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Tricks Horses Play on Novice Riders
20th Aug 2014   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
Camp week is always good for me, because it reminds me of how really difficult and sometimes frustrating learning to ride can be for beginners. Those of us who know how to ride forget the struggles we had starting out. And often, ...
Horse Camp Week 2014
18th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Another week of camp has ended and for some reason, it felt much less stressful than previous years. We had a really great group of girls from age 12 to 16, that tried hard to learn all they could. Over the five mornings, the twen ...
 
Reasons for Sudden Death in Horses
16th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Del Mar Racetrack has had a run of bad luck this summer. Some are looking to the new track footing as a reason for several of the breakdowns, but it appears two of the unusually high number of deaths so far could have nothing to d ...
Why Horses Cant Barf or Burp
13th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So we’ve been told that horses can’t barf or burp. But why? The first part of the horse’s digestive system is similar to ours. We have teeth to chew food, we get it into a manageable lump and then we send it down our esophagus tub ...
Top Horse Raffle Websites To Win A Horse
11th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Who wouldn’t want to win a horse? Here are contests and raffles that can give you a chance to do just that. Win a warmblood foal, donated to Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program by Avalon Equine. Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Progr ...
Three Places to Adopt Wild Horses
9th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The last Wednesday of July marked the 89th Chincoteague Pony Swim. This event was made famous by Marguerite Henry’s book “Misty of Chincoteague Island." A few days before the swim, the ponies of Assateague Island were rounded up a ...
Two Things to Unlearn About Horses
8th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I came across an article on ice harvesting in an old book that was written locally. One of the benefits of living in the cold and snowy north is that normally our lakes freeze over solidly in the winter. Before there were electric ...
Backyard Breeders Blamed For Spike In Equine Population
6th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
After the economic downturn a few years ago, and laws being put in place to prevent meat processing plants from slaughtering horses, the problem of what to do with unwanted horses came to the forefront. Many argued, and rightly so ...
Is It Too Hot To Ride
5th Aug 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I wonder if those of you in the southern hemisphere get tired of hearing we in the north complain about being too hot? After all, it's approaching mid-winter season, while those of us north of the equator are in the midst the hott ...
Odd Companions For Horses
3rd Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Some horses like cattle, some hate them and chase them. However, keeping your horse in a field of cattle might be the next-best thing to living with a herd of horses. There can be problems with keeping a horse with cattle though, ...
To Breed or Not to Breed
2nd Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the problems with owning a mare is that there is always a temptation to raise a foal. Recently, my daughter suggested that I send my mare to her, so she could ride her, and have her bred. For a few brief moments, I found my ...
Leading Your Horse Through Gates and Doors
29th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It sounds simple right? And you may do it almost every day. But leading your horse through a gate takes a bit more attention than you might first think. Holding a horse while fiddling with a gate latch, having other horses crowd a ...
How Much Does It Cost to Own a Horse
27th Jul 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Every now and again, I’ll sit down and figure out just how much it costs to own a horse. It’s good to know to budget ahead. If you want a horse, you’ll want to make sure you can actually afford one, because the purchase price is ...
How Many Riders Does It Take To Write An Essay
26th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Any of us who have ever been forced to attend some kind of educational institution have most likely encountered, at some point, that horrendous piece of mental strain that we call ‘the essay’. Essays may seem easy in theory, but w ...
Quick Tips To Sell Your Horse Fast - What Not to Do
23rd Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Most people are looking for horses that are quiet and easy to handle. The best way to demonstrate the steadiness of any horse, especially a young one, is to put a small child on its back. Have the child go without a helmet, and po ...
Horses and Dogs Needed for The Sunday Horse Movie
21st Jul 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
Good news for horse lovers. There’s another horse movie currently being filmed. In the spirit of such ‘underdog’ stories as Dreamer, Secretariat and Seabiscuit, The Sunday Horse is based on the true story of Debbie Connor, a young ...
A New Flame - Chapter Ten - The End of the Beginning
20th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Elijah sat down on the couch beside her and took a sip. He felt Jane sigh and set the mug down on the coffee table in front of them. She turned to him and her sleepy blue eyes met his. Her wild blonde curls were a mess, but yet co ...
A New Flame - Chapter Nine - Rising From the Ashes
19th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
He took the stirrup, slid into the familiar, soft leather of the saddle and bumped the gelding’s sides with his boots. Aquillo broke into a jog, then a canter, then a gallop. Elijah felt the rush of cold air on his face as Aquillo ...
Cruel Modifications to Correct Horse Tail Positions
18th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Soaring, rollkur and rapping are considered abusive training methods by many people, but there are other practices that don’t get as much attention, because the methods give results that are not as obvious, especially to the non-h ...
How Horseback Riding Affects My Driving
16th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you have a horse, it means you’ve chosen a lifestyle that is a little different than most. Owning a horse can affect how you think, and your behavior in other situations. I’ve found that horseback riding has profoundly affect ...
A New Flame - Chapter Eight - Uncovering Old Feelings
14th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
A few moments passed before Jane glanced up at the stairs. She heard the familiar creak of the shower as the water turned on. Her heart pounded a little quicker in her chest. She found herself standing and heading towards the door ...
Is Eventing Really Too Dangerous
13th Jul 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The eventing world has again attracted some unwanted attention following the unfortunate deaths of two top riders on one day. Thirty-year-old Canadian Jordan McDonald died after falling during an event in Somerset. Twenty-five yea ...
A New Flame - Chapter Seven - Playing With Fire
11th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
The ride back was quiet, but peaceful. She enjoyed Elijah’s company, even without speaking his presence was calming and comforting to her. She was glad that he was with her to revisit Noah’s tree. A part of her felt that she had f ...
Mystery Pony Painting Remains Unsolved
9th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There is no artist's signature on the print. The frame is old and battered, and I rather like it that way. I have it hung in the hall, out of any direct light, so that it doesn’t fade any further, but it’s still visible from where ...
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