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Similarities between Students and Equestrians
4th Sep 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Being part of both worlds, I couldn’t help but notice certain shocking similarities between students and equestrians. Though all must agree that both students and equestrians are unique breeds that just don’t quite ‘fit’ with the rest of society, when you look a little closer, it ...
BLM Blocks Media From Horrific Experiment on 200 Horses
3rd Sep 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The Cloud Foundation and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, along with veterinarians and congressmen agree that spaying is a poor option for controlling the number of free roaming Mustangs in the American West. They very much object to the Bureau of Land Management for pr ...
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Go To School With Your Horse
31st Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Many students taking their horse to school with them will be enrolling in equestrian related courses. These courses encompass a range of equine business management, equine science, pre-veterinary, therapeutic horsemanship, teaching, schooling and horsemanship degrees and certific ...
Swimming For Horses
29th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Yes, horses can swim. Most of the time they swim very well, and can travel quite a distance in the water. Swimming with horses is fun, and there are even tourist attractions that allow holidayers to enjoy horses in the water. But, swimming isn’t just fun, a novelty or a tourist a ...
The Mounted Police Horse Debate
26th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Whether or not horses should be used in policing is a topic of debate for some. But, right or wrong, horses provide a valuable service when used in police work. While cars, SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are often employed by law enforcement agencies to do t ...
What if horses could play Pokemon Go
21st Aug 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile game based on Nintendo’s Pokemon series, is the latest craze taking over the globe. Pokemon Go places virtual Pokemon on a real world GPS map, encouraging players to capture, collect, and battle the Pokemon to take over gyms (based mostly a ...
Heat Drought and Horses
20th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It’s dry here. The corn is withering, the soybean fields are looking yellow and pasture is non-existent. Those of us with horses and other livestock understand that a long stretch of dry sunny weather doesn’t just mean excellent beach weather, it also means there could be some ha ...
Equestrian Sports Too Confusing For Olympic Audience
17th Aug 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Adelinde Cornelissen pulls her horse Parzival out of competition minutes into their first dressage test, claiming he didn’t feel right after a bug bit him, causing swelling in his jaw and neck. Most media however spins the story as a heroic sacrifice made by Cornelissen for the l ...
10 Reasons Not To Clip Your Eventer
14th Aug 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Eventers are extremely versatile, talented horses. They have to be strong, smart, and be skilled in many different disciplines. This may sound like a good thing, but the second you whip out your clippers, you may just figure out that the same things that make your horse a fantast ...
Horses Are Better Than Cats
13th Aug 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Oh Polo, I thought we could get along. I thought our common love of horses would be a commonality indicating a similar view.. But, when it comes to kitties, I see we may, at best, have to agree to disagree. You see, because for some unconscionable (a word I can spell, but not pro ...
Can Science Help Us Train For the Ultimate Horse
9th Aug 2016   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
field of vision, color perception and processing is quite different from ours, making it difficult to see the world through the eyes of the horse. Our own field of vision overlaps by quite a bit and gives us a ‘binocular’ view of the world, where we see a continuous picture. But ...
The Palio di Siena
6th Aug 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The Palio Siena takes place July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy. Originally, this horse race was part of Olympic style games held in the city’s historic central piazza. It didn’t actually start out as a horse race. The first mounts were oxen and donkeys. It was however a celebra ...
First Equine Neurological Chagas Disease in United States
4th Aug 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Earlier this year, researchers revealed what they believed to be the first incident of Chagas disease to affect a horse in North America. Chagas disease is a neurological disease common to dogs in South America. The disease is caused by a protozoa, a tiny organism called Trypanos ...
Primitive Horse Art
31st Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Certainly, modern art lovers, horse lovers and artists are not the only ones to be captured by the mystic of horses. Horse art has been around a very long time. Some of the earliest depictions of animals and humans are of horses. Our relationship with horses has changed for the m ...
