Winter Barn Hacks

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Katie Irvine | 0 comments

By Maggie Carty

It’s BAAAACK! The dreaded winter cold – snow, ice, below freezing temps. For most of us across the country, we will experience some of Mother Nature’s wintery impact. For the rest of you, who continue to bask in the sun – we are eternally jealous! To ease some of the winter pain, we offer you the following barn hacks:

  1. Horses need on average about 12 gallons of water daily, regardless of the temperature outside, and unless you enjoy destroying your hands breaking ice you need to invest in a heated bucket. Would you rather spend 50$ or wonder if your horse has frozen water? Even if you break the ice, it will still refreeze – this bucket kicks on automatically when the temperature drops, and the cord tucks away easily on the bottom so your four-legged friend doesn’t find a wire as a snack.
  2. One of the worst parts about tacking up in the winter is putting on a cold bridle. Wear yours under your jacket while grooming and tacking to warm your bit up.
  3. Dedicate one jacket as “barn coat.” Keep your “human” clothes clean and buy one warm, water repellent, breathable coat for riding and working in the barn.  This one from Horseware opens in the back to sit comfortably in the saddle and has a striking diagonal zipper and red trim.
  4. Wear panty hose or Under Armour beneath your breeches. It is an insulating layer that doesn’t add any bulk.
  5. Spend extra time warming up before any intense flatwork or jumping, the cold temperatures can make muscles stiff and minor injuries or arthritis more painful.
  6. Upgrade your horse’s turnout blanket to keep her warm and clean during the cold season. Weatherbeeta has many different color, pattern, and weight options.
  7. Use old mate less socks as tail bags to keep mud and ice balls out of your horse’s tail.
  8. The frigid temperatures put your tack at risk for cracking if it is not oiled properly, Fiebings Neatsfoot Oil keeps your leather soft and supple.
  9. Finally – when you are frustrated and frozen, think about where you would like to be sixth months from now with your riding progress. Use this winter to finesse your skillset and set your summertime horse show goals!

About our guest blogger: Maggie Carty is a Senior at Seton Hill University, studying Communications. She is a member of their IHSA team, competing in the Intermediate division. Maggie is the Social Media Intern for The Carousel Horse.

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Hurry Up and Wait - Horse Show Pet Peeves

Posted on August 06, 2015 by 47060068 | 0 comments

0426c62669a303cb5e9f81e946b10f49 By: Corinne Schnur We all have our horse show pet peeves…these are mine. I’m sure everyone can relate to more than one on this list.
  1. COST
Well no surprise here, it’s probably on most everyone’s list. I understand it costs money to put the shows on, but why all the “extra fees?” Office fee, drug fee, trailer fee (since you didn’t get a stall!), number fee, administrative fee (how does it differ from the office fee?) What you think will be a fairly inexpensive show ends up not so much.
Perhaps I’m showing my age by saying if it isn’t between 65 and 78 degrees it is either too hot or too cold to horse show. And rain, forget it!
  1. TIME
If the show starts at 8 a.m., I have to be up before 6 a.m. This is just too early because the prep the night before is exhausting! And for me, the worst part are shows that go late into Sunday evening – then the long drive home, unpack the trailer and horses and get to bed for work the next day. Of course, my classes always seem to be the last ones on a Sunday…
This is definitely a valid complaint. There are very few arenas that I would say are exceptional. I don’t like when it is too deep, or too hard, or lumpy and uneven - good way to twist your ankle during showmanship.
Speaking of showmanship, I really despise when people put their back numbers on the small of their backs. It is a back number, not a butt number! Put it on your back. That’s really all I have to say on that.
Ring hogs come in different varieties. You have hogs that just longe to death (see also my song “Why You Gotta Longe to Death”, a parody of Taylor Swift’s song, “Mean”). Then, you have the jump hogs that ride in front of a jump you’re trying to school, or the trainer who ignores your request and continues to send their students to the same jump over and over again. You also have pattern hogs – those who set up cones and practice in prime ring space – and get angry when you ride through! I’m all for trying to steer clear, but sometimes there is only so much you can do!
Why is it that when you don’t have any cash, the show has a great food booth, and when you do have cash all they have are hot dogs? Oh, and if you’re going to have a food booth, spring for Heinz ketchup. I live in Western PA, for crying out loud. Your food booth will make more money if you spend the extra 57 cents and buy Heinz. Trust me. And no worries if you skimp; I travel with my own Heinz ketchup.
When patterns call for hand gallop, let’s see a hand gallop! This typically is not an issue at hunter shows, but at open shows and AQHA, I personally find it to be a joke. Standing up in your stirrups (that are probably 3 holes too long) makes it near impossible to achieve a good two-point position, and posing by tipping your butt out and pushing your hands forward, is not a hand gallop. At least show a change in speed/stride during that part of the pattern.
It’s not about who wins, it’s about placing the horses fairly. I totally understand the judges cannot see everyone at all times and some people get lucky by having a bad moment that the judge doesn’t see. And, unless you show in contest classes, you’re paying for someone’s opinion and everyone has their own tastes. However, my biggest beef is poor judging during pattern classes. These are classes that the judge has to watch each individual. When riders go off pattern, or have a major mistake (missed lead, diagonal, etc.) they should not place over riders that had a clean go. Oh, and one more thing: Just because a horse is the tallest in the ring doesn’t automatically make it a good mover. I commend AQHA on this point; I think the judges are doing a great job rewarding movement over size.
Number one on my list is when trainers and exhibitors find excuses or use every free moment to go chat with the judge. I have not and would not approach a judge during a show about anything. Most association rules even tell you this is unacceptable, and I personally find it quite distasteful. So these are my biggest pet peeves; please comment below with yours. Happy horse showing to all (as long as it is 75 and sunny!) About our guest blogger: corinne photoCorinne Schnur is all-around competitor, competing in AQHA breed shows, mini-trials and hunters. Corinne is a Carousel Horse Brand Ambassador.

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