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What if horses could play Pokemon Go
21st Aug 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile game based on Nintendo’s Pokemon series, is the latest craze taking over the globe. Pokemon Go places virtual Pokemon on a real world GPS map, encouraging players to capture, collect, and ba ...
Heat Drought and Horses
20th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It’s dry here. The corn is withering, the soybean fields are looking yellow and pasture is non-existent. Those of us with horses and other livestock understand that a long stretch of dry sunny weather doesn’t just mean excellent b ...
 
Equestrian Sports Too Confusing For Olympic Audience
17th Aug 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Adelinde Cornelissen pulls her horse Parzival out of competition minutes into their first dressage test, claiming he didn’t feel right after a bug bit him, causing swelling in his jaw and neck. Most media however spins the story a ...
10 Reasons Not To Clip Your Eventer
14th Aug 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Eventers are extremely versatile, talented horses. They have to be strong, smart, and be skilled in many different disciplines. This may sound like a good thing, but the second you whip out your clippers, you may just figure out t ...
Horses Are Better Than Cats
13th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Oh Polo, I thought we could get along. I thought our common love of horses would be a commonality indicating a similar view.. But, when it comes to kitties, I see we may, at best, have to agree to disagree. You see, because for so ...
Can Science Help Us Train For the Ultimate Horse
9th Aug 2016   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
field of vision, color perception and processing is quite different from ours, making it difficult to see the world through the eyes of the horse. Our own field of vision overlaps by quite a bit and gives us a ‘binocular’ view of ...
The Palio di Siena
6th Aug 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The Palio Siena takes place July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy. Originally, this horse race was part of Olympic style games held in the city’s historic central piazza. It didn’t actually start out as a horse race. The first moun ...
First Equine Neurological Chagas Disease in United States
4th Aug 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Earlier this year, researchers revealed what they believed to be the first incident of Chagas disease to affect a horse in North America. Chagas disease is a neurological disease common to dogs in South America. The disease is cau ...
Primitive Horse Art
31st Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Certainly, modern art lovers, horse lovers and artists are not the only ones to be captured by the mystic of horses. Horse art has been around a very long time. Some of the earliest depictions of animals and humans are of horses. ...
Printables For Organizing Your Horse Life
29th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When was the last time Snowflake had her hooves trimmed? When did Blue last have that bout of colic? And who is the new boarder’s veterinarian? Good records make remembering the details of our horse activities much easier. And an ...
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 I’m 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 horse’s 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 doesn’t mean that we didn’t do many of the things kids in school did. One of those activities was attending science fairs. If you’ve got a horse, or have some horse knowledge, you’ve 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 aren’t always certain. It can be hard ...
Recycle Re-purpose and Reuse
7th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We’ve 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? Wouldn’t 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 ...
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