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A Bit About Curb Chains and Straps   22nd Jan 2014
A Bit About Curb Chains and Straps
General All curb bits, whether they are English, western or driving bits should be used with a curb chain or strap. Although the curb chain or strap looks very small compared to many other parts of a bridle, it's really very important for both the comfort of the horse and for the effective action of the bit.

Curb chains are commonly used with pelhams, kimblewicks (kimberwicks), liverpools, or the curb bit of a double bridle. Occasionally, curb straps, usually made of leather, are used. Curb chains are also used on western curb bits like western pelhams, Tom
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Llamanitis Epidemic Hits the Equine World Without Mercy   20th Jan 2014
Llamanitis Epidemic Hits the Equine World Without Mercy
General Llamanitis is a very common and frustrating disease often found in horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes (Most often school ponies, mares, or particularly flamboyant geldings). It has been known to be contagious, and recently I have noticed the epidemic beginning to spread.

In the Polonese dictionary, Llamanitis is defined as follows:
'inflammation of sensitive layers of ego inside the brain in horses and other animals. It is particularly prevalent in mares or otherwise obstinate equines, and can cause extreme llamaness.'
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Is the Final End In Sight for Horse Slaughter in the United States   19th Jan 2014
Is the Final End In Sight for Horse Slaughter in the United States
General On Thursday, January 16, the latest congressional spending bill cleared the Senate and House of Representatives without providing funding for meat plant inspectors. This will effectively halt the opening of plants that had planned on resuming operations in the very near future, by eliminating the tax dollars it would take to pay inspectors of horse slaughter facilities. Without inspectors and government regulation, the slaughter of horses cannot be carried out.

Horse slaughter plants were forced to close their doors in 2007 after congress cut funding for inspectors. Funding was restored in 2011, but due to the complications of several court orders, the opening of two plants that had received federal
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Top Ten Reasons Why Being a Horse Would Totally Rule   17th Jan 2014
Top Ten Reasons Why Being a Horse Would Totally Rule
General 1. Abundance of carrots means super night vision.
2. Stepping on feet calls for a far more colourful reaction from the victim.
3. No chance of icky vomiting, even while suffering from flu or catching an unexpected glimpse of Justin Bieber.
4. No more shame from being the same species as Justin Bieber.
5. A horse has no obligation to care when being told to ‘lay off Justin Bieber’.
6. No jumping and prancing around when there’s no toilet nearby. Just squat it and drop it.
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Free Horse Vector Graphics #29 - Skyros Pony   15th Jan 2014
Free Horse Vector Graphics #29 - Skyros Pony
Graphics For week 29 we introduce the Skyros Horse Graphic. Use the Skyros Horse graphic for your horse sim games and RPG's! The CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector format have also been included. The only stipulation we have to these graphics is that you do not sell the graphics for monetary gain or include them in a downloadable library or distribution CD. Your welcome to use them for any other purpose, both personal or commercial. If this is something you would like to see more of on Ponybox news, please leave a comment and let us know.
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Top 2014 Equestrian Events [Video]   14th Jan 2014
Top 2014 Equestrian Events [Video]
Shows and Events In terms of really huge equestrian events, 2013 was a relatively quiet year. The excitement of the 2012 Olympics was long over and the 2011 Pan-American games a dusty memory. The last World Equestrian Games was held in 2010. Of course, the Quarter Horse Congress is an annual event, as are world championships in almost every equine sport there is. However, because the big events are held every four years, and there are only three 'big ones', 2013 was the odd year out.
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How to Rock the Equestrian Fashion Trend for 2014   13th Jan 2014
How to Rock the Equestrian Fashion Trend for 2014
General The fashion forward amongst us will probably already know that all things equestrian are a hot trend for 2014. Equestrian styled clothes are a natural for the autumn months. However, equestrian looks are cropping up in other collections, including cruise wear and summer clothes. Horse themed jewelry is everywhere and garments, while comfortable, speak of the elegant equestrian lifestyle. There are those that lead fashion and those that follow, and if you spend any time in the stable, you'll probably find yourself to be a fashion trend setter. And, lucky for you, you may already have a few timeless pieces in your closet already. Here's what you'll be seeing as this trend takes hold.
