You know the pros and cons of clipping and now you want to take the first step? But don't know which shearing
How well can horses really withstand warm temperatures? In the worst case scenario, overheating leads to death, but in the
Some of the most common questions we receive are: Does my horse freeze in winter? When should I put a blanket on it? How
Social sustainability, environmental protection, taking responsibility - everyone is talking about sustainability, but how does it work, how can I
Melasól x Sportsfreund – The Talk: Truths about Saddles, textile competence, consumption and is luxury even allowed? Katharina from the leather manufactory Melasól
Finding your dream horse is not that easy. We can tell you a thing or two about that - for Marie from #teamsportsfreund, it took numerous test rides
When it comes to the question "Whip when riding: yes or no?" Opinions differ widely. While some horse owners say one
If we want to train our horses as finely and Sportsfreundlich as possible, we should not only deal with how the anatomy
Sportsfreund-Studios was founded by Veronika Conen, who only got into the world of late into the world of Icelandic horses with her daughter.
When, after three days of feasting, your breeches pinch and your belly hangs over your waistband, you know it's been Christmas. And although you've
The question of whether, and if so, when, one should let our Icelandic horse wear a rug is always the subject of heated discussions. We think that, just as with
Should I clip my horse? This is the question we Icelandic horse owners ask ourselves every year when the days get shorter and the temperatures colder.
At the end of August, beginning of September, the hair just trickles off the horse when grooming: the airy summer coat is exchanged for thick winter plush. We
The first competition is associated with great excitement for horse and rider and weeks are spent practising for the selected competition. But apart from
Silvia Ochsenreiter-Egli is based at Hafnersholt in Bavaria and has been connected to Icelandic horses since she was a child. The Swiss Rider of the Year is a
Riding uses a lot of muscles - from head to toe. Whether arms, shoulders, stomach, back or legs - there are muscles everywhere that we need to sit
Autorin: Veronika Conen, CEO Sportsfreund-Studios Liebe Marleen, stell dich und dein(e) Pferd(e) doch einmal kurz vor: Wo kommst du her,
"Riding is not a sport, you just sit on the horse. "There is probably not a single rider who has not heard this sentence. If you feel the same way and can't think of
Twice a year, everything revolves around one topic for many horse owners: the change of coat. The most popular question at every stable is: Does your horse
Heat regulation is especially important for robust horses with thick skin and coat. Under certain circumstances, it is even the limiting factor when it
The Sportsfreund Studios blog contains numerous tips on dealing with horses. From fitness training to the learning behaviour of horses - you can read it all here. The blog is written by Karolina Kardel from 360 Grad Pferd.
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Really understand your Horse
The more you understand your horse, the better you can act according to his needs. If we want to train our horses as finely and as sportsfreundlich as possible, we should not only study the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse, but also how horses learn and think. Only then can we make our training as horse-friendly and motivating as possible.
Become a better rider: From home
Riding really uses a lot of muscles - from head to toe. Whether arms, shoulders, stomach, back or legs - there are muscles everywhere that we need to sit upright and in balance on our horses, to adapt to the movements or to give aids. However, riding alone is not enough to keep us fit for it..
Do you also feel like you are constantly working on improving your riding technique, acquiring more and more knowledge to be able to train your horse even better, but completely lose sight of yourself and your own fitness? Then we can tell you that you are not alone! Lack of fitness, poor endurance and back problems are widespread problems among us riders. And this despite the fact that riding is a sport that challenges our bodies from head to toe.
Thermoregulation in horses: the interaction of skin, coat, blood vessels and sweat glands
First of all, we have the horse's skin. It is made up of several layers and, not least with the subcutaneous fat, provides an insulating layer. In addition, the skin helps to dissipate body heat and prevent the horse from overheating. There are numerous sensory nerve cells in the horse's skin that perceive different environmental stimuli. Among them are the so-called thermoreceptors, which register cold and heat so that the body can set processes in motion that warm it up or cool it down. If these receptors register that it is cold, for example, the heartbeat slows down and the blood vessels contract. In this way, less blood is pumped to the surface of the body, so less heat is lost. In addition, the hair bellows muscles of the cosy undercoat get the command to stand up the hair. This creates a warming layer that keeps the horse warm in addition to the coat it already has. Here you can read what possibilities a horse has to cool down.