Printables For Organizing Your Horse Life
29th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When was the last time Snowflake had her hooves trimmed? When did Blue last have that bout of colic? And who is the new boarder’s veterinarian? Good records make remembering the details of our horse activities much easier. And an easy-to-fill out form or contract is the simplest ...
Pony of the Americas
26th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In the early 1950s a horse breeder acquired a mare that would give birth to an Appaloosa, Shetland, Arabian cross. The mixture sounds like a backyard breeders nightmare, but instead it inspired the development of a pony that was not only eye catching, but of the right temperamen ...
RIO Olympic Equine Qualifier Update
23rd Jul 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Venue catastrophes, Zika virus, dodgy contracts, water pollution, lawsuits, alleged corruption, equine disease outbreaks and more have dogged the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, on August 5, the largest international sports competition will begin and let’s hope that ...
The Problems with Kitty Cats
18th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Kitties are great. But what people seldom realise is that being in the presence of a kitty can be extremely detrimental to your health. And I’m not just talking about allergies. ...
Horse Nose Bleeds
16th Jul 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
What do you do when you come out to find smears of blood on your horse’s nose, or on its stall walls and manager? Chance are, if the bleeding has stopped, all is well, and just like the nose bleeds some of us get, the blood clots, the tissues heal relatively quickly and it doesn’ ...
Take Your Horse to a Science Fair
12th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I home schooled my kids, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t do many of the things kids in school did. One of those activities was attending science fairs. If you’ve got a horse, or have some horse knowledge, you’ve got a wealth of inspiration for a science fair project. Chances ...
Should My Horse Have Surgery
10th Jul 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
One of the most difficult decisions a horse owner may have to make is whether or not to go ahead with an emergency surgery. Surgery is hard on a horse, can have complications and the outcomes aren’t always certain. It can be hard on our savings account too, even though we’d like ...
Recycle Re-purpose and Reuse
7th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We’ve looked at products we share with our horses. But another money saving strategy for horse owners is to reuse, repurpose or recycle items around our homes for our horses, especially stuff that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin. Here are just a few of the ma ...
Riding Two Point or Half Seat
5th Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Riding two point is simply holding yourself up, without putting your seat in the saddle seat. Your legs will be in contact with the saddle, with a bit more weight than usual in the stirrups. Your body will lean forward slightly. You’ll stay firm, but flexible, so that you don’t b ...
Overachieving Procrastinators
3rd Jul 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We are the ones lurking in the shadows. Of our duvets. While we binge watch Youtube videos about funny animals, people getting hit in just the right spot, and how cheese is made. We are the protectors. Of notes laminated, so the tears can’t soak through. We are the self-saboteurs ...
Caring for the Outdoor Horse
2nd Jul 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What could be easier than simply turning a horse out into a pasture, and letting it live as close to nature than possible? Wouldn’t that be simpler and easier than keeping a horse in the stable? Being outdoors is actually better than being stabled, mentally and physically. But wh ...
Horses and Lyme Disease
30th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Singer Avril Lavigne has been battling Lyme Disease for over a year and my vet and I have discussed Lyme Disease vaccine for my dog. My daughter has found a tick logged on the belly of one of her horses. For both humans and animals, including dogs and horses, Lyme Disease can be ...
To Shave or Not to Shave
28th Jun 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The shaving of whiskers and what we see as extraneous hair around the hooves, legs, ears, top of the tail and elsewhere is common practice in the show ring. But, many horse owners believe that it is unadvisable, if not downright cruel to shave off whiskers. Whisker shaving is ill ...
The Perks of Being a Work Rider
26th Jun 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
A work rider is someone who rides (mostly unruly) hairy animals for a living and often leave their job sandy, bruised, covered in poop, and not a whole lot richer than when they arrived. However, being a work rider does have its perks. ...
Should Testing For EIA be Mandatory
23rd Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If you have your horse regularly vaccinated with the core vaccines, you are going to avoid some of the most dangerous horse diseases out there. The core vaccines are rabies, tetanus, and Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis and depending on where you live, West Nile Virus, