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Quick Tips To Sell Your Horse Fast - What Not to Do   23rd Jul 2014
Quick Tips To Sell Your Horse Fast - What Not to Do
General Most people are looking for horses that are quiet and easy to handle. The best way to demonstrate the steadiness of any horse, especially a young one, is to put a small child on its back. Have the child go without a helmet, and possibly barefoot, to confirm your faith in the horse. The younger the child the better and don’t let any adult photo-bomb the picture.
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Horses and Dogs Needed for The Sunday Horse Movie
 by Saferaphus on 21st Jul 2014
Horses and Dogs Needed for The Sunday Horse Movie Horse Stories  Good news for horse lovers. There’s another horse movie currently being filmed. In the spirit of such ‘underdog’ stories as Dreamer, Secretariat and Seabiscuit, The Sunday Horse is based on the true story of Debbie Connor, a young rider from the wrong side of the tracks who overcomes prejudice, and a near-fatal accident that left her wheelchair bound. The injury meant she was forced to watch
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A New Flame - Chapter Ten - The End of the Beginning   20th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Ten - The End of the Beginning
Horse Fiction Elijah sat down on the couch beside her and took a sip. He felt Jane sigh and set the mug down on the coffee table in front of them. She turned to him and her sleepy blue eyes met his. Her wild blonde curls were a mess, but yet completely perfect at the same time. A few stray hairs framed her sweet, freckled face as she stared up at him.

'Doesn’t it always seem like when one thing ends, another begins?' Jane asked, breaking the silence.

'This isn’t the end, Jane.' Elijah replied gently, 'I know it feels like you’re shutting a door, but it’s not the end. And it’s not the beginning of the end. This is just the end of the beginning.'
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A New Flame - Chapter Nine - Rising From the Ashes   19th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Nine - Rising From the Ashes
Horse Fiction He took the stirrup, slid into the familiar, soft leather of the saddle and bumped the gelding’s sides with his boots. Aquillo broke into a jog, then a canter, then a gallop. Elijah felt the rush of cold air on his face as Aquillo thundered down the path towards Noah’s tree. When he reached the river and slowed to a stop, he noticed the trail change. The trees became bare. They hung over the river like sad, lonely figures in the dark. Gray ashes covered the ground like a blanket of snow. As they crossed the river to the other side, Elijah felt his heart strings pulled. Just hours ago he walked down this trail in awe. The trees stood so tall and proud. They towered over him and seemed to scrape the sky with their magnificent branches. Now all that was left was their weak, broken skeletons.
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Cruel Modifications to Correct Horse Tail Positions   18th Jul 2014
Cruel Modifications to Correct Horse Tail Positions
General Soaring, rollkur and rapping are considered abusive training methods by many people, but there are other practices that don’t get as much attention, because the methods give results that are not as obvious, especially to the non-horse person. Many of these methods are used on show horses in pursuit of the ideal performance or look. Here’s a look at a few not so obvious practices that are still in use.

Horse’s tails are very useful for swatting away flies and other biting insects. Horses also use their tails to express their reactions, and the tail being the end of the spine, is used to help the horse balance. Using the tail to help re-balance is often seen on dressage horses, when they give a single swish during transitions, or changing directions. This swish used to be regarded as an indication of resistance, but judges may be less likely to penalize the horse if they see that it is re-balancing itself. There are times when a tail swish is not tolerated at all.
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How Horseback Riding Affects My Driving   16th Jul 2014
How Horseback Riding Affects My Driving
General When you have a horse, it means you’ve chosen a lifestyle that is a little different than most. Owning a horse can affect how you think, and your behavior in other situations. I’ve found that horseback riding has profoundly affected how I drive.

Being a horse owner, it just feels right to drive a truck. Most people who own a horse, aspire to own a truck. I had to convince my husband to buy a truck, as he’s not a horse owner. Once we got a truck he ‘got it’. If you have a horse, you need a truck. A truck can haul hay, manure, trailers, and get through muddy fields where horse events are held much
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A New Flame - Chapter Eight - Uncovering Old Feelings   14th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Eight - Uncovering Old Feelings
Horse Fiction A few moments passed before Jane glanced up at the stairs. She heard the familiar creak of the shower as the water turned on. Her heart pounded a little quicker in her chest. She found herself standing and heading towards the door. Her bare feet hit the weathered wood of the porch as she stepped out into the chilling night. Jane’s pale blue eyes squinted into the darkness, scanning the yard for that familiar figure of Elijah’s. Her feet padded against the steps and into the cold grass.

She looked to the sky. A distant, soft orange glow peeked over the trees. The smell of smoke lingered in the air, making Jane cringe.

