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To Breed or Not to Breed
2nd Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the problems with owning a mare is that there is always a temptation to raise a foal. Recently, my daughter suggested that I send my mare to her, so she could ride her, and have her bred. For a few brief moments, I found my ...
Leading Your Horse Through Gates and Doors
29th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It sounds simple right? And you may do it almost every day. But leading your horse through a gate takes a bit more attention than you might first think. Holding a horse while fiddling with a gate latch, having other horses crowd a ...
 
How Much Does It Cost to Own a Horse
27th Jul 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Every now and again, I’ll sit down and figure out just how much it costs to own a horse. It’s good to know to budget ahead. If you want a horse, you’ll want to make sure you can actually afford one, because the purchase price is ...
How Many Riders Does It Take To Write An Essay
26th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Any of us who have ever been forced to attend some kind of educational institution have most likely encountered, at some point, that horrendous piece of mental strain that we call ‘the essay’. Essays may seem easy in theory, but w ...
Quick Tips To Sell Your Horse Fast - What Not to Do
23rd Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Most people are looking for horses that are quiet and easy to handle. The best way to demonstrate the steadiness of any horse, especially a young one, is to put a small child on its back. Have the child go without a helmet, and po ...
Horses and Dogs Needed for The Sunday Horse Movie
21st Jul 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
Good news for horse lovers. There’s another horse movie currently being filmed. In the spirit of such ‘underdog’ stories as Dreamer, Secretariat and Seabiscuit, The Sunday Horse is based on the true story of Debbie Connor, a young ...
A New Flame - Chapter Ten - The End of the Beginning
20th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Elijah sat down on the couch beside her and took a sip. He felt Jane sigh and set the mug down on the coffee table in front of them. She turned to him and her sleepy blue eyes met his. Her wild blonde curls were a mess, but yet co ...
A New Flame - Chapter Nine - Rising From the Ashes
19th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
He took the stirrup, slid into the familiar, soft leather of the saddle and bumped the gelding’s sides with his boots. Aquillo broke into a jog, then a canter, then a gallop. Elijah felt the rush of cold air on his face as Aquillo ...
Cruel Modifications to Correct Horse Tail Positions
18th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Soaring, rollkur and rapping are considered abusive training methods by many people, but there are other practices that don’t get as much attention, because the methods give results that are not as obvious, especially to the non-h ...
How Horseback Riding Affects My Driving
16th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you have a horse, it means you’ve chosen a lifestyle that is a little different than most. Owning a horse can affect how you think, and your behavior in other situations. I’ve found that horseback riding has profoundly affect ...
A New Flame - Chapter Eight - Uncovering Old Feelings
14th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
A few moments passed before Jane glanced up at the stairs. She heard the familiar creak of the shower as the water turned on. Her heart pounded a little quicker in her chest. She found herself standing and heading towards the door ...
Is Eventing Really Too Dangerous
13th Jul 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The eventing world has again attracted some unwanted attention following the unfortunate deaths of two top riders on one day. Thirty-year-old Canadian Jordan McDonald died after falling during an event in Somerset. Twenty-five yea ...
A New Flame - Chapter Seven - Playing With Fire
11th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
The ride back was quiet, but peaceful. She enjoyed Elijah’s company, even without speaking his presence was calming and comforting to her. She was glad that he was with her to revisit Noah’s tree. A part of her felt that she had f ...
Mystery Pony Painting Remains Unsolved
9th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There is no artist's signature on the print. The frame is old and battered, and I rather like it that way. I have it hung in the hall, out of any direct light, so that it doesn’t fade any further, but it’s still visible from where ...
A New Flame - Chapter Six - Noahs Tree
8th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane took in a deep breath of earth. The air that filled her lungs smelled of soft, earthy dirt and fresh greenery. The woods felt alive around them. The occasional silk of a spider’s web draped between branches glittered as the s ...
Would You Ever Eat Horse Meat
6th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In some cultures, horse meat is still a valued source of protein. A few years ago, I interviewed a young woman from Malta, who was then working in London, England. What did she miss most about home? She missed a delicious meal of ...
A New Flame - Chapter Five - Falling Backwards
4th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane’s chest collapsed in on her heart, as if it was bearing a thousand pounds. A sick, eerie feeling quickly filled her stomach as her mind spun around his words and worked to unravel them. Her thoughts became one tangled mess of ...
Who Wants to Ride Forever
3rd Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you are young, it’s really very difficult to visualize what life will look like when you are older. You think that the things you see ‘old’ people live with won’t happen to you. The bad news is, it probably will. Things like ...
A New Flame - Chapter Four - The Sudden Twist
1st Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Elijah rubbed his forehead with his hand and ran his fingers through his hair and over his neck. 'I visited you in the hospital after the accident.' He admitted softly. 'Why would you do that? I didn’t even know you before the ...
The World Equestrian Games are Headed for Canada
29th Jun 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The World Equestrian games are headed for Canada. As the FEI narrowed its choices for where the 2018 Games will be held, two contenders remained. Bromont Horse Park near Montreal, Quebec and Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington, as you ...
A New Flame - Chapter Three - Getting Caught in the Rain
28th Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
The truck eased back on the road slowly. Jane peeked out the window to see a dark piece of sky through the trees above them. Just as Elijah turned onto the next road, a loud rumble of thunder filled the air and shook the ground. ...
A New Flame - Chapter Two - Bonding Over Breakfast
27th Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane danced down the mahogany staircase with grace. Her perky blonde curls bounced and slapped against her back until she came to a sudden halt. Her icy blue eyes fixed on the man at their kitchen table. 'Good morning,' Elijah ...
A New Flame - Chapter One - A New Beginning
23rd Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane slid her hands down on the leather reins and tightened each of her fingers into fists. The oxer approached quickly, her hands raised up the mare’s neck, she lifted out of the saddle. Jane felt the powerful take-off, sending t ...
Misleading Horse Words and Phrases
21st Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The horse world has its own language and like any language it can be a bit confusing to the new comer. Some words, however, just don’t make sense, or represent what they in fact mean. In some cases, I think these misleading words ...
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