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Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center Horseback Riding Lessons, Spring/Summer/Winter Camps, Horse Boarding & Training, Showing, Official United States Pony Club Riding Center Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center is a Summer Camp service in Aldie, VA, offering Horseback Riding, summer activities, and Pony Club services since 1991.

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Do you really understand how big your horse's lungs are? This picture is a horse's lungs fully inflated...amazing when you think they are enclosed in a horse's body! Did you know a horse takes in 2x 5-Gallon buckets of air ever second? Think of how much that really is. So, do the best you can to help your horse breathe! #healthyhorse



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Alfalfa and horses with ulcers
Research from Texas A&M University shows that feeding alfalfa to horses with the potential to be high performers either prevents or is therapeutic in treating stomach ulcers.

Something in alfalfa hay tends to buffer acid production, said Dr. Pete Gibbs, Extension horse specialist. Feeding grain, confinement, exercise and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. Studies have shown that horses will heal if provided less acidic diets.

In the research, 24 quarter horses from 12-16 months old were separated into two treatment groups. One group was fed Bermuda grass hay and the other fed alfalfa hay to meet the daily roughage needs. The yearlings received forced exercise during the study. The horses were examined internally with an endoscope at the beginning and end of two 28-day trials.

It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the only hay they are fed, horses can still get gastric ulcers, he said.

In this study, ulcer scores increased when alfalfa was removed from the horses diets, and they were turned out on pasture. Under the ulcer-scoring system, 0 signified no ulcers, with severity increasing to level 4.

Further work is needed to look at horses with varying degrees of ulceration to better determine the full extent to which alfalfa or alfalfa-based products might help from a feeding management standpoint.

Based on what we know right now, for horses that are kept in confinement, eating feed and getting forced exercise, it makes sense to consider some alfalfa as part of their diet, he said.

Until further research is done, he recommends, horses weighing between 1,000-1,300 pounds should be fed about 1 pound of alfalfa after a grain meal.

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If it ain’t your day, it ain’t your day. I have rides where I get on and it’s just not working. Maybe my horse is tired, or in a mood; maybe I’m tired, or in a mood. But it’s not a failure to live to fight another day. Go for a hack. Get in a good grooming session. Do some groundwork. Very rarely is there something in training that has to be accomplished Today; come at it anew with a fresh mind Tomorrow.

5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra
5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra

5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra

We’ve all heard the instructions: Sit back, stay up, lift your chest. We all know following those commands improves our balance, improves how our horses work underneath us, and helps us stay on should things go awry. That said, many of us are ridi...

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To create throughness with correct bend when your horse is crooked...

Imagine your crooked horse as a kinked hose. You need to straighten him to get the kinks out and get the water (his energy) flowing. Then you can bend him correctly.—Annie Morris

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz


Answer time!
What’s wrong with this rider and how would you fix it….
This is just a sketch, so obviously my intent is a factor here.
Some mentioned uneven stirrups- great point! But when people ride with uneven stirrups it’s USUALLY because they keep losing one, it FEELS long, so they shorten it. (DON’T DO THAT!!)

This rider‘s right hip is higher than the left hip. This causes the right leg to scrunch up. This is SO COMMON!!!
And I know, I know, rider is technically in the middle of the saddle, however, The best way to correct this problem is to scooch over to the right, high centering the left seat bone in the middle of the saddle, and then dropping the right seat bone down into the hole. When I tell people to do this, they initially feel like they are falling off to the right. Sorry, but get over it. Lol and if you were doing this on your own, just know that I usually tell students six or seven times to, “do it more,… exaggerate more, even more,… yup, further to the right, keep going,…” but when you are used to riding with one hip higher than the other one, it takes a lot to undo that muscle memory!!! The goal is not to get your seat bones even during this ride. The goal is to fix your body so that you have complete mastery over your seat bones, and that requires some serious exaggeration.

It’s just like when we supple really green horses by bending, and leg yielding, and counter bending, and bending some more. By the time those horses are approaching second level we are then working on straightness. But you can’t have true straightness until you have suppleness. It is the same for the Rider.

Once I get writers to really actually put the left seat bone in the middle of the saddle and drop the right seat bone down into the hole this position creates, suddenly they feel strong in the right leg, their right heel finally drops down, they can finally bend the horse to the right, and they can, usually for the first time in their lives, actually leg yield a horse successfully to the left.