Goosebumps shot up her bare arms as the light of the house became farther away and she neared the barn. One square of light on the ground came through the small window of the barn office. The faint sounds of men’s voices were muffled out by the thin door between them and her. She stepped into the light and peered into the window, where she observed Gale and her father, deep in conversation.
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Is Eventing Really Too Dangerous   13th Jul 2014
Is Eventing Really Too Dangerous
Shows and Events The eventing world has again attracted some unwanted attention following the unfortunate deaths of two top riders on one day. Thirty-year-old Canadian Jordan McDonald died after falling during an event in Somerset. Twenty-five year-old German rider Benjamin Winter was killed during Germany's major four-star event at Luhmuhlen. Both deaths followed rotational falls. A rotational fall is when a horse hits a fence with its forearms or chest, somersaults over, and lands on its back. Winter died of massive head injuries while McDonald suffered a cardiac injury, suggesting that his chest cavity was crushed despite the protection of his safety vest.
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A New Flame - Chapter Seven - Playing With Fire   11th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Seven - Playing With Fire
Horse Fiction The ride back was quiet, but peaceful. She enjoyed Elijah’s company, even without speaking his presence was calming and comforting to her. She was glad that he was with her to revisit Noah’s tree. A part of her felt that she had found closure with her past and another part of her felt like she was just opening a door to something new. Jane glanced back at Elijah, who rode peacefully alongside her, taking in the surroundings. She couldn’t help but smile. Without speaking, Elijah smiled back at her.

When they entered the crescent shaped clearing near the east pasture, Jane felt something strange stirring in the woods. She turned to face Elijah who, by the expression on his face, knew something was wrong too. He lifted his head and glanced back.
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Mystery Pony Painting Remains Unsolved   9th Jul 2014
Mystery Pony Painting Remains Unsolved
General There is no artist's signature on the print. The frame is old and battered, and I rather like it that way. I have it hung in the hall, out of any direct light, so that it doesn’t fade any further, but it’s still visible from where I often sit to write in my room. I’m fussy about horse art. I like it to be ‘good’. I’m sure my definition of ‘good’ is quite different from everyone else, but I don’t like cheesy, or cliche. I like realism. So the mystery pony is one of the few horse pictures hanging in my home. Someone once saw the print and told me that an identical one hung in an office
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A New Flame - Chapter Six - Noahs Tree   8th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Six - Noahs Tree
Horse Fiction Jane took in a deep breath of earth. The air that filled her lungs smelled of soft, earthy dirt and fresh greenery. The woods felt alive around them. The occasional silk of a spider’s web draped between branches glittered as the sun struck it. It looked almost like decoration. The horses continued to walk peacefully along the winding, beaten path through the woods. Jane couldn’t help but feel so disconnected from the world yet so connected to her surroundings. She felt the rhythmic, ever so gentle beat of the horses’ hooves hitting the soft ground, each step careful and precise. Every so often the breeze returned, flowing through the air, playing with Jane’s unkept strands of hair and dancing through the trees, making their leaves rustle.
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Would You Ever Eat Horse Meat   6th Jul 2014
Would You Ever Eat Horse Meat
General In some cultures, horse meat is still a valued source of protein. A few years ago, I interviewed a young woman from Malta, who was then working in London, England. What did she miss most about home? She missed a delicious meal of horse meat cooked by her mother. Horse meat was hard to come by of course, in horse crazy Britain.

While eating horsemeat is abhorrent to most of us, obviously not everyone feels that way. Horse meat is eaten in many countries, including Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Kazakhstan, Chili, Spain, Iceland, France, Russia, and many Eastern European, South American, Southeast Asian, and Eastern countries such as China and Japan.
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A New Flame - Chapter Five - Falling Backwards   4th Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Five - Falling Backwards
Horse Fiction Jane’s chest collapsed in on her heart, as if it was bearing a thousand pounds. A sick, eerie feeling quickly filled her stomach as her mind spun around his words and worked to unravel them. Her thoughts became one tangled mess of incomprehensible words and phrases that she couldn’t put together. His lips continued to move but she refused to listen. How could she when her heart was beating too loudly to hear herself think?

'That’s not funny, Elijah.' Her sparkling blue eyes filled with tears as she stood. Suddenly, she became light headed. She felt the sky begin to spin around her.

Elijah stood quickly and reached for her but Jane drew back. 'Don’t touch me,' she hissed.

'Jane, I wish I was joking but I’m not.' He breathed, watching the color drain from her vibrant face.
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Who Wants to Ride Forever   3rd Jul 2014
Who Wants to Ride Forever
General When you are young, it’s really very difficult to visualize what life will look like when you are older. You think that the things you see ‘old’ people live with won’t happen to you. The bad news is, it probably will. Things like crappy eyesight, aching joints and the desire to be in bed by 10pm every night will probably be just a few of things you’ll find yourself dealing with. The really weird thing about aging is that at 50, 60 or 90, you’re really the same person inside as you were when you were 12 - or five or two. You will have many of the same dreams, passions, fears and dislikes. The exterior may change, but the interior you really doesn’t.

