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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Horse Camp Checklist

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Customer Service | 0 comments

Is your horse-crazy child looking forward to the end of school and the start of horse camp? Their days will be filled with good rides, best friends and memorable experiences. Keep in mind, these days at camp are way more involved than your weekly lesson. Your child may be riding a few times each day. They may be taking part in horse care activities including bathing, feeding and stall cleaning. And you want to be sure they are safe and properly dressed for the days ahead. Use our horse camp checklist to make sure your child is geared up and ready to go!

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Fall Florals for the Equestrian

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

Fall is here – our favorite! And floral prints have made their way from summer into some of our favorite fall pieces! From breeches to show shirts, boots and more, work florals into your fall #ROOTD. Check out some of our favorites:

RJ Classics has a variety of show shirts with floral accents! Have a little fun in the show ring!

Joules' fall and winter collection adds florals to coats, scarves, boots and sweatshirts. Shop their full collection to see more!

 

Ariat never fails to impress! Their Women’s’ Blush Top, Dusty Rose X Toe Boot and Kix Poseidon Hoodie all add a touch of winter floral to your wardrobe!

HKM  adds subtle details to their Paris Bloom Breeches and Pairs FLower Rubber Boots.

Noble Outfitters Womens' Over The Calf Peddies come in a variety of patterns, but snag yourself up a pair of these - a customer favorite!

Jenny Krauss Handmade Floral Belts are the perfect addition to your style, whether you are at the barn, or heading for a night out. 

Mix and match your florals and solids for schooling and show looks that can't be beat! Share your looks on our Facebook page, or tag us using #ShopCHT!

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Comfort and Performance

Posted on March 23, 2015 by 47060068 | 0 comments

0200564__64654_zoom Comfort and performance. Two words that have attached themselves to almost every riding apparel product out there. But what exactly does all this “technology” do for us as riders? Are my breeches today really better than the breeches I rode in as a teen? Yes, yes, they are. So, let’s talk technology – apparel technology!
  • Show Coats – I still have my very first show coat from when I was about 7. It’s heavy, it’s boxy, it’s wool. Thank goodness that in the last 20+ years, designers have taken the hint from other athletic apparel companies and have transformed the show coat industry! Today, fabrics are light and cool (hello summer sun and heat), stretchy (won’t be busting out of those seams when you get left behind at that fence), machine washable (SAY-WHAT?!) and figure flattering (nope, that’s not a Lego riding that horse). Each brand has their own special blend of “comfort and performance,” check out what’s new here:
    • RJ Classics – Their XTREME show coat collection includes softshell materials that contain washable ingredients, and are stain resistant and water repellant.
    • Romfh - Made with a lightweight breathable microfiber softshell fabric, their coats are easy care and machine washable.
  • Schooling Breeches – Growing up, I typically lessoned in jeans and half chaps. My schooling breeches were cotton, hot in the summer, easily stained, and always ripped when out on a trail riding adventure. Today, I still wear jeans a majority of the time, but I have a handful of schooling breeches that have certainly withstood the tests of time.
    • Kerrits – are one of the best schooling brands out there, and their technology has come a LONG way. Ice Fil® fabric lowers your skin’s temperature up to 5 degrees and contains UPF 50+ sun protection. Easy wash and dry!
  • Show Breeches - Show breeches have improved vastly. No more heavy, scratchy dry-clean only options. You can get the classic style with all the tech bells and whistles.
    • Tredstep - lightweight yet flattering TS Evolution fabric provides 4-way stretch and NanoSphere technology naturally repels water, dirt, and oil to keep your breeches looking great and reduce the need for frequent washing.
  • Show Shirts – Advanced fabrics now block UV rays, are moisture-wicking and cooling. MUCH different from the typical boxy cotton button-downs from a few years back.
    • RJ Classics - breathable, stretch fabric and underarm mesh panels will keep you cool and comfortable even during the toughest of competition.
Take advantage of these new technologies, whether for schooling or show. You can be comfortable and cool, protected from the elements and withstand the wear and tear of being at the barn. What do you look for in riding attire?

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