Horse Riding Safety Tips

Riding horses is one of the most enjoyable activities for everyone in the family. Whether you are a beginner, a trail rider, or a seasoned rider being safe must always be the first priority when saddling up. Check out the top horse riding safety tips below.

1. Wear A Helmet

Whenever getting in the saddle you must put on a horse riding helmet. It may be tempting to not wear a helmet but a fall from a horse can cause severe injury. And falls do happen. An ASTM-SEI certified riding helmet is designed to keep your head safe from heights of a horse. Invest in a comfortable helmet designed for your style of riding and always put it on before you ride.

2. Wear Your Boots

Whenever working with your horse wear cowboy or english riding boots. This is when riding and when working with them on the ground. Even when grooming or leading your horse a short distance keep the boots on. Horses are heavy and can cause a lot of damage if they step on an unprotected foot. Never be barefoot or in sandals when working with your horse. Horse riding boots are always designed with a heel and that heel keeps your foot from getting stuck in the stirrup. A boot without a heel can slide into the stirrup causing a huge safety risk.

3. Wear Jeans or Riding Pants

Whenever you get in the saddle wear a pair of horse riding jeans or breeches. Never wear shorts or even capris when in the saddle. Jeans and riding breeches protect the skin of your legs from developing sores and rashes from the friction caused by riding your horse.

4. Wear Horse Gloves

Many riders do not wear gloves when working with their horse but they are specifically designed to protect your hands from being injured and developing blisters. When riding, reins can cause sore spots but gloves will keep your hands blister free. Riding gloves will also provide you with a better grip on the reins or the lead preventing them from slipping out of your hands and causing a loss of control of the horse.

5. Always be Aware of Your Position

Horse are incredibly strong and can cause injury to an unaware person. Never walk up behind a horse as they may be startled and kick. Always approach a horse from the front at an angle. Don’t position yourself in kicking range or position and always take care when working near a horse’s rear.

6. Use Good Tack

The condition of your tack should be checked before every use. Worn out straps, reins, lead ropes and other tack can lead to loss of control and increase the risk of injury. Check all leather, buckles, and straps on your tack and if you find any issues do not use that piece of equipment.

7. Properly Mount and Dismount

If you are short always use a mounting step or block when mounting your horse. Use proper mounting technique and never try and mount a moving horse. Be cautious not to kick your horse as you mount or dismount. When dismounting your horse be sure to gently get off your horse. Never rush a dismount as it can startle your horse.

8. Never Wrap Reins or a Lead Rope Around your Hand

Reins and lead ropes should never be wrapped around any part of your body. If a horse is startled and runs they will drag you along. Reins and lead ropes should be held in hand and in hand only.

9. Properly Tie Horse

Whenever you ties your horse, whether to a trailer, a hitching post or in a stall, use quick release cross ties or a rope with a quick release knot. A horse not properly tied can injury themselves or you if startled when improperly tied. A rope that doesn’t give will scare the horse even more and they will use all their strength trying to get away.

10. Have Fun

Horses are heard animals and as heard animals their demeanor is effected by how you feel when you are riding them. A nervous or frightened rider will be tense and the horse will pick up on that tension causing them to be nervous and more likely to be startled or act unpredictably. Be cautious of your surroundings but relax and your horse will follow your lead.

Horseback riding is a special thing and as long as you take precautions you can have a safe and fun time. Always be sure to use the proper safety gear, a horseback riding helmet, riding pants, riding boots, and gloves. Be aware of your surroundings and use the right tack and you and your horse will have a great ride.

I’ve been riding horse’s for my entire life and these safety tips have helped me have a thus far injury free riding career. While we can’t prevent or foresee every potential risk, with some thoughtful planning we can help make sure we are safe whenever we go for a ride.

How to Bathe a Horse

Bathing a horse is more than just spraying them down and letting them air dry. And if you perform your horse, maintaining a clean and healthy groom schedule is an important part of performing art your best.

If you want a straight forward and effective way to get your horse glistening clean, read on!

Horse Bath Tips

The first thing you have to do is make sure you have the necessary grooming tools to get your horse clean as can be.

