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May 4th, 2016 by menken

You open up the dressage handbook and immediately you know that this book is different from any other dressage books you’ve ever read in your life. It’s a collection of facts, information and quotes to do with dressage.. the best way to describe it is that this book tries to emulate what it feels like to be a dressage queen!

Dressage handbook

Check out the Introduction:

” In this book, you’ll find the answers to many Dressage

questions, and the stories behind numerous of Dressage’s most

intriguing pieces of trivia. Each entry includes a fact, the story

behind that fact, and related quotes. I’ve tried to prioritize

them all in some way, but they don’t form a logical line – they

are there for you to explore and ZigZag through.

Together, we’ll jump around from one thing to another, always

finding something Dressage related along the way. Chances

are, wherever you wind up, it’ll be someplace interesting.

As each entry proves that there is so much more to find out

about the Dressage big picture, you’ll be able to call yourself a

true Dressage expert.

So welcome to the world of Dressage facts, trivia and quotes,

where there is much, much to learn.”

A dressage handbook without a logical line… one that zig zags through various topics?? That sounds exactly like I do my Google searches on the topic… (and if I’m really honest it also looks a lot like our centre lines… ahum… )

 Click Here to Download the Dressage Handbook PDF


The book has 188 pages packed full with content. It’s not one of those fluff books with a lot of aesthetic white spaces.. nope.. every pages is filled to the brim with information and trivia about dressage.


For example:

Dressage – Arena

The standard arena is 20m by 60m (66x197ft), and is used for

tests in both pure dressage and eventing. The standard dressage

arena letters are A-K-V-E-S-H-C-M-R-B-P-F. The letters

on the long sides of the arena, nearest the corners, are 6m

(19.7ft) in from the corners, and are 12m (39.4ft) apart from

each other. The letters along the centre line are D-L-X-I-G,

with X again being half way down the arena. There is speculation

as to why these letters were chosen. Most commonly it is

believed because the German cavalry had a 20 x 60 meter area

in-between the barracks which had the letters posted above the


1992 Summer Olympics – Venues

Real Club de Polo de Barcelona – equestrian (dressage, jumping,

eventing final), modern pentathlon (riding)

Edie Campbell:

’It’s very good for you, riding. You know how every model is like, ‘I do yoga.’ Well, I find horses to have the same effect, in that you have to put

your ego aside and concentrate on making the horse do the things you want it to do, and move in the way you want it to move – particularly if

you’re doing dressage.’

Click Here to Download the Dressage Handbook PDF

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November 12th, 2015 by menken

Buying your first horse is such an exciting and wonderful adventure! After a lot of research, excellent advice and guidance, you’ll be able to find your ideal equine match!

However, we’ve all seen the emaciated, neglected, abused and abandoned horses that end up on rescue websites, in dogger pens and sales yards.



It’s always heart breaking for any animal lover to see this happen and a kind hearted and inexperienced horse lover can easy make the potential mistake of purchasing a rescue horse as their first horse… 


Taking on a rescue horse can be a very challenging endeavor for a variety of reasons. Especially for a first time buyer. There is a greater financial hardship as rescue horses tend to need a greater amount of care and rehabilitation to nurse them back to good medical and emotional health.

The biggest issue with purchasing a rescue horse as your first horse though, is the lack of history about the horse you’ve now taken under your wing. Where did it come from? Does it have any hidden health issues? Is the horse mentally sound? Has the horse been abused? Does the horse have behavioral issues (on the ground or ridden)?
These are all potential huge risks when purchasing an unknown quantity….


Especially if you are looking in dogger pens and sales yard for a horse to rescue. Shonky dealers will sometimes tell you anything you want to hear just to make a quick dollar, even if that means lying about a horse’s history or reason for ending up in the yards to begin with. They will happily sell you a dangerous horse as a bombproof “family pet”, and by dangerous, that could be as simple as the horse just being too much for a beginner horse owner to handle, which can end in catastrophe. Up to 20 Australians are killed each year from horse related accidents.


Not all abused and/or neglected horses are dangerous or have behavioral issues, and sadly have just been incredibly unlucky and need lots of love and care! But the message here is, rescuing horses is a WONDERFUL thing to do and so many fantastic people do wonders in re-homing neglect cases…But when searching for your first horse or pony, go down another avenue. Safety and caution is paramount!  

By all means look at rescuing a horse in need later down the track when you have more knowledge and experience under your belt. 🙂



If you would still love to help support a rescue horse and donate money to help with the ongoing care, there are several fantastic sanctuaries that allow you to do just that! 🙂

Horse Rescue Australia

Save A Horse Australia

Quest Equine Welfare

Equine Action Queensland Inc.

While you are looking for your first horse, there are many do’s and don’t’s that you need to look out for and remember! Luckily here at Horses-Store we provide a complete online course that teaches you what you need to know when buying your first horse, as well as learning how to safely enjoy and take care of your horse! You can find out more by following this link: Available Courses

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October 8th, 2015 by menken

We all have those quirky things that our trainers say to us that we can’t help but sit back and have a giggle at sometimes and there are also plenty of things we wish we could ignore as well.