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The Guide to Raising Horses: Digestion   12th Jan 2014
The Guide to Raising Horses: Digestion
Care and Grooming A horse's digestion system is different than the cow's digestion system. Unlike cows, horses only have one stomach while cows have four. A horse's stomach does not stretch like a human's. When a horse eats fast, the food fills the stomach very quickly. The stomach then forces undigested food into the stomach before it is ready to be digested. This can lead to colic.
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The Down Low on Mules and Hinnies   11th Jan 2014
The Down Low on Mules and Hinnies
General What is a mule or hinny? A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey. The offspring of a male horse and a female donkey is called a hinny. There are fewer hinnies because it's harder for a donkey to conceive and carry a foal when bred to a horse stallion. Hinnies look more horse-like with slightly shorter ears, and mules look more like their donkey parents with narrower feet and a few other anatomical differences. Hinnies tend to be a bit smaller than mules. However, the size of the offspring of either cross really depends on the size of the parents. Mules and hinnies come in all sizes and body types—from miniature to draft cross. They also
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   9th Jan 2014
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Graphics Ponybox featured horse graphics is a weekly display of some of the best graphics and manips on Ponybox. Ponybox members include some of the most talented equestrian graphic artists. Want to see your graphics displayed here? Just submit your creative works to your Ponybox image album for consideration.
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Summertime Ride [Video]   8th Jan 2014
Summertime Ride [Video]
General With much of the Northern Hemisphere experiencing record breaking low temperatures, we thought it would only be fitting to shower you with some sparkles of summertime. We chose YouTube channel LoveRavenwood for this perfoect fit. Enjoy, and don't get down, the days are getting longer.
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Demand for Equestrian Communities Rise [Video]   7th Jan 2014
Demand for Equestrian Communities Rise [Video]
General Something that I've noticed over the last few years is the number of equestrian communities that are popping up all over North America. Planned communities sound more like places where senior citizens go to live so they don't have to clear snow or mow their grass. Or, golf communities may be more familiar, where houses or other types of homes are built around a golf course and club house. However, equestrian communities are quite different and planned around a horse-oriented lifestyle.
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Does My Horse Have Colic
 by Saferaphus on 6th Jan 2014
Does My Horse Have Colic Care and Grooming  I swear if I stare at a horse long enough, it will either become sick or lame. As I over-analyze every move, the nuance of a tail flick, a shortened stride, or a momentary odd way of standing, my mind races to the cause. Never mind that the tail flick means there was a biting fly, the shortened step was caused by a rock underfoot or the horse has just stretched and hadn't quite got back into 'normal' position. I see these things and decide, something must be WRONG! Very occasionally, I am right. For example, I found my daughter's Section A Welsh Pony lying down in the run-in shelter, shivering and not looking himself. What I was seeing was a colic symptom caused by stress. A huge new horse had just moved in, and the pony was scared — so scared that it got it's tummy in a knot and became quite colicky.
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The Dulmen Horses of Germany   4th Jan 2014
The Dulmen Horses of Germany
General When we think of wild horses, we probably picture Mustangs. However, pockets of wild horses, or more correctly, feral horses live in other parts of the world. One such population are the Dülmen Ponies. These hardy, primitive looking ponies live in a nature reserve where they survive with little interference or aid from humans. The wild population is quite small, with only about 360 individuals living in a 900-acre sanctuary within the reserve. To control the size of the herd, the ponies are rounded up, and
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Nova Scotia Wild Horse Herd in Jeopardy [Video]   3rd Jan 2014
Nova Scotia Wild Horse Herd in Jeopardy [Video]
Horse Stories I came across an interesting news article about a herd of 'wild horses' in, eastern Canada, that some people feel needed to be protected and relocated. Over twenty years ago, a local resident left two horses to roam on his property, and they escaped to an area of land owned by a gypsum company. The pair began to reproduce, resulting in a band of horses that at its peak included about thirty individuals. It's estimated that less than twenty still roam wild.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   2nd Jan 2014
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Graphics Ponybox featured horse graphics is a weekly display of some of the best graphics and manips on Ponybox. Ponybox members include some of the most talented equestrian graphic artists. Want to see your graphics displayed here? Just submit your creative works to your Ponybox image album for consideration.
