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Why You Should Consider An OTTB

  • Gretchen Foels
  • Sep 8, 2021
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As the horse racing season comes to an end at many tracks, you may notice some ads for off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Abbreviated as OTTB, these horses retire from racing for a number of reasons. They may have been too slow and not interested in running or sustained an injury that has ended their career. Many are…

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO BUILD A GREAT HORSEWOMAN 

The Beginning 
As a little girl, I didn’t know what it meant to be a horsewoman, I just knew I loved horses! Some of my earliest memories are of standing on the couch by the window so I could watch the neighbor’s horses run around their field. Aside from a…

Motherhood and Horses

Motherhood is a wonderful gift. There’s nothing more life-changing than welcoming your first child into the world. As an equestrian, you may be wondering how you’ll manage to ride and care for a newborn. It may not be easy, but it’s possible if you’re determined and have support. Many…

Equestrian Events at the Tokyo Olympics

This year’s equestrian events in the Olympics were more memorable than ever! With difficulties from COVID-19, the Games are running a year later than normal. They’re in full force now though! The opening ceremony took place on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. A record number of teams and…

Top Horse Magazines for Kids and Adults

Most equestrians love to read and learn more about their beloved animals. Horse magazines offer a fun way to expand your knowledge and stay up-to-date on the latest equine news. There is a variety available that focuses on English and western riding, different age groups, and general horse care….

Riding Attire for Summer

The arrival of summer means hot, humid weather is upon us! If you want to keep riding, then you’ll need to dress the part. There’s an art to it! From sunburns to overheating, there are a few obstacles you’ll have to get around. Luckily, the equestrian industry is full…

My Daily Barn Routine

There are no days off when you have animals in your life.  Despite the time spent I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for anything.

My mornings begin at 7:00am when I head straight out to feed the horses breakfast.  My horses eat a local grass hay which is a mix of Timothy, orchard,…

Create a Winning Mindset

If you want your horse to perform at their peak, then you need to be a good trainer and rider. That starts with having the right mindset. Positive thoughts will build you up, while negative ones will ruin you and your horse. Now’s your chance to bust down those…

Five Ways to Improve Your Horse’s Hoof Health

Not necessarily! While genetics can definitely impact hoof shape and quality, other factors—and many which are in our control—may actually be of more importance. 

Here are five ways you can help in the hoof health department:
1. With Nutrition
Nutrition is important for the whole horse, of course, but a deficiency in…

How to Find Your Unicorn

The horse of your dreams is out there. Sometimes, it takes a few bad apples to find the right one. Each person likely has their own definition of the perfect horse. Ask a barrel racer, show jumper, adult amateur… they will probably come up with different responses. Ultimately, that…