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Horse Anxiety: Why It Happens and How to Manage It

Horses get nervous at horse shows, just like people do. A few months ago, we wrote about calming rider's horse show nerves — but taming human nerves is only half...

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About Distance Finding: What the Experts Say

Distance-finding may be the most mysterious — and anxiety-producing — aspect of horse riding. The best of riders reach almost every jump in stride, almost magically. And the rest of...

Abbi Stoll Committed to University of Kentucky equestrian team
College Bound: Meet Mechlin Rider Abbi Stoll

Abbi Stoll is a fixture at Mechlin Farm — but not for long. Abbi's long-standing goal of riding for a college equestrian team is about to become reality, and that...

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How Temperature Changes Affect Your Horse

If you aren't wintering in Florida this year, you and your horses have likely dealt with some fairly extreme temperature changes. The wild swings from cold to warm and back...

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5 Ways to Support Horse Health and Well-being in 2019

2018 was a rough year for the horse community. We saw dozens of horses put in harm's way by California wildfires and too many fatal horse injuries across riding disciplines....

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When to Blanket Your Horse

For much of the country, winter started early this year. And that means our show horses are in need of extra coverage to stay warm. No doubt you’ve already pulled...

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5 Equestrian Truths to Help You Gift Shop for Your Horse Friends

Photo source: Pinterest Shopping for an equestrian this year? It may not be as tough as you think, even if you do find the horse world baffling. Read on for...

How to Share the Road Safely with Horse Trailers

The scene you never want to see roadside is a crash involving a loaded horse trailer. Sadly, it happens too often. If you’re a horse owner, you have heard the...

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8 Ways to Remember Your Show Course

The off-course elimination is one the more frustrating outcomes for the equestrian competitor — maybe because it feels like a mistake that doesn't carry any learnings with it. If you...