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The Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Canter Transitions
30th Dec 2015   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
It may shock you to learn that not every dressage rider was born in the saddle with heels down, thumbs on top, and (as my old instructor so politely put it) ‘boobs on the shelf’. In fact, many dressage riders – even top ones – wer ...
Horse Stories of 2015 [Video]
29th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There have been a lot of great horse stories in 2015. Some captured the public’s imagination, others simply left many of us shaking our heads. Here’s a look at some of the horse headlines from 2015. ...
 
Winter Equine Weight Loss
28th Dec 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
About this time of year, my horse starts to put on weight. There are a few reasons for this. Her work load lightens, although it’s not very strenuous to begin with. The bugs are gone, which means there’s less pacing and swishing t ...
The BLM and Mustang Population Control
27th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the year 1492, horses returned to the Americas after an absence of several thousand years. These horses arrived in the holds of the first ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Europe. Today, there are still feral herds roaming ...
Ironic Reasons Why My Horse is Better Than Yours
24th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
If my horse was a human, he would be a princess. Yes, he. I respect his life choices. The point is, while some may think that having to provide a bowl of water immediately beside his food for him to rinse his mouth between bites i ...
Our New Off The Track Thoroughbred
23rd Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In addition to walk, trot, canter through open fields she’s hopped him over a few small jumps. When she tried him out, we free jumped him and he didn’t seem quite sure what to do with his feet. So, there’s some work to do there, a ...
Five Blanketing Myths
19th Dec 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
He looked at my blanketed horses standing in the snow and announced, you’re going to make those horses sick wearing those blankets. I never know exactly how to react when people make statements like that. Sick? How? My family has ...
Tips for a Long Flowing Mane
18th Dec 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
My horse is perfect of course, in her imperfect way. One of her imperfections in my eyes is her skimpy tail. She has a thick mane, but for some reason, her tail doesn’t follow suit. Is there any way to make her tail long and flowi ...
Past Horse Gurus
15th Dec 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
We may have Monty Roberts, the Parellis, and John Lyons to guide us to perfect equestrian enlightenment. But, before they existed, who did we have to turn to? It seems there have always been horse gurus and whisperers. But, some h ...
How the Yakut Horse Breed Withstands Arctic Cold
13th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Scientists have examined another breed of horse that is able to withstand temperatures of -70C and made some surprising discoveries. The Yakutian horses of North East Siberia live in temperatures that would reduce most of our hors ...
Pony Club Opens Horsemasters Program for Adults
12th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Not only will adults be able to take advantage of Pony Club’s learning opportunities, but they may also compete in Pony Club events such as show jumping, mounted games, hunt seat, western, dressage and eventing. Western riding is ...
Labeling Your Horse Tack
8th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you board your horse, or if there is more than one horse and rider pair in your stable, labeling your gear is a good idea. It helps prevent confusion when things aren’t put back where they belong, and labeled items are a bit le ...
Horse Eye Problems and Infections
6th Dec 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The simplest first aid treatment for any eye problem is washing the area with a saline solution. You can easily make this at home with cooled boiled water and sea salt. There are lots of recipes online and you can’t go too far wro ...
Training Off The Track Standardbreds
5th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Despite the difference in body type, training and gaits of your average riding horse, Standardbreds can make the transition from track star to saddle horse. Most have good temperaments, and come with some useful training already i ...
Cloning A Polo Horse
3rd Dec 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
Cloning does provide a sort of carbon copy however. Normally a mare’s egg will contain one set of genes. The stallion then provides the second set, and the offspring becomes a mix of the two. But the cloning process starts with ta ...
Should You Spay Your Mare From Breeding
26th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Gelding male horses is a common procedure. There are many advantages including a more predictable temperament, preventing unwanted breedings and may result in increased growth for the individual. If gelding a horse has benefits wo ...
The Basic Stuff
24th Nov 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Are you getting a horse? Chances are, if you’re getting your first horse, you’ll want to plan ahead and be sure that you have everything ready for its arrival. You’ll want to plan how you will house your horse, and have fenced pad ...
Horse Backs Are Not Fit For Riding
21st Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In our quest to be ‘natural’ horse owners, we sometimes forget one thing. The very thing we get a horse for isn’t natural. In fact, sitting on your horse’s back isn’t even very good for it. A horse’s back isn’t made to carry a loa ...
War Horses
18th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Remembrance Day and Memorial Day are celebrated in many countries during the month of November. It’s a time to thank veterans and remember fallen heros. Along with the human heros, many of us also give some thought to the thousand ...
History of Horse Saddles
15th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It took us about 2000 years from the first domesticated horses 6000 years ago, to develop something resembling a saddle. The first saddles were simple pads of leather or cloth, held on by the seat of the rider against the horse. A ...
When Not To Use a Rain Sheet
14th Nov 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A rain sheet doesn’t have any insulation and I think that rain sheets are a bad idea during cold weather. They flatten the horse’s coat, and don’t provide any insulating layer. They do block the wind and rain, but when it’s really ...
Weddings on Horseback
11th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the simplest and most romantic weddings was of a friend who decided she wanted to be married at a favorite spot on trail. She found a minister willing to ride out with them, and luckily for the non-riding guests, the chosen ...
Large Animal Rescue Training
9th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We often see headlines about horses being rescued from perilous situations by emergency response teams. EMTs are the front line for most emergencies and in rural areas, they not only rescue people, but animals too. Firefighters mi ...
Lunging Done Right
7th Nov 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
Lunging can be a good way to train and exercise a horse, but in order for it to be effective, it has to be done right. Now, some people will argue that you should always use a lunging cavesson. This is a headstall with some reinfo ...
Solving the Problem of Unwanted Horses
3rd Nov 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I think it’s agreed in the horse community that unwanted horses are a problem. A University of Minnesota publication claims there are 92,000 to 138,000 unwanted horses in the U.S., based on the number of horses previously sent to ...
The Head Bone is Connected to the Neck Bone
31st Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Even though horses are bigger, we have more bones than they do, 205 to our 207. We start out with even more, but as we age, some fuse together. The neck bones of the horse are part of the vertebral or spinal column. The neck bones ...
Legends of the Falls
29th Oct 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Those of you south of the border have to wait for your turkey dinner a few weeks, but my family got together for Thanksgiving recently. It was hot, so I decided there was no way I was going to cook a turkey. We’d have BBQ in the b ...
Help For the Worlds Poorest Horses [Video]
26th Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
In a world dominated by cars, trucks, trains and planes, we sometimes forget that a great number of the world’s human population still rely on the domestic horse and its close relatives for transportation. But, of the world’s 100 ...
Horseback Riding is a Pain
22nd Oct 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The most common pains new riders experience are in the muscles down the inside of the upper legs. While these muscles help stabilize us when we walk or stand, riding requires that we use them in a way they aren’t normally used. Ma ...
Diseases Humans Catch From Horses
19th Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Ever wondered if your horse can make you sick? Not the horse crazy type sick? But truly ill in some way? As it turns out, it’s rare, but possible. If your horse contracts a zoonotic disease, there is a slight chance it could be pa ...
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