids even safer when your horse is eating, drinking, etc. Tucking the braids can be done by following these steps: 1. Take a single braid 2. Separate the top of the braid into two sections to create a small opening 3. Run the end of the braid through the opening you just created until the looped braid is about 6 inches in length 4. If the tucked braid still significantly exceeds 6 inches, you may want to pull the end of the braid through the small opening once more 5. Finally, secure the tucked braid by taping around it with black electrical tape. It’s important to note that you should leave the section of the mane nearest to the withers unbraided. This section receives perhaps the most tension throughout your horse’s activities, and it’s important that it is tension free. Any braids, even if they are loose, can cause too much tension on this section of the mane.
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Breastplates + Martingales + Training Accessories- A breastplate is a piece of riding equipment used on horses. Its purpose is to keep the saddle or harness from sliding back. On riding horses, it is most helpful on horses with large shoulders and a flat rib cage. The two most common types of martingale, the standing and the running, are used to control the horse's head height, and to prevent the horse from throwing its head so high that the rider gets hit in the face by the horse's poll or upper neck.
Breeding- A horse breed is a selectively bred population of domesticated horses, often with pedigrees recorded in a breed registry. However, the term is sometimes used in a very broad sense to define landrace animals or naturally selected horses of a common phenotype located within a limited geographic region.
Bridles- A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, the "bridle" includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse and the reins that are attached to the bit.
Browbands- The browband is a strap that rests across the forehead of the horse, just a bit underneath the ears. Its purpose is to prevent the bridle from being pulled back over the ears and down the neck. It is important to make sure the browband does not pinch the horse; it should fit snugly without being tight.
Brushes- Dandy Brush is a brush with long stiff bristles used for removing dry surface dirt out of the coat, usually used on the less sensitive parts of the horse's body. Body Brush is a brush with soft bristles used to remove the grease and dust from the coat that can be used on sensitive areas such as the head. The body brush needs to be rubbed over a curry comb regularly during grooming to avoid brushing dust back into the coat. Metal Curry Comb is a square plate of metal with rows of raised serrated metal used to remove dust and dirt from a body brush by brushing the body brush over the serrated strips. Rubber Curry Comb is a rubber "brush" with rubber cone shaped bristles or bumps to remove mud and loose hair from the horse. Water Brush is a brush with stiff bristles to be used when applying water to the horse's coat, mane or tail to dampen or wash the horse. Similar to a hairbrush, a mane and tail brush is used to brush through the horse's mane and tail quick and easily. Most often metal, but sometimes plastic, a mane comb can be used to comb the mane and tail of the horse although a mane and tail brush is a quicker and easier option. Mane combs are used to pull manes and can be used to comb sections of manes to be plaited. Hoof Picks are either metal or plastic and are used for removing dirt and stones packed into the underside the horse's hooves. A sponge is used for cleaning eyes, nose and dock area as well as cleaning wounds. A sweat scraper consists of a handle and an arched head with rubber edges and is to wipe away sweat or excess water from the horse after washing. A stable rubber or good linen drying up cloth can be dampened and gently wiped over the body to give the horse a final polish. Grooming Kit Box is a plastic container, box or a canvas bag with drawstring top all make excellent storage boxes for grooming kits.
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Coat Products- in order to keep your horse’s coat dust-free and shiny!
Competitive dressage- involves progressively difficult levels, incorporating multiple tests within each level. Each test is a series of movements that must be performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge on a scale of 0-10. Special tests are also written for musical freestyle, sport horse breeding, and performances incorporating multiple horses and riders. Levels of Dressage competition range from Introductory: where the horse is required to perform walk and trot, circles to Grand Prix. Thus, requiring more advanced and complex dressage movements from the horse and rider such as piaffe (trotting on the spot) and canter pirouettes where the horse turns on its hindquarters whilst in canter.
Chiropractors- Equine chiropractic care is a rapidly emerging field among veterinarians due to increasing demand from horse owners for alternative therapies. It is an art of healing that focuses primarily on restoring the spinal column is normal movement and function to promote healthy neurologic activity, which in turn supports effective musculoskeletal function and overall health. Chiropractic care centers on detecting abnormal motion of the individual vertebra and its effects on the surrounding tissues. Reduced mobility between two vertebral bodies can irritate the nerves exiting the spinal cord, leading to the decreased nerve supply to the tissues. This altered nerve function causes problems such as pain, abnormal posture, uncoordinated movement, overloading of leg joints, and muscle changes.
CWD- is a high range saddle maker dedicated to the rider’s sporting performances. Today the world champions, European and American champions ride with a CWD saddle.
Devoucoux- Devoucoux is wholeheartedly dedicated to the partnership between horse and rider and has been working to promote it since 1985. Our saddles and accessories require the expertise of six different trades (master crafts) within the saddlery profession, all of them central to our workshops in the Pays Basque. Cutting, preparing, assembling, putting together, machine stitching and hand stitching result in a harmonious balance – a constantly evolving savoir-faire that gives our models elegance, expertise and comfort. Innovative by nature, we have no qualms about pairing up the latest technology with craftsmanship. Whether for D3D panels or vegetal leather, we are constantly investing so that our leading world products remain so and our novelties become so. This is our way of making passion last.
Dewormer- Horses typically get worms when turned out with previously infected horses or when they are turned out in a contaminated pasture. In both situations, it is highly likely the horse will become infected, as well. Pastures become contaminated with the eggs and larvae or parasitic worms through the manure of an infected horse’s manure which then mixes in the grass of the pasture. As your horse grazes, the eggs and larvae are ingested. A pasture can stay infected for a considerable amount of time so always keep the threat of horse worms in mind. Traditionally, veterinarians recommend worming your horse every two months. However, there is a lively debate about the effectiveness of repeated use of the same wormers. Before beginning a worming schedule, it is wide to have a serious discussion with your vet about the best possible worming schedule for your horse. Here are some factors to consider when determining which dewormer to use: Your horse's age. A fecal egg count reduction test performed by your vet. Even if your horse is stabled, it is still susceptible to worms. Only use the drugs that are necessary to kill the worms that are detected in the fecal egg count reduction test. Overexposing worms to dewormers can cause them to become resistant after a while. Try to use the weather and climate to your benefit. Different climates can affect parasite reproduction which in turn reduces the frequency of deworming. Be sure to follow dosage directions. If your horse does not consume the entire suggested dosage, you’re underdosing him, which is less effective on the parasites. If you have any questions on designing a horse worming schedule, please contact your veterinarian.
DNA Testing- A genetic testing service for horses that offers a variety of reliable, state-of-the-art DNA tests to identify certain genetic traits in breeding horses and to determine the likelihood that these traits will be passed to offspring. The service ranges from testing for color breeding potential, to genetic disease identification, and relationship testing.
Dressage- workouts includes three phases: a warm-up phase, a training phase that is the body of the workout and a wrap-up or cooldown phase. According to the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is "the highest expression of horse training" where "horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements."
Equitation- is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship. More specifically, equitation may refer to a rider's position while mounted and encompasses a rider's ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated.
Equine Broker- A broker is someone who buys and sells horses for a living.
Equine chiropractic care- is a rapidly emerging field among veterinarians due to increasing demand from horse owners for alternative therapies. It is an art of healing that focuses primarily on restoring the spinal column is normal movement and function to promote healthy neurologic activity, which in turn supports effective musculoskeletal function and overall health. Chiropractic care centers on detecting abnormal motion of the individual vertebra and its effects on the surrounding tissues. Reduced mobility between two vertebral bodies can irritate the nerves exiting the spinal cord, leading to the decreased nerve supply to the tissues. This altered nerve function causes problems such as pain, abnormal posture, uncoordinated movement, overloading of leg joints, and muscle changes.
Equine massage and bodywork- can greatly improve performance, wellbeing, and movement of any horse. Equine massage and bodywork can aid in eliminating muscle pain, stiffness and tension in muscles and connective tissues, can prevent and dissolve painful muscle spasms, soreness, help overcome soft tissue adhesions around joints and vertebrae and resulting performance issues. Practiced on race tracks, during international competitions, on the show circuit, and in equine rehabilitation centers, equine massage and bodywork have long become an important element of a comprehensive wellness program for horses.
Equipe USA- Equipe saddles are designed to suit the many different equestrian disciplines, from show jumping and dressage to eventing and endurance riding. What they have in common is manufacturing precision, which promotes the wellbeing and sense of connection between horse and rider.
Equine veterinarians- are licensed animal health professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat horses involved in competition and production. An equine vet can work in many environments, but they generally work closely with both equine patients and their human owners. The typical routine for an equine vet includes performing basic exams, giving routine vaccinations, drawing blood, prescribing medications, evaluating and suturing wounds, performing surgeries, and giving post-surgical exams. Other duties may include performing pre-purchase exams, monitoring the reproductive health of breeding stallions and broodmares, assisting with foalings, and taking x-rays or ultrasounds. Equine veterinarians may work in conjunction with a farrier to correct angular limb deformities, solve lameness issues, and ensure that the foot is properly balanced.
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Eventing- is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against others in the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event is rooted in a comprehensive cavalry test: the mastery of several types of riding. The competition is either a one-day event (ODE), where all three events are completed in one day: dressage, followed by show jumping then the cross country phase; or a three-day event (3DE), which is more commonly now run over four days, with dressage on the first two days followed by cross country the next day and then show jumping in reverse order on the final day.
Farriers- use a variety of tools, such as rasps and nippers, to trim and shape a horse's hooves. They also adjust, reshape and apply horseshoes to the hoof if required. Horses generally require trimming every six to eight weeks to maintain the proper balance of the foot and lower limbs.
Feeders- If your horse overeats, undereats, or wastes his food, it might be time to consider installing a hay feeder in his stall and/or pasture.
Feed Reps- Equine nutrition is an important part of a horses performance and our trusted feed reps are here to help.
Fencing- To accomplish that goal safely, good fencing needs to present both a physical barrier---which is strong enough to contain a horse who runs into it or who applies pressure by leaning or reaching through it---and a psychological barrier, so the horses can see it, always know it’s there and not continually test its limits. But good fencing must also strike a balance---if it’s too “strong” it may entrap or injure horses. Too weak, and it may allow horses to escape.
Fitness- before beginning or creating a fitness training and conditioning program for your horse, it is important to establish the horse's baseline condition. A body conditioning score of 5 is considered a sign that a horse is well-conditioned and capable of a good workload. This baseline condition is the starting point for your conditioning program to enhance and improve your horse's physical, mental, and emotional capabilities.
Footing- An arena surface is somewhat deformable to absorb impact energy, yet sufficiently resilient to give the horse more spring. It allows the horse to move so that his hooves slide gently into the loading phase. It provides penetration during breakover as well as stability during push off. The ideal arena footing deters injuries in your horse and boosts performance. Anything resulting in an arena that you would describe as too deep, too hard, uneven, too loose, too dusty, shifting, rolling, and not draining. A poor arena footing will steal confidence and cause unsoundness – the damage might not happen within one ride, but the accumulation of days, weeks, months of riding on improper arena footing will take its toll and take your equine partner to the vet clinic, eventually.
General Care- as a horse owner, it is your legal responsibility to make sure that your horse is provided with the basic requirements to keep it healthy and happy. The basic requirements include adequate and appropriate feed, water, shelter, space and exercise, company, health care, and treatment of illness or injury.
Girths- A girth, is a piece of equipment used to keep the saddle in place on a horse or other animal. It passes under the barrel of the equine, usually attached to the saddle on both sides by two or three leather straps called billets.
Grain- although many grains can have a valuable place in your horse’s diet, no single grain will provide all the nutrients a working horse needs, even when fed in combination with premium-quality hay. Of all the grains commonly fed to horses, oats are generally considered the closest to the “perfect” feed, but even oats fail to supply sufficient quantities of some vitamins and minerals, and their relative energy density is low. This is the point where commercially balanced rations offer a tremendous advantage. Formulated with a mix of grains, and generally supplemented with a mixture of vitamins and minerals appropriate to the type of horse it is designed for (i.e. performance horses, breeding stock, or growing youngsters), a commercial ration provides what no single grain can: balanced nutrition.