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2014 is the Year of the Horse   31st Dec 2013
2014 is the Year of the Horse
General Good-bye 2013 and farewell to the year of the snake. The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal. 2013 was the year of the water snake. For some of us, 2013 may have been a bumpy ride, and it might have been the 'snake' influence that caused that. Things may get smoother though, as we enter the year of the horse in a few weeks. If you were born in 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002 you were born in the year of the horse, and that is your Chinese astrological birth sign.
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The History of Bitless Riding
 by Saferaphus on 29th Dec 2013
The History of Bitless Riding General  With the number of forum discussions, new books and websites dedicated to riding horses without a bit, you would think it's a brand-new idea. However, going bitless is not a new idea at all. Throughout history, riders have been riding without a bit. No one knows how the first riders steered their horses. It's possible that a simple halter and line were used to steer the horse. Alternatively, the earliest riders may have guided their horses with a line and stick, much like camels are controlled. History doesn't give us many clues, because leather or plant fibre used to make any sort of primitive horse gear would decay without a trace unlike stone, bone and metal.
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New Year's Resolutions
 by Saferaphus on 28th Dec 2013
New Year's Resolutions General  'Fast away the old year passes,' as the well-known carol reminds us. This is the time of year many of us take stock in the old year, look back at what we've accomplished and set goals for the new year. My equine accomplishments were very small this year. I continue to seek the perfect leg yield. But beyond that I've not made much headway. The most exciting thing that happened was that I became a Pony Club mom again. My daughter volunteered to be secretary for a club that is starting up, and then learned that PC had raised their age limit to 25. So, next year, I'm looking forward to attending some PC events.
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Memories of My First Pony   27th Dec 2013
Memories of My First Pony
Horse Stories After going through some old photos recently, I was reminded of my very first pony. Her name was Dolly. She was a small grey pony, not particularly kind to children or well trained. I was about four or five when I got her, and basically, I was let loose to ride barefoot and helmet-less wherever I wanted on the farm. Dolly was a 'typical pony'. Like most ponies, she was smarter than your average five-year-old. So while I have memories of this and subsequent ponies, I can't really describe them as fond memories.
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2014 Equestrian Show Season Motivational Videos
 by PonyWriter on 22nd Dec 2013
2014 Equestrian Show Season Motivational Videos Shows and Events  You can now smell the 2014 show season. What better way to get your mind in gear for a strong season than a few motivational videos. Hopefully the lessons learned from 2013 have built a new foundation to grow into the new year. Here's to getting up early, working harder than everyone else with a new sense of passion and integrity to support your 2014 goals!
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Free Horse Vector Graphics #28 - War Horse   21st Dec 2013
Free Horse Vector Graphics #28 - War Horse
Graphics For week 28 we introduce the War Horse Graphic. Use the War Horse graphic for your horse sim games and RPG's! The CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator vector format have also been included. The only stipulation we have to these graphics is that you do not sell the graphics for monetary gain or include them in a downloadable library or distribution CD. Your welcome to use them for any other purpose, both personal or commercial. If this is something you would like to see more of on Ponybox news, please leave a comment and let us know.
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Palomino Horse Breed Photos   20th Dec 2013
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General Ponybox receives hundreds of member submitted horse photos each week. In addition to our weekly featured graphics, we are going to add a new weekly news post featuring random horse breeds submitted to Ponybox.com. If you own this weeks featured breed, we would love to hear your comments on why you choose this breed and the pros and cons of owning the specific breed type.
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Top Five Horse Stories of 2013   19th Dec 2013
Top Five Horse Stories of 2013
General The stage play War Horse continues to wow audiences around the world. War Horse, if you haven't already read the book by Michael Mopurgo, or watched the movie, is about a farm horse who survived World War 1. The horse, Joey, is portrayed by a puppet made of mesh and tubing. Three puppeteers control the action, that is described as wonderfully subtle and realistic—from heaving sides to twitching ears. War Horse won a Tony Award for best play in 2011, and still makes headlines wherever it plays.
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