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What You Can Learn From Your OTTB Tattoo
5th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Off The Track Thoroughbreds can make great riding horses. In North America, horses that are headed for a racing career are lip tattooed for identification. (Many other breeds are lip tattooed as well.) Sometimes owners tattoo thei ...
How To keep Your Horse Cool in The Summer
3rd Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Weíve just come through one of the longest, coldest winters in a very long time. Iíve been complaining that one part or another of me is frozen for months now, and I am really looking forward to complaining about the heat! Actuall ...
Cheap Home Remedies for Horses That Really Work
1st Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are several reasons why people like home remedies, both for themselves and their horses. Cost is one attraction. Making up your own concoctions for things like mane and tail detangler, thrush, grease heel and rain scald can ...
Horse Problem Solving 101
27th May 2014   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
We all like to solve problems quickly. Thatís why the walls of tack shops are filled with scads of shining bits, and all sorts of martingales, nosebands, tie downs and other paraphernalia. And sometimes, used properly, these thing ...
How Horse Breeds Developed
22nd May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís hard for many of us to picture a horse in our minds, without seeing a particular breed. And, itís difficult to believe that there was a time when there was virtually no horse breeds as we know them today. Just a few short cen ...
Everyone Needs A Mentor
19th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Everyone needs a mentor. We all need those people who lift us up when we are down, help us see the possibilities, and support even our smallest steps towards our goals. Around the corner from where I live, an unassuming gravest ...
Which Vaccinations Does Your Horse Really Need
17th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Spring is when many horse owners call their veterinarians and arrange to have their horses vaccinated. There are a handful of vaccines for various diseases in North America, but your horse really doesnít need all of them, and it w ...
The Inhumane Practice of Soring Continues
16th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Despite laws, despite inspections, despite the extreme ire of horse lovers the world over, the practice of soring continues. Soring is the practice of using a chemical or device to make a horseís hooves and pasterns sensitive in a ...
Emergency Planning With Horses
12th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
So far, this year, Mother Nature has dealt us some interesting weather challenges. 2014 started out with extreme cold and blizzards, and already, tornadoes are touching down and floods are forcing people to flee their homes. Itís ...
Branding and Identifying Your Horse
10th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Have you ever thought of what you would do if your horse were lost or stolen? Itís not something you can really plan for, beyond locking up your gates or barns and making sure your horse is always kept safe and secure. However, if ...
Horse in Texas Team Roping Competition Tested Positive for Rabies
7th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It seems to be shaping up to a rather odd spring when it comes to outbreaks of diseases in horses. EHV is still a concern in some areas, while in other places, EIA has been a problem. Another disease that has hit the horse headlin ...
Should Police Horses Be Banned
5th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The debates over whether horse-drawn carriages should be used on NYC streets continue. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to have the carriages shut down has now softened his stance after a carefully planned campaign ...
No Cars Allowed In These Cities
3rd May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís hard to believe, but there are a few places on the planet where the horse (or close relation) still reigns supreme, and cars are banned. To me, that sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth, and the ideal destination for ...
Windsor Castle Horse Groom Job Open Now
1st May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I hope that HRHís birthday wasnít too marred by the fact that she needs a new groom for her stables at Windsor. The job listing for the position is open until May 2nd, which means thereís still a few days left for you to apply. A ...
Breaking the Horse Hair Whorl Code
28th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years, I've read and heard a lot of old sayings and lore about horses. One thing I've always paid attention to was the position of the whorls of hair on my horses. There is a lot of gypsy and folklore about these swirls o ...
Euthanization Imminent for Wild Mustang Herds in Western Utah
27th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is coming under criticism for mismanaging Mustang herds, this time, in western Utah. On drought ravaged lands, Mustangs are being blamed for a shortage of grazing. However, proponent ...
2014 EHV-1 Symptoms and Outbreak Locations
24th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Another disease has made the lives of horse owners and their horses miserable in recent weeks. An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus began at the beginning of March, and horses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa were affected, with thre ...
How to Avoid Barn Drama
21st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are three things common to almost every stable that no one really wants: flies, manure piles and drama. Of these three, the flies and manure can be the easiest to get rid of. However, barn drama seems to stick around, and it ...
Canadian Parliament Considers Law to Limit Horse Slaughter
17th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What happens to horses now that the US slaughter plants no longer can accept them? They are shipped to Canada or Mexico. The laws that shut down the plants havenít really stopped horse slaughter. Theyíve actually ensured that hors ...
New PonyBox Account Changes
12th Apr 2014   |   Ponybox News   |   PonyBox
Starting shortly, all PonyBox server accounts will be merged into one server. This means PonyBox and the legacy Morgan, Paint, Pegasus and Nokota accounts will no longer exist as separate server logins. In addition, the PB3 sim ga ...
A Royal Obsession - All the Queen's Horses
11th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
On April 21, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II will turn 88 years old. She is certainly not your average 88 year old, and that's not just because she may be the most famous woman in the world. Outside her queenly duties, HRH e ...
It's Shedding Time
8th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There's horse hair up your nose, in your eyes, stuck to your shirt and in your own hair. Happily, shedding season has arrived in North America. I've noticed this spring that the horses have started shedding a bit late. Horses star ...
Controlling a Strong Horse
6th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most common problems many riders have is slowing down a horse that is a puller, or is very forward. The problem may be more noticeable after the horse has had a break, and has stored a little excess energy, like after t ...
The Life of The Coal Mine Pit Pony
3rd Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A long time ago, a friend's mother took my sister and I, and her two daughters to see a Disney movie, The Littlest Horse Thieves. The movie was released in 1976 and was about three children, who on learning that a coal mine's pit ...
Take Care of Your Riding Helmet
1st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Your riding helmet is a very important piece of equipment that helps protect the one part of your body that is very difficult to fix if it gets broken: your brain. Helmets don't require a great deal of maintenance, but they do ben ...
Six Horses in Tennessee Quarantined After Testing Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia
30th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Six horses in Tennessee have been put in quarantine after testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Horse owners in the state are being advised to test for the virus. Equine Infection Anemia is most commonly spread from horse ...
PETA Video Exposes Horse Racing Drugs and Deaths
28th Mar 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Have you watched a video released by PETA called Horse Racing's Daily Double: Drugs and Death? It's a 9 minute exposŤ of the horse racing industry's use of drugs to enhance performance and mask injuries and lameness. The video sta ...
Preparing for the Spring Trail Rides
26th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
As spring slowly breaks here in the northern hemisphere, many of us will finally be able to access trails that have been deep in snow for the last few months. Even some people who are normally able to head out have been slowed dow ...
Why I'm Jealous of My Horse
25th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I don't like to complain, but there are a few things that make me jealous of my horse. I probably wouldn't want to be a horse, but if I were, these things would make me happy. I'll admit I have accumulated a lot of shoes over t ...
10 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Horse
23rd Mar 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
When we're working around horses, we tend to share a lot of germs with them. Who else but a horse owner would eat a sandwich with one hand, while brushing their horse's tail with the other? We've all done it and probably haven't c ...
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