An Equestrian Christmas - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Customer Service | 0 comments

The website and store are filled with amazing gifts to give and add to your personal wish list! From apparel to jewelry, saddles to homewares, we have the perfect little something for every equestrian on your list!
Here are this year's suggestions to give and to get from our knowledgeable staff!
Kim Sasse, Owner:
A gift to give: fox mug. If you’re like me you can’t going without that first cup of coffee and this little guy makes me smile every time I see him. A perfect way to start your morning!
A gift to get: The Ariat Buffalo Plaid Vest because it’s cozy and casual, looks great with jeans and boots.
Emily May, E-Commerce Operations Manager
A gift to give: Mountain Horse Ladies Angie Boot Sock in Grey Melange and the Horseware Oversized Blanket Scarf because they’re around the $50 price range sweet spot for gifting, blanket scarves and boot socks are really popular right now, and these are staple wardrobe items that any girl can use and love at any age! 
A gift to get: The Hot to Trot Favorit Oats Tilly Crossbody Bag for many of the same reasons as my “gift to give”! It’s a staple item that any girl can use and love, who doesn’t love a good vintage grain sack look (?!), and if you aren’t feeling “horsey”, you can totally flip it and get a cute neutral plain leather look! The size of the bag and the design of the pocket spaces inside are other aspects I love about this little purse!
Renee Stearns, Sales Associate
Gift to give: Ogilvy baby pad, we all go through a lot of saddle pads. A new pad adds color to any season. Also, the price of an Ogilvy is affordable for almost any occasion.
Gift to get: Kerrits Sit Tight Windpro breech, because the cold is way less fun after Christmas, but these breeches can help! When you're sick of the cold, but it's time to ride!
Rebecca Weaver, Customer Service Manager:
A gift to give: The Equestrian Prep line has matching shirts and hats!! I think this is such an awesome ( and affordable) gift to give to any horsey friend. Everyone loves ball caps and you can never have too many long sleeve t-shirts! 
A gift to get: Horseware Collete Cowl Neck Sweatshirt. Because I am obsessed with this sweatshirt. It can be dressed up or down and is perfect for the chilly fall or winter days. It’s long enough that it covers your butt and the cowl neck isn’t obnoxiously big.
Laura Mefford, Sales Associate
Gift to give: The Ariat Cruisers are so comfortable and affordable. They also come in many styles to match any outfit. They are perfect for a night out as well as the long horse show days!
Gift to get: I would love the Noble Outfitters Ringside Pack for horse shows. It’s perfect for staying organized and taking the essentials to the ring. Aside from horse shows you can also use the bag for traveling, it’s the perfect carry-on size! The bag is stylish and convenient!
Samantha Mancu, Sales Associate
A gift to give: I would give the Ariat Alessio Heather Sweater. I have worn mine for schooling, for date night or even casual Friday’s at work. It is comfortable, affordable and perfect for these temperatures. 
A gift to get: If your horse has been extra good this year why not reward him with a Veredus Magnetik Rug! This would be perfect to relax your horse’s muscles and joints before and/or after a good ride in these cold temperatures but it light enough that it could also be used all summer long at shows and the barn. 
Kirstie Zoelle, Sales Associate
A gift to give: Ariat Women’s Ashley Vest. Love wearing a vest when I’m riding, just enough to keep warm. And the colors are super cute!
A gift to get: Ariat Women’s Ideal Down Vest. Very warm and cute to wear on any cold day! I’d love to wear it while riding but it would go great with just a pair of jeans and boots too!
And remember, if you just aren't sure what your favorite equestrian would like, gift cards never disappoint!

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What Do You Need for Horse Camp?

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Customer Service | 0 comments

Summer is here, and pony camps are starting! Is your horse-crazy child prepared for everything this fun week might bring? 

Horse camp is so much more than riding! They may be taking part in horse care activities including bathing, feeding and stall cleaning. It is important that they are dressed appropriately and safely for their daily activities. Use our horse camp checklist to make sure your child is geared up and ready to go!

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Posted on November 28, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

Some of our Brand Ambassadors and employees got together to pick their favorites and create this year’s Holiday Gift Guide!

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25 Burdens of Equestrians

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

By: Gabriela Reutter

1. Weird tan lines 

-severe farmer's tan
-gloves tan
-helmet tan

2. Early wake ups & long days
-ever heard of a 5:30am wake up to ride a horse before showing?
-we get to see pretty sunrises though!

