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Top 10 Insects That Will Bite Your Horse
16th Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Something seems to be eating at our horses all summer long. Here’s what’s buzzing and biting your horse, making it miserable, and perhaps even sick. Bot flies show up later in the summer. They look like bees as they dart at you ...
A Quick Guide to the Modern Pentathlon
14th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The history of the Pentathlon dates back to ancient times when Olympic sports were held to celebrate the training and fitness of young athletes and to promote harmony between the cities of Greece. Back then the Pentathlon included ...
 
Fixing The North American Race Horse Drug Problems
12th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
While some people would deny that the use of drugs in North American racehorses is a problem or is an unfortunate necessity, others would argue too many drugs are used too often to address problems that may not exist, or on the o ...
Five Reasons Your Horse is Rubbing its Tail
10th Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Your horse’s mane and tail is often its crowning glory. One of the most disturbing problems that can happen to a horse’s tail is rubbing. It’s upsetting to find your horse has rubbed the top of its tail until there are bald spots, ...
Murphy’s Laws as Applied to Horses
8th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. That’s Murphy’s Law. It’s also been called sod’s law or Finagle's Law. If you ride or own a horse, you’ll know that Murphy’s Law is a strong force. You’ve probably experienced it yourself. ...
What You Can Learn From Your OTTB Tattoo
5th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Off The Track Thoroughbreds can make great riding horses. In North America, horses that are headed for a racing career are lip tattooed for identification. (Many other breeds are lip tattooed as well.) Sometimes owners tattoo thei ...
How To keep Your Horse Cool in The Summer
3rd Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
We’ve just come through one of the longest, coldest winters in a very long time. I’ve been complaining that one part or another of me is frozen for months now, and I am really looking forward to complaining about the heat! Actuall ...
Cheap Home Remedies for Horses That Really Work
1st Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are several reasons why people like home remedies, both for themselves and their horses. Cost is one attraction. Making up your own concoctions for things like mane and tail detangler, thrush, grease heel and rain scald can ...
Horse Problem Solving 101
27th May 2014   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
We all like to solve problems quickly. That’s why the walls of tack shops are filled with scads of shining bits, and all sorts of martingales, nosebands, tie downs and other paraphernalia. And sometimes, used properly, these thing ...
How Horse Breeds Developed
22nd May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It’s hard for many of us to picture a horse in our minds, without seeing a particular breed. And, it’s difficult to believe that there was a time when there was virtually no horse breeds as we know them today. Just a few short cen ...
Everyone Needs A Mentor
19th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Everyone needs a mentor. We all need those people who lift us up when we are down, help us see the possibilities, and support even our smallest steps towards our goals. Around the corner from where I live, an unassuming gravest ...
Which Vaccinations Does Your Horse Really Need
17th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Spring is when many horse owners call their veterinarians and arrange to have their horses vaccinated. There are a handful of vaccines for various diseases in North America, but your horse really doesn’t need all of them, and it w ...
The Inhumane Practice of Soring Continues
16th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Despite laws, despite inspections, despite the extreme ire of horse lovers the world over, the practice of soring continues. Soring is the practice of using a chemical or device to make a horse’s hooves and pasterns sensitive in a ...
Emergency Planning With Horses
12th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
So far, this year, Mother Nature has dealt us some interesting weather challenges. 2014 started out with extreme cold and blizzards, and already, tornadoes are touching down and floods are forcing people to flee their homes. It’s ...
Branding and Identifying Your Horse
10th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Have you ever thought of what you would do if your horse were lost or stolen? It’s not something you can really plan for, beyond locking up your gates or barns and making sure your horse is always kept safe and secure. However, if ...
Horse in Texas Team Roping Competition Tested Positive for Rabies
7th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It seems to be shaping up to a rather odd spring when it comes to outbreaks of diseases in horses. EHV is still a concern in some areas, while in other places, EIA has been a problem. Another disease that has hit the horse headlin ...
Should Police Horses Be Banned
5th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The debates over whether horse-drawn carriages should be used on NYC streets continue. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to have the carriages shut down has now softened his stance after a carefully planned campaign ...
No Cars Allowed In These Cities
3rd May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It’s hard to believe, but there are a few places on the planet where the horse (or close relation) still reigns supreme, and cars are banned. To me, that sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth, and the ideal destination for ...
Windsor Castle Horse Groom Job Open Now
1st May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I hope that HRH’s birthday wasn’t too marred by the fact that she needs a new groom for her stables at Windsor. The job listing for the position is open until May 2nd, which means there’s still a few days left for you to apply. A ...
Breaking the Horse Hair Whorl Code
28th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years, I've read and heard a lot of old sayings and lore about horses. One thing I've always paid attention to was the position of the whorls of hair on my horses. There is a lot of gypsy and folklore about these swirls o ...
Euthanization Imminent for Wild Mustang Herds in Western Utah
27th Apr 2014   |   General   |  
Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is coming under criticism for mismanaging Mustang herds, this time, in western Utah. On drought ravaged lands, Mustangs are being blamed for a shortage of grazing. However, proponent ...
2014 EHV-1 Symptoms and Outbreak Locations
24th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Another disease has made the lives of horse owners and their horses miserable in recent weeks. An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus began at the beginning of March, and horses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa were affected, with thre ...
How to Avoid Barn Drama
21st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are three things common to almost every stable that no one really wants: flies, manure piles and drama. Of these three, the flies and manure can be the easiest to get rid of. However, barn drama seems to stick around, and it ...
Canadian Parliament Considers Law to Limit Horse Slaughter
17th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What happens to horses now that the US slaughter plants no longer can accept them? They are shipped to Canada or Mexico. The laws that shut down the plants haven’t really stopped horse slaughter. They’ve actually ensured that hors ...
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