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Back it Up - How To Master The Rein Back   25th May 2013
Back it Up - How To Master The Rein Back
Horse Training This article serves to handle that one part of every dressage test that I – and most riders I know – dread with all our hearts. I’m sure you know the feeling. The stunning rhythmic trot, the perfect square halt (And here you start thinking ‘Yeah! Show me those eights!), and then suddenly, it all falls apart - with a giraffe neck and heinously swinging quarters – as you try to convince your horse that the world he lives in holds some logical reason for moving backwards. Maybe it makes sense to do it when you’re chasing him out of the feed
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Mustang Horse Breed Photos   24th May 2013
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General Ponybox receives hundreds of member submitted horse photos each week. In addition to our weekly featured graphics, we are going to add a new weekly news post featuring random horse breeds submitted to Ponybox.com. If you own this weeks featured breed, we would love to hear your comments on why you choose this breed and the pros and cons of owning the specific breed type.
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How to Decorate Your Horse
 by Saferaphus on 23rd May 2013
How to Decorate Your Horse General  Play days, costume classes, gymkhanas and parades are all great occasions to decorate your horse! You don’t really need an occasion of course. Decorating your horse can be a great activity for non-riders. So when those city cousins are visiting, and you’re tired of giving pony rides, this is a great way to spend time with you horse and have fun too.
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May Horse and Tack Auction Dissapoints   21st May 2013
May Horse and Tack Auction Dissapoints May Horse and Tack Auction Dissapoints May Horse and Tack Auction Dissapoints May Horse and Tack Auction Dissapoints
General My sister, who is a horse dealer, recently invited me to go to a horse auction. My mother, who repairs and sells tack also came along. Because the tack sale started before the horse auction, we started on the hour and a half drive quite early on a very damp, chilly morning. My husband told me before I left, that if I saw something that was a good price, to go ahead and buy it. My guess is he wasn't really thinking of something with four legs.
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Caudal Heel Syndrome Forces Beau into Retirement   20th May 2013
Caudal Heel Syndrome Forces Beau into Retirement
Shows and Events Hi everybody! It’s been a while since I've made an article, so I thought I’d give you all an update on how Beau’s doing. On my last article I had just started showing him again and with the exception of kicking out occasionally, he was doing great. We were planned to start jumping in about a month after that.

We started jumping again and things were going great. He had to remember where all of his feet go, but eventually it all came back to him. If anything, he was jumping better and he was much more relaxed than before he tore his suspensory.
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Riding Clinic with Beck Hart - Transitioning From Trail to Dressage   19th May 2013
Riding Clinic with Beck Hart - Transitioning From Trail to Dressage
Horse Training One of the best ways to improve your riding is to take lessons. I've been riding for a long time, but still take lessons to improve my skills. I've been more motivated to take lessons lately because I've decided to focus on dressage rather than trail riding. About a year ago, I had the opportunity to take a lesson with Becky Hart. Beck Hart is a long-distance rider whose many accomplishments include winning the FEI World Distance Championships three times in a row, and being awarded the Hertz/USET Equestrian of the Year, and the Chronicle of the Horse – Overall Horseman of the Year. She is also a Level III
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Still Burning - Chapter Thirteen - The Final Chapter   19th May 2013
Still Burning - Chapter Thirteen - The Final Chapter
Horse Fiction It was the day after Andrew's funeral that she had decided she was going to ride Aquillo for the first time since he died. She sat there on her bed with her arms around her knees, deep in thought, when she felt a chill from the open window. She stood and sauntered to her dresser in search of something to wear over her thin tank top. As she reached past an old t-shirt, her fingers touched something unfamiliar and strange. So in her curiosity, she pulled it out.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   18th May 2013
Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics
Graphics Ponybox featured horse graphics is a weekly display of some of the best graphics and manips on Ponybox. Ponybox members include some of the most talented equestrian graphic artists. Want to see your graphics displayed here? Just submit your creative works to your Ponybox image album for consideration.
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Ten Reasons Not to Wear a Helmet   17th May 2013
Ten Reasons Not to Wear a Helmet
General We’re often told we should wear a helmet when we ride. However, there are lots of good reasons not to. Here are the top ten of my many reasons why I won't wear a helmet.

