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Parts of the Horse Hoof
5th Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse hooves are fascinating and so much more than hard roundish disks at the end of a horse’s legs. Over the eons, horses hooves have evolved from five toes, much like your dog’s. Modern horses still have vestigial digits - lefto ...
Why Horses Kick
3rd Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the first things riding students learn is how to walk behind a horse without it being startled. Being startled is one of the most common reasons a horse will kick. Their hair trigger self defense strategy can sometimes go o ...
 
Just Buy Your Kid a Pony
1st Mar 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I’m of the opinion that if someone wants a horse, and they’re willing to do what it takes to look after it, they should have one. It doesn’t work out that way in the real world of course. But ponies and horses are good for kids, a ...
Money Saving Tips for Horse Owners
26th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
ce of a horse is just the beginning. What if your ‘free’ horse has an injury a week after you buy it, leaving you with a $1500 vet bill? That’s not likely of course, but it’s something to think about. The ongoing expenses can add ...
Do Horses Feet Get Cold
24th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Even the horses without shoes are getting ice cakes under their hooves. If the temperature goes up a bit, it’s not unusual to see their hooves glazed with ice. Shoes without snow pads can cause the snow to melt so hard against the ...
Horse Vaccines Are Not Necessary
22nd Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Equine anti-vaxxers believe that vaccinations overload or over-stimulate the horse’s immune system and cause long term neurological or allergy problems. We have to remember that our own, and our horse’s immune system is being assa ...
The Kentucky Feral Horse Controversy
21st Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In a state known for its elegant stables, miles of white fences and pedigree racing stock, it’s a bit of a surprise that Kentucky is home to a sizeable population of feral and free-roaming horses. Where once the mountains of Appal ...
How To Extend And Preserve Your Hay Storage
19th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It’s a long way to haying season, when the next crop will be ready. So what if you don’t have enough hay to see you through to early summer? Here are a few things you can do to extend and preserve your hay store. ...
Girl Guides First Horse Encounter
17th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Riding has slowed down for the winter months. There’s lots of snow and cold, and little motivation to go out in it and ride. I did spend a whole day at the barn recently, because apparently the Girl Guides don’t notice the cold an ...
Does Color Influence A Horses Character
15th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Perhaps the horse color with the worst reputation is chestnut. Chestnut colors can range from very deep reddish brown, to a bright coppery red. Many people believe that a red chestnut will be very temperamental. Saying the words ...
2015 Equestrian Pan-Am Games
14th Feb 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
I’ve got tickets to see dressage and cross country jumping at the Pan-Am Games in July, and I’m so excited! Tickets are on sale now, and going fast, so thankfully, my daughter grabbed them early. Long side dressage tickets were a ...
Dales Pony Facing Extinction - Only 1500 Left
11th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Less than one hundred years ago, ponies and horses were still being used as modes of transportation and beasts of burden. One British breed was well known for its ability to withstand rigorous labor in harsh conditions. The Dales ...
Towing a Toboggan Behind a Horse
9th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Where I live, there is a foot of snow on the ground right now. This means that outdoor riding is limited. I have the luxury of riding indoors now, but it hasn't always been that way. When I was growing up, we had a choice of wadin ...
Train Your Horse To Hug
7th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of my family’s favorite TV shows was 'Whose Line Is It Anyways', and one of our favorite lines was from a game called Two Line Vocabulary. Whenever we notice anyone feeling down, frustrated or angry we say - oooo...somebody ne ...
Dogs and Horses
5th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
up on your living room rug. But, there can be more serious consequences. There is a chance Maxx could have become impacted. That would have required a trip to the veterinarian’s office and some uncomfortable procedures. Dogs can’t ...
A Brief History of Jumping
3rd Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Just as no one knows when the first horse was ridden, we can’t be sure just when someone discovered that training a horse to be ridden over obstacles such as ditches and fences was useful. Xenophon who lived c. 430 – 354 BC in Gre ...
Horse Lice Infestation in the Winter Months
1st Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are a few skin problems that horse owners deal with more commonly in the winter months than in summer. One of the more disturbing problems is lice. Call it lousiness, lice, louse infestation, Haematopinus Asin or Amalinia Eq ...
Quick Horse Blanket Repair
31st Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years I’ve learned how to repair most of my horse’s gear myself. Horse blankets are especially prone to damage from the horse wearing them, and from other horses they’re pastured with. Recently, one of the horses pastured ...
Too Young To Ride A Horse
27th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
How old were you when you first discovered horses? If you ride, how old were you when you first sat in the saddle, or when you first started really riding? There are old photos of me sitting on my mother’s horse as a toddler. I go ...
Calories You Burn Working with Horses
25th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
After cleaning a few stalls, I got home and decided I needed cookies. After all, I burned energy working and it was cold, so I deserved a few tasty calories. While some people might argue that horseback riding isn’t a sport and it ...
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space
24th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space is just one tale of a skittish ex-racehorse from author Steve Ankers in the book 'It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half', tales from in and around a veterinary practice. ...
Caring for a Senior Horse
21st Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
We often hear that senior horses are best for kids and beginner adults. These ‘been there, done that’ horses have a lot to offer. But what exactly is a senior horse? Horses don’t just start out one day as a young or mature horse, ...
Equine Rain Rot Cures
19th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The scientific name for this skin condition is dermatophilus, but it’s more commonly known as rain rot or rain scald. Rain scald is rare during the dry, sunny summer months. But when the weather turns cooler, darker and damper, an ...
Thiefs Cut Off Horse Tails
18th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Police are investigating after a thief broke into a horse’s pasture and stole its tail. The owners of the Morgan Arabian cross were distraught after waking one morning to find that one of their horse’s had its tail shaved off, wit ...
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