A Horse Owner’s Guide to a Safe and Effective Fence

BY DAIN RAKESTRAW Your horse fence can be the best feature of your facility, and it is a crucial and major investment that you should plan meticulously. The right fence will...

Should We Be Using Bisphosphonates for Horse Soundness Maintenance?

BY JESS CLAWSON As equestrians, we care a lot about our horses’ well-being and soundness. Chronic lameness in any competitive or pleasure riding horse can be devastating. We can spend an...

Tail Whitening Hacks

BY JESS CLAWSON If you live in Virginia (where it’s been muddy for 12 months straight!) and your horse has a significant amount of white in its tail, you learn to...

Anne Kursinski Teaches Consistent Riding and Having a Plan in her LAEC Clinic

BY JAMA LEIGH RIZZI It’s no secret that Anne Kursinski is a legend in the equestrian world, so I was tickled pink to audit her December 16th clinic at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center....

Tips to Survive No Stirrup November

BY LYSSETTE WILLIAMS There is a brisk chill in the air that electrifies me with anticipation and excitement. It’s November, and as an Amateur who loves to torture myself that means the Stirrup Irons are...

No Teeth, No Horse? Feeding the Aging Horse

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO Do older horses need special supplements and how should we feed for tooth loss? Horses, like so many herbivores, are hypsodont which means their teeth continue to grow (erupt) throughout...

How 22 Hay Steamers Got to the World Equestrian Games

BY KIM MILLER Knowing that many potential FEI World Equestrian Games equine contenders rely on steamed hay every day, the Haygain team began planning to provide it many months before the competition begins Sept. 11...

Equine Ulcers: Prevention is Better Than The Cure!

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO What is the cause of stomach ulcers in competition horses and how can we prevent them? Behavioural markers of ulcers are very unreliable as not all horses show these, but...

6 Simple Hacks To Help Your Horse’s Hives

BY INTERN KAITLYN YOURKOSKI Summer is peak season for hives in horses due to the extremely humid weather. Hives can stem from many different sources such as diet, shavings, something your horse is physically coming...

Social Media Etiquette for the Polite, Digital Equestrian

BY THE PLAID HORSE STAFF We live in a time when anyone can take a quick comment or photo and publish it on the internet immediately – often in front of the eyes of thousands...

Tips for Memorizing Your Horse Show Courses

BY EMMY DOLIN Memorizing courses at horse shows can be stressful. There is a lot to think about, such as how many strides to maintain in lines, where to halt, and how to ride the...

Is It Possible to Modify Behavior With Feed?

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO Does a feed or supplement really affect horses’ behaviour? Can supplements or feed affect behaviour? If the horse is on well balanced, species specific diet and receives the correct amount...

6 “Dressage for Jumping” Quotes from Laura Graves to Improve Your Courses

BY EMILY RIDEN / JUMP MEDIA Earlier in August, U.S. Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves gave a "Dressage for Jumping" clinic hosted by the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) and presented by BarnManager. Well schooled...

How to Tame the Paperwork Monster for Your Equestrian Business

BY PAMELA N. SAUL, CB You are having a nightmare and the horror scene has you drowning in a sea of paperwork. It’s in piles on the office desk, exploding out of the glovebox of...

How to be Your Shipper’s Favorite Client

BY EQUO It’s 3:45 a.m. and you see the shipper’s headlights pull into your farm driveway. You smile. They weren’t scheduled to come for another half hour. But this is a long-standing relationship and the...

Feed for Horses: Making Sense of the Best Options for Your Horse

BY ANDREA D. ELLIS FROM ANIVADO What our horses’ digestive system is designed for and what they can cope with. This is the first of a series of Blogs on good horse nutrition and management...

5 Things To Do At The Barn When It’s Too Hot To Ride

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM If you start sweating just walking to your car in order to get to the barn, you might be wondering if it’s too hot to ride. During these blistering summer days...

Stop Horsin’ Around When it Comes to Organic Social Media

BY ASHLEY ROBINSON, Finish Line® Horse Products​ Marketing Manager It should be easy, right? Post an amazing photo of a horse and horse people will like it and the rest is history! Think again. In the bustling...