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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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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            Spring Cleaning - Spring Inspection

            Posted on April 05, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

            How often do you inspect your tack? I will be the first to admit, I’m not very good at cleaning my schooling tack, so I’m clearly not very good at inspecting it with a fine-tooth comb. I (might) get to it once a week. There are others who are much better, and clean after every ride – and I’m talking soap and conditioner! For my once a week regimen, I’m usually running late, so I grab a damp towel and do a quick once-over to get off the first layer of dirt and grime.

            BUT, I know how important it is. We spend a lot of money on leather strap goods – even schooling tack. So it goes without saying, we need to do a better job of caring for it.

            Case in point – last weekend, as I was prepping for a horse show, I removed the stirrups from my saddle to give it a good cleaning. My good, name brand, stirrup leathers have worn through the first layer of leather in one spot, and the nylon inner-layer is showing. Not good.

            I move on to scrubbing my irons. They were looking pretty dull, and needed a good shine. As I am standing at the sink scrubbing away, I pushed down on my flex stirrup to get off a mud spot, when suddenly the rubber flex joint disintegrates right in front of my eyes!

            Now, I’ve been riding in these stirrups for about 10 years, and yes, rubber tends to dry-rot. But could you imagine if this critical piece of tack broke when I was going over a jump?!

            You might be saying – you shouldn’t ride in the flex stirrups (so many pros/cons) but that’s neither here nor there… My point is that I should have caught this earlier. I should have known that my stirrups were on their last leg. It shouldn’t have happened the day before I left for a horse show, which left me scrambling to run out and buy a pair.

            It’s time to spring clean. INSPECT those bridles. INSPECT those saddles. Don’t just do a wipe down and assume everything is OK. Check the stitching, the keepers, the buckles. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable walking into the show ring with it, it’s time to invest in a new item or get it repaired.

            Give your strap goods a good soak in oil. We tend to soap or condition, but much like our own skin, the winter weather can dry out your leather. Spring is the perfect time to give a soak and put back the moisture and suppleness that has been lost.

            Ironically, after my stirrup/leather incident, this video popped up in my Facebook newsfeed from Crown Sport Horses -

            Could you imagine losing BOTH stirrups on cross country? Props to her, but I am willing to bet there is a groom out there who no longer has as job since they forgot to inspect a very important piece of tack…

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            Have You Jumped on the Ogilvy Train, Yet?

            Posted on February 24, 2016 by Katie Irvine | 0 comments

            Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen all the hype around the latest and greatest in equine back protection – the Ogilvy pad! And I’ll be honest, we can’t keep them on the shelves! As soon as a shipment comes in, out the door they go (not complaining), and that doesn’t even include all of the custom pads we order for our customers. So, why all the hype?

            1. Ultimate Solution: Our customers tell us that these pads are actually the ultimate solution! Let’s be honest, not every horse owner has the budget for a custom saddle, let alone a custom saddle per horse! Ogilvy pads allow for freedom of movement, reduction of friction and rubbing and helps to distribute saddle pressure more evenly. Overall, they find that it helps create a better saddle fit, especially when you ride multiple horses of varying shapes and sizes.
            2. Customizable: You want a specific color, or colors? You want it monogrammed? Ogilvy pads allow you to do just that! With about every color under the sun, you can customize the pad, the piping and binding colors to be as loud or as conservative as you want!
            3. Family Owned Business: Being a small, local, family-owned business ourselves, we absolutely appreciate and admire what the Ogilvy Equestrian brand has become! When you call to place your order, you get to talk to one of the owners/operators/designers! The company is based out of Canada and the products are made in Canada. 
            4. Durability: The products have been around for a few years now, but have certainly exploded recently with endorsements from top riders on the circuit and word of mouth through social media. Our customers tell us that they are more than impressed with the durability of these pads - no breakdown of the memory foam, and the pad cover holds up to the daily grind of multiple rides and washing.
            5. Options: Ogilvy Equestrian doesn’t just produce half pads. They have a full line of quality saddle pads and baby pads as well. 
              1. Hunter riders: we know you cannot use your half pad in the show ring. Ogilvy has a hunter show pad with all the bells and whistles of the half pad!
              2. Dressage riders: Ogilvy has developed half pads and saddle pads specifically for you!
              3. Eventers: a whole new line of saddle pads has been developed – memory foam and friction free!
              4. Western riders: they haven’t forgotten about you. A pad for you is in the works!
              Have you ridden in an Ogilvy yet? On our website you can see what color combos we have in stock, or order your custom pad. You won’t be disappointed.

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              These are a few of my favorite things... about Rolex

              Posted on April 23, 2015 by 47060068 | 0 comments


              It’s that time of the year, the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is here! It has easily become one of the most notable equestrian events. Cross country, dressage, show jumping – not to mention all the demos and exhibitions, this event has something for every equestrian. Here are some of our favorite things about Rolex:
              1. Kentucky – have you ever been to the Bluegrass State? If not, it should quickly make its way to the top of your bucket list. The Kentucky setting is everything you can imagine; green grass and perfect fences as far as you can see, beautiful barns, beautiful horses and welcoming individuals. The bourbon isn’t too bad either ;)
              2. The Kentucky Horse Park – hands down one of the most beautiful venues in the country. To show, visit, take a tour and more. Where else can you meet Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, take a trail ride, and watch mini horses trot alongside golf carts all in one day?
              3. The horses – some of the world’s best athletes take the stage on Rolex weekend. They aren’t just masters of one discipline, but they are masters at three. Some days, I’m not even a master at trot poles!
              4. The competitors – 75 riders who have dedicated every minute of their lives to getting to this event. Their grooms, trainers and support systems – every member of their team. It’s awesome! How can you not admire these riders? They are jumping fences taller than the average man! That takes some serious guts!
              5. The shopping – no horse event is complete without shopping! Almost 200 vendors fill the Covered Arena. If you are there, be sure to visit some of our friends, including Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel!
              6. Live streaming - if you can’t make it to the event this year, technology will allow those of us who have to work to watch it at our desks! The USEF Network has us covered! Just be sure your boss isn’t hovering… or, if they like horses too, maybe you can stream it in your conference room!
              7. The fans – everyone is like you! Love the horses, love the sport, have a favorite horse/rider! More than 7,200 fans took in dressage on the first day, and the excitement will only build through the weekend! You can literally talk horses to anyone, everywhere you go!
              8. The fashion – casual to classy, equestrians are dressed the part! Big hats, boots, fancy belts and bags, the people watching is great! On jog day, our favorite riders were dressed to the nines! But as always, don’t forget the sunscreen – it gets bright out there on the XC course!
              Good luck to all the riders this weekend! What are your favorite things about Rolex??

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