      3. What social life?
      -between going away for horse shows, long days, and early wake ups, it is hard to keep a steady social life during horse show seasons
        4. Giving up brunch
        -I'd rather go ride my horses though
          5. Trying to stay clean
          -green slobber on a white show shirt
          -boot polish on yourself
          -brown saddle stuff
              6. No money for anything else
              -everything is spent on the horses. everything.
                7. Bad luck
                -barely touched a fence and knocked it all down?
                -had to go first in a 100 rider class? yeah it happens to all of us
                  8. Horse fragility
                  -they look so tough but they are so fragile!
                    9. Shavings everywhere
                    -and hay. and dust. and horse hair.
                      10. Pale legs
                      -because they never see the light of day
                        11. Dealing with people who say riding isn't a sport
                        -"you just have to sit there" umm... you go ahead and try it and THEN try to tell me that again. thanks.
                          12. Trying to find nap places in horse shows
                          -quiet, somewhat comfortable, hidden... 
                              13. The pain in wearing the wrong underwear in no stirrups
                              -if you've done this then you know what I mean.

                                  14. Breaking in new boots
                                    15. Everything is so expensive
                                    -from $300 breeches to vet bills to horse show splits, money is drained from you in this sport
                                      16. Hairnets
                                      -yes, it looks like I work at McDonald's but it looks good with a helmet on, ok?

                                          17.Smelly things
                                          -horse sweat + human sweat = not a good smell
                                            18. Sand everywhere when you fall
                                            -yep, you will find it days after - behind your ears, in your hair, etc.
                                                19. Knocking the first jump down, or worse... the last
                                                -just ugh.
                                                  20. Crowded warm-up rings
                                                  -when "heads up" becomes “really?!”
                                                    21. Awkward faces in pics
                                                    -the "Oh" or the "shit that definitely wasn't the right distance”
                                                        22. Bad falls that shake your confidence
                                                        -we've all been there, but the best is getting up and regaining it!

                                                            23. Not being able to be mad at your horse
                                                            -he's just so cute and ahhhhhh!

                                                                24. When you are beaten by 0.000001
                                                                -like seriously?!
                                                                  25. The looks people give you when you wear your riding clothes in public
                                                                  -"umm yeah, I know that my tight grey pants go with my over-my-pants rainbow unicorn socks, white sneakers, pink belt and black polo shirt okay?!"

                                                                      About our guest blogger:
                                                                      Gaby Reutter is a Carousel Horse Brand Ambassador. Gaby is a 21 year old jumper rider from Chile, training for the next Pan-American games. She trains with Chris Kappler. She is a student at NYU and rides in New Jersey. She has three horses at the moment: Juanita, Biallon & Checker 34 and is actively showing in the  Medium & High Amateurs. Check out Gaby's personal blog at 

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                                                                      Day one on horseback

                                                                      Posted on July 21, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

                                                                      Our Brand Ambassador Kippy McLiverty headed to Ireland for a post-graduation riding adventure. Below is an excerpt from her longer blog on her journey across the green countryside. You can read more about Kippy’s adventure in her blog!

                                                                       "Day one on horseback"

                                                                      We start the day with a delicious breakfast in our hotel, all you can eat, which is fine with Felicia and I. Felicia and I are buzzing with excitement as we fantasize about the day we have ahead of us. When 10 rolls by, Mrs. O'Sullivan picks us up and we are off for our first ride. We travel down many winding roads bringing us further and further from Killarney until we finally pull off at the base of a mountain. Our horses were there waiting, all tacked up and ready to go. As we get ready to start our day, we are offered a bottle of whiskey to swig from, as the woman running the show claims that's the best way to wake up. Accepting the fact that we are in Ireland, and must drink as the Irish do, Felicia and I both take a swig laughing and then proceed to clammer onto our horses backs as only two Americans who never get on from the ground can.


                                                                      We start by following our guides, two German girls who are here to work for the summer, further up the steep mountain side road through the mist and rain. As we settle into the trot my mind drifts to home with the idea that riding up the side if a mountain road in the rain at a trot would never be heard of. As we go I take in all the beautiful scenery that surrounds us thinking how none of it looks real, even in the rain. We change back and forth between trotting and walking for about an hour as we climb further into the mountain. The girls with us are very sweet and very friendly, so conversation flows naturally between the four of us. As we reach a fairly flat part of our ride, we break into the canter for the first time down a fairly straight and slightly rocky road. As I laugh from the realization that I'm cantering along the side of a cliff in the middle of an Irish rainstorm, something that I would never have had the courage to do a few years ago. We canter and trot along the winding country roads for another 30 min or so gawking at the country side that is too beautiful for words.


