What is Reining?

USA Reining

The modern reining horse’s roots date back to the bygone era of the Old West where horses were a vital part of every working livestock ranch. Horses needed to be sturdy, quick, responsive, and agile to be able to herd and move cattle and other livestock across the range. A reining competition essentially shows off the skills and athletic abilities necessary in the working ranch horse, but does so within the confines of a show pen and the movements you see in competition today have become extremely precise and highly refined. There are a total of 13 approved official reining...

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What is Eventing?

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Eventing is the equestrian equivalent to a human triathalon, consisting of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event is usually contested over three days, hence the other popular term for the discipline, three-day event. By performing each of these classes, horses that compete in eventing show their balance, stamina, and precision. The USEA is an educational organization committed to providing eventing enthusiasts with a competitive level suited to their individual skills. The USEA offers a strong and continuous training opportunity for an ever-expanding field of world-class competitors. Learn more about Eventing.

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How will the Eclipse affect my Horse?

[caption id="attachment_1004" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo: Martin Bernetti, AFP/Getty Images)[/caption] A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on August 21, the first time on the U.S. mainland since 1979. Depending on where you live in the United States, up to 99.4% of the sun will be covered by the moon. What does that mean for your horse, donkey, mule, or even other non-equine pets? The path, in which the moon's shadow sweeps across the Earth's surface, will cross parts of 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. We spoke...

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What is Combined Driving?

Combined Driving

Combined driving is designed to test a horse’s or a team’s speed, stamina, obedience, and athleticism, in three distinct and demanding phases usually held over the course of three days, and is actually modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of three-day eventing. Competitors can consist of a single horse, a pair of horses, or a team of four horses, and they are tested in three phases: dressage, marathon, and obstacle driving. The first day’s combined driving dressage class tests a single, pair or team in the areas of obedience, freedom and regularity of motion, and impulsion through a sequence of...

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What is Para-Equestrian?

The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition to riders and drivers with even severe disabilities that might preclude them from other forms of sport, and does so while providing a structured, focused, and highly competitive environment. In para-equestrian competition, each rider or driver is classified according to his or her functional ability and competitors are grouped accordingly to ensure a level playing field. Competitions can include dressage,...

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Popsicles for Your Horse During Hot Weather

Popsicles for your Horse

During the hot weather that our upcoming summer will be offering, a great way to keep your horse cool, happy, and hydrated is to make popsicles for your horse! These are easy and inexpensive to make! Just get a tupperware container, fill with horse safe fruits (apples, carrots, bananas, grapes, etc.) and then fill the rest with water. Once frozen, put out in the field or feed bin with your horse and watch them enjoy!

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Bananas and Your Horse

Bananas and Horses

Horses can most certainly eat bananas! However like humans, horses have their own taste palate, so some horses may not enjoy bananas. Not only do bananas offer a great treat alternative, they also provide a great source of potassium. Horses can even eat the banana peel. Potassium is a vital mineral that contributes to cellular and muscular health in your horse. Because of the importance to your horse's muscles, riders will often give a banana as a treat during competitions, races, or other high-energy situations. They also help to provide the much-needed energy for horses in such situations. Make sure...

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Don’t let Trailering get Between your Friendship

Not all of us are lucky enough to own our own truck/trailer for trailering our horses where they need to go. So if you are not hiring a professional hauler and are instead using a friend to help you out; please be sure to compensate those friends fairly! You don't want to cause frustration or separation in the friendship because of a trailer trip. First, be honest with your friend. If your horse is not a great hauler; let the friend know BEFORE they agree to take your horse anywhere. Second, understand that any damage your horse may cause to...

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What is Jumping?

USHJA Jumping

Jumping enjoys its place, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most popular and perhaps most recognizable equestrian events, aside from Thoroughbred horse racing.  At its highest competitive level, Jumping is recognized as one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines alongside both Dressage and Eventing.  Essentially, what pole vaulting, high jump and hurdles are to track and field, Jumping is to equestrian sport. Spectator friendly and easy to understand, the object for the Jumper is to negotiate a series of obstacles, where emphasis is placed on height and width, and to do so without lowering the height or refusing...

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What is Endurance Riding?

Endurance is a long distance sport covering variations in altitude, terrain, and weather that tests the fitness and stamina of the horse as well as the athlete’s discipline and horsemanship skills. Periodic checkpoints occur throughout the competition to ensure the health and fitness of the horse and athlete. Given their ability to meet and master physical challenges, it’s no surprise that Arabians and their close kin dominate in this discipline. The American Endurance Ride Conference was founded as a national governing body for long distance riding and over the years has developed a set of rules and guidelines designed to provide a...

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