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So You Want To Buy A Horse
11th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, youíve decided you want a new horse! Youíve got your empty stable full of fresh shavings, your lifeís savings (and a few week-old carrot pieces) in your fanny pack and all the dreams and expectations in the world! Youíre all set. What could possibly go wrong from here? ...
Horses Set Free To Escape California Wild Fires
9th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the path of one blaze was Rancho Padilla in Tujunga Canyon, a family owned ranch where 30 of the 60 horses stabled there were lost to the fire. There was no time to evacuate the horses, as the buildings were already on fire when the family woke to see smoke and flames and rece ...
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The Other Horse Races
8th Dec 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
We know that Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Arabians, American Quarter Horses and Appaloosas are commonly used for racing, albeit Standardbreds are less used for races under saddle than in harness. But there are other breeds that you can also ride in a race. ...
Influential Equestrians You Should Know
5th Dec 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
Many trainers have influenced how we train and treat horses over the ages. There have been many philosophies about how horses should be handled. Here is a look at a few of the most influential equestrians over the centuries. ...
Winterizing Your Tack Box
3rd Dec 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Saferaphus
As I write this snow is gently sifting downwards, and enough is already on the ground to cover the grass. Apparently there is something call meteorological winter that starts on December 1, even though itís not officially 'calendar winter' until later in the month. The cold weath ...
Training For All Ages
1st Dec 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
Itís said that we never really stop teaching our horses. Every time we handle or ride them, they are learning something from us. This is why consistent handling is so important. And training doesnít begin when we start to introduce the bridle and saddle. It starts from the moment ...
Should You Wear A Helmet All the Time
28th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A recent study suggests that only 7% of us wear our helmets while grooming our horses. There doesn't seem to be any statistics about how many of wear our helmets while handling horses from the ground at other times, such as feeding and turning out. But, should we have our helmets ...
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Why Does My Horse Stumble
24th Nov 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Saferaphus
We all stumble sometimes, and thatís perfectly normal. So it follows that our horses are going to take a misstep now and then. They have twice as many legs as we do after all. The occasional trip up isnít something to be worried about. But, if a horse stumbles often, there is pro ...
Trotters and Pacers Racing Under Saddle
22nd Nov 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Itís known as RUS or racing under saddle. In Europe, itís known as Montť racing or trot Montť. And in recent years, there have been a number of events held in North America, and associations formed for those who want to take part. For this sport, only trotters are used in events ...
A Tribute To Polo
19th Nov 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo the Weirdo is back. ...
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Donkey Facts
17th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are lots of donkey breeds, each with their own characteristics. Of the over 150 different breeds, we here in North America are probably most familiar with the American Mammoth Jack, often crossed with horses to produce a large draft type mule or riding mule, and Miniature D ...
Should Kids Ride Stallions
14th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Should youth riders ride stallions? I think it depends on the situation. There are probably situations where it will work, and many where it definitely will not. ...
Horse Blanket Hazards
11th Nov 2017   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Most of us try our hardest to look after our horses well. That can include putting some sort of blanket on them to protect them from the elements. Unfortunately our best efforts can occasionally backfire, and the very thing that should protect our horses can cause harm. Itís esse ...
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Horse DNA Testing
9th Nov 2017   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
Up until the availability of DNA testing and a discovery of speed genes, breeding for the track has been a bit like a combination of gut feeling and practiced eye combined with mathematics. But now, DNA analysis can help breeders match horses with desirable genetics to produce fo ...
City Horse Riding
6th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Do you want to go riding? Do you think that you have to travel out to the countryside? Maybe not. Depending on where you live, you may be able to hop on the subway to get to a stable. Many cities have riding academies or stables within their boundaries. Here are just a few of the ...
Stolen Horse Tack Insurance Claim
4th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We should all, at minimum have liability insurance on our horses. That way, if our horse causes injury to anyone, we are protected. Many of us also have insurance against the loss of our horse, and against the loss of our horse stuff. The insurance for your horse gear may be incl ...
