Sunday, March 1, 2015

NJ Show and Event Schedule - March 2015

Below is a compilation of the current rated and unrated show and event schedules in NJ for the month of March (items crossed out were cancelled due to inclement weather):

1 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 917.371.4551

7 "Horse Park Barrel Racing" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Western. 908.963.1989

7-8 "USEF Regional II Horse Show" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. Rated 732.591.9600

7 "Winter Horse Show" - @ Pembrook Farm, Eldora, NJ: Hunter. Pointed. 609.861.5066

8 "Autumn Riders" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 732.703.5465

8 "Hunter Horse Show" - @ West Milford Equestrian Center, Newfoundland, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. Rated 908.832.7402

14 "Winter Horse Show" - @ Pembrook Farm, Eldora, NJ: Hunter. Pointed. 609.861.5066

14 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Centenary, Long Valley, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 917.371.4551

14 "Dressage Schooling Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ. Allentown, NJ: Dressage. 609.203.6142

14-15 "Palermo Winter Festival V" - @ Palermo Show Stable, Bedminster, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 908.719.7500

15 "Youth Paint Horse Association Clinic" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twp, NJ: All-Around. 609.420.7290

15 "Oxbow Shaggy Horse Winter Dressage Schooling Shows Series" - @ Oxbow Stables, Hamburg, NJ: Dressage. 973.903.3722

15 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 732.591.9600

21 "Horse Park Barrel Racing" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Western. 908.963.1989

21 "NJ Quarter Horse Youth - Clinic" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twp, NJ: All-Around. 908.418.5923

21-22 "Tewksbury Farm Horse Show" - @ Hidden River Farm, Neshanic Station, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 908.832.7402

22 "Winter Horse Show" - @ Changewater Stables, Lopatcong, NJ: All-Around. 908.619.4267

22 "Warm Up Open Show" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twp, NJ. 214.718.1593

27-29 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Duncraven, Titusville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper: 732.591.9600

27-29 "EPRHA No Foolin Slide Show" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park. South Logan Twp, NJ: Western. 973.479.4868

28 "Winter Horse Show" - @ Pembrook Farm, Eldora, NJ: Hunter. Pointed. 609.861.5066

28 "Dressage Winter Open Schooling Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ. Allentown, NJ: Dressage. 609.203.6142

29 "Regional II Horse Show" - @ Woodedge, Moorestown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. Rated 856.235.5623

29 "NJEC Show Series" - @ North Jersey Equestrian Center, LLC, Pompton Plains, NJ: All-Around. Rated 973.839.0077


Do you live in the state of NJ and have any additions to the list?
Please let me know in the comments below or in a private message.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Warmth in a Winter Wonderland - Blanketing


There are a lot of differing opinions in the horse industry when it comes to blanketing horses. Some groups believe that a horse is perfectly fine in their own winter coat as long as they have a form of wind break and shelter wherever they may be....

Photo via Wikipedia
..... while other groups believe that a horse should be blanketed in order to be better protected from the harsh winds and cold winters ... especially if they are clipped during the winter.
Photo via Statelinetack
Most of what a person believes depends on a compilation of factors such as how the person is educated, what their horse's needs are and where they live.  But whatever your belief may be, this winter has been gosh darn cold, icy, windy, and just plain miserable thus far.

So, if you decide to blanket your horse, you have a few options available to you:

First off, you'll need to measure your horse for the blanket. In order to measure for the size of the blanket you need, take a measuring tape (or a piece of yarn) and measure from the center of the chest to the tail, moving the tape around the length of the mid section, like below.
Follow the Red Line to Measure
Then you will get to pick out what you want... (shopping time!! Yay)

Sheet: Usually lightweight or just a shell to protect from wind or rain
Blanket: Usually thicker than a sheet to provide more warmth
Turnout: Has a protective covering on the outside to prevent rain and moisture from penetrating the lower layers
Stable: Does not have a protective outer layer, so is best used under a a turnout sheet or blanket

I have found through trial and error that it is usually best to have a couple turnouts, blankets and sheets of varying weights/ fill so as to better prepare for the weather and outfit your horse. You can always add or remove items to increase or decrease the heat level. I've also learned (via frustration and hand signals trial and error) to make sure that all turnouts are at least 1200 deniers especially if your horse has friends that play tug-o-blanket or other fun activities. We all know that horses like to get into trouble. Heck, if you looked in the dictionary, you'd find a picture of a horse with a mischievous look on his or her face. You know the look I'm talking about.

Anyways, there is an awesome guide in the form of tables, charts and frequently asked questions on horse.com in regards to weather temperatures, fill weights, deniers, etc that I love to review from time to time. You can find it here: Horse.com's Guide to Blanketing

What do you put on or not put on your horse during the winter months? Do you have any advice for new horse owners out there that are going through their first winter?


