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On Course Equestrian Services

On Course Equestrian Services Friendly and fun lesson barn with trail access to Susquehanna State Park! On Course Equestrian Services offers boarding, training, and lessons specializing in eventing and dressage.We offer full-care board only with the options of partial stall or pasture board.

We have a lighted 80'X200' sand/stonedust arena with jump standards, poles, and barrels. Located next to the Susquehanna State Park with easy access to trails, this barn is at a great location for any type of riding discipline! We are a great backyard barn with a friendly, family-oriented and relaxing environment. We offer riding lessons, pony rides, horse leases, training, showing, and much more!

Operating as usual

03/23/2022

Titan is figuring out his footing!
Training horses to jump is a fine balance of knowing when to push and when to hold back so that you create a balanced confident horse 🐴💪🏼🥳

SO PROUD! A few months ago, this young horse and rider would not have partnered over a jump this size! Now look at them!...
03/18/2022

SO PROUD! A few months ago, this young horse and rider would not have partnered over a jump this size! Now look at them! While horseman like to say “There’s always room for improvement”, we like to say that there’s always room to celebrate 🥳🐴

Big project horses and little project horses! We love them all!
03/14/2022

Big project horses and little project horses! We love them all!

01/31/2022

For the students who attend advanced camp- notice how she fell???

Reasons we won’t ride in cold weather: (1) it’s dangerous to your horses internal health to do more that walk and maybe ...
01/15/2022

Reasons we won’t ride in cold weather: (1) it’s dangerous to your horses internal health to do more that walk and maybe trot, (2) it’s a footing hazard to the horses and instructors work in the arena, (3) it makes the risk of falling much higher and much more serious! Not to mention it’s hard to hear the instructor when it’s windy and not being able to feel your hands/feet/face doesn’t make for a fun ride!

How cold is too cold to ride?

Let’s start with your horse’s respiratory tract. The horse’s respiratory tract is designed to warm and humidify air by the time air reaches the lungs. Intense exercise (anything more than a walk) speeds up and deepens breaths so that air is not as warm or humid when it reaches the lungs which can cause damage to the lower respiratory tracts. It has been discovered in multiple studies that respiratory tracts in horses can become damaged by breathing cold air starting around 23 degrees Fahrenheit, damage to lower respiratory tracts was found 48 hours after exercise, including elevated white blood cell counts and inflammatory proteins as well as narrowing of the tracts.

Moving on to your horse’s cardiovascular system (heart). The cardiovascular system react to cold by increasing the blood pressure and heart rate. It also reduces the amount of blood that flows closest to the skin in order to preserve core body temperature. The reduced blood flow to the skin can lead to frostbite. This lack of blood leads to the eventual freezing and death of skin tissue in the affected areas. Again, it is probably wise to reduce the intensity of your ride so that your horse’s heart does not have to work so hard.

And last but not least your horse’s muscles and joints. Muscles take longer to warm up in the cold weather and arthritic joints may ache and need more time to loosen up. During exercise in the cold, your horse’s muscles require more energy at a faster rate in order for them to function as they would under less extreme conditions. The cold temperature effects the temperature of your horse’s muscles greatly affecting the muscles’ ability to contract. This can leave muscles more vulnerable to fatigue and strains, as cold muscles are less elastic and don’t absorb shock or impact as well as warm muscles. Cold muscles are also less responsive to signals from the nervous system so movements are less coordinated.

So in conclusion it is best to avoid exercise (trotting, cantering and jumping) when temperatures are under 20 degrees F, stick with walking and make sure to properly cool your horse down.

