Category Archives: Horse Riding

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Horse Games for Girls

Horse games for girls are easy to find. It is obviously a much sought after commodity.

 Horse Games for Girls

Which style interests you?

I searched on Amazon and quickly found that they offer a wide variety of horse games for girls of all ages.  I am not sure what you’re looking for.

Weather it’s electronics, dolls or a board game, let me share some ideas, experiences and thoughts that I have.

When I was a kid I had Johnny West and Thunderbolt.

Horse Games for Girls

Johnny + Jane West

My cousin Tilly and I would play for hours in the back yard.

I was the youngest of six, properly spoiled and pretty much always got what I wanted.

Of course that was back in 1965 and things have changed a little bit since then.

Now the action figures you will find include Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, Breyer Let’s Go Riding Western among others.

Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper

Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper

If board games are what you were looking for, then please check out  Fantasy Stables: Regular Edition Board Game

I enjoyed the fact that they had a lot of customer reviews. After reading them I noticed that bad reviews were quickly responded to by the manufacturer’s representative.
4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

Below in orange I’ve included the companies comments on what age is appropriate to play this game.

Fantasy Horse Stables

Fantasy Horse Stables

We usually recommend the game for ages 13+. We’ve definitely sold the game to younger kids on occasion (and heard later that they absolutely love it) but it’s usually a super horsey kid that rides/shows or plays a lot of other adult board games. We have a Junior Edition of the game that’s perfect for younger kids and pre-teens and is also fun for parents/older siblings to play with them as well. Usually if people are on the fence about which version is the right choice (Junior vs Regular) we always recommend the Junior.

I hope that I have helped you along your way. Remember that electronic and board games are usually played indoors.

They also make a good rainy day or night time endeavor, alone or with friends.

Blankets, How and What

Please read my post Horse Blankets For Newbies .

That post is a beginners introduction to my personal experience with horse blankets.

Let me spend a little bit of time sharing How.

First let me help you take a blanket off.

Warning, don’t do this alone your first time.

Have your trainer show you, then watch you, until you are confident.

Once you have your horse standing securely on cross ties undo his surcingles.

Tuffrider Fly Sheet

Tuffrider Fly Sheet

A blanket usually has two. Let them hang. Check his back side to make sure nothing is wrapped around the tail.

Now go to his front and look at his chest. There should be one or two buckles that need to be removed.

Once these are loose you can now remove the blanket.

Stand on the side, spread out your arms, grab the front and as far back as you can and lift the blanket off.

As you slowly pull the blanket off, slide it towards the rear of the horse. When doing this make sure nothing is pulling or caught on the horse.

You can then fold it, hang it up or place it where it belongs. Sometimes the horse blankets will get placed on the aisle floor when removed.

If this is the practice at the barn you are riding at, make sure it is placed safely against wall. You don’t want to leave anything hanging in the way for horses or people to step on or trip over.

After a while you will soon learn about all the different blankets that are available. Some of them are listed below.

There is a winter blanket, a sheet, a cooler, anti-sweat. That is to just name a few.

Some horses have a turnout blanket. You can get sheets for horse shows.

Rambo Cooler

Rambo Cooler

They come with monograms and custom colors.

The choices you have are endless.

I will have further updates with more information on blankets in further posts.

Horse Blankets For Newbies

horse blankets

Brandy sure is glad he wore his turnout blanket on this snowy day at my farm!

I want you to consider this a beginners introduction to horse blankets.

Horse Blankets are generally used during the winter, spring and fall.

It was winter back when I first started riding horses. When I would go to the barn for my lesson the horses had blankets on.

I thought that was odd because a blanket could certainly not keep the horses warm?  In fact some horses had two or three blankets on.

Well, I’ve learned quite a bit about horse blankets since then. One question that I get asked often  is “with all that hair what do they need horse blankets for?”

That’s a fair question, and I’ll attempt to answer it the simplest way I can.

Horses are more than capable of going all season long, and in all kinds of weather, without blankets. As long as they have some shelter to get in out of the nasty weather they are fine.

If you think of a horse in the wild, you will realize that they are able to regulate their body  temperature comfortably. We have taken them out of their natural environment.

horse blankets

                     Shires Turnout Blanket

Since our horses don’t always have a choice of where to go for shelter we should make sure to provide them with a nice turnout blanket. This Shires Stormbreaker 2100D Medium Weight turnout blanket is waterproof and breathable as well as VERY durable.

We ask our horses to perform for us in many ways, including riding. When they go through their paces they can work up a sweat.

You never want to put a horse away when they are warm, sweaty or hot. If this happens they can become very ill.

Another reason we use horse blankets is to try to “trick” our horses into not growing their hair long.

If your horse is body clipped, or has a short, fine coat you will want to purchase a heavier weight blanket to keep them warm.

The Rambo Original Turnout Blanket is an extremely well made classic. It can do double duty as both a turnout and a stable blanket.

It is also very warm, with 370 gms. of fiberfill. The company is so confident that these horse  blankets will hold up that they are willing to  guarantee them for three years!

They grow hair not only because of temperature change, but also because of daylight changes.  When the days start getting longer the temperatures start to rise.

In 1980 a study was held at Texas A&M by Householder and Hodge on the theory of Extended Day Regimen (ED). They proved that changes in hair growth occurred, on younger horses, by changing the length of time they were subjected to light.

They had a number of horses placed under ED lights while others were left with natural light. After the study, the horses on natural light had roughly 3X longer hair than the horses under artificial ED light.

If your horse’s hair is long he will get sweaty when worked and take a long time to cool down. You must make sure they are not hot, or even slightly warm, before you put them away.

It’s very important that you remain aware of this.  Just like any athlete, to cool your horse down you need to walk him.

It is a very good idea to own a horse cooler. Coolers help wick away moisture (sweat) and keep your horse from being chilled while cooling down.

The Horseware Amigo Mio Fleece Cooler is a reasonably priced and nice looking cooler for everyday use.

You can spend well over 30 minutes walking your horse to cool them off properly. Don’t cut any corners here.  Walk and walk and walk. You may even need to towel dry damp hair.

Don’t worry about over walking, it is far better to walk too much than too little.

I hope I have been able to shed a little light on why we use horse blankets!