Stay warm!
~The Equus Ally

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day



Did you do anything special with your horse? Let us know in the comments!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NJ Show and Event Schedule - February 2015

Below is a compilation of the current rated and unrated show and event schedules in NJ for the month of February (items crossed out were cancelled due to inclement weather):

1 "Dressage Schooling Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ. Allentown, NJ: Dressage. 609.203.6142

1 "Snowbird Winter Horse Show" - @ Centenary, Hackettstown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 917.371.4551

7 "Horse Park Barrel Racing" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Western. 908.963.1989

8 "Baymar Farms" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Rated C. 732.591.9600

8 "Autumn Riders" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 732.703.5465

14 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Centenary, Long Valley, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 917.371.4551

14 "Snowbird Winter Horse Show" - @ Centenary, Long Valley, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 917.371.4551

14-15 "Woodedge at the Park" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 856.235.5623

15 "Schooling Horse Show Series" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 732.591.9600

15 "Oxbow Shaggy Horse Winter Dressage Schooling Shows Series" - @ Oxbow Stables, Hamburg, NJ: Dressage. 973.903.3722

15 "Tewksbury Farm Horse Show" - @ Hidden River Farm, Neshanic Station, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 908.832.7402

21 "Dressage Schooling Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ. Allentown, NJ: Dressage. 609.203.6142

21 - 22 "Black River Farms H.J Schooling Series" - @ Black River Farms, Ringoes, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Schooling. 908-284-0200

22 "Winter Horse Show" - @ Changewater Stables, Lopatcong, NJ: All-Around. 908.619.4267

22 "NJEC Show Series" - @ North Jersey Equestrian Center, LLC, Pompton Plains, NJ: All-Around. Rated 973.839.0077

28 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Duncraven, Titusville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper: 732.591.9600

28-1 "Woodedge at the Park" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper. 856.235.5623

Do you live in the state of NJ and have any additions to the list?
Please let me know in the comments below or in a private message.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Re-Post: Article on Wild Horses and Burros

I keep an eye on the Wild Horse and Burro BLM debate, and am always on the lookout for new articles and blogs that have to do with the issues at hand. I have my own opinions on what should and should not happen to America's horse population, and have no problem letting people know that I stand for the horses, like I always have, and do not like what is currently going on with the management of the animals.

Well, today, I ran across a nicely written article by a biologist on my Facebook feed that I would like to share. It will only take a few minutes of your time to read the article as it is posted, here.

While you read it, I'd like you to think about the following:
What are your thoughts on the issues from the article?
Do you think how the BLM is managing the wild herds appropriate? Why or why not?
Do you agree with the biologist on the environmental implications of the current management of the herds?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NJ Show and Event Schedule - January 2015

Below is a compilation of the current rated and unrated horse show and event schedules in NJ for the month of January:

2 - 4 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Hunter's Crossing, Long Valley, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Rated. 917-371-4551

3 - 4 "Woodedge Horse Show" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Unrated.  856-235-5623

10 "Baymar Farms" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Rated. 732.591.9600

10 "Luck of the Draw" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Barrel Racing & Bull Riding. 856-241-1415

11 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter / Jumper Rated. 917-371-4551

11 "Frozen Barrel Racing" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Barrel Racing.  

17 "Winter Open Dressage Schooling Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Dressage. 609-203-6142

17 - 18 "Black River Farms H.J Schooling Series" - @ Black River Farms, Ringoes, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Unrated. 908-507-8559

17 - 18 "Woodedge Horse Show" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Unrated.  

18 "Oxbow Shaggy Horse Winter Dressage Schooling Show" - @ Oxbow Stables, Hamburg, NJ: Dressage. 973-903-3722

18 "Tewksbury Farm Stable" - @ Hidden River Farm, Hillsborough, NJ: Hunter Rated. 908-369-7203

18 "Changewater Stables Winter Indoor Show Series" - @ Changewater Stables, Lopatcong, NJ: English & Western. 908-619-4267

24 "Winter Schooling" - @ Pembrook Farm, Eldora, NJ: Hunter Unrated. 609-861-5066

24 "Luck of the Draw" - @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Barrel Racing & Bull Riding. 856-241-1415

24 - 25 "Palermo Winter Classic" - @ Palermo Show Stable, Bedminster, NJ: Hunter/ Jumper Rated. 908-719-7500

24 - 25 "US Mounted Games Association DREAM Pairs Competition"- @ Gloucester County Dream Park, South Logan Twshp, NJ: Mounted Games Open & U17

25 "NJEC Series" - @ North Jersey Equestrian Center LLC, Pompton Plains, NJ: English & Western Rated. 973-839-0077

25 - 26 "Woodedge Horse Show" - @ Horse Park of NJ, Allentown, NJ: Hunter / Jumper Unrated. 856-235-5623

31 "CJL Inc Horse Show" - @ Baymar Farms, Morganville, NJ: Hunter / Jumper Rated. 917-371-4551

Do you live in the state of NJ and have any additions to the list? 
Please let me know in the comments below or in a private message. 






Happy New Year!





Happy New Year!

May this year bring great achievements, 
good tidings, and happy memories.


From the Equus Ally