Make sure you have a quality hose with a nozzle that allows you to adjust the water pressure. I grab a couple buckets a stool if you are short (Like me!) and then fill those buckets with the fun horse bathing tools

I like to use a rubber bristled scrubbing mitt and multiple sponges. I use a different sponge for each major body area of the horse, and a sponge to dry the legs at the end (water scrapers are too rough for your horse’s legs).

Grab your preferred horse shampoo. Pay attention when using a shampoo for the first time on a particular horse. Many horses have sensitive skin that is irritated by certain shampoos. If you are using a shampoo for the first time always test on a small part of your horse before using on their entire body to ensure they are not allergic.

Now get that water scraper I mentioned earlier. They come in metal, plastic, and wood. I prefer wood as they are a bit gentler on the horse, followed by plastic and metal I tent not to recommend but will work fine if you are careful not to push too hard when using.

Grab a few hand sized towels and you are all set to get started bathing your horse!

(Another note on shampoo selection. I like to use a shampoo specifically designed for equine use as they generally are a conditioning shampoo which helps in preventing the development of dry and itchy skin. Not only is itchy skin uncomfortable for your horse it will also negatively effect their performance.)

Wash a Horse How To

The first thing you need to do when preparing to bathe your horse is to use a body brush and thoroughly brush down your horse. Be sure to remove any excess dirt by brushing across your horse’s body and legs and face.

Once they are brushed down fill your buckets with warm water with some shampoo in each bucket.

Next it is time to prerinse your horse! Set the adjustable nozzle so it sprays similar to a shower head and thoroughly rinse the horses entire body. I start on the legs and then rinse from the rump to toward the head (be sure to spray gently under the tail and between the legs). Make sure to also rinse the belly thoroughly. At this point you should not have sprayed your horse’s head. You can also use water from a bucket with a sponge to thoroughly pre rinse but I find the hose and nozzle does a quicker and more thorough job. Either way you go, be sure to completely rinse them at this point.

How to Properly Lather Your Horse

Now its time to do a good scrubbing, but you need a good lather to get your horse truly clean. Take one of your buckets, add a good amount of shampoo to the bottom. Now take your hose and set the nozzle to a stream and spray fill your bucket (be careful you don’t have the pressure up so high it soaks you too!)

Once you have a water a suds filled bucket take one of your sponges and thoroughly soak it in the bucket. It will be sudsy and ready to go.

Start at the rump of your horse and rub firmly in circular motions. You will continue rubbing in circular motions as you work your way from the rump to the back and sides to the shoulder and the neck.

You will want to keep your sponge wet and sudsy by dipping it back in the bucket of soap and water frequently.

(Remember that horses feel pain when too much pressure is applied so use caution not to press too hard while scrubbing. Watch your horse for signs of distress such as dipping their back, pinning their ears back, stepping away among other) The key is to apply enough pressure to clean the horse without causing any discomfort.

Grab a new sponge and soak in the soapy water and then clean under the horse’s tail. Thoroughly clean and then put that sponge away.

Grab another sponge and dip in the soapy water and gently scrub the horses legs, being sure to clean inside of the legs.

Last take the same sponge and gently scrub the horse’s belly.

You will likely have to rinse and refill your bucket with warm water and shampoo multiple times. Just remember rubbing in dirty water isn’t helping you get your horse clean!

Now your horse’s body is all clean!

Next it’s time to wash the main and tail of your horse. Take a bucket with clean water and shampoo filled bucket and dip your horse’s tail in it. Scrub the tail starting at the top (rump end) and work down the horse’s tail to the tip. Depending on how dirty your horse’s tail is you very well may need to rinse and repeat multiple times. Wash as many times as necessary to get it clean.

When rinsing your horse’s tail take great care to be in a safe position to avoid being kicked if your horse becomes startled during their bath. If your horse can handle using the hose to rinse the tail that works very well, but you can also take a bucket of water and pour it from top to bottom to rinse your horse’s tail.

Always be safe when working at the rear of your horse!

When washing the mane rinse it down with a gentle stream from the hose or from a bucket of water slowly poured over the mane. Start at the poll end of the mane and rinse your way down to the end. Lather up shampoo in your hands (use a lot of shampoo!) and work it throughout the mane. Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary. Usually the mane will not be near as dirty as the horse’s tail.

