Favorite Half Pads

Favorite Half Pads

1. EquiFit T-Foam Non-Slip Contour Pad – equifit.net
2. Ultra ThinLine Contour Pad – thinlineglobal.com
3. Jump Original Ogilvy Memory Foam HalfPad – ogilvyequestrian.com

The EquiFit theraputic pad uses the T-Foam memory foam that is always so comfortable for horses. This pad maximizes support, disperses pressure points, absorbs shock, and helps prevent back soreness. I have always loved the EquiFit brand and though I have never used this pad, I have always wanted to try it.

The ThinLine pad has always been a favorite for many. It is great for horses that don’t need a lot of padding underneath the saddle. It flexes and moves with your horse, has great shock absorption, and offers closer contact between horse and rider

The Ogilvy pad is somewhat similar to the EquiFit one although there are a few different features. This pad uses anti-slip, moisture-wicking materials. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It also uses a memory foam that gives great shock absorption. This is another product that I have been dying to try on my horse.

link EQUIFIT, THINLINE, OGILVY

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Half Moon Equestrian Centre – Montego Bay, Jamaica

It is getting COLD and I do not like it one bit! Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica would be the perfect escape for a warm and relaxing time. Half Moon was built on a perfectly shaped crescent beach in the 1950’s by a group of wealthy individuals as an exclusive vacation resort for their families. They offer many activities including amazing ocean swimming  on horseback – check out the video, it looks like it would be so much fun!

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

Check out the video HERE

links: Half Moon at RockResortHalf Moon Equestrian Centre

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Ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC

It is extremely sad that way too many horses are getting injured and even dying on the streets of NYC. This holiday season let’s join the efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages.
The documentary BLINDERS shows the reality of how horrible the horse-drawn carriage industry in NYC really is. Many organizations including PETA have launched campaigns and bring attention to the problem. There’s even a very awesome solution which would maintain the historic and romantic feel of the tours while offering jobs to current workers of the horse carriage industry: New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) supports a legislation to phase-out horse carriages in NYC and replacing them with a fleet of vintage-replica electric cars – the 21st Century horseless carriage. NYCLASS and the ASPCA have pledged to find all 220 NYC carriage horses loving retirement homes and assure that no horse will be sent to slaughter. Everyone can help the horses and this cause: we can start by going HERE and by simply not supporting the horse carriage industry.

blinders

injured horse

carriage crash

NY Times – Horse carriage collides with car

heat eshaustion

Horse collapses in Central Park due to heat exhaustion

electric car

NYCLASS – electric car

NOTE – There is a lot of information on the horse-drawn carriage issue online, along with opposing points of view. Equestrette is our little space online where we express our individual thoughts. We respect everyone’s opinion, we encourage and will approve and reply to respectful comments only, regardless of differing points of view.

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Estancia La Candelaria

Estancia La Candelaria is a stunning luxury retreat I have been dreaming about. It is located 114.5 Km. outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The historic castle, designed by French architect Alberto Favre in 1894, will take you back in time whether you choose to stay in an opulent castle room, a rustic country-styled colonial room, a private bungalow at the edge of the woods or in the Dutch mill for the ultimate escape. Enjoy the fabulous cuisine, from traditional asados to creole and international recipes. For the horse lover, there is riding available as well as polo lessons, tennis, soccer, cycling and 18-hole golf course. This would definitely be a super vacation!

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

La Candelaria

link: Estancia La Candelaria

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Sleepypod

These products are sleek and modern. Their cool variety of carriers for dogs and cats are safety tested and approved. My favorite is the Sleepypod because it can be used as a super comfy bed (which my little nugget would love) or a carrying bag. And I would totally get the Sidekick for my bike if my dog wasn’t so crazy and energetic (she would never sit still long enough to use it).

Sleepypod by Sleepypod Sleepypod

Air by Sleepypod Air

Atom by Sleepypod Atom

Sidekick by Sleepypod Sidekick

link SLEEPYPOD

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Washington International Horse Show

It’s that time of the year! Some of the world’s top riders travel to Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center to compete in one of the most prestigious indoor horse shows in the country. And it starts today! If you can’t make it to D.C. this week, then do like me and tune in to the USEF Network on Saturday October 27 for the WIHS Equitation Finals and President’s Cup Grand Prix!

WIHS 2012 Poster

Washington International Horse Show October 23-28, 2012

Laura Kraut at WIHSLaura Kraut will be at WIHS this year!

Temporary stalls in the streets for WIHS 2012Temporary stalls in the streets of Washington, D.C.

1980 Tim Grubb at WIHSTim Grubb at the 1980 Washington International Horse Show

via WIHS

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Club Hipico – La Paz, Bolivia

For the past couple years I’ve had the pleasure of visiting family in Bolivia, South America. Most of my family lives in Santa Cruz and La Paz. One of the things I like to do is visit the riding clubs, obviously because I myself ride horses, but also because of their history and sense of community centered around horses. The club in La Paz is where the riders in my family first learned to ride and it is one of my favorite places to visit in Bolivia. Club Hipico Los Sargentos is nestled in the mountains of La Paz, Bolivia. The club offers many different amenities such as horse-back riding, soccer, racquet ball, tennis, a shooting range and a gymnasium with various fitness classes. This year, on October 27th, the club is hosting the 2012 Campeonato Nacional, national show jumping championship. Clubs, riders, and horses from all over Bolivia will travel to La Paz to compete.

Club Hipico Los Sargentos Campeonato Nacional 2012

Here are some pictures from my visit in December:

Club Hipico Los Sargentos club house The club house exterior

Club Hipico Los Sargentos club house and pool The interior of the club house and a view of the pool

Club Hipico Los Sargentos grand prix field View from the grand prix field

Club Hipico Los Sargentos horse and winding road One of the private barns and the beautiful winding road leading up to it

Club Hipico Los Sargentos schooling horses The schooling horses waiting for their students

via LOS SARGENTOS and CHLS

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Pennsylvania National Horse Show

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show starts today! Some of the best equestrian athletes travel to Harrisburg, PA to give it their all. Really wishing I was there to watch the amazing riders and horses perform. Watch live streaming of the events on the USEF Network.

Pennsylvania National Horse Show logo

Visit the PA National Horse Show’s Facebook page

PA horse show stick horse

PA National Horse Show Terrier Races

Don’t miss the terrier races on October 15!

LINKS: PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL HORSE SHOW 
PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center October 11-20, 2012

 

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Chincoteague

If you’ve ever read the book Misty of Chincoteague, you’ll want to make your way to Assateague island to visit the Chincoteague ponies. They are the cutest things ever. I’ve always wondered how the herds got there in the first place. Stories suggest that they arrived there by a spanish shipwreck in the mid 1700’s, and the ponies you see today are their descendants. How cool is that? The trip is a must!

Chincoteague Ponies

Chincoteague Ponies

Chincoteague Ponies

Chincoteague Ponies

Chincoteague ponies grazing

link CHINCOTEAGUE

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