Excited to introduce momma Sunshine and baby Sassafras! Coming soon- driving lessons! 🥳
01/07/2022

Excited to introduce momma Sunshine and baby Sassafras!
Coming soon- driving lessons! 🥳

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas ❄️🐴🎅🏼 Bruno asked Santa for a new blanket 😂⛄️
12/26/2021

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas ❄️🐴🎅🏼 Bruno asked Santa for a new blanket 😂⛄️

Yesterday we lost a unicorn 🦄 Know-No was one of our original OCES lesson horses and almost everyone who’s been a part o...
12/06/2021

Yesterday we lost a unicorn 🦄 Know-No was one of our original OCES lesson horses and almost everyone who’s been a part of our program has ridden her. She taught beginners how to trot and she taught advanced students dressage and XC. Rest easy old girl. We love you Know-No Limits ♥️

Meet some of our new equine faces! Lesson horses in training 🐴🥰 (all but missing our new paint Cosmo)!
11/29/2021

Meet some of our new equine faces! Lesson horses in training 🐴🥰 (all but missing our new paint Cosmo)!

11/23/2021

From a lesson mom… 💗 Inspired by a lesson a few weeks ago.

A little “no stirrup November” fun!
11/12/2021

A little “no stirrup November” fun!

11/04/2021

Halloween costume class 🐴👻🎃

So proud of these students 🐴🥳
11/04/2021

So proud of these students 🐴🥳

SUCH a great day!!!
11/04/2021

SUCH a great day!!!

Misty autumn morning rides 🍁🐴🍂
10/11/2021

Misty autumn morning rides 🍁🐴🍂

09/22/2021
Advanced week XC 🐴

How is summer officially over? It’s time for beautiful fall rides though! 🍂🍁👻🎃☕️ what’s your favorite season to ride in?

Now we know!!! Wow!!!
09/18/2021

Now we know!!! Wow!!!

The meaning behind those dressage letters...now you know!

08/03/2021
Desa on Nico

Who’s been watching the equestrian Olympic events? 🙋🏼‍♀️🥳🐴👏🏼🤩

Advanced students paint horses too! But they paint anatomical things such as the muscular and skeletal systems of the eq...
07/27/2021

Advanced students paint horses too! But they paint anatomical things such as the muscular and skeletal systems of the equine.

07/23/2021
XC warm-up exercises 🥵

When anyone says “The horse does all the work”, they clearly don’t know the amount of exercise and sweat that goes into making a good mounted equestrian! These girls have been building muscle on and off horses the past few days 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

07/23/2021
AM group #2 practicing XC

So more horse loving girls trying one of the most daring and demanding disciplines of riding!

07/22/2021
Part 1

The girls got to create “Tiny Hands” videos teaching an aspect of unmounted horsemanship! Enjoy 😂🐴

07/22/2021
Part 2

The girls got to create “Tiny Hands” videos teaching an aspect of unmounted horsemanship! Enjoy 😂🐴

Such fun during the hot summer months ☀️🥵🐴
07/16/2021

Such fun during the hot summer months ☀️🥵🐴

Such a fun day! Natural horsemanship, trail riding, yoga, crafts, drinks, dinner over the fire 🐴☀️💕🥂 it was a good day f...
06/22/2021

Such a fun day! Natural horsemanship, trail riding, yoga, crafts, drinks, dinner over the fire 🐴☀️💕🥂 it was a good day for sure 🥰🍹thank you to all who attended (adults AND equines)

So much rain these past 2 days! Know-No Limits got caught in it eating her dinner 🥴⛈🐴
06/04/2021

So much rain these past 2 days! Know-No Limits got caught in it eating her dinner 🥴⛈🐴

Way to go girls! Working on a little introductory XC 🥳🐴🥵☀️ summer is coming!!!
05/26/2021

Way to go girls! Working on a little introductory XC 🥳🐴🥵☀️ summer is coming!!!

The tress are finally green! The horses are *almost* finished shedding! The winter jackets are coming off our students! ...
04/28/2021

The tress are finally green! The horses are *almost* finished shedding! The winter jackets are coming off our students! And a rainbow to tie spring all together ☀️🐴💕

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575 Craigs Corner Rd
Havre De Grace, MD
21078

Telephone

(443) 417-8195

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Hi barn friends! Did anyone get a better body shot of Smokey's painted on tuxedo? The one in the most recent camp photos is cute but doesn't show his amazing paint job to the max. 😍
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