Grooming Supplies- brushes, hoof pick, mane and tail brush, cloth to wipe down your horses face, hoof oil, body spray, and hair bands!
Gut Health- The equine digestive process is dependent upon a healthy population of beneficial microorganisms. In fact, it can’t function properly without these “good bugs.” They help regulate the pH level of the intestine, which prevents detrimental microorganisms from growing. They also produce antibiotic-like substances and certain enzymes that act on and kill many harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Helpful microorganisms also neutralize toxins produced by harmful bacteria.
Halters- Horse halters are sometimes confused with a bridle.The primary difference between a halter and a bridle is that a halter is used by a handler on the ground to lead or tie up an animal, but a bridle is generally used by a person who is riding or driving an animal that has been trained in this use.
Helmet Cleaner- Helmets aren’t difficult to care for. Schooling helmets usually have shells of smooth plastic that dust can be wiped with a damp cloth or a microfiber cloth. It’s important not to use any solvents on your helmet that could break down any of the materials or glues. When the shine has gone from your helmet, it could mean the material is breaking down and it’s time for a new helmet. Most manufacturers recommend replacing helmets about every five years. A velvet or velveteen helmet may need cleaning if it becomes dusty or wet. Brush up the pile on velvet with a very soft brush once the helmet is dry. Use the soft brush on your vacuum cleaner to pull dust out of velvet. Clean stains with a damp cloth, dabbing lightly so you don’t pull the fabric too much. If you use your velvet riding helmet every day, consider using a helmet cover to keep it clean. Some manufacturers recommend washing your helmet inside and out, with mild soap and water. Leaving deodorizing rock, which you can probably find at a nearby hardware store, or baking soda in your helmet carrier can help maintain the fresh smell. You can purchase helmet deodorizer. Some find it’s effective with regular use. Another way to avoid dirty liners is to use products like Barn Beanies, Sticky Wick-Its liners, Cool Medic Liners, or other similar helmet liners. Don’t leave your helmet sitting in the direct sunlight, like car windshields or other places where it might be exposed to extreme heat. To store your helmet, a helmet bag or case can prevent bumps and scratches. Sit your helmet top down when setting it down for a few moments. This prevents the brim from getting bent. For longer-term storage, a helmet rack keeps your helmet safe, aired out and in shape.
Helmet- is a form of protective headgear worn when riding horses. This type of helmet is specially designed to protect the rider’s head during falls off a horse, especially from striking a hard object while falling or being accidentally struck in the head by a horse’s hoof. Certified helmets are required headgear for many competitive riding events. The FEI rules require that helmets used at FEI events “are in compliance with the applicable international testing standards”. For Eventing the requirements are more specific, with a list of accepted standards (European (EN), British (PAS), North American (ASTM), Australian/New Zealand).
Hermés- The history of Hermès. In 1837, Thierry Hermès (1801–1878) first established Hermès as a harness workshop on the Grands Boulevards quarter of Paris dedicated to serving European noblemen. He created some of the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade. The horse really was the first Hermes client. The beautiful French-made tack is all done by hand in Hermès.
Holistic Care- explores the physical, mental, and emotional health, well-being, and maintenance of horses from a complementary and alternative perspective. This comprehensive resource guide will help those intrigued by but unfamiliar with nontraditional methods of maintaining equine health, preventing and treating equine illness, and alleviating pain. Using the techniques featured in this book in conjunction with veterinary care, can promote continued wellness in a healthy horse, give comfort to an elderly horse, speed healing in a horse recuperating from injury or illness, and help a horse with a chronic or acute condition.
Hoof Care- Use the following tips to help establish a hoof care routine for your horse: Clean Out Hooves- remove dirt, rocks, grass, manure, and more with a hoof pick. Follow with a stiff-bristle brush to clean away debris from the sole, which should be visible at all times.