                                                                      The rain and clouds finally parted, and for the next few hours we were lucky brought to have heat and sunshine casting down on us for our ride. When we reach a steep and rocky pasture we enter and proceed to climb the side of the mountain for the next 3 min or so until we reach the top. At the top we are hit with an instant strong, cold breeze that is passing briskly through the gap lying ahead, which we were informed was aptly named the windy gap. As we ride through the gap and down the other side of the steep winding mountain, we see the beautiful ocean and beaches lying ahead of us. The tour guides inform us that tomorrow those are the beaches that we will be galloping across. With the ocean in front of us, and windy gap at our back, we made our way down to the bottom of the mountain where we stop and allow the horses to rest as we eat our lunches.


                                                                      Following lunch, we work our way through more countryside roads, losing our way a bit but eventually finding the right path that brings us to a field occupied with two donkeys that were not too pleased with the intrusion. We all laughed at their mewing as we cantered across their field, through a giant puddle and out to the other side of their enclosure. As we rode for the last hour to the waiting trailers, the sunshine subsided and in true Irish fashion the mist settled back in. After a long hard ride through the mountains, Felicia and I were exhausted and when we reached the hotel, we promptly showered to wake ourselves up a bit. Following our showers, we proceeded to wander the surrounding area of our new town, followed by dinner at the pub located in the hotel. Another short walk after dinner, and we were ready to turn in for the night, thoroughly exhausted and ready for a good night’s sleep to prepare us for whatever tomorrow brings!


                                                                      About our guest blogger: Kippy McLiverty is a Carousel Horse Brand Ambassador. She is a recent Slippery Rock University grad, where she was captain of their IHSA team. 


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                                                                      Improve Your Riding Through Clinics

                                                                      Posted on July 07, 2017 by Customer Service | 1 comment

                                                                      By: Maggie Carty

                                                                      After not having any professional instruction for almost two years, I was a little nervous to ride in front of someone who competes all the way up and down the east coast, and whose barn is featured in Equestrian Living Magazine. I typically flat my horse twice a week, jump twice a week, and then trail ride as much as I can. Sometimes this fluctuates into running around in the woods and then the following week getting back into the sandbox. Another thought crossed my mind as well: a group of other amateurs who regularly attend clinics/lessons will be there to watch me potentially fly off my horse. I signed up to ride in a show jumping clinic with August Torselieri because I knew I needed a tune up, but also wanted a challenge.

                                                                      In the weeks before the clinic I spent a lot of time making sure my horse was physically fit enough to do a lot of jumping over two days in the muggy June weather. I also thought about my position, my equipment and a lot of other details that go into my riding. I wanted to prepare as much as I could, but ultimately I only knew that day 1 was grid work and the 2nd day was courses. I watched the clinic he gave last year at the same facility, and all of the lessons were tailored to each horse/rider combination.

                                                                      Since I have been doing my own things at horse shows, I was eager [also slightly apprehensive] to learn from an outside instructor who had no pre-existing knowledge of me or horse. Even better, I learned that I was the only one in the 3’ - 3’3 height.

                                                                      Day 1: Grids! My favorite! Before we started, August asked what my goals were and what I typically compete at. I mentioned that having a smaller horse is usually an issue for me in any competition setting, because I can do both the add step and leave-out. We had a discussion about why that could be. I personally get a lot out of talking about riding and then putting it into practice. We warmed up and instantly smoothed out some of my transitions. His recommendation helped my horse and I smooth over our flying changes in an efficient, balanced manner. He set some warm up fences up and Paige was a little star. Once the fences were raised, I enjoyed a dialogue between August and I on how speed, collection, straightness effect my ride through the grids. By the time my hour was over Paige had earned herself some [ok, plenty of] carrots.

                                                                      Day 2: Courses I was super excited to ride! I had a later time so I wouldn’t be as sweaty, and I had a better idea of what I was in for. After another little warm up, we tackled some courses. They started out easy, medium, and then my favorite: a long ride single to start. I like to run to these typically, but he reminded me to keep one rhythm, and it was a great fence! He added some other challenging pieces in, and then compared the exercises to what I could encounter in the show ring. Even when I was riding to something I was unsure of, I was up for the challenge.

