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Common Questions About Horseback Riding
2nd May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I once was talking to a distant family member and she mentioned her daughter had been taking riding lessons. She had decided not to take her daughter anymore, because after all, what would riding ever lead to? Hmmm... a healthy li ...
Confidence Boosters For Your Riding
30th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Every rider, no matter what their skill level gets a bout of the jitters now and then when they ride. For some people, it’s just performance anxiety and I say ‘just’ full knowing that show nerves can range from feeling mildly exci ...
 
What is Living in Your Horse
28th Apr 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There’s a whole ecosystem of sorts in your horse you may not even realize exists. In almost every system, parasites make their home. Within the muscle tissue lives Toxoplasma gondii parasites. While not terribly harmful to their h ...
Spring Horse Training
27th Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
You might not have ridden as much during the winter as you wanted to, and now your normally fit horse is a glossy, flabby butterball. A few turns around the arena and it’s panting and broken into a sweat. It’s unrealistic to expec ...
A Life After Racing – Off The Track Thoroughbreds
24th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Valkyrie
If you've ever watched a horse race you probably saw thrills, spills and maybe felt a few chills at watching the fastest horse breed in the world compete to see who has the greatest will to win. Horse racing is, without a doubt, t ...
Operation Gelding
23rd Apr 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Lots of people talk about the problem of unwanted horses, but it seems there really isn’t a lot being done about the problem. The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a group of horse lovers that aren’t just talking, they’re doing. The Unw ...
The Australian Brumby
21st Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Those of us who live in North America sometimes neglect that there are other feral horses whose management brings about the same contentious issues as we see in Canada and America. Just like Mustangs, many, including some Governme ...
Going to Work in the Dark - The Story of the Pit Pony
17th Apr 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Valkyrie
When you think of pit ponies often images of 19th century coal mines springs to view – dark and damp, with sooty, stale air dull on the tongue. But pit ponies were still in service well into the 20th century. In fact – the last re ...
Pros and Cons of Treeless Saddles
15th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you’ve done any saddle shopping at all, you may have come across more than one that boasts that it is treeless. What’s the difference between saddles that do and don’t have trees? A saddle that is built around a somewhat rigid ...
How to Measure a Bit For Your Horse
13th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In order to be effective, your horse’s bit needs to fit properly. A too large bit will slide back and forth in your horse’s mouth, and certain parts might not sit where they need to. Too small, and the bit may pinch the sides of y ...
Horses By the Numbers
10th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The country with the greatest number of horses is of course, The United States. There are, according to the FOA, about 10,260,000 horses in the U.S. The population of the U.S. is currently around 323,401,000 people. That is about ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 6
9th Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
This week we set up a mock trail class to practice putting our mustang makeover mares through. Since one of the three preliminary classes is a trail class, getting Leela confident over various obstacles is critical. Trainers compe ...
Animal Hoarders Fail to Provide Care
7th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Imagine moving to a new home in deep winter. You’re excited because there’s plenty of space, a barn and paddocks already waiting for your horse and other critters. But, then spring breaks, and as the snow melts, it reveals a horri ...
Why Riding With Anxiety is a Logical Paradox
5th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Anxiety often forces the sufferer to imagine the worst possible consequences to any scenario, often years in advance. Sometimes the sufferer will feel the effects of anxiety without even being aware of the dangers of the situation ...
About The Author - Extreme Mustang Makeover
2nd Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
Hannah is the author and in trainer in our Extreme Mustang Makeover Series. Hannah is a long time horse enthusiast but did not get her first horse Levi until the age of twelve. Levi was an old grade quarter horse who was the perfe ...
If Your Horse Was In High School
31st Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses have as many different ‘horsanalities’ as they do colors. But, if your horse was in high school, where would it fit in? ...
Who Were the Horse Whisperers
28th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
The term ‘horse whisperer’ came into the public collective conscious after a long absence with the 1995 novel by Nicolas Evans and 1998 movie starring Robert Redford based on the book. The main character in the book, Tom Brooker i ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 5
26th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
This week my mustang, Leela, was becoming more and more proficient at her walk, trot, and canter in the arenas. Not only is she transitioning between gaits well but she’s also learning to hold straight lines and circles. ...
The White Turf Races
25th Mar 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The seed to today’s White Turf Race was planted back in 1906 when a few brave souls raced between St. Moritz and the town of Champfèr, standing on skis and harnessed to their galloping horses. The almost 10 km (6 mile) trip took ...
Is it Selfish To Spend Money To Extend An Animals Life
24th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We all spend money in ways that are selfish, frivolous and wasteful, and caring for companion animals may be one of them. Are we being kind to animals or negligent of more pressing needs of suffering humans? Is it purely selfish t ...
My Butterfly Flew Away Too Soon
20th Mar 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Memery Farms
In 2009 I was around thirteen years old when my trainer brought a rescue Morgan mare named Mariposa. She lived mostly isolated in a stall for seven years with minimal human contact. Mariposa was a below average size for a Morgan a ...
Horse Fighting For Fun
19th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Cruel, barbaric, heinous, shocking, and vile are just a few of the words used to describe the ‘sport’ of horse fighting. But, these events have a huge and enthusiastic following in the countries they are practiced in, even though ...
Horses May Prefer Cold Pasture Over Warm Shelter
18th Mar 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A study published in the fall of 2015 may confirm what many of us have observed in our own backyards: horses are often happy to stay outside in the cold than stand inside a shelter. And, as it turns out, they don’t seem to care if ...
Horse Barn Fires and Design
15th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
January was a horrible month in the province I’m in, with several stable fires making headlines. The first was a stable of forty-two horses, mainly Standardbreds. Fire crews were helpless to rescue the horses trapped inside. Less ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 4
14th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
Leela is starting to show great potential as a future trail horse. This week most of our highlights involved going out and seeing new sights on a ‘trail walk’ where she and a fellow competitor’s mustang were walked in hand out on ...
A Tribute To Olivia Inglis
13th Mar 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
I know you all expect me to insult and offend, and insensitively try to make comedy from this tragedy, but that is not what I am going to do. Olivia Inglis, competing at two star on her horse Coriolanus at only 17 years of age, wa ...
Horses and Presidents
10th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most famous paintings of the first U.S. President George Washington shows him wearing full military regalia and seated on a doe-eyed white horse. In the early days of the U.S. presidents rode horses, not because they wa ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 3
8th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
I’d just hit the three weeks of training mark with my wild Extreme Mustang Makeover horse, when things really got rocky. Something was going on... either the way I trained was not working on this mustang in particular or there is ...
Barn Beavers
7th Mar 2016   |   Barrel Racing   |   Saferaphus
If you’ve ever admired the decorative scallops in wooden fences and stall partitions, or noticed cleverly de-barked rings around trees in a pasture, you’ll be witnessing the work of barn beavers. A barn beaver isn’t a huge rodent ...
Project Arabian Horse Rescue
4th Mar 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I really am a soft touch for a pretty face and the sight of a little grey Arabian gelding looking over the wall of an auction pen was more than I could resist. I didn’t buy him for any other reason than he really needed a good hom ...
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