Horse grooms- are generally responsible for tasks such as mucking out stalls, feed preparation and distribution, cleaning and refilling water containers, grooming and bathing, cleaning tack, bandaging legs, tacking up, and administering basic first aid for cuts and scrapes. Grooms with riding skills may warm up or cool out a horse for its rider.
Horse show- is a sports event in which people riding horses compete in order to demonstrate their skill and control.
Hunter–jumper- division is a branch of competitive horseback riding that is judged on the horse's performance, soundness and when indicated, conformation, suitability or manners. A "show hunter" is a horse that competes in this division.
Immunity- The equine immune system, which is designed to protect a horse from invading pathogens, is extremely complex. When everything is functioning in synchrony, the system works well. The problem is that many things can compromise the immune system, and when that happens, the horse is at an increased risk of developing the disease. Often one (or more) of three key elements are at the root of the problem when the immune system becomes compromised, says Glen Gamble, DVM, of Riverton, Wyo. They are stress, nutrition, and age.
Insurance- Equally important is finding an insurance provider that understands the needs of you and your horse.
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Jumps- Verticals are jumps that consist of poles or planks placed one directly above another. There is no spread or width to this type of jump. Planks make a fence appear more solid to your horse and so they may tend to back off slightly. There is no ground line with vertical fences and so your horse will be drawn closer to them, necessitating extra power to clear the obstacles. Oxers are fences feature two verticals close together in order to make the jump wider. Also known as spreads, oxers may have two top poles of equal heights or of differing heights. Boxers with top poles of equal heights are known as box boxers or square boxers whereas boxers with the furthest pole higher than the first pole are known as ascending boxers. With a descending oxer, the second pole is lower than the first pole. A Swedish oxer features poles which slant in opposite directions. In jumping oxers, you and your horse must judge width as well as height. Triple bars are spread fences with three elements of graduating heights. Triple bars are inviting but are wider than boxers in relation to their height. They should be tackled at pace but it is important to take off close to the fence, otherwise, your horse may not be able to traverse the additional width. Cross rails are rarely used in competitive events. They feature two poles crossed with one end of each pole being lower than the other. This means that the center of the fence is lower than the sides. Cross rails are useful for schooling as they help horses to jump in the center of the fence. Walls are constructed to look like brick walls but are made of lightweight materials so the bricks fall easily when knocked by your horse. They look intimidating and so may induce a refusal. Walls are used in puissance (high jump) events. Combination elements feature 2 or 3 fences in a row with no more than 2 strides between each fence. Combinations may include fences of the same type or different types. If your horse refuses the second or third element of a combination, they must jump the whole combination again, not just the obstacle that they missed. Water jumps tend to be comparatively low but wide and include a tray of water which must be cleared by your horse. A Liverpool is a jump which features a ditch or tray of water beneath an oxer. Jokers, These are tricky fences which are made up of rustic or unpainted poles or rails. Their appearance makes it harder for your horse to judge height and distance. They are not permitted in some competitions and tend only to be found at the higher levels of the sport.
Lameness- is defined as an abnormal stance of gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system. The horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally. Lameness is the most common cause of loss of use in horses. It can be caused by trauma, congenital or acquired disorders, infection, metabolic disorders, or nervous and circulatory system disease. Lameness is not a disease per se but a clinical sign. It is a manifestation of pain, mechanical restrictions causing alteration of stance or gait, or neuromuscular disease. Pain is the most common cause of lameness in all horses. Mechanical lameness is best typified by complete upward fixation of the patella with its characteristic gait abnormality but can also be the result of fibrotic myopathy of the semitendinosus muscle or of restrictions caused by annular ligaments, adhesions, or severe fibrosis.
Levade Clothiers- Our designs are both timeless and contemporary, classic and sophisticated. Our selection of high-quality fabrics and our experience in horsemanship ensure you have the best and most beautiful.
Life Coaching- is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.
