Find out which human shampoos are horse safe and which should be left on the shelf

1 Easy Way to Reduce Horsekeeping Costs: Using Human Shampoo for Horses

  With a few exceptions, it’s ok to use human shampoo for horses. For the decade that I owned a tack store in Missouri, I received countless odd questions on a regular basis. One of the most common, that my interest in selling horse products meant couldn’t answer with complete honesty while I was a…

a rider riding english style

Tips on riding an Equitation Pattern

  The diagram below provides an important tip for equitation classes that many beginners learn the hard way – by performing the pattern incorrectly in the show ring. As this diagram shows, to correctly execute a figure 8 in an equitation class at a horse show, it is important to not ride the pattern in…

Training a horse to neck rain is a simple series of training exercises that any rider can teach their horse

How To Teach a Horse to Neck Rein

  What is Neck Reining? There are many ways to cue your horse when riding. One of the most popular ways, unique to the Western style of riding developed in the United States, is called neck reining. Neck reining is in some ways the “opposite” of what is called direct rein riding. In direct-rein riding,…

gedling horses

What is a Gelding? Simple Explanation of the Definition of Gelding Horse

One frequent question horse owners are asked by non-riders is “What is a gelding?” Definition of Gelding: A  gelding is a horse that has “been gelded” – the equine equivalent of the “neutering” procedure performed routinely on dogs and cats. A gelding horse is much calmer and easier to train than an ungelded stallion- who’s…

Fiber Art with Curly Horse Hair – Collecting, Cleaning, and Felting

  Curly Horses have many unique traits, most prominent is their unique curly coat. Curly horse fur is both hypoallergenic and often of a very different texture than typical “straight” horse fur. Because of this unique fiber type, curly horse hair can be used for fiber arts and even felting- similar to wool or alpaca…

Breaking Horses to Drive and Pull a Cart

  Curly horses are well suited to work in harness pulling carts. In this post I’ve collected a few shots of our horses working in harness. In this first series of photos, curly leopard appaloosa stallion Spot O Rust is shown pulling a training cart.          The photo below shows a grey…

braiding 4 strand braids in your horse mane

5 Steps to Create Beautiful Four Strand Braids in Your Horses Mane

A four strand braid is a simple braiding style- useful for horse manes, human hair, and even the occasional friendship bracelet! It adds a bit of an extra challenge in the braiding process that pays off with lots of extra “wows” on the finished result! How To Braid a Mane in Four Plait Braids Most…

loading a horse that won't step onto the trailer

Tips and Tricks for Loading a Horse that Won’t Walk into a Trailer

  Is any problem more frustrating than packing up for a show or trail ride- usually running a bit behind- and rushing to load your horse just to find the horse won’t walk into the trailer? In this article, I’ll be discussing the problem and describing specific training interventions you can use right now or…