Most buyers of horse properties carefully consider the condition of the barn, outbuildings, fencing, stalls and acreage, yet neglect to inspect the one thing their horses care about most — the pasture. That’s because most horse owners know far more about horses than they do about fields. They assume that if green vegetation covers the ground, their horses will eat it. To some extent, this is true. However, if property owners have no knowledge of the desirable plants in the pasture and make no effort to maintain and nourish them, inedible weeds and bare spots will overrun paddocks faster than Secretariat ran the Belmont. [Read more…]
by Cindy Lattner, Lattner Equine Performance
What blanket should I buy? What supplements do you recommend? What are the best training aids? Just a sample of questions I get asked on a daily bases.
My question is; Why are our horses so out of balance that we need so much therapy, drugs etc. for our horses to perform at their optimal level? Obvious answers would include our environment, which by the results of hair analysis is at the top of the list! [Read more…]
When you fall off the horse, you have to get back on.
This old saying has been around for years. But according to Evon Montgomery, an equine education specialist from Saxonburg, PA with 35 years of experience in the horse business, the advice is sound. [Read more…]
by Melissa Subjeck
Horse leasing is gaining popularity. There are a variety of reasons that horse owners may consider leasing their horses — time constraints, cost-savings, and/or the need for a more advanced competition mount. The lease offers a means to retain ownership of the horse, while reducing both the time commitment and cost of horse care. [Read more…]
The Rensselaer County Draft Animal Club will host a Spring Plow Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Betts Farm located at Betts Lane, Town of Halfmoon, NY (off Route 236, Clifton Park). The event will start at 10 a.m. Participants must be members of the RCDAC to participate with horses. There will be a plow available to use for those who would like to bring a team but do not own a plow. [Read more…]
Excitement is building among National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) members for the 7th annual NBHA Super Show held in New York.
The “Syracuse Spectacular” barrel racing event will be held June 16-18 in the Toyota Coliseum at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
All current NBHA members are eligible to compete in this four-divisional format. Non-members can join the NBHA at the show and run. [Read more…]
Learning to ride is a process, and that process is different for everyone. Nine-year old Andrea Edwards is learning that the effort she’s been putting into riding at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, PA has been worthwhile.
Andrea started riding with Swan Lake owner and trainer Mary Bast in August of 2015, but has been jumping for less than a year. [Read more…]
Trying to do too much too fast will put you behind your goal, not ahead of it.
Taking a shortcut to complete a task or get somewhere in a hurry, only to have it take longer is an example of why cutting corners rarely pays off. This is important to understand when conditioning a horse for the demands of trail riding. [Read more…]