Liniment- After a hard workout, your horse will appreciate a soothing, refreshing bath, or brace. Liniments relieve soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints. We offer liquid, gel, lotion and even pre-moistened wraps for your convenience.
Massage + Vibration Therapy- Indications for whole body vibration therapy are numerous. In horses, they include tendon and ligament injuries, laminitis, arthritis, bucked shins, decreased bone density, navicular syndrome, cellulitis, colic, and more. We use WBVT for horses that are stalled and cannot exercise properly, such as those on limited exercise or stall rest. We find that some horses with arthritic joints, muscle soreness or painful feet feel better after WBVT. Horses with tendon and ligament injuries are normally on limited exercise, so we use WBVT to stimulate those tendons and ligaments without the impact of trotting or cantering. Horses that are stalled or on limited turnout are stressed, and we can use WBVT to relieve that stress. We also use it for pre-exercise warm-ups for horses on limited exercise. Some horses receive post-exercise WBVT to calm them, but it depends on their individual temperaments.
Monoflap saddle- has a single flap with the girth straps emerging on its underside and the stirrup leathers lying on the outside. Advantages that have been ascribed to the monoflap saddle include a reduction in saddle weight and closer contact between the rider’s leg and the horse’s ribcage. The flapless saddle goes a stage further in having no flaps which place the rider’s legs even closer to the sides of the horse, from which they are separated only by a soft, cushioned saddle pad in the thigh region. The billets and stirrup leathers drape around the saddle pad that is anchored securely to the panels of the saddle and extends ventrally over the upper part of the horse’s ribcage on each side.
Nonprofits- dedicated to rehoming, rehabilitating, and the prevention of neglected horses through charity.
Pain Relief- Methods of managing pain in horses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and opioids to α-2 agonists and ketamine, among others. Over the years, experience and research have helped veterinarians determine which of the numerous analgesics (painkillers) are most effective.
Performance- there are many performance tests for horses, not limited to testing for breeds such as Dutch Warmbloods (KWPN) or to gender, such as the 100 Day Stallion test.Ponies- The main distinction between ponies and horses is height. A horse is usually considered to be an equine that's at least 14.2 hands (or about four feet ten inches) tall. A pony, on the other hand (pun totally intended!), is an equine less than 14.2 hands.
Pony Club- is the largest equestrian educational organization in the world. This is where it all begins! The cornerstones of our foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship, and FUN. Members learn riding and the care of horses through mounted sports. The skills, habits, and values instilled through horsemanship will apply to every part of a member’s life. Participating members have access to the Pony Club online community, sponsor discounts, educational standards and achievements, a Pony Club Pin, and the chance to participate in activities such as lessons and certifications, rallies and competitions, Championships and Pony Club Festival. A host of additional programs such as international exchanges, USEF Pony Finals, Dressage for Kids, National Youth Board, National Youth Congress, scholarships, and the Visiting Instructors Program are available to members who develop and progress through Pony Club. Many of our graduates feel that Pony Club helped shape their character and the choices they have made as adults.
Rehabilitation- in order to get your horse back to itself after an injury or a bad home!
Reproduction- Mares reach puberty at about 18 months of age and undergo anestrous, or heat, cycle. Mares go into heat repeatedly during the breeding season, which usually continues while day length is long and ends when winter approaches. Exposing mares to increasing periods of artificial light can get the breeding season started earlier. During the breeding season, mares ovulate regularly every 3 weeks, but they are in heat and receptive to a stallion for only 2 to 8 days. Heat is generally longer early in the season (spring) and only 2 to 3 days in late June. Gestation (pregnancy) lasts 330 to 342 days, with lighter breeds generally having a longer pregnancy (340 to 342 days) than heavier breeds (330 to 340 days). Pregnant mares generally have a single foal; twins are rare. Foals can see and stand to suckle soon after birth.
Retirement- Some horses will compete into their 20s, yet some have to retire at 7 due to injury or wear and tear. Most are in their late teens before you'd consider retirement, but there's really no exact time.
Riding Jacket- a type of jacket worn by a horse rider at a formal equestrian event, with a vent at the back.
