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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…

Finding a Trainer is like Finding a Therapist

Every equestrian has different needs when it comes to these main necessities, and this is the reason why there are so many professionals, small farm trainers, and people who have a passion for horses who can help a beginner. 

It is important to keep in mind that the right trainer…

Top 10 Best Beaches to Ride At

As summer comes to an end, now’s your chance to enjoy a final beach trip before cooler weather arrives. Make it a memorable experience by bringing your horse along for the ride of a lifetime. There are many beaches in the USA that are horse-friendly. Imagine the salty wind…

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…

Bosal Basics

It reminded me of the true connection that lies between a horse and rider. One that cannot be found between a bit and the hands, but instead between the hearts of both the horse to rider. I still own my first bosal and ride in it frequently. It is…

Round Pen Exercises for Seasoned Horses

After all, many a horse was started in a round pen. However, round pens can also be useful for even the most seasoned of horses. It works especially well for improving ground manners or strengthening the bond between the horse and the rider. 

Here are a few exercises you can…

How to Be the Leader Your Horse Deserves

Some riders really struggle with the idea of being their horse’s leader. They want to love and spoil their equine friend. Unfortunately, horses work in herd dynamics. Horses will either follow a leader or become the boss in the absence of one. This can be really dangerous when they…

Does Your Bridle Fit?

Tongue lolling, head tossing, balking when asked to go forward can be signs your horse’s bridle is uncomfortable. Horses can get as cranky about bridle fit as they do about a saddle that pinches. If your horse’s bridle isn’t adjusted correctly, it can lead to painful rubs behind the…

Enjoy the Ride

It may be cliché, but equestrians really do need to “enjoy the ride”. Far too often riders become absorbed in accomplishing goals and finding success that they forget to take in the little things. Let your stress go and learn to appreciate your horse and their little quirks. 

Is your…

Five Training Mistakes to Avoid

Every ride can be seen as a training session. Even a leisurely trail ride requires maneuvering through obstacles. It’s important you become the best rider you can be for your horse. They need a confident and educated person to bring out their true potential. Time and time again, it…