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Florida horseThis website will be updated frequently as relevant information becomes available about the effects of Coronavirus on Florida horse shows and events plus related national news.

Now is a good time to rest tired horses and riders and come up with a training plan to keep both in shape. It could be a while.

Mar 26, 2020
Florida Horse Life Horse Grooming Videos
Great Equine Grooming Tips
View this series of horse grooming videos to help you prepare for your next horse show or just to spiff up your horse for trail riding.

A well-groomed horse always seems to ride better as well as making the owner proud. More info...

Mar 26, 2020
Equine Endocrinopathic Laminitis Explained
Posted by Nancy S. Loving, DVM
How horses go from metabolic to laminitic and ways to manage them
The pasture is particularly verdant this year. Several plump horses contentedly graze their way across the fetlock-deep field in the fog after a particularly cool spring night. This might look like something out of a bucolic period film, but the scene is not as innocuous as it might appear. Several of its features portend potential problems for horses turned out to eat to their hearts’ content. A fat horse on rich grass is at risk of developing endocrine disorders that can snowball into laminitis. More info...

Mar 26, 2020
Barn Managers Across The Country Provide Care In The Face Of Coronavirus-Related Challenges
Martha Drum
The rapidly spreading effects of the coronavirus epidemic are prompting daily changes in our behavior. Despite discussions of social distancing, lockdowns and closed borders, our horses’ needs remain the same.

We reached out to facility managers across the country to see whether this new reality was affecting their day-to-day programs and how they were persevering to care for both horses and barn staff. More info...

Mar 23, 2020
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Scott Berinato
Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the content we’re commissioning in this harrowing time of a pandemic and how we can help people. But we also talked about how we were feeling. One colleague mentioned that what she felt was grief. Heads nodded in all the panes. More info...

Mar 17, 2020
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A personal loan can help.
You might need some money to carry you through this Coronavirus crisis. Apply for a personal loan at a low-interest rate and get the money you need to buy groceries and pay bills. More info...

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Florida Horseback Riding

Florida horseback ridingFlorida horseback riding includes everything from beginner horse riding lessons, guided trail rides, to advanced horse jumping, dressage, and barrel racing.

Many horse lovers compete in horse shows while others prefer to ride their horses on the many equestrian trails offered in Florida.

Where to find Beach Horseback Riding in Floridaflorida beach riding

Enjoy a beach horse ride along one of Florida's fantastic beaches with expert guides and seasoned horses to show the way. Florida offers some of the best beach horseback riding on both the Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

You can find guided horseback beach tours at Jacksonville's Amelia Island, Ft. Pierce on Hutchinson Island, in the Tampa Bay Area, and in the Florida Panhandle. Riding horses on the beach will give you some wonderful memories of your visit to Florida.


Florida Trail Riding

In addition to the equestrian oriented spectator sports in Florida, most Florida horseback riders like to hit the numerous horse trails that dot the state. Horse trails are featured in many state and national parks such as Ocala National Forest. Riders can choose from guided trail rides or riding on their own horses. See our complete directory of Florida equestrian trails for the best trail riding experiences.

Florida - The Horse Show Center of the World

Florida horse showFlorida has several of the world's most important horse show venues that support rated horse shows all year including Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, Fox Lea Farm in Venice, FL,  and in Ocala the World Equestrian Center, and HITS Post Time Farm. Horse jumping, dressage, and eventing are featured at each of these world class horse show venues.

Wellington, Florida

Florida horseWellington hosts major international horse shows during the winter and spring seasons, featuring the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and the Global Dressage Festival (GDF.) During the remainder of the year Wellington Classic Dressage and PBIEC sponsor horse shows almost every week.

Riders from all over compete in this famous equestrian competition which has become one of the premier horse show events in the world. Horse jumping competition levels range from FEI CSI*2 - CSI*5 events and dressage shows feature levels CDI*2 -CDI*5. /p>

Ocala, Florida

Ocala, is known as the horse capital of the world because of its numerous thoroughbred horse farms. Ocala is home to hundreds of horse breeding farms which have produced many champion thoroughbred race horses throughout the years.

Additionally, Ocala has several important horse show venues that attract horse riders from all over the world.

The new World Equestrian Center (WEC) is presently under construction near the equestrian oriented community of Golden Ocala. This impressive new horse show venue will feature four climate controlled riding arenas, plus a fabulous five star hotel overlooking the oversized main show arena. WEC has scheduled top level horse shows beginning in January 2021. These shows will be ten to twelve weeks in duration.

Each year the HITS Ocala horse jumping shows draw top riders and riding fans at Post Time Farms and features a $1 million dollar grand prix.

Florida Horse Park is a favorite venue for state level horse shows including horse jumping, dressage, eventing, western pleasure, and cutting horse shows.


Venice, Florida

Home of Fox Lea Farm, an increasingly important horse show venue in Florida and features horse shows all year including CSI* rated horse jumping shows. The Venice Equestrian Tour runs from January 15 - March 8, 2020 and features USEF Regional Hunter Level 3 Jumper shows. Other horse shows are held throughout the year.

Florida Barrel Racing

Florida has a busy barrel racing calendar with weekly races staged throughout Florida. Barrel racing entails circling three barrels on horseback while striving for the fastest time. Barrel racing is an exciting sport that attracts many fans and riders of both sexes.

Florida rodeo season spans the winter and fall months and several PRCA certified rodeos attract fans from all over.

Florida Rodeos

Florida's top rodeo season is the winter months, but several major rodeos are held during the rest of the year.

The Ocala Shrine Rodeo, the Davie Pro Rodeo and the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, are among the most popular with Florida residents and visitors. Most of the Florida rodeos are sanctioned by the PRCA and

Florida Polo

Florida poloPolo features daring riders and fearless polo ponies over the polo fields of Florida every winter. Polo reigns supreme on Sunday afternoons when high goal polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach entertains crowds of enthusiasts sipping champagne and feasting on strawberries. If you like your sports with nonstop action and heart pounding excitement, a polo match is a must see when in Florida. Also, check out the Vero Beach Polo Club for weekly polo competitions in Indian River County and the Villages Polo Club near Ocala.

Florida Horse Racing Highlights

The winter season in Florida also brings the "Sport of Kings" to Gulfstream Park featuring the Pegasus Cup in January 2020 and the Florida Derby in March 2020. Tampa Bay Downs Racecourse which features the Tampa Bay Derby in March 2020.

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