Now take your rubber mitt and scrub through your horse’s entire body (remember they still have the sudsy water one them). This will get the deep down dirt worked out. Keep rinsing the mitt in a bucket of clean water or with the hose as you go to remove that dirt you work out of your horse’s coat.

How to Rinse Your Horse After the Bath

Next up it is time to rinse off your horse’s body and legs. It is very important to properly rinse your horse. If you leave excess shampoo on your horse’s body it can lead to skin irritation and dry skin and a dull coat.

Take a bucket of clean warm water and a new sponge and dip the sponge in the warm water. Starting at the rump rub the horse down with the wet sponge and work your way up to the shoulders and neck. Rinse off your sponge frequently and refill your bucket with clean water as needed.

Next take the wetted sponge and rinse off the bell and then the legs of your horse. Again, be sure not to get your horse’s head.

Then take your hose and gently spray down your horse in the same order you used the sponge. Last rinse the tail one more time with the hose or a clean bucket of water. Use your fingers to work through the tail as you rinse it otherwise there will be a lot of shampoo left in the middle of the tail.

Washing Your Horse’s Head

For many horse’s, washing their head can be a challenge. Horse’s usually don’t like water sprayed on their face!

This isn’t an article on sacking out a horse but you should have already worked with your horse’s head to a point they are comfortable with it before washing their face.

When washing the face of your horse take a bucket of clean water and a clean sponge that has been wet in the water. Ring it out so it isn’t dripping wet and gently rinse your horse’s face starting at the muzzle.

Be very aware of any signs of distress. Never fight or try and force a horse to let you wash their face. Not only will you lose this fight, it can also set your back training wise.

Be gentle when rinsing the face being careful around the nostrils, eyes, and ears.

Once pre rinsed, take a bucket with warm water and shampoo and wet a clean sponge. Gently rub the horse’s face in the same manner as when rinsing.

Again take care not to get soap in the eyes, nostril, or ears. If your horse’s face is particularly dirty you can then use the mitt dipped in soapy water to gently scrub the face again.

Now you can rinse your horse’s face! Take a clean bucket of warm water and a clean sponge dipped in the bucket and gently rinse the horse’s face in the same order your scrubbed it. Repeat until all shampoo is rinsed off.

How to Condition Your Horse’s Tail and Mane

It is not required to condition your horse’s mane and tail but it can help maintain a longer tail and minimize breakage.

If you want to condition your horse’s mane and tail do so after shampooing and rinsing them.

Once you have rinsed out the shampoo from your horse’s mane or tail, take a generous amount of conditioner (I use a conditioner designed for horses) and work it throughout the hair.

When conditioning the tail, start at the top (near the rump) and work the conditioner all the way down to the tip of the tail.

When conditioning the mane, start at the pole end of the mane and work the conditioner in all the way down the mane.

With conditioner you will likely need to use more conditioner than you anticipate. Make sure to let the conditioner set as long as indicated on the conditioner instructions of your particular conditioner (usually around fifteen minutes) and then rinse just like you did with the shampoo.

And just like that you have yourself one heck of a clean horse!

The key to cleaning your horse is first making sure you have the right tools and that you keep safety in mind. From there, just follow the steps above and you are good to go!

Showmanship Tips How to Win

Horse Showmanship is an excellent exhibition of both control and poise. The goal of showmanship is to present your horse in the best possible light. As this is an in hand class, ground control is the key to success.

It is imperative to be in the correct state of mind long before you enter the arena to show your horse. Many have heard that the class starts before you enter the gate and I would argue that it begins in the practice ring at home.

The key to showmanship is to have a solid understanding of in hand cues and how to present your horse in the best possible manner. With this preparation you will be well on your way to showmanship mastery.

If you intend to compete in showmanship I highly recommend that you watch many classes with competitors of all skill levels. What do you see out there? Watch for the differences in the high placing competitors and those of the showman who do not win. What is the difference in how they present their horses?

Watch the movements of the horse and movements of the exhibitor. You will find that the movements of both horse and rider of the high performers are effortless and in sinc. This comes from hours of training and schooling outside of the show arena.

The details go beyond that though. Look at how well groomed the winning horses are. Taking the time to properly groom your horse comes down to the details. From clipping, to brushing, to the hoof a winning showmanship horse looks ready to present.

The exhibitor is also well groomed. Hair is neat, clothes are crisp and clean and tack is oiled and shined. Taking the time to groom the horse and the exhibitor is a trait of showmanship winners.

