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Girth Galls and Saddle Sores
3rd Dec 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I finally seemed to have solved the problem of girth sores on my girl. The frustrating part of the solution is that Iím not sure exactly what I did to solve it. I tried different girths, different holes on the billet straps, extra ...
Things Your Horse Probably Does Not Need
29th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The list of things your horse needs may be long. But,there are some things that you donít need to put on that list, even though we find them in many tack and feed rooms. Here are six things your horse probably wonít need. ...
 
What Does Trump Administration Mean for Horses
27th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The party that won made no mention of animal welfare during the lead up to the election. That may not be a bad sign. But more worrying is that there are no animal advocates within the government on the horizon. Quite the opposite ...
Problems With Shoes
26th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
To shoe or not to shoe. The debate rages on. But whether you believe itís okay for horses to wear shoes or metal should never touch their hooves, there are a few problems that shoes, and usually only shoes can cause. Most of thes ...
Rider Dragged by Horse
23rd Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses can hurt you in a lot of different ways. You can be bitten, kicked, bucked off, brushed off, fall off because the horse tripped, put the brakes on suddenly or spooked out from beneath you. They can fall on you which is very ...
Good Reasons Not to Get a Horse
22nd Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you dislike the idea of spending an hour pulling burrs from a horseís mane and tail. If you loathe the idea of walking out to check and feed your horse in the winter cold when youíd rather stay in where itís warm. If you work l ...
How To Care For A Unicorn
20th Nov 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There is controversy over whether unicorns actually exist. Thereís little evidence of these fantastic horse-like beasts in fossil records. They are elusive in the wild, and most of what we know comes from literature and art. But t ...
Right Bit Wrong Bit
19th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most discussed artificial aids is the bit. Which bit is the right bit? What makes a bit Ďwrongí. It probably depends on what you are trying to achieve. And, much depends on the horse. The worst way to pick a bit is to b ...
How To Tie A Rope Halter
17th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most commonly used pieces of tack, and something that anyone that owns a horse will have whether or not they ride or drive it, is a halter. In some places itís illegal to sell your horse without one. One type of halter ...
Winter Horse Tips
15th Nov 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Colder weather means your horse will require a bit more energy to keep warm. Remember, all that fiber digesting helps stoke your horseís internal furnace. However, if the colder weather means your horse is going to be doing less w ...
Belgium Horse Fishing
14th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
About 500 hundred years ago, an enterprising fisherman discovered that fishing for shrimp from the back of a horse was more efficient than doing so from a boat. Along the coast of Belgium, it was a common sight to see horses and r ...
Slim Chance of Horse Twins Surviving
12th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you want a kitten, you might as well get two, because two is more fun and no more trouble. In fact, if youíre adopting a kitten, it may be better for them socially if you literally double down and get a second. Thatís not so wi ...
Places Named for Horses
11th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are lots of horses named after places. Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington and the horse that he rode into the Battle of Waterloo against battalions led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte himself rode a horse named Marengo, ...
Horse Predator Attacks
7th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A family near the city of Calabasas, California are mourning the loss of their beloved Mini Marco Polo. When they discovered he was missing they assumed he had been stolen. But his body was discovered near his pen with evidence of ...
Horse Show Riders Dismounted Based on Weight
3rd Nov 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Riders at the 2016 Horse of the Year show were judged on more than their riding skills or their horseís conformation. Judges and officials called out anyone they deemed to be too large for the size of the horse they are riding. C ...
Horse Research Updates
1st Nov 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Weíre discovering more and more about how horses think, what they eat and how they function in general and thatís largely due to researchers. Equine and animal research is being carried out around the world, and those who study ho ...
What You Need to Know Before Giving Your Horse Away
29th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
An Ontario woman learned the hard way that not everyone in the horse world is as good as their word. After giving her horse to another woman who promised to care for him, the horse disappeared. The owner kept the horseís papers in ...
Horse Blood Farming
26th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse blood serum was formerly used as a carrier for human vaccines, but because some people developed sensitivities to the product, horse blood serum is no longer be used in humans. However, horse blood serum is still used in the ...
2017 Canada Horse Slaughter Regulation Changes
24th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Since U.S. federal laws were enacted almost a decade ago, the slaughter of horses has been illegal. But that doesnít mean that U.S. horses havenít been ending up on the dinner plates of European and Japanese consumers during that ...
Horses Learn To Tell Us How They Feel
22nd Oct 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
One of the things that impedes an easy flow of conversation between horse and human is that we really donít understand each otherís languages. Sure, we know when our horse is calling out to another horse but we donít know exactly ...
Your Horses Sense of Smell
18th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
How does a horse smell? Well, most of us would agree they smell good. But what about their sense of smell? Thatís good too. In fact, a horseís sense of smell is much better than ours. We humans have two smell reception patches hig ...
My Little Lion Horse
15th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Many of you who have followed my previous articles will know of Moonfire, or ĎMooí Ė my arrogant, conceited, obnoxious, yet extremely lovable and talented thoroughbred gelding. You might also know that Moo has been enormously succ ...
Horse Grooming - Beyond the Basics
11th Oct 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A lot of pleasure riders donít bother with clipping a bridle path. But itís a must in the show ring, but for a few exceptions. A bridle path makes your horseís mane look neater, and its neck more refined. The practical reasons for ...
My Horse is a #$@&%*!
8th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
As I write this, I am soaking wet from the knee-down, with puddles in my boots, and sand in places Iíd rather not mention. Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again: My horse is an #$@&%*! ...
Get Your Horses Shine On
7th Oct 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Who doesnít admire a shining coat on a horse? But horses need a little help to keep their coats and manes in top notch condition. Without a few fundamentals and a bit of extra help, the hair can look dry and dull. Hereís how to ke ...
Five Great Pony and Horse Breeds for Kids
5th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
While there's really no best breed of horses or ponies for kids, a few breeds do stand out from the crowd. Much depends on the temperament and training of the pony or horse. But, here are five breeds to think about when looking fo ...
Discovery Suggests Horse Domesticated Early Than Thought
4th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The earliest artwork depicting horses is thought to be over 20,000 years old. These paintings and sculptures were renditions of the wild animals hunted by early man. Representations of domestic horses come much later in our histor ...
How Horses Show Stress
1st Oct 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
All of us feel stress and itís normal to feel over-stressed sometimes. School exams, job demands and family obligations can leave us feeling stressed out. Our horses can feel stressed to, and while a bit of stress is normal, a lot ...
Do You Eat Like A Horse
28th Sep 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses spend all that time eating because they have small stomachs, a long digestive system and have evolved to eat dribs and drabs of grass as they find it while foraging. Our domestic horses tend to eat more than they need becau ...
When the Horses Returned
27th Sep 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Many people are surprised to learn that what we call wild horses are not truly wild at all. There is some debate on how horses disappeared from the North American continent, why they did, where they went and how it all happened. S ...
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