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Every successful #equinegirlboss started somewhere. For some, like Alexandra Martel, the dream of creating a company came to fruition at an early age. With more than 200,000 active members across 32 different countries, it’s safe to say that Alex built a community in Horsealot like no other. And it all started from a passion to connect people who share the same interests in horses. Here’s what Alex had to share about getting her start as an equestrian entrepreneur and growing Horsealot over the years: 1. How did Horsealot come about? I have always been truly passionate about consumer applications, and more specifically the social models that tech companies work to find in order to always connect people in a new way. As a rider myself, I felt the need for a connection with everyone sensitive to the equestrian lifestyle, just as I was. 2. Did you have any other ideas for platforms you wanted to create before settling on Horsealot? I always continuously think of new concepts and ideas, not necessarily related to the equestrian industry, Horsealot is the first one that I actually built. It evolved a lot as a platform itself during the past 3 years, I try to […]

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Here’s the truth about boarding your horse: the perfect barn doesn’t exist. I realized this almost immediately during a recent search for a new boarding barn. After being at the same facility for more than 6 years, I grew accustomed to a certain lifestyle for both Dexter and me.  Everything on my “must-have” list seemed like a priority, which made it tough to figure out where to begin. Moving Dexter felt overwhelming, but the search for a new boarding barn became manageable after I learned to prioritize effectively. Here’s how I cut things down to size: Step 1: Focus on 3 factors that can’t be easily changed Think about the things that you can’t compromise on. Exactly what those factors are will be different for everyone, but these were my top priorities in choosing a new barn: Location, location, location. For 10+ years I commuted an hour or more to work and spent half my life in a car. Having spread myself too thin, I was starting to feel frustration at my lack of riding progress. Therefore, it was especially important that I find a barn close enough to my new house that afforded me the ability to easily visit Dexter without […]

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You’ve likely heard the proverbial saying “no hoof, no horse.” This particularly rang true for me while treating and rehabilitating an injury to Dexter’s foot. The damage to his soft tissue structures caused a great deal of pain and lameness. To help provide more comfort throughout the healing process, therapeutic shoeing was introduced. Therapeutic shoeing approach for deep digital flexor tendon injury After identifying the exact location of soreness in Dexter’s foot based on MRIs, my farrier and veterinarian worked as a team to select a therapeutic shoeing approach which included: Pressure distribution My farrier used wedge pads to shift the forces upon Dexter’s feet from landing toe first to heel first. By employing a Myron McLane heel wedge (which raises the heel and provides support to the frog), he was able to decrease the strain to the deep digital flexor tendon. Promoting breakover Another way my farrier helped to create a normal heel first landing was by shortening Dexter’s toes and adding a boxy shape to build breakover into his shoes. Shock absorption Since Dexter was particularly sore in the sole of his foot, my farrier used Vettec Equi-Pak (pour-in pads) in both front feet under the wedge pads to distribute […]

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Progressive, controlled exercise after a soft tissue injury was probably one of the most important elements of Dexter’s rehabilitation program. Combined with stall rest, I began hand-walking Dexter on good footing that wasn’t too deep shortly after his diagnosis to stimulate tissue regeneration (soft tissue requires a bit of stress to heal properly). While each horse’s regimen should be tailored to its individual situation, Dexter’s controlled exercise program went something like this: Weeks 0-2: Received diagnosis. Started hand-walking for 15 minutes, twice daily Weeks 2-4: Hand-walked for 20 minutes, twice daily Weeks 4-6: Hand-walked for 25 minutes, twice daily Weeks 6-8: Hand-walked for 30 minutes, twice daily Week 8: Rechecked to clear for walking under saddle Weeks 8-14: Walked under saddle for 30 minutes daily– walking a square without tight corners Weeks 14-16: Walked under saddle for 40 minutes daily. Introduced poles (graduating to cavalettis) and hills (on a large circle) Week 16: Rechecked to clear for trotting under saddle Weeks 16-17: Walked under saddle for 20 minutes as a warm up, trotted for 1 minute (no small circles, no hard turns), and walked again for another 10 minutes as a cool down. Followed with 20 minutes of Horseware Ice Vibe […]

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If you were unfamiliar with her work before now, you’re welcome. Melissa Hood is creating some the most enchanting horse portraits, and she’s only getting started! Done in acrylic on canvas, Melissa’s portraits have a pretty, lighthearted feel. Not afraid of color, Melissa makes each portrait with your preferences in mind. Her art is bright and bold, overflowing with character. She definitely found a niche that is campy, eclectic and tender. The graphic, colorful backgrounds have become a signature. Inspired by nature, they bring to mind scenes such as a galaxy or underwater. Melissa’s unique style of painting horses over these abstract backgrounds blends the real world with fantasy. My personal favorite? This girl and her horse: It’s all about the special bond between horse and human, based on an unspoken trust and confidence. I automatically related to this piece, particularly the love and affection that’s so clearly visible.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Melissa Hood (@melissahoodart) on Feb 10, 2018 at 10:56am PST Melissa specializes in painting not just a horse’s likeness, but also its spirit and personality in a way that is as individual as each subject. Her work reflects a clear vision, imagination, and […]

