#014 Tips For Riding In The Fall And Winter

Winter Riding. Yes, it’s that time of year. Whether we like it or not, fall is here and winter is fast approaching. That means that keeping our horses in shape and on a conditioning program can be difficult. Snow, wind, ice, and freezing temperatures all make riding inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. To ensure that you keep your horse in the best shape possible, Katrina (a seasoned pro when it comes to winter riding) goes over some tips for fall and winter riding.

#013 Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease is a heartbreaking disease that, unfortunately, a large percentage of horses and ponies are at risk of. Earlier this year, Katrina had to put her beloved pony, Paddy, down after suffering with Cushing’s disease. It was heartbreaking for Katrina, who had no prior knowledge about Cushing’s disease. As a way of ensuring that others are able to more readily detect the disease and give their horse’s the best care to delay its effects, this episode is devoted entirely to Cushing’s disease.

While this episode should not be a substitute for discussions with your veterinarian, it will give you a working knowledge about what Cushing’s disease is and what life looks like once a horse or pony is diagnosed with it.

When to Blanket Your Horse

As the days get colder the question of whether or not to blanket your horse always comes up. Should I blanket at all? If so, what kind should I use? Does it need to be all of the time? Or can I take it off during the day? What if I don’t plan on riding during the winter?

 

For those unfamiliar with blanketing, it can be a bit overwhelming. That is why I have decided to talk about it today. After reading this article you should be able to identify exactly when you should blanket your horse and when he is better off naked.

Conditioning a Sound Barrel Horse

Conditioning your barrel horse is critical if you want a horse that will remain sound and have a long career in the barrel pen. Barrel racing is very physically demanding on a horse and we need to do everything that we can to help our horses stay in the sport as long as possible.

 

How do we do that? It all starts with understanding about what barrel racing demands of our horses and how that impacts their bodies.