Romitelli- Romitelli Boots offers the highest quality custom and ready to wear equestrian footwear. Classic, sleek black will complete any polished look in the Hunter or Equitation rings while lavish, eye-catching designs are sure to make you stand out in the Grand Prix Jumper ring!
Saddle Pads- The original purpose of the English saddle pad was simply to protect the saddle from dirt and sweat, as the panels of the English saddle provided the necessary padding and protection for the horse. Today, English style pads are also used to alter the balance of a saddle and to compensate for fit problems.
Saddle Racks- Help protect your saddle and tack with high-quality trunks, racks, and door caddies. Saddle racks and saddle stands help keep your gear off the ground, out of the way, and easily accessible. Tack trunks help protect against dust and dirt and prevent annoying scratches.
Saddles- a conventional English saddle has as its core a rigid tree that must be sized correctly according to the width and shape of the horse’s back to avoid painful pressure points beneath the rigid parts of the tree. On the underside of the tree are the panels which are shaped to match the contours of the individual horse’s back. Above the tree is the seat of the saddle that should fit the size and shape of the rider’s pelvis, buttocks, and thighs, which differ considerably from the shape of the horse’s back. The flaps extend downwards and lie between the horse’s ribcage and the rider’s leg. A conventional saddle has two flaps: a sweat flap adjacent to the horse’s ribcage upon which the girth straps (billets) are located and a second flap is attached outside of the sweat flap and billets with the stirrup leathers on its outer surface.
Senior Care- Fortunately, owners can help compensate for their horse’s aging body through diet, preventive care, exercise, and other management changes. Research by Dr. Ralston and others has shown that the senior horse’s digestive capacity is similar to that of younger horses that have had their entire left colons removed. This means that the older horse cannot digest fiber as well, which provides energy and promotes a healthy gut. Help make up for this physiologic change by providing the fiber that is easier to digest (higher quality hay, soaked hay cubes, beet pulp, complete feed) as well as pre- and probiotics, yeast, and enzymes. Senior horses may also benefit from being supplemented with Vitamin C and B-vitamins since their aging bodies need more of these nutrients but produce them less efficiently. Ralston has also shown that senior horses do not digest protein as well. Offset this by providing higher-quality protein and more of it: 14 – 16% instead of the 10 – 12% younger adult horses require. Supplementing with the amino acids lysine and threonine has been shown to improve muscle mass in aging horses, and is another option. If your senior horse is on the thin side, consider adding a fat supplement for additional calories, choosing one with omega-3 fatty acids for their anti-inflammatory properties. When adding fat to any horse’s diet, but especially senior horses, it is always a good idea to also add Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
Showjumping- is the competitive sport of riding horses over a course of fences and other obstacles in an arena, with penalty points for errors.
Socks- either thick or thin, short or tall, the socks you wear can cover it all. However you like your boot to fit, is based on your socks!
Solarium- The high output infrared light produced by Q-line horse solariums penetrates the horse’s skin into the underlying muscle to significantly stimulate blood circulation. Red equine light therapy improves the horses’ muscle elasticity, therefore helping to prevent and recover from injuries. The infrared light further increases the rate in which the horse’s muscles can absorb blood sugars and expel lactic acids. Solarium The high output infrared light produced by Q-line horse solariums penetrates the horse’s skin into the underlying muscle to significantly stimulate blood circulation. Red equine light therapy improves the horses’ muscle elasticity, therefore helping to prevent and recover from injuries. The infrared light further increases the rate in which the horse’s muscles can absorb blood sugars and expel lactic acids.
Stable Supplies- Organization is essential to the efficient operation of your barn or stable. Clean stables are always well stocked with an assortment of barn supplies. Keep your stable running like a well-oiled machine with our selection of horse stable supplies and equipment.
