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Pony of the Americas
26th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the early 1950s a horse breeder acquired a mare that would give birth to an Appaloosa, Shetland, Arabian cross. The mixture sounds like a backyard breeders nightmare, but instead it inspired the development of a pony that was ...
RIO Olympic Equine Qualifier Update
23rd Jul 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Venue catastrophes, Zika virus, dodgy contracts, water pollution, lawsuits, alleged corruption, equine disease outbreaks and more have dogged the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, on August 5, the largest international ...
 
The Problems with Kitty Cats
18th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Kitties are great. But what people seldom realise is that being in the presence of a kitty can be extremely detrimental to your health. And Iím not just talking about allergies. ...
Horse Nose Bleeds
16th Jul 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
What do you do when you come out to find smears of blood on your horseís nose, or on its stall walls and manager? Chance are, if the bleeding has stopped, all is well, and just like the nose bleeds some of us get, the blood clots, ...
Take Your Horse to a Science Fair
12th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I home schooled my kids, but that doesnít mean that we didnít do many of the things kids in school did. One of those activities was attending science fairs. If youíve got a horse, or have some horse knowledge, youíve got a wealth ...
Should My Horse Have Surgery
10th Jul 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
One of the most difficult decisions a horse owner may have to make is whether or not to go ahead with an emergency surgery. Surgery is hard on a horse, can have complications and the outcomes arenít always certain. It can be hard ...
Recycle Re-purpose and Reuse
7th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Weíve looked at products we share with our horses. But another money saving strategy for horse owners is to reuse, repurpose or recycle items around our homes for our horses, especially stuff that would otherwise end up in the tra ...
Riding Two Point or Half Seat
5th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Riding two point is simply holding yourself up, without putting your seat in the saddle seat. Your legs will be in contact with the saddle, with a bit more weight than usual in the stirrups. Your body will lean forward slightly. Y ...
Overachieving Procrastinators
3rd Jul 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We are the ones lurking in the shadows. Of our duvets. While we binge watch Youtube videos about funny animals, people getting hit in just the right spot, and how cheese is made. We are the protectors. Of notes laminated, so the t ...
Caring for the Outdoor Horse
2nd Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What could be easier than simply turning a horse out into a pasture, and letting it live as close to nature than possible? Wouldnít that be simpler and easier than keeping a horse in the stable? Being outdoors is actually better t ...
Horses and Lyme Disease
30th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Singer Avril Lavigne has been battling Lyme Disease for over a year and my vet and I have discussed Lyme Disease vaccine for my dog. My daughter has found a tick logged on the belly of one of her horses. For both humans and animal ...
To Shave or Not to Shave
28th Jun 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The shaving of whiskers and what we see as extraneous hair around the hooves, legs, ears, top of the tail and elsewhere is common practice in the show ring. But, many horse owners believe that it is unadvisable, if not downright c ...
The Perks of Being a Work Rider
26th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
A work rider is someone who rides (mostly unruly) hairy animals for a living and often leave their job sandy, bruised, covered in poop, and not a whole lot richer than when they arrived. However, being a work rider does have its p ...
Should Testing For EIA be Mandatory
23rd Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you have your horse regularly vaccinated with the core vaccines, you are going to avoid some of the most dangerous horse diseases out there. The core vaccines are rabies, tetanus, and Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis an ...
The Ugly Side of Nurse Mares
21st Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A mare that has lost its foal, and willingly accepts another sounds like a love story. But, there seems to be an ugly side to the nursemaid network. Providing nurse mares seems to have become an industry in itself. Its dismal secr ...
How Heat Affects Horses
20th Jun 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Horses in a hot pasture, or ones that are working hard on a hot day can have a temperature of up to 102F. Anything higher than that is worrisome. A horse that has a temperature of 106F is in trouble. The horse might show obvious s ...
Recent News Worthy Horse Abusers
17th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Just when you thought it was quiet, a brand new bunch of abusers are making headlines in the horse world. Stories of race horse drugging, soring, slaughter and other abuse seem to just go on and on. Some stories though, seem to re ...
What Do We Do With All Those Horses
14th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The horse industry, despite the shrinking number of horses in the U.S. contributes over 112.1 billions dollars to the economy with employment for 7 million Americans. By far, the horse sport that has the greatest impact on the eco ...
If Horses Were Feminists
12th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Feminism is (in a nutshell) a movement striving for gender equality, to make women equal to men and undo all societal preconceptions about gender roles. People can get pretty touchy about their feminist or anti-feminist views, but ...
Learn to Ride Without a Horse
11th Jun 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
Quite a long time ago, my mother wished there was a way to teach someone to ride, without actually putting them on a horse. Beginners as we know, make all sorts of mistakes. They pull on the reins inadvertently, bounce when they s ...
What is a Rotational Fall
9th Jun 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
There is still a lot of 2016 to go and already, three riders have been lost in the sport of eventing. Most recently, 33 year old British rider Philippa Humphreys died at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in New Jersey ...
Household Products Used in the Barn
6th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Who hasnít tried Mane ní Tail shampoo on their own hair? Itís been on the shelves stores that sell beauty products for a few years now. But, this product isnít the only one you can share with your horse. Hereís a few products, bea ...
Looking at the Arguments Against the Carriage Trade
5th Jun 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
While I fundamentally agree that the time for the carriage trade in its present form is past, some of the arguments you see online against it donít make sense.The public often doesnít see horses in the same way Ďhorse peopleí do, ...
Horse Dewormer Drug Resistance
2nd Jun 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Most tube dewormers are known as anthelmintics. There are several different drugs that are anthelmintics and the most common of these is called ivermectin. Ivermectin works by paralyzing the worms. Another, called moxidectin does ...
Caring for the Outdoor Horse
30th May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
What could be easier than simply turning a horse out into a pasture, and letting it live as close to nature than possible? Wouldnít that be simpler and easier than keeping a horse in the stable? Being outdoors is actually better t ...
So What Are We Wearing This Summer
29th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If youíre like me youíve spent the winter planning your summer equestrian wardrobe, and are anxious to get all the newest looks for 2016. Yeah... right... well, I patched my coveralls, wiped down my jodphur boots and shook the dus ...
Fort McMurray Horse Evacuation
28th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Governments at all levels, many aid agencies and others are contributing what they can to both fight the fire, which as I write still burns out of control, and assisting the residents as they evacuate. Evacuating for many, has mea ...
Equestrian Sports in the Olympics
25th May 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Over the history of the modern Olympics, several sports have gone by the wayside. Of the three that were part of the first modern Olympics, only show jumping remains. Polo made a brief appearance, but like modern day decathlon, it ...
Montreal Horse Drawn Carriages Draw Protests
22nd May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Like their counterparts in many others cities, carriage horses are exposed to noise, extremes in heat and cold, motor vehicle exhaust, unforgiving footing, rush hour traffic (Iíve driven there long ago - it seemed to be always rus ...
Heaves Recurrent Airway Obstruction
21st May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Recurrent Airway Obstruction is known by a few different names. It can also be called RAO, COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Equine Asthma or Emphysema, and Broken Wind. But it is most commonly known as heaves. A diagno ...
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