Author: PJ Janssen

How to measure your horse for a blanket/sheet

To measure your horse, use a tape measure and measure from the center of their chest, to their tail.  The number of inches is your blanket size.  Ex. Your horse measures 78″ from the center of his/her chest to his/her tail.  Your blanket size should be...

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Sports/Compression Bras. An important part of your wardrobe

Don’t forget an important part of your riding wardrobe. Going without the correct support can cause breast pain and upper back and shoulder problems. Breasts are mostly composed of fatty tissue. Mainly skin and fragile ligaments called Coopers’ ligaments support breasts. Because these ligaments are not elastic, during repetitive or high impact sport the breasts bounce and pull on the ligaments, forcing them to stretch. A Sport Bra or Compression Bra is an important part of your riding wear. Balanced weight distribution of breast tissue is important. In a sport that emphasises control and stillness, bouncing breasts are distracting to say the...

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Some tips on Saddle Fit

Here is an example of a saddle fit problem. The pony, a Welsh/TB/Appy cross, is deceivingly round. He doesn’t take up much leg because his ribcage doesn’t spring out, and because of that, the owners didn’t realize that he was quite wide up top until the trainer pointed it out. The pommel should be sitting where the green line is, which indicates a relationship of cantle approximately one inch above pommel. The above picture is the saddle on the pony with medium gullet installed. Note the extremely high pommel – a clear indication that the gullet plate is way...

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What is the difference between Western & English dressage?

What is the difference between Western and English Dressage?   Actually, the two disciplines are very similar. Both seek to get the horse and rider to progress with structured and focused training, and physical and mental development of the pair. Both seek balance, carriage and even cadence in their tests. There will be many similarities, the rings are the same, either a 20×40 or 20×60 meter dressage ring. The scoring is the same, a one through ten scale with the same definitions for each number. There are some differences in the execution of some of the fundamental elements. The...

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To Braid or not to Braid

Q. Does the judge care if your horse is braided? A. Yes, if you present your horse braided, it shows you are taking the show seriously , and have pride in your horses turnout. Even in schooling shows it is important to have your horse looking his/her best . Well groomed, braided, tack clean , and your turnout (neat, clean, tidy) are a first impression when you enter the show ring. *Coeli Netsky –...

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