I really don’t mean to get philosophical about aging here. Most of you are probably thinking yeah, yeah, whatevs. However, I want to keep riding forever, and I want you to, too.
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A New Flame - Chapter Four - The Sudden Twist   1st Jul 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Four - The Sudden Twist
Horse Fiction Elijah rubbed his forehead with his hand and ran his fingers through his hair and over his neck. 'I visited you in the hospital after the accident.' He admitted softly.

'Why would you do that? I didn’t even know you before the other day.' Jane began to unravel thoughts in her head. Her head began to spin and her heart started to pound.

'There’s something I haven’t told you.' Elijah said hesitantly.

Jane shook her head in confusion. She began to tip head slightly to one side, letting her blonde curls cascade over her shoulder. As Elijah stared back at Jane’s perfect, clueless face he couldn’t help but feel guilt. His stomach twisted and turned violently. He forced himself to tear his gaze away.
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The World Equestrian Games are Headed for Canada   29th Jun 2014
The World Equestrian Games are Headed for Canada
Shows and Events The World Equestrian games are headed for Canada. As the FEI narrowed its choices for where the 2018 Games will be held, two contenders remained. Bromont Horse Park near Montreal, Quebec and Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington, as you may remember hosted the 2010 WEG. Bromont was the site of the 1976 Olympic equestrian events. One of the larger issues for not choosing Lexington was a sponsorship conflict between Longines and Rolex. Bromont was initially passed over because their financial information was not complete. When bidding was reopened last summer, the Bromont committee could supply all the required information.
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A New Flame - Chapter Three - Getting Caught in the Rain   28th Jun 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Three - Getting Caught in the Rain
Horse Fiction The truck eased back on the road slowly. Jane peeked out the window to see a dark piece of sky through the trees above them. Just as Elijah turned onto the next road, a loud rumble of thunder filled the air and shook the ground.

Jane’s wide blue eyes met Elijah’s. He smiled bigger and laughed, 'I hope you’re not afraid of storms.' Moments later, rain was pounding down on Elijah’s truck.

'Shut the windows!' Jane yelled over the thunder and the loud, steady beating of the rain.

Elijah began laughing out loud and leaning over the steering wheel. He turned to Jane and yelled back, 'The windows don’t work!'

Jane’s eyes widened. 'Are you kidding?'
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A New Flame - Chapter Two - Bonding Over Breakfast   27th Jun 2014
A New Flame - Chapter Two - Bonding Over Breakfast
Horse Fiction Jane danced down the mahogany staircase with grace. Her perky blonde curls bounced and slapped against her back until she came to a sudden halt. Her icy blue eyes fixed on the man at their kitchen table.

'Good morning,' Elijah greeted her, noticing Jane’s alarmed appearance. Jane let her bare feet slide slowly off the last step. She glanced down briefly at the bowl of cereal in front of him, and then back up at Elijah’s smile. 'Did... Did you want some?' He asked, gesturing towards the box.

Jane made her way into the kitchen with slow, lazy steps. She narrowed her eyes at his somewhat mischievous smile and took a bowl from the cupboard. 'Well, I didn’t think I needed permission to have a bowl of cereal in my own house.' She took a spoon from the drawer, sat down across from him, and added, 'But... I do love Cheerios.' Jane’s lips curled into a smile.
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A New Flame - Chapter One - A New Beginning   23rd Jun 2014
A New Flame - Chapter One - A New Beginning
Horse Fiction Jane slid her hands down on the leather reins and tightened each of her fingers into fists. The oxer approached quickly, her hands raised up the mare’s neck, she lifted out of the saddle. Jane felt the powerful take-off, sending them both into the air. The mid-air suspension seemed to slow everything down. For a moment, they were off the ground completely. Then she sat hard as the mare’s head came down and forced her hips back when the back hooves hit the ground.

