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Clarcona is the home of the Orange County horse venue and is formally known as Clarcona Horse Park in Apopka, Florida. Each summer Clarcona hosts several Florida district 4-H shows, the much anticipated events for equestrian minded 4-H members who qualified at local shows. Shows include dressage, hunter/jumper and western events.
Kissimmee is home of the famous Silver Spurs Arena where all sorts of barrel racing, rodeos and cowboy shenigans can be found, not to mention the famous Cowboy Heritage Festival and Silver Spurs Rodeo. If you have any cowboy in you, you need to go to Kissimmee.
When horse people talk about Altoona they are referring to Rocking Horse Stables, home of dressage shows and cross country jumping. Rocking Horse hosts some of the Southeast's most popular horse shows, offering USEF/USEA recognized horse trails and USEF/USDF recognized dressage shows. Plus various Pony Club functions, the Special Olympics, the Altoona Trail Riders yearly Obstacle Challenge, and the USEA Adult Rider Winter Eventing clinic.
The greater Orlando area is home to some of the finest horseback riding trails in the South. Check out these Central Florida horse trails.
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Dec 8, 2013
Horse Earrings Stud
Nothing beats the exceptional look and quality of our Horse Earrings. Among the finest made, you will be provided with great satisfaction and long lasting enjoyment. Why not pamper yourself or give a loved one a Horse gift to show them how much you care. The Horse Earrings will make the perfect gift for any Horse lover. Shop with confidence, because all products come with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Click over now to see the big selection of Horse gifts we offer More info...
Dec 2, 2013
Pain Management for Horses with Laminitis: Where Are We Now?
When an owner makes the difficult decision to euthanize a horse with laminitis, it's often because the horse is simply in too much pain to justify prolonging treatment. For this reason, researchers are continually trying to come up with improved analgesic (pain relief) methods. Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, senior lecturer in Equine Medicine at The University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science, reviewed current pain management options for laminitic horses at the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 1-3 in West Palm Beach, Fla. More info...
Nov 29, 2013
Power Posture for Peak Performance
While some mental training tools require a bit of time and effort (like goal-setting), this month's tip, Power Postures, can take you from a worrier to a warrior in no time at all... and with very little effort!
Often referred to as "putting on your game face" recent research has proven that simply standing in a confident manner (imagine wonder woman or superman with wide legs, chest open, and hands on hips) can lead to an almost immediate release of testosterone and cortisol, two hormones linked to improved confidence and self-image. It seems that simply striking a power pose can actually change how you perceive and carry yourself, approach challenges, solve problems and cope with pressure; and that as little as a minute or two can boost your confidence for up to 20-minutes (perhaps even longer if you consider that looking good makes you feel good, which makes you ride well, which makes you feel good and so on). More info...
Nov 29, 2013
The Pet Store
Happy Black Friday, if that's your thing. If you are anything like me, you won't dare step foot in a store today (actually, I mainly shop online all year round). Perhaps Cyber Monday is more your speed. Either way, the holiday shopping season is here. Have you made your gift lists? Personally, I like to buy little presents for my dogs (and dogs owned by friends and family). Sure, pets don't really get the concept of holiday gift giving and all the festivities, but I think the point is that it's fun for us. I have such a blast watching my dog tear open her gifts! Are you ooking for some presents for the dogs in your life? More info...
Nov 29, 2013
Going Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Horse Farm
By Just Add Horses
Minimizing the amount of waste produced in your barn is a great way to help the environment and save money!
Here are some tips using the 3R's – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – to help you make a difference!
Do your part to lessen waste in your barn by changing some of your purchasing habits and care procedures. You will be surprised to learn that making an effort to decrease waste will also help you save time and money.
Here are some tips to reduce waste:
Buy in bulk – purchase bedding, feed, supplements, grooming products, etc. in bulk to reduce packaging, processing and transportation waste. Not only will buying products in bulk help you eliminate excess packaging, but it will also allow you to save money. Retailers will often give customers price breaks on bulk purchases. More info...
Nov 26, 2013
How to Clean and Condition a Saddle
By Frank Holland, with Abigail Boatwright
Use tips from a leather-care pro to protect your saddle investment.
Photo by Abigail Boatwright
The steps to cleaning a saddle are similar to those for cleaning leather boots: Clean, condition, and buff. Here's how.
1. Apply glycerin saddle soap with water and a saddle soap brush.
2. Use a toothbrush for crevices.
3. Wipe off soap with a towel.
4. Apply suede cleaner for a suede seat and silver polish for silver.
5. Condition with good olive oil. This was a tip from a saddlemaker in California, and I've found that it's a delicate oil that really preserves the leather with a nice shine.
6. Wipe off excess oil with a towel. Buff with a soft brush.
Frank Holland of Fort Worth, Texas, started shining boots at age 10 and has been in the leather-care business ever since. In addition to cleaning boots at major Western events Cavender's Boot City in Hurst, Texas, he also cleans saddles for top exhibitors. More info...
Nov 25, 2013
Dakota Roping Saddle
Find a great saddle at a bargain price. Used saddles offer value and the ability to upgrade without breaking the bank. Check at this huge selection of western and English saddles including roper saddles, dressage saddles, reining saddles and ranch saddles. More info...
Nov 24, 2013
How to Tell if Your Horse is Overweight - Podcast
Erin Denney-Jones, DVM
Dr. Erin Denney-Jones talks about obesity in horses, different problems that can be caused by obesity, and how to tell if your horse is overweight. More info...
Nov 24, 2013
Caring for Horses Through Life and Death
By UC Davis Center for Equine Health Horse Report
Medical advances and an ever-increasing knowledge base about health and disease over the last century have resulted in longer lives for humans and animals. There is no question that these advances have saved lives, but not all applications have been desirable.
As the survival time for people with incurable conditions (including aging) has improved, we have come to realize that prolonging life does not always equal quality of life. With this in mind, people are now more willing than before to talk about the end of life for themselves and their families. They are giving thought to whether they want their lives prolonged by technology—drugs, feeding tubes, respirators, dialysis—and expressing these health care preferences in legal documents called advance directives in the event they cannot be expressed later. More info...
Nov 22, 2013
Study: Some Horses, Riders have 'Co-Being' Relationship
If you’ve ever considered your horse to be your “better half,” you’re not alone. Norwegian and American researchers recently found that riders and horses can enter into a unique state of interspecies “co-being” with one other.
Co-being refers to a state of relationship in which each partner evolves to “fit” better with each other, both physically and mentally. More info...
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