When watching classes pay attention to posted showmanship patterns before the classes start. Copy it down, memorize it and walk through it in your mind. Are there pivots, cones to trot to or around?

Then watch the competitors as they perform the pattern. What do you notice? What do the winning exhibitors do differently than the rest?

The pattern of a showmanship class is meant to allow the movements and confirmation of the horse to be displayed, along with the ability of the horse and exhibitor to execute the moves in a precise manner. This goes back to how the owner of a horse would present the horse to a prospective buyer. The goal is to show that your horse is healthy and well trained. Makes sense right?

The best exhibitors will perform the pattern and all judged portions of the showmanship class in a manner that allows the judge to easily view the horses movements and to be able to evaluate their precision in executing all maneuvers. This will usually include moving the horse toward the judge and then away from the judge in straight lines. Moving turns can be included in patterns so being prepared for that is important as well.

When performing movements to and away from the judge the exhibitor should align their right shoulder with that of the right shoulder of the judge.

Because horses are not naturally inclined to move in perfect straight lines this is move that must be practiced during schooling until you can do it without thinking.

One note, the lead should not need to be held completely tight but at a relaxed and controlled slack level. This alone takes plenty of practice so be prepared.

Before and after every movement where your horse comes to a stop, they should be squared up. Squaring up should be accomplished in a couple steps and should be natural and balanced. Practicing squaring up is something that also must be practiced before competition. I see far to many exhibitors becoming frustrated with their horse not squaring up and this is almost always from lack of practice. A horse with very poor confirmation though can have difficulty with squaring up so understanding your horses confirmation is key as well.

During all movements you want to present the beauty of your horses movements. This means a lively trot and not lazy or rushed movements. Practicing starting trots and slowing to a walk is imperative to ensure that you and your horse can perform these movements in a fluid and not rushed manner.

So when practicing for showmanship, this is when you win your class. Watch winning horse and exhibitors and take note of what they are doing. Watch for how they have groomed their horse and themselves. Look at the details in how they dress and prepare their horse. Then watch how they perform each movement of the pattern and note areas where they could improve.

When schooling your horse, what areas are your strengths and which are your weaknesses? Identifying your weaknesses can be hard when practicing for showmanship so if you have a knowledgeable friend or family member have them take notes while you practice maneuvers. When you know your areas of weakness and your horses weaknesses develop a practice strategy and spend enough time so that they are no longer weaknesses.

As you continue to develop your showmanship skill, you will realize new areas for improvement and practice those areas in the same manner. In time you and your horse will also be showmanship masters.

Equine Omega Gold Review

Equine Omega Gold boasts numerous potential health benefits for horses. Everything from improved joint health and stamina to improved performance.

This is a huge deal if true so let’s look deeper into what Equine Omega Gold has to offer your horse.

Equine Omega Gold is produced from pressed oil derived from the Camelina Sativa plant which is an edible plant also known as false flax.

Camelina Sativa is grown in arid and cold climates and it is a relatively hardy plant. It can often be found grown in Canada and Montana but it originated in Europe.

It is in the same family as broccoli and canola as a member of the mustard family.

Camelina oil is high in Omega fatty acids. It has a naturally occurring proper balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9. This is important for horses health.

On top of being a great source of Omega fatty acids, it is also rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant for horses. It contains tocopherol, beta tocopherol and gamma tocopherol.

Omega Gold is non GMO and is cold pressed and unrefined making it natural equine supplement. It contains glucosamine and it is gluten free.

Equine Omega Gold Health Benefits

Omega Gold for horses is packed with high quality ingredients and micronutrients that have proven health benefits. There are a number of benefits horse owners have reported when using Equine Omega Gold as a part of their horse’s daily diet. Here are the most exciting potential benefits for your horse.

