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How to Measure a Bit For Your Horse
13th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In order to be effective, your horse’s bit needs to fit properly. A too large bit will slide back and forth in your horse’s mouth, and certain parts might not sit where they need to. Too small, and the bit may pinch the sides of y ...
Horses By the Numbers
10th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The country with the greatest number of horses is of course, The United States. There are, according to the FOA, about 10,260,000 horses in the U.S. The population of the U.S. is currently around 323,401,000 people. That is about ...
 
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 6
9th Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
This week we set up a mock trail class to practice putting our mustang makeover mares through. Since one of the three preliminary classes is a trail class, getting Leela confident over various obstacles is critical. Trainers compe ...
Animal Hoarders Fail to Provide Care
7th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Imagine moving to a new home in deep winter. You’re excited because there’s plenty of space, a barn and paddocks already waiting for your horse and other critters. But, then spring breaks, and as the snow melts, it reveals a horri ...
Why Riding With Anxiety is a Logical Paradox
5th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Anxiety often forces the sufferer to imagine the worst possible consequences to any scenario, often years in advance. Sometimes the sufferer will feel the effects of anxiety without even being aware of the dangers of the situation ...
About The Author - Extreme Mustang Makeover
2nd Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
Hannah is the author and in trainer in our Extreme Mustang Makeover Series. Hannah is a long time horse enthusiast but did not get her first horse Levi until the age of twelve. Levi was an old grade quarter horse who was the perfe ...
If Your Horse Was In High School
31st Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses have as many different ‘horsanalities’ as they do colors. But, if your horse was in high school, where would it fit in? ...
Who Were the Horse Whisperers
28th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
The term ‘horse whisperer’ came into the public collective conscious after a long absence with the 1995 novel by Nicolas Evans and 1998 movie starring Robert Redford based on the book. The main character in the book, Tom Brooker i ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 5
26th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
This week my mustang, Leela, was becoming more and more proficient at her walk, trot, and canter in the arenas. Not only is she transitioning between gaits well but she’s also learning to hold straight lines and circles. ...
The White Turf Races
25th Mar 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The seed to today’s White Turf Race was planted back in 1906 when a few brave souls raced between St. Moritz and the town of Champfèr, standing on skis and harnessed to their galloping horses. The almost 10 km (6 mile) trip took ...
Is it Selfish To Spend Money To Extend An Animals Life
24th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We all spend money in ways that are selfish, frivolous and wasteful, and caring for companion animals may be one of them. Are we being kind to animals or negligent of more pressing needs of suffering humans? Is it purely selfish t ...
My Butterfly Flew Away Too Soon
20th Mar 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Memery Farms
In 2009 I was around thirteen years old when my trainer brought a rescue Morgan mare named Mariposa. She lived mostly isolated in a stall for seven years with minimal human contact. Mariposa was a below average size for a Morgan a ...
Horse Fighting For Fun
19th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Cruel, barbaric, heinous, shocking, and vile are just a few of the words used to describe the ‘sport’ of horse fighting. But, these events have a huge and enthusiastic following in the countries they are practiced in, even though ...
Horses May Prefer Cold Pasture Over Warm Shelter
18th Mar 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A study published in the fall of 2015 may confirm what many of us have observed in our own backyards: horses are often happy to stay outside in the cold than stand inside a shelter. And, as it turns out, they don’t seem to care if ...
Horse Barn Fires and Design
15th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
January was a horrible month in the province I’m in, with several stable fires making headlines. The first was a stable of forty-two horses, mainly Standardbreds. Fire crews were helpless to rescue the horses trapped inside. Less ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 4
14th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
Leela is starting to show great potential as a future trail horse. This week most of our highlights involved going out and seeing new sights on a ‘trail walk’ where she and a fellow competitor’s mustang were walked in hand out on ...
A Tribute To Olivia Inglis
13th Mar 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
I know you all expect me to insult and offend, and insensitively try to make comedy from this tragedy, but that is not what I am going to do. Olivia Inglis, competing at two star on her horse Coriolanus at only 17 years of age, wa ...
Horses and Presidents
10th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most famous paintings of the first U.S. President George Washington shows him wearing full military regalia and seated on a doe-eyed white horse. In the early days of the U.S. presidents rode horses, not because they wa ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 3
8th Mar 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
I’d just hit the three weeks of training mark with my wild Extreme Mustang Makeover horse, when things really got rocky. Something was going on... either the way I trained was not working on this mustang in particular or there is ...
Barn Beavers
7th Mar 2016   |   Barrel Racing   |   Saferaphus
If you’ve ever admired the decorative scallops in wooden fences and stall partitions, or noticed cleverly de-barked rings around trees in a pasture, you’ll be witnessing the work of barn beavers. A barn beaver isn’t a huge rodent ...
Project Arabian Horse Rescue
4th Mar 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I really am a soft touch for a pretty face and the sight of a little grey Arabian gelding looking over the wall of an auction pen was more than I could resist. I didn’t buy him for any other reason than he really needed a good hom ...
Top 15 Reasons To Eat Your Pony
1st Mar 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has come to my attention that the horse world has recently been rendered irate by the decision of a Swiss girl to consume her show horse after its death. In light of this event and the subsequent uproar, I give you the top 15 r ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 2
28th Feb 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
The second week with my Extreme Mustang Makeover mare, Leela was full of ups and downs. Progress always comes with steps forward as well as steps back. Now that she has been accustom to living in a stall and walking to the round p ...
Horse Care Time Savers
26th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I don’t think it takes anyone who lives with a horse owner long to figure out that when the owner says 'I’ll be back in 30 minutes', that’s not really going to happen. A quick half hour trip to the barn takes at least an hour. Rea ...
Horse Linebreeding Inbreeding and Outcrossing Basics
23rd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Line bred horses will have the same horse in their pedigree twice, ideally once each on the mother’s and father’s side. Take a look at the pedigree of the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Tracing back through bot ...
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 1
21st Feb 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
In a makeover, trainers are typically randomly assigned a wild, unhandled BLM mustang between the ages of four and seven and allotted about 100 days to completely transform their untrained and untamed horse into a willing partner. ...
What is Equine Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
20th Feb 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
In addition stiffness or lameness, the symptoms of tying up can include elevated pulse, respiration and temperature, sore sensitive muscles over the hindquarters, standing stretched out as if to urinate, colic symptoms, unwillingn ...
Horse Slaughter in US for Human Consumption
17th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
You get the feeling that despite legislation that should have wiped out horse slaughter in the U.S., the issue never really seems to go away. Most of you know that back in 2007 rules were changed so that there was no funding for s ...
Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
14th Feb 2016   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
If Hoketsu qualifies for this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics he will be the oldest Olympic athlete in history. He was the oldest athlete competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now, in 2016 at 74 years old, he is well over twice the av ...
Could You Eat Your Horse
11th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are places of course where horses are eaten, and even raised specifically for their meat. Many of us have strong objections to eating horse meat. But a Swedish harness racer driver has faced criticism for her decision to eat ...
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