But most of all, they say things that get our butts into gear and ride the way we always should! 😉

Something my own trainer always tells me – “Perfect practice makes perfect!”


They are never afraid to tell us how it is!



And their sympathy comes in small doses 😛








But of course, they only want to see you succeed and progress with your beloved equine companion 🙂

Sponsored Rider - Tegan Cornish

Sponsored Rider – Tegan Cornish

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September 24th, 2015 by menken

Remember when you were a kid and confidence just oozed out of you? How a tumble off a horse never phased you or made you question your riding ability or safety? Weren’t those the days!

As we get older, we grow wiser and our regard for life changes and we become more careful as well as cautious. So if our horse spooks or we have a fall (being big or small) it can severely impact our confidence in our horse, our safety and our riding ability if the unexpected occurs.


Once we start doubting ourselves, we start to anticipate all of the bad things that could happen while we are riding, which in turn makes us nervous. Horses are incredibly sensitive creatures and will pick up on your nervous body language.


Horse has more confidence in you = horse sees you as a leader
Horse sees you as leader = You have more confidence
You have more confidence = Your horse has more confidence in you.

Here is a fantastic blog that has compiled a number of resources that will help you become confident in your riding again


Another fantastic article 🙂



If confidence in yourself isn’t a huge drama but you would like to help your horse become more confident, have a look at some of Warrick Schiller’s videos – like the one below.


I know that a few of the falls you’ll see below would shake me up! :-O



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September 1st, 2015 by menken

So you want to get into horse riding, but don’t have your own horse? Knowing where to start can be tough.

When looking at potential horses, getting a second opinion is extremely important, even if you are a knowledgeable horse person yourself. This is especially true if you are buying your first horse. A knowledgeable trainer can objectively look at a horse and pull out the fine details that you might not notice which will influence your decision in purchasing the horse.


Too many first-time horse owners select a horse that isn’t right for them. Eventually, they get frustrated and give up on horses altogether, forever missing out on the joy of horse ownership.

Buying a horse is a lot like buying a used car. Both take a lot of research, plus some experience and smart buying strategies, to make a purchase you’ll be happy with.

Here are some fantastic articles on the web on what to look for when buying your first horse

Read This Before You Buy Your First Horse

Top 10 Horse or Pony Buying Mistakes

Buying a horse? Follow our top 10 tips!





Next week we will look at how to be safe around your new horse  as well as covering a new exciting announcement for Horses-Store! Stay tuned…..

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August 20th, 2015 by menken



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I love that there’s a tree in every paddock for shade! 🙂 860cd5345fe8b7247ef9bf7cf522339b


I could live in that tack room…..188c5f4b6bdb2ec738c84dbae75c519732c00eeb825dfb5e787d3cf514e4b1fc

WOW!!!!!26.9 million dollar horse farm located in Wellington, Florida.8b948bd58f5f76054efa1185d050bca0

Keeps getting better and better <3 3fe4f206ede19c91c9c79446bc4f936f

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Yep I’m in love….



We can all dream! 🙂 

Check out these properties below too!

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August 17th, 2015 by menken

Even though it’s still Winter and we haven’t really started thinking about the warmer weather that is fast approaching us, it’s super important to be proactive and aware of the challenges the Summer weather may bring our horses.

Summer means hot, stinky and humid weather, and to cope with these extreme temperatures  we like to go sit in the air conditioning, relax in the swimming pool or sit in front of a massive fan!  However, if we aren’t lucky enough to have these luxuries, we rely on our ability to sweat in order to cool down.

Now imagine if you had none of the above options to cool down…..face-screaming-in-fear

This is the reality that some horses have to face when they have an unfortunate condition called, Anhidrosis.


What is Anhidrosis?

Anhidrosis is also known as ‘drycoat syndrome’ or ‘non-sweating disease’. It’s defined as a decreased ability to sweat in response to increased body temperature. It can affect horses of all breeds and of all ages and can come on suddenly or develop over time.

A normal horse can return to a normal temperature and respiration rate relatively quickly after exercise. Whereas a horse with Anhidrosis will stay at a dangerously high temperature and respiration rate, which puts the horse at great risk or heat stroke and even potential brain damage in extreme cases.


Photo: Stance Equine

Photo: Stance Equine

What are the signs?

– A dry coat in the hotter weather, even thinning and loss of hair.

– Heavy breathing and panting during and after exercise. Look for rapid and shallow breaths that continue long after the exercise stops. The heavy breathing is the horse’s way of compensating for the inability to sweat and cool down.

– Lethargy and lack of willingness to perform.

– And of course the lack of perspiration after a heavy workout


How can I manage it?

The successful treatment of Anhidrosis can be relatively easy, but it is often challenging to cure. There are many different treatment options for Anhidrosis, and what works on one horse might not work on another.

