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Upperville Colt and Horse Show Wrap Up

The Upperville Colt and Horse show, located in the quaint town of Upperville, Virginia, has a rich history that dates back to 1853, making it the oldest horse show in the United States of America. Upperville is also considered to be one of the most prestigious shows in the country. The show originally started by Colonel…

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Beyond the Hunter Braid: Braiding for Long Manes

Author: Debby Stansell, Alaria Moss Gypsy Horses There is  nothing like a long  flowing mane and tail, all clean, sparkling and  blowing in the wind, to make a horse lover’s heart smile, but sometimes, that long mane is not appropriate or comfortable. If you are showing in some types of horse show classes, you will want a more “controlled” look, or on summer trail rides, you…

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All About Breeches

Confused about breeches? Even if you’re a seasoned horseman, finding the right breeches can be a difficult task. Not only are there a variety of different styles and fabrics, there are also different patches that can all change the fit and feel of the pants when you’re in the saddle. And then, to make it even…

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Tips & Tricks for Bathing Your Horse

Author:  Debby Stansell, Alaria Moss Gypsy Horses At my last horse show, as my large, mostly white, Gypsy gelding walked into the warm-up ring, someone asked me, “How long does it take you to get him  that white?”  With a chuckle I replied, “Five years!” Bottom line, you cannot get a white horse, or a horse…

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How Do I Choose a Riding Helmet?

Riding helmets and safety gear are important parts of the equestrian’s wardrobe. Riding hats come in a wide variety of styles from lightweight, schooling helmets to traditional show helmets. When you are purchasing a riding hat, there are several things you need to consider. Fit is an important factor in choosing your ideal hat. You…