The age old question, should I leave a halter on my horse during turnout? Everyone has their own opinion (as with everything horse 😂), but here are our thoughts and reasoning behind the options.
Horses are gigantic, amazing, strong, beautiful, graceful beings. That also happen to be uber clumsy and really breakable at the worst of times. So why add to the potential catastrophe horses are so good at serving us at the most inopportune times!
Typically when our horses are turned out, they are not being supervised so if something were to go wrong they might be stuck without help for quite some time.
Having a halter on adds to the potential risks your horse may face:
So our stance is to leave halters off whenever possible during turnout.
Yes, there are occasions where it is IMPOSSIBLE to turnout without a halter. Example: hard to catch horse, unbroke horse, etc. In these instances, try to use a halter designed for turnout safety. These would be halters with leather breakaway pieces above the crown, or fully leather halters (however, these tend to be a little stronger than the breakaway type). But avoid fully nylon halters and rope halters at all costs! As these are nearly indestructible.
We’d love to see photos of your horse in turnout having fun, comment below!
Be sure to check out the HUGE sale that Horse.com is currently having to clear out their warehouse and make room for new products. These deals will only last while the products are on the shelves, so order now at these discounts!
Many people spell a horseshoer as “Ferrier”, this is incorrect in American English. The correct spelling is “Farrier”. So now that you know, we will assume when you use the word ferrier, that you are referring to a farrier with a nice hind end 😂😂😂. Or you are from 14th-17th century France and therefore a vampire.
And for your knowledge: It turns out that farrier (which is the current preferred English usage) evolved from the Middle French word “ferrier“, which meant blacksmith (back then, iron workers and blacksmiths were one and the same). Ferrier, in turn, evolved from the Latin word ferrarius which means “of iron”, which is from the Latin ferrum, “iron”. (Taken from here).
We often see a sales or “in search of” (ISO) ad lacking tons of information. Do yourself a favor and include pertinent information in your ad so you alleviate the “tire kickers” contacting you and avoid unnecessary questions. Here are some tips on creating effective ads to sell your item or find something you are looking for.
ISO (In Search Of) Ad
|Include Price & Location||Include Budget & Location|
|Include Item Details such as:||Include Item Details such as:|
|Age of horse/Year of birth or manufacture date||Age range or Year Range you are looking for|
|Color||If you have a color preference|
|Breed of Horse / Bloodlines||If you have a breed preference|
|Gender of Horse||Gender preference|
|Discipline (H/J, Dressage, Western Pleasure/etc.)||Specific discipline of horse or service you need|
|Level of training / Awards||If you have a specific level of training needed|
|Material Item is made from||If there is a specific material you require|
|Service Offered||Service Needed (lessons/training/builder/etc.)|
|Any other important details (Temperament/Soundness/etc.)||Other important details on the item/svc you need|
|Any other items it comes with (tack/bits/stirrups/etc.)||Where you are willing to travel / if they must come to you|
|If you will accept trades|
If you think we should add anything to the list, comment below!
Are you involved in any equestrian sport or organization? Chances are, they are a non-profit and rely heavily on participation and donations from members to keep running. If you can join, and/or donate – they will be extremely thankful. But if you cannot help out financially, there are still other ways to give back. Many of these organizations need volunteers to help with events, and MANY other tasks to keep the organization running smoothly.
Without these financial and time donations from the people that believe in their organization, they would not be able to keep running and providing the service that they offer.
So if you can’t give, DO!
Every year, we take a survey of the equine owners/riders/enthusiasts in Colorado to gauge the demographic base of these people. We then share this information with anyone that may want to utilize it! Whether you are an organization trying to garner sponsors or advertisers, a business looking at new ways to advertise, or any other person/organization; we encourage you to take a look at the information in this document.
2017 Surveyed demographics – 2017-Surveyed-Demographics.pdf
Watch the USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic from January 2-4, 2018. Use promo code RobertDover18 for a free fan membership. Read More
With all the recent changes to regulations regarding horse trailering, it’s no wonder many of us are left dazed & confused. Get the details here on what you need to do to stay legal while hauling your horse, or anyone else’s horse!
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.
The new ELD mandate requires that the vehicle used for hauling be fitted with the device under the following conditions:
The introduction of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate brought to light concerns about Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) requirements from the entire equine community. The AHC put together the following information to act as a guide for those hauling horses both commercially and as an individual.
If you have any questions, the AHC recommends contacting your state department of transportation for further clarification on CDL requirements.
Drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) since April 1, 1992. That being said, a truck and trailer can be considered a commercial vehicle without the requirement that you obtain a CDL. The AHC would like to note that the requirements for a CDL or CMV classification have been in effect for quite some time, and are not new developments along with the ELD mandate.
However, you will need to obtain a CDL if your vehicle falls into the following categories:
1) MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/FAQ/WHAT-“COVERED-FARM-VEHICLE”-CFV.
2) GVW OF 25,001 OR GREATER.
3) GCWR IS THE VALUE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/REGULATIONS/RULEMAKING/2012-21017.
4) GVWR AND GCWR ARE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATED WEIGHTS, NOT THE LOADED WEIGHTS FROM THE BILL OF LADING OR THE SCALED WEIGHT OF THE VEHICLE.
WINTER SOLSTICE IS UPON US! 💕💕💕 Winter solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 9:28 AM on Thursday, December 21. What that means for us? The days start to get lighter again so we will have MORE HORSE TIME!!! Read More
We are going to go from a high of 60° on Wednesday to 22° on Thursday (in the Parker area) with a snowstorm moving in overnight (80% chance of snow). This is prime weather for colic. Between the barometric pressure changes, rapid temperature drop, and moisture in the air – horses can colic much easier. This can be due to many factors.Read More