Exercise your horse early in the morning or in the evening, when it’s not so hot. Take frequent breaks, allowing his/her breathing to recover before you ask for more effort.

Make sure your cool down process after a workout is long and effective – use lots of cold water and fans if possible. Monitor your horse’s vital signs and continue to hose down your horse until they are back to normal.

Ensure there is ample ventilation in his/her stable and be sure that there is large amounts of shade in the paddock (alternatively only turn the horse out at night time).

There are certain supplements available that have been proven helpful in the treatment for this syndrome. But please contact your vet for available options.

**DISCLAIMER** We are not vets, so if you have concerns about your horse’s health, please contact your vet as they will provide your horse with the best diagnosis, treatment available and care. 

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August 6th, 2015 by menken

A lot of the time you will hear riders talk about how “comfy” a saddle is and how “lovely” it feels to ride in, which is fantastic as the rider’s comfort is important.

However, is it comfortable for the horse? How well does it fit? Does it feel just as lovely for them as it does for you?

As horses lose or gain weight and change in terms of their fitness levels, their body and back shape can change as well, so it’s important to revisit saddle fit every so often.




Fitting saddles is like fitting a shoe, it needs to be done correctly to allow for movement without pinching or pain. If you are noticing discomfort or changes in your horse’s attitude or behavior under saddle, then it may be time for a professional assessment of how your saddle is fitting.



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A couple of great saddle fit checks from h


5 Horse Behavioral Checks

  1. Does he wince when you touch his back, or try to kick, bite or is generally not happy when you groom him or saddle him up?
  2. Is he cold backed when mounted?
  3. Does he generally resist your aids?
  4. Does he have muscle loss, dry spots, broken or white hairs?
  5. Is he difficult to shoe or resists raising his legs?

5 Saddle Checks

  1. Does your saddle tip you off balance either forwards, backwards or to one side or does the saddle just not feel right?
  2. Is there less than 2 fingers clearance along saddle panels to his spine?
  3. Does the saddle seem to have uneven pressure through the panels down behind your horse’s shoulder or along his back?
  4. Is your saddle new and has not been fitted?
  5. Has it been more than 6 months since your last Saddle Fit?

5 General Checks

  1. Has your horse recently come into work?
  2. Has your horse’s diet recently changed?
  3. Has your horse recently recovered/recovering from an injury or illness?
  4. Is your horse new?
  5. Are you sharing a saddle with other horses?


If you answered yes to any of these, it’s definitely a good idea to organise a professional saddle fit. 🙂

For further education on signs that your saddle isn’t fitting quite right, there is a fabulous article below!

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit Your Horse By Alexandra Beckstett


We all need quality and comfortable saddle blankets to go with out saddles too! So check out our beautiful range HERE!



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July 16th, 2015 by menken

A horse’s conformation and structure can limit or expand his/her options as a performance horse. With poor conformation, a horse may be best suited to quiet trail rides or a paddock companion. With good conformation and athletic ability, horses are capable of exceptional athletic performance.

Conformation and soundness are very closely linked. Conformation is the overall shape of a horse and is variable between breeds in details such as average height and weight, overall build, refinement of head, etc, but to remain sound, all breeds must have the same basic correct conformation.

A well-conformed horse of any breed has a look of balance and squareness, and an imaginary line should equally bisect any limb all the way to the ground. The neck, body and hindquarter must all be in proportion.


Bad legs can make or break a horse, both as a performer and as a breeding prospect. Unlike poor body conformation, leg faults cannot be concealed by fat, though they are not always glaringly obvious and it does take time and experience to recognise them instantly, radiographs can also be very helpful with uncovering leg problems due to conformation faults.

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here are some great informational videos on YouTube that can help you evaluate a horse’s conformation – Have a look at the one below!



You’ll also find a fantastic article on leg conformation written by “The Horse”, below! 

The Horse – Leg Conformation – Written by Les Sellnow



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July 3rd, 2015 by menken

A horse’s muscles make up 60% of their body weight, and muscle activity is responsible for all body functions including, skeletal movement, heart contraction, food moving through the gut, urination, and breathing, among many other bodily functions.

So it’s super important to notice if your horse has sore muscles as it can severely hinder his/her comfort if something isn’t right.

So ask yourself the following…

Does something not feel quite right with my horse? Am I noticing stiffness when I ride? Are they just not moving as freely as they should? Are they not willing to do certain movements that usually should be easy?

Your horse may have sore muscles!


Have a look at the video below for some pointers on how to tell if your horse is sore 🙂


Early identification and correction of painful back conditions, whether they are primary or secondary in origin, can prevent your horse from reaching that most unpleasant point of telling you in his/her own behavioral way…..“Get off my back!” 

Possible treatments for sore muscles/sore back

  • Equissage treatments
  • Chiropractic work
  • Acupuncture
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Ensuring proper saddle fit
  • Estrone sulfate to help improve muscle tone
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Time off from performance in the case of trauma



If you have any concerns, always contact your vet first before seeking other treatment.:-)

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