After spending $60 on a wash, cut and blow dry, countless dollars on flat irons, curing irons and styling products, not to mention the hour spent every morning making your hair look perfect why would you want your hair to be ruined wearing a helmet?
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The Perils of Vanity
 by Saferaphus on 15th May 2013
The Perils of Vanity General  One time, before going with my daughter to a weekend-long Pony Club camp, I decided that my old yucky riding pants needed to be retired. I tried riding in jeans, but the thick inseams caused considerable discomfort. It was time to splurge on a new pair of schooling tights. I went to the local tack shop, and it being the end of the summer season found a beautiful pair of boot cut, lyrca "Kerrits" on sale for half price. They fit perfectly, they looked sleek and smart (if I do say so myself) and felt great. I love new clothes of any kind, and I could hardly wait to wear them riding.
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How to Ride a Dressage Test - The Eventer’s Version   15th May 2013
How to Ride a Dressage Test - The Eventer’s Version
Shows and Events This article was inspired by my own fantastic event horse, Bronze, who – like most eventers – is eating a lot of high-energy food, and doing a lot of work. Basically, Bronze is a machine, and his main operating function is to bear down on a course of big, solid jumps like a freight train and jump clear inside the time.

When it comes to the dressage function, however, it seems we've found a glitch. Bronze, like many eventing machines, seems to have broken that convenient switch from ‘Cross Country mode’ to ‘Dressage mode’ that we all wishfully believe that our eventers have.
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How to Convince Your Parents to Buy a Horse   14th May 2013
How to Convince Your Parents to Buy a Horse
General Do you want a horse? If you're lucky, your parents will want you to have one too. However, there's a good chance they may feel quite opposite. Horses are big, expensive, require time and sweat labor to care for and for some people, scary. So the process of convincing your parents to buy you a horse may take some effort. Here are some hints to help.

Prove You Can Contribute To or Understand the Expense of Horse Ownership. Horses are expensive. Even if you get a free horse, feed, farrier work, dental work, tack, board and all the other things that go into horse ownership costs money.
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Still Burning - Chapter Twelve - The First Step   13th May 2013
Still Burning - Chapter Twelve - The First Step
Horse Fiction The smell of meatloaf and apple crisp seeped out of the open windows and mixed to fill her nose with its sweet aroma, making her stomach growl. Jane twirled a tiny purple flower between her fingertips, watching its petals spin like a dancer’s skirt. She picked the petals from it and tossed it to the ground as she stood. The cool air washed over her as she opened the screen door and stepped inside the house for dinner.
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Jumpy Horse 3.7 Horse Game App Promotion Codes   11th May 2013
Jumpy Horse 3.7 Horse Game App Promotion Codes Jumpy Horse 3.7 Horse Game App Promotion Codes Jumpy Horse 3.7 Horse Game App Promotion Codes Jumpy Horse 3.7 Horse Game App Promotion Codes
Equine Technology Internet Reshenia, developer of the Jumpy Horse App recently released version 3.7. This update includes a new 'Where's My Foal' mini-game and downloadable Pegasus, Mustang, Big Cat, Mountain Lion and Bull characters.

The Jumpy horse game is unique in that it continues to grow and update based on Ponybox member feedback. The Internet Reshenia team has placed a lot of resources into the game and continue to amaze it's users with quality updates.

If you're not familiar with the app, check out their iTunes page, the reviews by horse lovers speak for themselves. One of the most interesting and fun sections of the game is the ability to compete and challenge your friends in multi-player mode.
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Five Famous Horse Songs
 by Saferaphus on 10th May 2013
Five Famous Horse Songs General  Every now and then, horses show up in songs. Here are a few that have had some radio air-time over the years and have stood out in my mind. This song was originally written and preformed by the classic-rock band The Rolling Stones. Since it was released in the US in 1971, it has been covered by a very long list of music artists, including Susan Boyle the 2009 winner of the reality television show America's Got
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Not Making This Up - Why I Don't Wear Makeup To The Barn   8th May 2013
Not Making This Up - Why I Don't Wear Makeup To The Barn
General I recently noticed this magnificent article pop up on Ponybox asking whether or not I wear makeup to the barn. I don’t see that it’s any of the article’s business, but I’m going to answer the question anyway. I do not, and in this article, I’m going to address exactly why.

