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Horse Care Time Savers
26th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I don’t think it takes anyone who lives with a horse owner long to figure out that when the owner says 'I’ll be back in 30 minutes', that’s not really going to happen. A quick half hour trip to the barn takes at least an hour. Rea ...
Horse Linebreeding Inbreeding and Outcrossing Basics
23rd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Line bred horses will have the same horse in their pedigree twice, ideally once each on the mother’s and father’s side. Take a look at the pedigree of the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Tracing back through bot ...
 
Extreme Mustang Makeover – Leela Week 1
21st Feb 2016   |   Horse Training   |   SuperLevi
In a makeover, trainers are typically randomly assigned a wild, unhandled BLM mustang between the ages of four and seven and allotted about 100 days to completely transform their untrained and untamed horse into a willing partner. ...
What is Equine Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
20th Feb 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
In addition stiffness or lameness, the symptoms of tying up can include elevated pulse, respiration and temperature, sore sensitive muscles over the hindquarters, standing stretched out as if to urinate, colic symptoms, unwillingn ...
Horse Slaughter in US for Human Consumption
17th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
You get the feeling that despite legislation that should have wiped out horse slaughter in the U.S., the issue never really seems to go away. Most of you know that back in 2007 rules were changed so that there was no funding for s ...
Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
14th Feb 2016   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
If Hoketsu qualifies for this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics he will be the oldest Olympic athlete in history. He was the oldest athlete competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now, in 2016 at 74 years old, he is well over twice the av ...
Could You Eat Your Horse
11th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are places of course where horses are eaten, and even raised specifically for their meat. Many of us have strong objections to eating horse meat. But a Swedish harness racer driver has faced criticism for her decision to eat ...
Will Rio Summer Olympics Equestrian Venue be Ready After Troubled Start
9th Feb 2016   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
The start of the Rio Summer Olympics is just a few months off. The test events for eventing, stadium jumping and dressage, held in August 2015 were deemed successes by organizers. But it seems as with every other big event, there ...
Things You Give Up When You Have Horses
7th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
They say that nothing worth having comes easy, and that you have to make sacrifices to pursue your passion. I suppose it’s true, but I’m afraid I just really struggle to have sympathy for people who 'have to' give up chocolate bec ...
Stall Cleaning 101
4th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you spend any time with horses you’ll probably notice that they aren’t very particular about where they poo. They’ll even do it in their own bed. Some horses will back up to a certain spot in their stall and let things pile up ...
Can Horses Eat Snow Instead of Fresh Water
2nd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Did you know that your horse may be more thirsty in winter time than in summer, and that its need for water can increase? The average riding horse weighing about 1000 lbs (450kg) needs about 10-12 gallons (37-45 L) of water per da ...
Stay Motivated for Winter Riding
31st Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Winter has arrived. Finally. We’ve been waiting for it, all the while enjoying relatively mild weather with no snow. Our fall riding season was nicely extended, making us want to get in as many rides as we could, knowing the end w ...
How Horses Are Like Governments
30th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
In the words of the legendary Tenacious D, it must be noted that 'the government totally sucks'. Of course, some governments are better than others, but in the end, every government, not matter how successful (or not) will be seen ...
Youth Groups for Horse Lovers
29th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Want to meet other like minded horse lovers and learn about horses? A club might be the way to go. You can start your own club if you know enough people who are interested, or you can participate in one of the many existing clubs. ...
Crazy Horse Sports
26th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Looking for something unusual to do with your horse? Here are just a few horse sports that are off the beaten track. These aren’t just crazy activities someone thought up and tried in their backyard. Many of these are actual sport ...
Signs Your Saddle Might Not Fit
24th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are a few ways your horse will tell you its saddle doesn’t fit. It may object to being saddled. When you mount, your horse may refuse to stand still. It may become nappy, or become more forward moving than usual. Its behavio ...
Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Bend
23rd Jan 2016   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
As often happens with riding, in trying to establish correct bend on a stiff horse, it’s usually your instincts that kill you. When the horse doesn’t have a proper inside bend, the instinct as a rider is to flex the horse with the ...
The Dangers of Ice
20th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Ice has recently taken a life of a horse in Washington state. The mare slipped on ice approaching a pond and remained in the frigid water for about an hour. Rescuers pulled her from the water, but veterinarians found her body temp ...
Horse Parenting 101
18th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
I’ve heard people say that horses are like children. As baffling as it is that people would equate horses with children (almost as baffling as why people choose to have children in the first place) there is one aspect of this meta ...
Horses and Downton Abbey
16th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Are you looking forward to the last season of Downton Abbey? I have my DVR set and can hardly wait for Sunday nights. This series covers the time period between 1912 and 1925. During this time, the internal combustion engine was b ...
How Much Hay
14th Jan 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
One of the most puzzling aspects of horse care is how much hay to feed. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture states that on average a full-grown riding horse should eat about 12-15 pounds of hay a day. There’s also a simple formula ...
Polo The Weirdos Greatest Hits
11th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
As an honestly complete and total entitled qualified writer, I must tell you all that there is nothing I treasure more than the approval of my readers. To see you all so moved by my thrilling tales of dog-food-worthy horses, unsat ...
Horse Etiquette That Non-horsey People Will Never Understand
10th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Whether it’s a friend, partner or relative, many horse people are lucky enough to have some non-horsey supporters (though they are seldom known to return after the first show). Unfortunately for these poor, misinformed souls, bein ...
Horrible Horse Headlines [Video]
9th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Looking after a horse isn’t complicated, but it does require planning, time and money. If you don’t have any one of these, maybe you shouldn't have a horse. If you can’t picture how a horse will fit into your daily life, maybe you ...
Comparing Horses to Humans
8th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you try to compare a human body to a horse body, there are some really obvious similarities. But not all body parts are completely analogous. Here’s a look at some ways we differ from horses. ...
Surviving The Winter
5th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I was chatting with my dog’s vet recently, and although she is a small animal veterinarian, she also has a stable full of horses. She was asking what I did in the winter and did I ride much. I told her I did ride in the arena on t ...
Winter Hoof Cracks and Care
3rd Jan 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Ice and frozen ground can leave your horse’s hooves ragged and even cracked. Rough edges can be smoothed out the next time your farrier visits and really aren’t a concern. But cracks are a bit trickier. Your horse’s hooves grow ab ...
Five Things Around The Horse Barn That Will Shock You
1st Jan 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The internet is abound with ‘clicky’ headlines, so I thought I’d create one. How did I do? I didn’t mention the Kardashians or a new breakthrough diet or wrinkle remover, so a grade of -B at best I would think. But there are some ...
The Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Canter Transitions
30th Dec 2015   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
It may shock you to learn that not every dressage rider was born in the saddle with heels down, thumbs on top, and (as my old instructor so politely put it) ‘boobs on the shelf’. In fact, many dressage riders – even top ones – wer ...
Horse Stories of 2015 [Video]
29th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There have been a lot of great horse stories in 2015. Some captured the public’s imagination, others simply left many of us shaking our heads. Here’s a look at some of the horse headlines from 2015. ...
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