                                                                      I think in general people are shy of riding at clinics and although I understand why, I encourage everyone to try it! Being pushed out of your comfort zone is the only way to improve both horse/rider. You never stop learning at work, school, life so why not keep learning new things from other professionals? Another set of eyes can also help smooth over something you may have missed and really take your ride from good to great. A ton of professionals are willing to travel to your farm or welcome you to theirs, too! Take a friend and have a blast, this is supposed to be fun after all.

                                                                      Get Maggie's clean, clinic look:
                                                                      Helmet: GPA Speed Air 2X Helmet
                                                                      Breeches: Tailored Sportsman Ladies Vintage Contrast Patch  and Tredstep Symphony Rosa Side Zip Breech
                                                                      Boots: Ariat Womens Heritage Contour Zip Field Boot
                                                                      Belt: Noble Outfitters On The Bit
                                                                      Gloves: Roeckl Roeck-Grip Chester Gloves
                                                                      Saddle: Collegiate Convertible Diploma Close Contact Saddle
                                                                      Bridle: Nunn Finer Hampton Bridle
                                                                      Martingale: Crosby Raised Standing Martingale
                                                                      Protective Boots: Horze Advanced ProTec Boot Set 


                                                                      About our blogger: Maggie Carty is a brand ambassador for The Carousel Horse. Maggie is a 2016 graduate of Seton Hill University where she competed for, and was the captain of their IHSA team. Maggie actively horse shows in the tri-state area.

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                                                                      June 2017 Educational Seminar Recap: Equine Gastric Health

                                                                      Posted on June 16, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

                                                                      The Carousel Horse welcome Elaina Eppinger, Purina Animal Nutrition Lifestyle Product Specialist, and Kayla Burgess of the Pittsburgh Agway Group as they presented a fun, interactive seminar on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.

                                                                      Their presentation touched on a variety of topics including contributing factors associated with gastric discomfort:

                                                                      Environment/stress related

                                                                      • Elevated exercise level and intensity
                                                                      • Performance and racing
                                                                      • Hectic training environment
                                                                      • Nervous disposition
                                                                      • Trailering
                                                                      • Lack of turnout
                                                                      • Lack of direct contact with other horses
                                                                      • Talk radio (vs. music) playing in barn
                                                                      • Thoroughbred breed
                                                                      • Previous gastric ulcer diagnosis

                                                                        Management/diet related

                                                                        • Lack of pasture access
                                                                        • Fasting
                                                                        • Large meals with high starch content
                                                                        • Greater than 6 hours between meals
                                                                        • Inadequate forage quality and quantity
                                                                        • Stall kept or on stall rest
                                                                        • Water deprivation/intermittent access
                                                                        • Use of paste electrolytes or electrolytes in water
                                                                        • Use of NSAIDs for a prolonged period of time

                                                                          Signs associated with gastric discomfort

                                                                          • Poor appetite
                                                                          • Picky eating
                                                                          • Poor body condition
                                                                          • Weight loss
                                                                          • Chronic diarrhea
                                                                          • Poor coat condition
                                                                          • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
                                                                          • Behavioral changes
                                                                            • Aggression
                                                                            • Nervous behaviors
                                                                            • Side biting
                                                                            • “Girthiness”
                                                                          • Acute or recurrent colic
                                                                          • Poor performance

                                                                            Treatment and management tips

                                                                            • Anticipate stressful events (such as travel, competition or intense training)
                                                                            • Provide a peaceful environment for your horse, eliminate excessive traffic and noise in the barn
                                                                            • Provide as much turnout as possible, preferably with one or more horses
                                                                            • Provide enrichment items, such as toys and mirrors
                                                                            • Keep a regular schedule for feeding, grooming, exercise etc.
                                                                            • Provide continuous access to clean fresh water
                                                                            • Avoid the use of paste and water soluble electrolytes
                                                                            • Practice good parasite control
                                                                            • Always consult with your veterinarian before administering NSAIDs
                                                                            • Utilize slow-feeder hay nets if horses are stalled

                                                                              Feeding management recommendations

                                                                              • Never allow more than 6 hours of fasting
                                                                              • Provide frequent access to good quality hay and pasture
                                                                              • Incorporate alfalfa hay into the diet
                                                                              • 1-2 lbs at regular 5-6 hour intervals
                                                                              • Feed small frequent meals (3 to 6 per day)
                                                                              • Provide continuous access to water

                                                                                If you missed out on this seminar, be sure to follow us on social media for announcements on upcoming events at the store.

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