First off, it’s probably because I'm not much of a make-up person to begin with. If you see me out at the mall on a Saturday afternoon, I’m not that pretty little supermodel, done up to a tee, fluttering my eyelashes at all the boys.
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Still Burning - Chapter Eleven - Falling Down   7th May 2013
Still Burning - Chapter Eleven - Falling Down
Horse Fiction To go back in time and stop the semi from hitting his truck, to go back in time and stall him just a few seconds and save his life by just facing her father, to go back in time and take back every horrible thing she ever said to him, to spend just another second with him, Jane would die for it. She let her mind slip away. She thought about every second of her life she would spend without Andrew by her side. Every second of her life she would spend with this hole in her heart that no one could replace. The place Andrew belonged. Jane would never feel the safety of his arms around her, the gentleness of his voice in her ear, the sight of his heart-warming, comforting smile, the last thing she saw of him.
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Moving From Cross Rails To Jumps   6th May 2013
Moving From Cross Rails To Jumps
General A secure seat, confidence riding over ground poles and jumping small cross rails are the first steps to learning how to ride over taller and wider jumps. When I was taking lessons over jumps, a lot of time was spent ensuring that my position and technique over these small obstacles was solid before I attempted anything higher.

So, once you have the basics down pat, you'll likely be riding over a small 'gymnastic line' of cross rails, that will teach you how to gauge the strides between
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Do You Know The Moment You Connected With Your Horse
 by IggyPogo on 6th May 2013
Do You Know The Moment You Connected With Your Horse General  I was riding home the other night, bareback, with the sunset on my back and Pogo's rich bay coat glowing. I urged him into a trot and we made it a few steps before someone across the street dropped a bag of dog food which spooked Pogo. Pogo took a sidestep to the right, felt my balance shift, and froze, tilting his head to see if I was still on him. I laughed and wrapped my arms around his neck in a hug.
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Do You Wear Makeup To The Barn   5th May 2013
Do You Wear Makeup To The Barn
General I’ll admit it, I’m a little vain. I like nice clothes, to have my hair done, and I wear makeup. I even wear makeup to the barn, even though I don’t wear my ‘going to town clothes', and my hair is usually tucked under a ball cap. I only wear a bit of makeup, enough to prevent my eyes from looking too rabbity. And I like to dress neatly—it may sound strange, but I think it’s respectful to the horse and to those around you to dress neatly. Now we've all seen those girls. The ones that arrive at the barn with their hair perfectly arranged, thick makeup and clothing that clearly hasn't been near a horse yet. If by chance they do get near a horse, they look much
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Howrse Sim Gameplay Offers Realism and Fantasy   4th May 2013
Howrse Sim Gameplay Offers Realism and Fantasy
Product Reviews Many horse sim players often run into the conflict of whether they prefer realistic gameplay, or a more whimsical experience. Oftentimes, a sim game doesn’t cater to both of these styles in one game. Howrse effectively blends both genres into one smooth, beautifully designed sim.

This player has selected an Arabian as their first horse. Many breeds of both horses and ponies are
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Still Burning - Chapter Ten - The Accident   3rd May 2013
Still Burning - Chapter Ten - The Accident
Horse Fiction Jane opened her eyes slowly. She was underwater. Voices from the surface became clearer and clearer. She could not make out what she was seeing. Everything was loud but undistinguishable. Her ears rang, a high pitched note made her head begin to ache. She blinked, the images became clearer. No, she wasn't underwater; she was in a light. Her mind was foggy, like it was coated in syrup, slowing down her thinking. She tried to think, but she just couldn't focus. Nothing was making sense.
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April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola   2nd May 2013
April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola
Shows and Events The weekend of April 20th saw my official showjumping debut for 2013. Since the South African Junior Championships in December, my horses were given a well deserved holiday, before slowly building back up to competition standard.

Finola already had one jumping show under her belt, and both she and Bronze had attended their first event of the year, but even with a foot on the ladder, this was the show to start the climb back up the grades.