Why People Hate Horses
2nd Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are people who think horses are too expensive. But expensive compared to what? Going out for dinner, designer handbags or trendy jeans? Or, expensive compared to sitting in front of the television or playing Candy Crush? Money may not buy happiness, but owning a horse comes ...
Trick or Treats For Your Horse
31st Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse shows often have costume classes this time of year, and thatís a good excuse to raid closets, second-hand stores and hobby stores for the materials to make your prize winning costume. Horses can indulge in some of the treats that get handed out, and even some of the decor, ...
Extreme Horse Breeding
27th Oct 2017   |   Breeds   |   Saferaphus
Breeding for specific characteristics is why we have so many different horse breeds in the first place. All horses have a few common ancestors. They were types of horses rather than breeds. In the several thousand years humans have been using horses it's only been within the last ...
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Help for Puerto Rico Horses
25th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
According to the 2012 USDA census, there are approximately 1200 horse farms and 10,000 horses on the Island of Puerto Rico and itís neighboring island communities. Like every other industry in the territory, the horse industry has been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Maria ...
Add Some Bling to Your Horse
21st Oct 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Saferaphus
Most of us donít have masses of diamonds twinkling on our fingers, especially when we ride. After all, who wants to accidentally pull a rock off by catching it in our horseís mane? But, it is possible to add some bling to our ride when weíre in the mood. If itís time to unleash y ...
Bored With Riding Horses
20th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What do you do when you just donít want to ride at all? Believe it or not, some people struggle with feeling that they donít want to ride anymore. Theyíre not scared, theyíve just had enough. And, sometimes, when your whole life revolves around horses, choosing not to ride, or dr ...
Those Arabian Crosses
18th Oct 2017   |   Breeds   |   Saferaphus
Every light horse breed in the world owes a nod to the Arabian horse. Even some draft horse breeds have in their pedigree, the occasional Arabian. When a touch of refinement is needed, itís often added with an infusion of Arabian. Even pony breeds have benefited by crossbreeding ...
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Snaffle Ring Types
15th Oct 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Saferaphus
Why are there so many types of rings on a snaffle? The rings on snaffle bits are the most obvious part because when a horse wears a snaffle, the ring isn't hidden inside the horseís mouth. Now you might recall, that a snaffle bit works only within the horseís mouth. The amount of ...
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Beyond The Basic Gaits
13th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So horses have three basic gaits: walk, trot, and canter or lope. But some horses, often called Ďgaitedí, have extra gaits. Most of these are what are called ambling gaits and there is what's called the pace. We don't think of these gaits as natural. But, some sources claim that ...
Haunted Horses
11th Oct 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
What could be more appealing than a cute pony or an elegant horse? Perhaps you admire the size and strength of the Clydesdale, or the cow sense of the American Quarter Horse makes your heart go pitter-pat. Or, you see the beauty of a warmblood executing the perfect twenty-meter c ...
Basic Horse Gaits
8th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A horse has three basic footfall patterns when they travel. We know them as walk, trot, and canter or lope. A gallop is sometimes called a fourth basic gait. But the footfall pattern is the same as the canter, just much more extended. Before there were cameras that could capture ...
Storm and Disaster Prepping For Horses
7th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There probably isnít a place in the world that isnít affected by adverse weather or other natural disasters waiting to happen. Some of us must contend with ice and snow. Others live where fire is a hazard. Earthquakes are a reality in some locations. And, flooding, wind and other ...
Too Much of a Good Thing
5th Oct 2017   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
We generally think of minerals in any diet as a good thing. But it is possible for horses to get too much of a certain mineral. The most common culprits include fluoride, lead, and iron. If caught in time, most symptoms of poisoning from excess minerals are reversible. However, i ...
Selenium Supplement In Your Horses Diet
3rd Oct 2017   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Saferaphus
While selenium isnít overly important to plant growth, it is important to the animals that eat those plants. Selenium is a trace mineral. That means, itís not a macronutrient like calcium phosphorus but is only needed in very tiny amounts. The average riding horse only requires a ...
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