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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 ...
Will Rio Summer Olympics Equestrian Venue be Ready After Troubled Start
9th Feb 2016   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
The start of the Rio Summer Olympics is just a few months off. The test events for eventing, stadium jumping and dressage, held in August 2015 were deemed successes by organizers. But it seems as with every other big event, there ...
Things You Give Up When You Have Horses
7th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
They say that nothing worth having comes easy, and that you have to make sacrifices to pursue your passion. I suppose it’s true, but I’m afraid I just really struggle to have sympathy for people who 'have to' give up chocolate bec ...
Stall Cleaning 101
4th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you spend any time with horses you’ll probably notice that they aren’t very particular about where they poo. They’ll even do it in their own bed. Some horses will back up to a certain spot in their stall and let things pile up ...
Can Horses Eat Snow Instead of Fresh Water
2nd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Did you know that your horse may be more thirsty in winter time than in summer, and that its need for water can increase? The average riding horse weighing about 1000 lbs (450kg) needs about 10-12 gallons (37-45 L) of water per da ...
Stay Motivated for Winter Riding
31st Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Winter has arrived. Finally. We’ve been waiting for it, all the while enjoying relatively mild weather with no snow. Our fall riding season was nicely extended, making us want to get in as many rides as we could, knowing the end w ...
How Horses Are Like Governments
30th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
In the words of the legendary Tenacious D, it must be noted that 'the government totally sucks'. Of course, some governments are better than others, but in the end, every government, not matter how successful (or not) will be seen ...
Youth Groups for Horse Lovers
29th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Want to meet other like minded horse lovers and learn about horses? A club might be the way to go. You can start your own club if you know enough people who are interested, or you can participate in one of the many existing clubs. ...
Crazy Horse Sports
26th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Looking for something unusual to do with your horse? Here are just a few horse sports that are off the beaten track. These aren’t just crazy activities someone thought up and tried in their backyard. Many of these are actual sport ...
Signs Your Saddle Might Not Fit
24th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are a few ways your horse will tell you its saddle doesn’t fit. It may object to being saddled. When you mount, your horse may refuse to stand still. It may become nappy, or become more forward moving than usual. Its behavio ...
Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Bend
23rd Jan 2016   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
As often happens with riding, in trying to establish correct bend on a stiff horse, it’s usually your instincts that kill you. When the horse doesn’t have a proper inside bend, the instinct as a rider is to flex the horse with the ...
The Dangers of Ice
20th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Ice has recently taken a life of a horse in Washington state. The mare slipped on ice approaching a pond and remained in the frigid water for about an hour. Rescuers pulled her from the water, but veterinarians found her body temp ...
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