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If anyone knows a thing or two about collage, it’s Whitney L Anderson. Collaging is something I have fond memories of doing with friends in school, however Whitney takes it to another level. Her hand-cut collaging process may be simple–sketching, snipping, gluing, sealing–but the level of detail is anything short of impressive. A standard 35×48″ collage takes Whitney roughly 30 hours to complete.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Whitney L Anderson | SEATTLE (@whitneylanderson_art) on Jul 4, 2018 at 11:55pm PDT Her unique style comes from working with recycled materials she loves on the subjects she adores (horses and high fashion). Each collage is cleverly made from old issues of women’s lifestyle magazines such as Glamour, Allure, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire. Whitney has the rare ability to give common everyday magazines character and a sense of life. Turning paper waste into slick and pattern-focused equine art–brilliant! Look closely and you will notice details that connect Whitney’s subject to the magazines used. For example, Regal Rap incorporates actual rap from dozens of Paper magazine issue clippings featuring Travis Scott:   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Whitney L Anderson | SEATTLE (@whitneylanderson_art) on Jun 15, […]

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When you ride horses, every day is basically Christmas. Being an equestrian is one of the greatest gifts you can enjoy year-round, but it can also be incorporated in the actual holiday—from stockings to putting up the tree. There are many of us out there who are probably already thinking how to decorate a Christmas tree if you love horses, and it’s time to put that creativity to work. Allow me to inspire with these 14 stylish horse Christmas ornaments. 1. Shine Bright Like A Swarovski Crystal Above: Designs By Loriece, $19.50 If you’re going for a minimalist vibe this year, this ornament is for you. It’s a simple, chic and timeless way to adorn your tree. 2. It’s Beginning To Felt A Lot Like Christmas Above: SilverOaksFarm, $14.00 How cute will this custom felt ornament look next to your more traditional classics? Super cute, that’s how cute. 3. Christmas Tree Of Champions Above: Breyer, $19.99 Celebrate your love for thoroughbreds with this Justify ornament which will surely put you in winner’s circle mood. 4. A Very Mare-y Christmas Above: Mare Goods, $25 These handmade ponies are beautiful in all the right ways, kiln-fired to perfection. 5. Hoop It Up For The Holidays Above: Kate […]

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Every day when I wake up to Indie’s face I wonder: How did I handle life’s adventures before having her? She makes me happier, healthier and fitter. But owning an active dog breed doesn’t come without its challenges. Indie is highly intelligent, motivated, and impossible to wear out. Therefore, I have to choose energy-burning activities that both of us can participate in. Wether we’re walking, hiking or just playing fetch in the backyard, DOOG performance dog gear has a big impact on how we enjoy the outdoors. From my experience, shopping for gear can be more exhausting than actually getting up and doing something with your dog. To help you spend more time outside together, I’ve created a short list of my favorite Indie tested and approved products from DOOG: Moisture wicking collar Above: Neoprene Dog Collar – Pluto, starting at $8.99 Indie needs a collar that keeps up with her activities and this one does not disappoint! I feel good about her wearing it all day and night because it’s made of soft neoprene. It’s also very washable (often necessary after a day of fun with Indie) and dries quickly, drawing moisture away from Indie’s skin. Reflective Gear Above: DOOG Leash – Lassie, […]

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Who wins in a GoPro Hero3: Black vs Cambox ISIS helmet camera comparison? Well, the truth is, anyone who has either of these wins over someone who doesn’t. But one of these helmet cameras offers a little more than the other… We put both to the test last weekend during an hour long trail ride with Adirondack Saddle Tours in Inlet, New York. Since my Samshield helmet is covered in a suede-like material, I decided to mount both cameras onto Matt’s OneK Defender Matte helmet instead. Here’s what we thought: Technical details Taking resolution as the starting point of my comparison, the GoPro Hero 3: Black is the clear winner. It has the ability to capture footage at resolutions from 720 to 2.7k (which is a bit higher than your standard 1080) and offers a wide, medium, and narrow perspective. In contrast, the Cambox ISIS only offers a 720 resolution with a wide field-of-view. Looking a bit further into the GoPro’s offerings, it has a variety of modes for slow-motion aficionados and cinematic professionals. Advanced users can dial in their color temperature at a later time and capture footage using an option called “ProTune” to extend dynamic range. All of these functions can […]

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