Stall Flooring- The importance of good flooring becomes more evident as a horse spends more time in his stall. The fitness of a horse's legs and feet can be greatly affected by the type of stall flooring chosen. The most suitable floor is highly dependent on management style, while personal preferences can have a strong influence. Fortunately, there are many options for suitable floors in a horse facility. The objective of this bulletin is to provide information on the stall and stable flooring materials, including flooring material attributes and options for overcoming some deficiencies. Subfloor construction and drainage features are presented as these strongly influence floor integrity. The two major categories of stable flooring materials depend on whether the material is porous or impervious to wetness (Figure 1). Floor construction, from the ground up, will depend on what type of material is chosen. Porous floors will have an underlying foundation of sand and/or gravel to aid water movement down into the ground below the stable. Impervious floors may be sloped toward a drain so that urine and water can run out of the stall. Even impervious floors have a few inches of sand or fine gravel underneath for material stability and drainage of subsurface water. With either type of stall flooring, often enough bedding is used to absorb excess water and urine so actual liquid runoff is minimal except after a stall washdown.
Stirrups- A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap, often called a stirrup leather. Stirrups are usually paired and are used to aid in mounting and as a support while using a riding animal.
Stübben- Stübben is the name of a family business. We as a family bear this name with pride and, together with the entire Stübben staff past and present who have ever worked for our company, feel strongly obliged and destined to preserve this heritage.
Subscription Boxes- Fun boxes of gifts for you and your beloved pony! Sometimes containing socks, treats, and more goodies for the average horse lover!
Supplements for Horses- there are many different kinds, ranging from senior care to coat care.
Sweaters- for when it gets chilly outside or when it rains!
Tack and Equipment Reps-Trusted tack representative who elevate your horses' comfort and performance.
Tack Boxes- Tack Trunks are the perfect barn supply for all equestrians. Offering the most effective and stylish way to keep your tack and equipment clean and organized at the barn or at horse shows. SmartPak carries high quality deluxe wooden tack trunks, as well as popular brands like Phoenix West and Burlingham Sports. Be sure to check out our trunk covers that can be completely customized with barn colors and monograms.
Tack stores- tack is made of many different materials, although traditionally leather is used. Synthetic tack can refer to the many types of synthetic materials, used to make almost every type of horse tack. Stores that sell horse equipment are called tack shops or tack stores
Trainers- are approved in teaching English styles of riding such as show jumping, cross-country, dressage, equitation, and hunters. Tips on Selling a Horse- make the horse showroom ready, take good photos, give lots of video footage, write a good description, negotiate a fair price, find your market, organize his/her paperwork, be responsive to buyers, disclose any issues, offer a safe tryout space, make a sales agreement, and ensure he/she has a home.
Treats- are the best thing to give to your beloved horses and ponies! Reward them with an apple, homemade treats, or some German Horse Muffins!
Two Bits Equestrian- Welcome to the world of Two Bits Equestrian. I came up with the concept for T.B.E. because I was having trouble finding something that I could wear over my riding shirts that were flattering, functional, and would tie my whole outfit together. Soft color palettes, clean lines, and rich textures are the core elements of my designs. I want everything to be comfortable and stylish for every woman. It was essential to me when starting this line that the fabrics I use be ethically and sustainably sourced- healthy working conditions for those weaving & sewing, healthy for the environment, and healthy for those wearing our clothes. All around non-toxic. We are proud supporters of the US economy - our clothing is made in Downtown Los Angeles.
Voltaire- Voltaire Design relies on the long French tradition of saddle making. But Voltaire Design is also the first saddle maker to get help from the fashion industry in the design of our products. Voltaire Design is also the first-environmentally friendly saddler in the world.
Wellness + Nutrition- comes down to feed, stall care, grooming, turnouts, riding, suppleness, and many other factors to keep your horse happy and healthy.
Winston- The company WINSTON was founded in 2008. Our mission is to offer you high-quality products thanks to the use of the best fabrics and precise production processes. We carefully design, test and make our products to provide maximum fit, comfort and elegant appearance so that all riders‘ needs are met with great satisfaction. The team of professionals from Belgium works on designing, creating and testing our products, which are made from high-quality fabrics mostly from France and Italy. Later they are being produced in the best European factories. Our product’s price – quality is simply unbeatable.