  • Omega Fatty acids promote joint health and healthy muscles
  • Antioxidants have be shown to help minimize and eliminate free radicals in horses
  • When exercising horses can gather inflammation and Omega Gold contains inflammation reducing qualities
  • May improve stamina and endurance in working horses  
  • Can help maintain healthy and strong muscles in horses
  • Supports the horse’s nervous system
  • Aids muscle recovery in working horses 
  • Improve joint pain in horses
  • May reduce equine joint stiffness
  • May improve horses joint flexibility 
  • May improve horse joint mobility
  • May promote healthy equine cartilage   
  • May improve acute joint stiffness
  • Promotes strong joints and supportive tissue
  • Improved overall joint health
  • May improve horse back pain   
  • May reduce stress in horses
  • Supports horses in maintaining brain function
  • May promote improved mood in horses 
  • Helps recovery in working horses
  • Some horses reported to have an improved mood
  • May improve overall brain function in horses 
  • May improve sensitive skin in horses
  • May help horses with allergies
  • Supports proper equine pulmonary function 
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Supports the proper function of horses lungs  
  • May improve cellular function in horses     
  • May improve cardiovascular health in horses 
  • Helps maintain a healthy gut biome in horses    
  • May improve horses digestion
  •  Supports healthy reproductive health in horses
  • May help maintain fertility
  • Supports healthy eye function in horses     

Magna Wave

“A pulsating magnetic field is said to produce one main result: stimulating cell metabolism. This action is thought to cause a chain of processes in the body that could lead to improvement of health without side effects. A cell produces its energy, called ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). This energy is necessary for the function of the body, building up and breaking down molecules, and transporting substances across cell membranes. To produce energy a cell needs oxygen and about 90 other substances including enzymes, glucose, and nutrients. In addition to energy, cells also produce carbon dioxide, water, and waste products. To be able to execute and control all these processes properly, good cell metabolism is required. Therefore, the cell needs a membrane potential of 70 Ð 90 mV (millivolt). Whenever this electrical potential drops, active metabolism is impaired. Low-performance levels and chronic disease are the results. Ultimately, every illness is the consequence of impaired cell metabolism.

HOW LONG HAS MAGNA WAVE BEEN USED OR BEEN AVAILABLE?
PEMF technology has existed for hundreds of years, dating back to somewhat primitive civilizations, and has been used for a variety of purposes, including seed germination. Magna Wave was founded in 2002, and has been providing an avenue for wellness in both humans and animals ever since, using only top-of-the-line equipment and thorough certification training.

DOES MAGNA WAVE HAVE THE NEWEST PEMF EQUIPMENT?
Yes, We are always selling the most up to date and cutting edge PEMF machines, we have analog and digital machines with varying strengths. We are constantly innovating to bring our clients the latest technology available.

HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT TAKE?
Normal session time is about 45 minutes.

CAN IT BE USED PRE-EVENT?
Yes, but at the trainer’s discretion. However, we recommend that you try it on the horse ahead of time, since different horses react differently to treatment. We have found that some horses are more relaxed after the therapy, so might not have the same edge before a race. Other horses are not affected in that way. So try it on your horse before a breezing to measure its performance and decide for yourself.

WHEN CAN THE HORSE BE WORKED AFTER SESSION?
Immediately, there is no recovery time.

WHEN WILL RESULTS OF SESSION BE SEEN OR FELT?
Results are immediate with continued improvement over time with additional treatments.

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
Results can last a day or weeks depending on the problem. In a show situation one or two sessions per week is normally sufficient.

HOW DOES IT SHOW AREAS ARE SENSITIVE?
Muscle tissue palpitates in sensitive areas because of super oxygenation and molecule movement in the cells.

WHY TREAT THE WHOLE BODY WHEN THE PROBLEM IS IN ONE AREA?
By increasing the blood oxygen in the whole body the sensitive area continues to be helped as super oxygenated blood from the rest of the body continues to flow through the area.

IS IT THE SAME AS OTHER MAGNETIC THERAPY BLANKETS AND BOOTS?
While the therapy is similar, the difference is in the delivery method and power and how they yield a deeper penetration. The higher power of Magna Wave provides shorter treatment times and immediate results.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?
The blood oxygen is increased, lymphatic system is activated and acupuncture points are stimulated. This process reduces pain and inflammation and promotes healing.

IS PEMF APPROVED BY THE FDA?
While that’s not a measure of its effectiveness, PEMF is actually approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression. Beyond the FDA, there are other mainstream uses for PEMF. Our own space agency, NASA, received a U.S.patent for the application of PEMF on enhancing tissuerepair in animals. The research found that PEMF stimu-lates the growth of the fiercely researched stem cells.