We do all of this over positioning while traveling to the right. When going to the left, often their default position is just fine. But some riders need to scooch over to the left while going left, just not as dramatically (assuming the problem is their right seat bone is chronically high like in the sketch)

Dressage is not the art of sitting perfectly straight on a perfectly straight horse- it’s sitting however you need to in order to train the horse’s body, and your own! EVENTUALLY things get pretty even, but when we just try to get even, we typically skip the supple part. We skip the awareness part. We skip the part where we are actually effective!!!

And if your right stirrup feels long, for Pete’s sake, don’t just shorten it. That will just compound your crookedness.

A truly great way to double check this on your own is to drop the outside stirrup and post with only the inside one. The rider in the sketch would find this easy to the left and very difficult to the right. 






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The basics



Megan D, a c1 member of MBFPCRC on Samy competing in the 1.20 meter jumpers at the Swan Lake Stables Holiday Jumper Show...

Megan D, a c1 member of MBFPCRC on Samy competing in the 1.20 meter jumpers at the Swan Lake Stables Holiday Jumper Show.


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Spur strap as a cup holder ?!

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians
Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians

Stefan Duma and the Helmet Lab team at Virginia Tech are developing a system to evaluate equestrian helmets. Ultimately, they want to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets.


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Why horses are actually toddlers:

1. They are never tired. Do you feel tired after a long day at work? Do you want to go for a relaxing horse visit? Do you plan on taking a leisurely walk down the trails with said horse? Wrong. You will be galloping sideways. You will be screaming while your life flashes before your eyes. You will be sweating bullets because your horse cannot walk past a particular tree without shooting straight into the air like a comet. You will get to the barn exhausted and leave feeling like a corpse.

2. They are death to your hair color. You might start out with a child/horse with a full head of brown, black, blonde etc hair, but by the time you’re half-way through their childhood, you will be solidly gray. This is not because you got a box of dye from the dollar tree during a mental break down and smashed it on your head in your bathroom in the dark at 2am. No, you will have gray hair because the human body can only take so much agony. After a while, it shows signs of the pain it endures. Gray hair is one of these signs.

3. They cost a lot. When you have a child, you think the money pit will stop when they turn 18. Just like with children, the idea that one day this massive financial burden of a horse will relax is a total lie. There will always be doctor bills, eating bills, housing bills… no matter what you do to save money, they will suck it out of you. The day you realize you are eating peanut butter out of a jar while your horse has a meal that costs more than your house payment is the day you’ll know you’re really a horse parent. That day is not a good day.

4. They put everything in their mouth. I have had horses bite my head, my helmet, my purse, my phone, my sandwich, my ice cream, my necklace, my car, my saddle, my shirt, my shoe, my foot… everything.

5. They are masters at the game of Tag. You will never catch them. They will run circles around you screaming with delight until you finally fall over in the field and cry.

6. They like running around naked. If left alone on the cross ties with an un-girthed saddle, many will whip it off and fling it across the aisle. They will also scratch their bridles off mid ride and leave you terrified and stranded on board. Does this sound too specific? Does this sound like something my horse does constantly? Not at all. My horse is an angel. Total angel.

7. They hurt your back. When you have a toddler, you have to pick them up, carry them, put them down, play games with them, lay on the floor with them, carrying their rocks and stuffed animals… the list goes on. Horses do the same thing. You have to carry their buckets, their outfits, their bedsheets, their ego…


If you give your child a pony, they will want to ride. You’ll buy them the best pony you can find, followed by a hat, boots and all the other things pony.

You look for a local stables to ride at where you start to socialise with the horsey community...and then life as you know it, will end.

Before you know it, they want to go to shows so you join BS …there will be no more lazy weekends watching TV. You will see more sunrises than you ever thought possible.

Every spare minute of your time will be spent driving horseboxes and enduring a crazy addiction to practice for the next show.

Your house may be a mess, and your car will be dirty. All because you gave your child a pony. Your weekends will be spent freezing or burning to death on a fold up chair. And their weekends will be spent gaining confidence and friends, learning new skills and having fun and getting dirty!!!!

You will be there the day he or she takes the first few steps of canter, the first taste of a jump, first rosette, first win. And they will make you SO proud. Other parents will congratulate you, but you feel weird saying thank you because it's not you on the pony, it’s your child. It's everything that they did, they achieved. And right before your eyes, your little boy/girl will be transformed from the baby who bounced around on their rocking horse into an exceptional young horse enthusiast on the hunt for the next HOYS ticket or maybe even the Olympics!

When you give your child a pony, you give them more than just something to ride. You give them a sport, a talent, hope and dreams. Friends, a new family, a place to learn about life, room to grow as a person where they can push their limits, and bravery, and courage, and memories. And they will have ALL of these things, simply because you gave your child a pony.