I had Finola entered 1,20m and Bronze entered 1m, easing back into competition after the time off, and I have to say that I feel both horses performed exceptionally well. Usually, after a break, Finola gets careless in her jump, and Bronze looses so much confidence that we usually have to take him back to square one; so imagine my surprise when I rode into the ring to feel a keen and fearless horse beneath me.
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Eqcetera Accepting Breeding System Suggestions   1st May 2013
Eqcetera Accepting Breeding System Suggestions
General Eqcetera, an equine sim rising in popularity, is now accepting suggestions for an update to their breeding system. Eqcetera is constantly undergoing improvements and refinements, often at the suggestion of players. Admin Starry* has stated that the breeding system the sim has currently is “too simplistic”. She thinks the community can step up to the plate once again and produce some good ideas to be implemented into the game. The goal is to make the breeding system fun for the players.

So far, there have been some great contributions. Several popular ideas are advanced pedigrees, peak breeding ages, and a “possible foal” generator to look at potential offspring two horses could produce. Starry* encourages constructive criticism and positive input- Eqcetera is really looking for the players’ help here!
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April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola The weekend of April 20th saw my official showjumping debut for 2013. Since the South African Junior Championships in December, my horses were given a well deserved holiday, before slowly building back up to competition standard. Finola already had one jumping show under her belt, and both she and Bronze had attended their first event of the year, but ev . . .
 
 
Retraining A Racehorse – Moonfire – Cross Country - Part 1 On 17 February 2011, I began preparing Moony for his eventing debut. After his Third Place in his first jumping show of the year, I decided it was time for him to start eventing and see if he couldn’t achieve similar results. We boxed Moony and Bronze to a nearby venue that we could rent for the use of their cross country course, and began preparing both . . .
 
16 October 2010 Provincial Junior Showjumping Championships - Part 1 The show began in a somewhat comical fashion. We arrived, uncharacteristically early. I was nervous, uncharacteristically nervous. And so it was that, during an attack of nerves, I decided that I should make a quick trip to the bathroom before getting the horses ready. Unfortunately, being me, this was where I hit my first stroke of bad luck. The lock go . . .
 
Sand Colic What is an impaction, you ask? Well, I suppose it could be compared to human constipation. The horse has a blockage in its intestine, so it cannot pass any droppings or gas from the other side of that blockage. A horse being allowed to consume foreign objects, such as baling twine, or not having access to water after feed can also cause blockages. Once the g . . .
 
Why I Regret Giving my Eventer a Holiday (The incredible true story) Anybody who has owned or ridden one will know that eventers are machines. Some are scooters, trundling mildly around until they bump into the frist cross country jump and the engine cuts out. Others are monster trucks, ploughing boldly around and demolishing anything in their track. The best ones zoom and leap like dirt bikes. As for me? I’ve got myself a fr . . .
 
Retraining a Racehorse – First Dressage Show On the way to the dressage arena, he was rather excited by the unfamiliar atmosphere. He considered spooking at the dressage letters, but decided that watching them warily would work just as well – since I decided not to let him behave like a silly baby-horse. We trotted up to the judges to show our number, then proceeded to trot around the outside of the . . .
 
Retraining a Racehorse - Moonfire (Week 3) My instructor was around to help me with Moony, and we started by doing a bit of free jumping. She got him going extremely well, and he soon learned to jump on his own, without the help of a rider. As Moony is uncertain in our jumping ring, we simply jumped him in the round ring where he is currently being kept when not closely supervised (To keep him safe f . . .
 
Not Making This Up - Why I Don't Wear Makeup To The Barn I recently noticed this magnificent article pop up on Ponybox asking whether or not I wear makeup to the barn. I don’t see that it’s any of the article’s business, but I’m going to answer the question anyway. I do not, and in this article, I’m going to address exactly why. First off, it’s probably because I'm not much of a make-up person to begin with. If . . .
 
Retraining A Racehorse – Moonfire – Show Preparation On 3 February 2011, one of our show venues was having an open day – allowing riders to pay to use the arena for one-hour sessions. This was the perfect opportunity to prepare Moony for his first show of the new year! . . .
 
27 - 28 July Eventing Show - Part Two The next day was what we’d all been waiting for: Cross country. As a 90cm entry, Finola was first to go, and with air-cooled eventing boots on her legs and the rubber Pelham in her mouth, she warmed up like a spring-loaded jack in the box, ready to burst out onto the course at any moment. When our number was called, we approached the start, and Finola stood . . .
 
 
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