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Walk (Jog) This Way – Tips for Successful Horse Inspections at Festival, Part 2

And now for part 2 of our Horse Inspection series! 7. Keep Moving – Older horses or horses who aren’t used to staying in stalls will usually require lots of walking to help loosen them up or settle them down for your Inspection. Be sure to keep your mount moving so he or she doesn’t […]

Walk (Jog) This Way – Tips for Successful Horse Inspections at Festival, Part 1

Possibly one of the most overlooked parts of any Rally is the Horse Inspection. Members are so focused on having good rides that they forget their trusty steeds must pass a soundness inspection before continuing on to the ridden portion of Rally. This goes for Festival as well. Check out these helpful tools to have […]

The Road to Festival

Like hundreds of other Pony Club members from across the country, you’ve worked hard all season and have secured a spot on your Region’s team for Festival 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Congratulations! With less than a month to go, you should be starting to consider all the things you and […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Open Front Boots These boots are designed to protect the horse’s leg like splint boots, but leave the shins unprotected. This allows the horse to feel the impact if his legs hit a rail of a jump. Ankle or Fetlock Boots These boots are shorter than splint boots and give protection in the fetlock area. […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Martingale & Breastplate Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Martingale & Breastplate Edition

Standing Martingale A standing martingale has a long strap running from the girth to the noseband. It acts on the nose, not on the horse’s mouth, and limits how high he can raise his head. A standing martingale should be adjusted so that when the horse’s head is in a normal position, the martingale strap […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Cavesson A cavesson noseband is a single piece of leather that fastens above the bit around the horse’s nose. This noseband should rest one or two adult-sized fingers below the horse’s cheekbones. It goes inside the cheekpiece, next to the horse’s face. It should be snug but never uncomfortably tight. You should be able to […]

No Bits About It – Common (and not so common) Bits and Their Actions

Snaffle Bit A Snaffle Bit has two rings (one on each end) and a mouthpiece, which is usually jointed and made of smooth metal, nylon, plastic, or rubber. (Rough, sharp, or twisted wire mouthpieces are discouraged for Pony Club riding.) Snaffle bits work by direct pressure. This means 1 ounce of pressure on the reins […]

 
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