The eager mare bounced back after the jump, launching Jane forward as they cantered towards the cross rail. Jane collected her reins, adjusted herself, and positioned the mare for the last jump. The young mare’s perky ears flicked forward with interest as she charged toward the jump and soared over it with ease. Jane lowered the mare back into a soft canter and leaned forward, patting the place where her neck and withers met. A soft snort escaped the mare’s nostrils as she eased into a slow jog.
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Misleading Horse Words and Phrases   21st Jun 2014
Misleading Horse Words and Phrases
General The horse world has its own language and like any language it can be a bit confusing to the new comer. Some words, however, just don’t make sense, or represent what they in fact mean. In some cases, I think these misleading words or phrases may actually be barriers to developing our horsemanship and riding skills, because they suggest something other than what we are supposed to be doing. Words are powerful things, and they need to be chosen carefully. There are some words we use by default, without realizing their influence on us. Here’s a few horse words and phrases I think we could improve.
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A Lifetime of Horses and The One That Got Away   19th Jun 2014
A Lifetime of Horses and The One That Got Away
General I think every horse owner will have, when they look back at a lifetime with horses, one horse that stands out from the rest. For me, it was the Bay Goddess Freya. When Freya died, I asked a friend how long it would take to get over losing her. She told me about ten years. Now, it’s almost ten years later, and it doesn’t take much for the tears to start flowing. I’ve written about Freya before, and although she didn’t win me a wall full of ribbons, do anything heroic, or really, do much of anything notable at all, I still regard her as my ‘once in a lifetime’ horse.
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Top 10 Insects That Will Bite Your Horse   16th Jun 2014
Top 10 Insects That Will Bite Your Horse
Care and Grooming Something seems to be eating at our horses all summer long. Here’s what’s buzzing and biting your horse, making it miserable, and perhaps even sick.

Bot flies show up later in the summer. They look like bees as they dart at your horse to lay their little yellow oval eggs on an individual hair. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae can do major damage to your horse’s digestive system. The eggs are best scraped off. I use the blade of a pair of scissors held open. Some people use oils, but I’ve not seen that these are 100% effective. Once a hard frost in autumn hits, your horse should be dewormed with a medication that targets bots.
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A Quick Guide to the Modern Pentathlon   14th Jun 2014
A Quick Guide to the Modern Pentathlon
General The history of the Pentathlon dates back to ancient times when Olympic sports were held to celebrate the training and fitness of young athletes and to promote harmony between the cities of Greece. Back then the Pentathlon included running, wrestling, long jump, javelin, and discus. These sports were thought to showcase the skills of the best soldiers. Many centuries later, the modern Olympics were created and in 1912, the Modern Pentathlon was introduced. There’s a bit of controversy over who and how the event was originated, but despite that, the Modern Pentathlon has been contested in every Olympics since.
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Fixing The North American Race Horse Drug Problems   12th Jun 2014
Fixing The North American Race Horse Drug Problems
General While some people would deny that the use of drugs in North American racehorses is a problem or is an unfortunate necessity, others would argue too many drugs are used too often to address problems that may not exist, or on the off chance they will enhance a horse’s performance while still being on the right side of ‘legal’. There seems to be a lot of finger-pointing going on in the North American race world, but there may be a solution. Oddly enough, the racing world may want to take a look at a country that otherwise has some of the poorest and most dated animal welfare standards among developed nations.
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Surviving The Warm-up Arena Have you ever taken a moment at a show, to pause before entering the warm up? Do you ever look into that deadly hornets’ nest of an arena and think, 'Holy doughnuts, I’m going to get crushed in there!' If you haven’t – g . . .
Llamanitis Epidemic Hits the Equine World Without Mercy Llamanitis is a very common and frustrating disease often found in horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes (Most often school ponies, mares, or particularly flamboyant geldings). It has been known to be contagious, and . . .
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Four As mentioned before, back pain in horses is shockingly common; in fact most horses – even the soundest of them – are likely to be experiencing at least a small degree of back pain simply from the strain of hard work. The . . .
How To Tell If Your Horse Is A Vampire It has recently come to my attention that my horse, Moony, is exhibiting certain qualities that some may class as ‘vampiric’. In fear of an outbreak of equine vampires, I have decided to write this article to raise aware . . .
Retraining A Racehorse – Moonfire – Cross Country - Part 3 I stabilized my lower leg to get my hands looser and softer and keep my balance in my seat, then rode Moony up and down the hills again. He was certainly more forward and eager uphill now that I was riding properly, but . . .
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3 To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, . . .
Pelham Ponies - Yay or Neigh At every show, without fail, we will see some tiny kid chucked up on the million dollar showjumping pony that Daddy dearest smashed his piggy bank to buy, and 9 out of ten times, little Sally or Mary-Sue will be sitting . . .
Retraining a Racehorse – Moonfire – First Show Of The Year With 2010 well behind us, the time soon arose for Moony to make his 2011 debut – heading off for his first show of the year on the morning of 5 February 2011. He loaded without a problem, and arrived at the show safe . . .
Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 2 Let me begin with a note to any of you who scorn this idea: I first got this idea from seeing a photo of Rodrgio Pessoa, an undeniably brilliant rider, trying the exact same stunt: Jumping his horse backwards. It isn’t j . . .
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Six Now, as this series has taught us, it really isn't possible to completely ‘prevent’ back pain in horses. Any athlete – equine or otherwise – will take strain, and as riders, it is our responsibility to maintain the physi . . .
 
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