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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 veterinarianís office and some uncomfortable procedures. Dogs canít ...
A Brief History of Jumping
3rd Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Just as no one knows when the first horse was ridden, we canít 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 Ė 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 Iíve learned how to repair most of my horseís gear myself. Horse blankets are especially prone to damage from the horse wearing them, and from other horses theyíre 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 motherís 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 isnít 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 Ďbeen there, done thatí horses have a lot to offer. But what exactly is a senior horse? Horses donít 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 itís 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 horseís pasture and stole its tail. The owners of the Morgan Arabian cross were distraught after waking one morning to find that one of their horseís had its tail shaved off, wit ...
A Few Of My Favorite Winter Horse Things
16th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
On the North American side of the earth, the weather is now frigid and making riding uncomfortable. Hereís a few things Iíve acquired that make winter riding a bit more bearable. ...
How To Become a Horse Expert
13th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses are dumb, people are smart. (That's why people pay for clinics and horses don't.) As the western horse expert, you know how to break your training methods into simple steps that anyone can do until they actually try them. Y ...
Avoiding Feed Mill Horse Feed Poisoning
11th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
You might remember the story about the horses that died of monensin poisoning back in December. Monensin is an additive to livestock feed, most commonly in cattle feeds, that is deadly poisonous to horses. Itís never intentionally ...
Notable Horse Firsts
9th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The first rider to promote a forward seat position over jumps was Captain Federico Caprilli. Caprilliís contemporaries rode with longer stirrups and leaned backward as the Horse Rose over the Fences. He proved that a horse could j ...
How and Why Horses Sleep Standing Up
6th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So how do horses comfortably sleep standing up? The 'stay apparatus' of the forelegs and 'check apparatus' (functions of the leg tendons and ligaments) of the hind locks their legs while they sleep so they donít fall over. They ac ...
Remembering the Horses of World War I
4th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
The endless roar of the guns, the scream of the shells as they flew through the air, and the whistle of bullets and bursting shrapnel must have been terrifying for these peaceful animals. Thousands of horses were killed or wounded ...
Why Does My Horse Chew Wood
31st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Does your stable or pasture have termites? Not the little six legged kind, but four legged with a mane, tail and big teeth? For the dedicated chewer, any wooden object is fair game. They will strip trees of bark, or pull small on ...
Zooey Deschanel Sued for Breaking Horse... Now Pony Up!
29th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
You canít have been online the last month and not have noticed the headlines. Ingenue actress Zooey Deschanel apparently sent a leased horse back to its owner in injured and unusable condition. The owner is now seeking compensatio ...
Horse Care Then and Now
26th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you know better you do better. Thatís an adage Iíve applied to myself and others as I see an increase in awareness and knowledge, and we change and adapt for the better. Horse care and riding is one place I can apply this to ...
Free Horse Movies and Documentaries Online
23rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When the weather is miserable, and you canít get out to ride, the next best thing might be snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a horse movie. While you have to pay for most movies online, there are still quite a few that y ...
The Horse Apps I Really Need
21st Dec 2014   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
It seems like everyone has a smartphone of some breed, and I have become quite attached to mine. I love being able to tell it to send me reminders, I find it entertaining and a good way to record my activity. Iím disappointed in t ...
All Breeds Have Arabian Bloodlines
19th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Arabians arenít everyoneís cup of tea. They have a reputation of being hot, deserved or not depending on the individual. Theyíre too small for some people and some sports. They have a tendency to jump without considering that they ...
Understanding Horse Urine
16th Dec 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The ground is covered in a blanket of white. It looks pristine and clean. Then you go out to check your horses. There on the otherwise unmarked snow is an alarming reddish colored stain. What is the cause? Is something terribly wr ...
2014 Top Equestrian News
14th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Several top equestrians lost their lives or were badly injured in 2014. The eventing world took a double hit in June when two riders died on the same day. A German died due to a rotational fall and a Canadian rider suffered cardia ...
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