Because you gave your child a pony, you too will develop new/lifelong friendships, developed solely from the same passion for the sport. You will have an equestrian family because you gave your child a pony.

Then one day, many years from today…they will be in their room and a certain trophy will catch their eye. And they will pick it up and realise instantly that when you gave them a pony, you also gave them a childhood that they would never forget. At this point, you realise that everything you gave up along the way and sacrificed was totally worth it…..

All because you gave your child a pony...

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📸 Holly Lenahan



Things you should know before buying a horse:

1. They will multiply. You’ll have one, then suddenly you’ll have another, and the cycle repeats itself for all of eternity. Pro tip: Some horses are the exact same color. This means those free souls who are not horse people aka husbands will not be able to tell the difference. You can have multiple horses of the same color and claim to have only one and your husband will never know.

2. You will buy specific outfits to wear around your horse. They will smell terrible. Then you will go shopping in these outfits and everyone in the grocery store will turn their noses up and avoid you. These outfits will cost more than everyone’s grocery carts combined and yet you will smell and look like a complete pauper.

3. Barn time is not like other time. You might go to the barn planning on spending an hour there, but you won’t leave until the barn feels its time for you to go. A week later you might walk out to see your husband and kids lying in the driveway waiting for dinner. There’s no telling what the barn will decide. It is its own entity. Respect it. Don’t make plans around it.

4. They wear shoes. Like human shoes, except 5x more expensive. Also, they only wear them if they want to. Some days, they’ll take their shoes off and leave them piled up in the mud. It’s impossible to find these shoes after they leave them somewhere.

5. You will be called horse girl. You can take this as you’d like to take it. Some horse girls take it poorly. Some take it well. Sometimes its an insult. Sometimes it’s a mark of respect for a human who is strong enough to keep a 1200Ib “my sole purpose is to die from stomachaches” animal alive.

6. Oh yes, stomachaches. Did we not cover stomach aches yet? My bad. Let me explain. Horses don’t like having stomach aches. When you have a stomachache, you might have a soothing drink and sit down a minute. Horses are not like you. Horses will feel slightly off anywhere in their bodies and will simply decide to give up the ghost. Everything and anything can kill a horse. If it moves, it will kill a horse. If it doesn’t move, it will kill a horse. If you’re not sure if it moves or doesn’t move, it will still kill a horse.

7. Most importantly, horses will change your life. You will cry and laugh at the same time. You will look like a total fool at a show, but you will have the time of your life doing it. You will meet people who’ve got the horse bug too and suddenly you’ll have a second family. You will ride one day and then spend four days trying to learn how to get out of your car without groaning. You will have horse cookies in your laundry and your house will smell like your best friend. You will spend every waking minute and every sleeping half second thinking about them. And, when the moon aligns with the earth just right, the tree sways in the exact manner needed, and the birds quiet for one instant, you will realize you are living inside the dream you had as a child. You will be the princess on a horse.

-- Angelina Vita

4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians - The Plaid Horse Magazine
4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians - The Plaid Horse Magazine

4 Reasons Why Half-Leasing is a Great Option for Equestrians - The Plaid Horse Magazine

BY BRITTANY FRADE In the world of horses, ponies, showing and ribbons there is no shortage of horse rider partnership/ownership options. Like many other riders, I hit a stage in my riding where I wanted to become more competitive, but was unsure of whether the next step was to lease or a purchase a....





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Do you love foxhunting? Pony Club members can receive recognition for their knowledge of Foxhunting! The award is separated into unmounted and mounted sections. For successfully completing of the unmounted portion, the candidate will earn a Fox Pin. For fulfilling the mounted portion of the certification, they will receive a certificate and USPC Foxhunting Pin. Applications can be submitted at any point in the year on the USPC website under the Foxhunting discipline!



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Apparel order is done 😁 Will be dropping it off at MBF in the apartment by tomorrow evening!
Congratulations to Tori H of Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center! Thanks to Total Equine Veterinary Associates, Tori & a guest will enjoy Auditor Passes to Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson Show Jumping Clinic at Rutledge Farm on October 12
We took 3 ouf our grandchildren for their first riding lesson on Saturday and WOW, talk about being impressed! Went from 3 kids ages 6,7 and 11 being pretty nervous to wanting to go back as soon as possible! They loved the experience.
My granddaughter, Caroline, is taking weekly lessons at MB, and is interested in possibly working at the barn over the summer. Another rider's mother told me it's possible for the kids to work and help out with the summer camps. Could someone give me more information on that, and how I might be able to get Caroline involved? Thank you!
KELLY'S FORD equestrian center FUN SHOW !! February 24th in our heated indoor arena