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Why is dressage important for jumpers too?
You may have heard said that dressage is a base of everything. This is exactly right, as a good jumper always has great dressage work behind him, too. Dressage helps horses become stronger, more supple, more flexible and relaxed. All...
Buying your first horse? Best tips!
Buying your first own horse can be very scary and intimidating. Maybe you've already been riding at a riding school or leased a horse for a few years, and now you think it's about time you buy one of your...
What is PEMF for horses and how does it help horses?
Taking care of our horses in the best possible way is every horse owner's top priority. Horses are athletes and they should be treated as such: this is why taking good care of their muscles and recovery is extremely important....
7 Things that you should always have in your show bag - don't forget these!
Going to shows can be stressful, as there are many things to consider. You have to take into account loading time, driving time, tacking, warm up, checking in and so many other things. Also, horses don't always care about the...
How to clean your tack - best tips!
Riding our horses can be messy: we ride in the rain and mud, snow and sleet, rain or shine. Of course, our tack tends to get dirty, and it needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the leather stays...
What are quick release stirrups?
The right kind of stirrups are an important and essential part of your tack. Many don't even give a second thought to their stirrups - though they absolutely should. Good stirrups can make a big difference in case of an...
Safety stirrups are essential - Why do riders get caught in stirrups?
Many have heard horror stores about riders getting caught in their stirrups. It is not uncommon that a rider falls and gets dragged behind a scared horse for meters upon meters. But why do riders get caught in stirrups and...
Why eventing riders should consider safety stirrups
Eventing is a very exciting and eventful sport. It requires so much endurance and strength from both the horse and the rider. In an eventing show, the rider has to complete three different sections: dressage, showjumping and cross-country. This is...
Why showjumpers should consider safety stirrups
Showjumping is an amazing sport - it draws equestrians and non-equestrians from all over the world to the sidelines to watch. The excitement, the thrill, the speed... all of which appeals to the crowd. All showjumpers are brave, as it...
Spoil yourself and your horse - everyday luxury!
For many of us, life is busy. In addition to work, picking kids up from school, cleaning and making dinner, we also have to (and want to) make time for our horses. Going to the barn is a way for...
Most Innovative Equestrian Inventions - including magnetic safety stirrups
As technology progresses and develops, the equestrian world also gets to enjoy the fruits of it. The most innovative equestrian inventions include, for instance, magnetic safety stirrups, Stübben's full cheek snaffle bit and Hit-Air vests. Ophena magnetic safety stirrups Ophena...
The Equestrian Luxury Must-Haves
Equestrians love luxury - who wouldn't? However, "luxury" doesn't always have to mean the most expensive products or services, but rather something that makes your life as an equestrian much easier. Spoiling yourself and your horse with the best, high-quality...
Best safety stirrups for para-riders
Para-equestrian riders are brave and passionate! Despite their disabilities, they still climb up on a horse and keep doing what they love - no excuses. Throughout the years, we've seen many para-riders, who succeeded at horse shows together with their...
The Three Best Safety Stirrups for Beginners
Starting out with our beloved gentle giants can be overwhelming. As a beginner, everything is new, and the learning curve is long - in fact, learning never ends, when it comes to horses and riding. However, especially as a beginner,...
Why Ophena's Magnetic System is more than a Magnet
When you order one of our magnetic safety stirrups (Ophena S or Ophena T), you will receive four parts: two stirrup irons and two of our magnetic insoles. A pair of our magnetic insoles are always included and needed to...
The #1 Reason Why Safety Stirrups are Essential
Riding is dangerous. And besides the obvious protection equipment like helmets and safety vests, there is one important category of equipment that you shouldn't forget: safety stirrups. Compared to helmets and safety vests, stirrups support your rider but are not...