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Fort McMurray Horse Evacuation
28th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Governments at all levels, many aid agencies and others are contributing what they can to both fight the fire, which as I write still burns out of control, and assisting the residents as they evacuate. Evacuating for many, has mea ...
Equestrian Sports in the Olympics
25th May 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Over the history of the modern Olympics, several sports have gone by the wayside. Of the three that were part of the first modern Olympics, only show jumping remains. Polo made a brief appearance, but like modern day decathlon, it ...
Montreal Horse Drawn Carriages Draw Protests
22nd May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Like their counterparts in many others cities, carriage horses are exposed to noise, extremes in heat and cold, motor vehicle exhaust, unforgiving footing, rush hour traffic (I’ve driven there long ago - it seemed to be always rus ...
Heaves Recurrent Airway Obstruction
21st May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Recurrent Airway Obstruction is known by a few different names. It can also be called RAO, COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Equine Asthma or Emphysema, and Broken Wind. But it is most commonly known as heaves. A diagno ...
Pony Founder Laminitis and The Obesity Link
18th May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Two of the most common causes of health problems in ponies is obesity and founder. Both are caused by overeating. It is almost easier to overfeed, than underfeed a pony. Obesity can lead to a number of problems. Fat, cute ponies a ...
How Much Do Ponys Cost
16th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So just how much do horses or ponies cost? Most of the time, the answer will start with ‘it depends’. There are a lot of variables when it comes to buying kid's ponies. And, I’ve said this before, as many of you have: the purchas ...
7 Point Plan for Spring Horse Care
14th May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
If you inhale too close to my horse right now, you're going to get a lot of hair up your nose. That’s because I haven’t been too fussy about hurrying out her thick winter coat. The weather has been very un-spring-like and she’s ne ...
African Horse Sickness Disease
12th May 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are many horse diseases that those of us in North America are unfamiliar with. African Horse Sickness is one of those. Caused by a virus carried by tiny midges or mosquitoes, it may be called ‘horse sickness’, but it also af ...
Giant Unicorn Discovery in Siberia
9th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The Giant Siberian unicorn, or Elasmotherium sibiricum was first thought to have disappeared 350,000 years ago. But the specimen scientists have been examining is thought to be only 29,000 years old. Humans started migrating into ...
Racehorse Barnyard Buddies
8th May 2016   |   General   |   Valkyrie
Even the Triple Crown hero needs a buddy! Smokey is a 6 year old gelding who trainer Bob Baffert purchased at auction to help calm nervous Thoroughbreds in his barn. The buckskin not only travels with Pharoah and Baffert's other r ...
The Miniature Horse
7th May 2016   |   General   |   Caledon Stud
Miniature horses are a ‘height breed’ meaning they can be any breed of horse (Shetland, Falabella, etc) as long as they meet the height requirements of 34” and under for Category A or over 34” but no higher than 38” for Category B ...
Equestrian Sports Leading Cause of Head Injuries
6th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the last few months we’ve lost several top riders, and their deaths might have been prevented by wearing a helmet. A new study suggests that equestrians sports account for about 45% of all adult sports related head injuries. ...
Springtime Foal Watch
5th May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are behaviors and signs that breeders watch for to tell if a mare is due to foal. But, these aren’t always foolproof. Watching for udders to wax up, muscles to relax and the mare to get restless can give an indication that a ...
Common Questions About Horseback Riding
2nd May 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I once was talking to a distant family member and she mentioned her daughter had been taking riding lessons. She had decided not to take her daughter anymore, because after all, what would riding ever lead to? Hmmm... a healthy li ...
Confidence Boosters For Your Riding
30th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Every rider, no matter what their skill level gets a bout of the jitters now and then when they ride. For some people, it’s just performance anxiety and I say ‘just’ full knowing that show nerves can range from feeling mildly exci ...
What is Living in Your Horse
28th Apr 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There’s a whole ecosystem of sorts in your horse you may not even realize exists. In almost every system, parasites make their home. Within the muscle tissue lives Toxoplasma gondii parasites. While not terribly harmful to their h ...
Spring Horse Training
27th Apr 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
You might not have ridden as much during the winter as you wanted to, and now your normally fit horse is a glossy, flabby butterball. A few turns around the arena and it’s panting and broken into a sweat. It’s unrealistic to expec ...
A Life After Racing – Off The Track Thoroughbreds
24th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Valkyrie
If you've ever watched a horse race you probably saw thrills, spills and maybe felt a few chills at watching the fastest horse breed in the world compete to see who has the greatest will to win. Horse racing is, without a doubt, t ...
Operation Gelding
23rd Apr 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Lots of people talk about the problem of unwanted horses, but it seems there really isn’t a lot being done about the problem. The Unwanted Horse Coalition is a group of horse lovers that aren’t just talking, they’re doing. The Unw ...
The Australian Brumby
21st Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Those of us who live in North America sometimes neglect that there are other feral horses whose management brings about the same contentious issues as we see in Canada and America. Just like Mustangs, many, including some Governme ...
Going to Work in the Dark - The Story of the Pit Pony
17th Apr 2016   |   Horse Stories   |   Valkyrie
When you think of pit ponies often images of 19th century coal mines springs to view – dark and damp, with sooty, stale air dull on the tongue. But pit ponies were still in service well into the 20th century. In fact – the last re ...
Pros and Cons of Treeless Saddles
15th Apr 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you’ve done any saddle shopping at all, you may have come across more than one that boasts that it is treeless. What’s the difference between saddles that do and don’t have trees? A saddle that is built around a somewhat rigid ...
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 ...
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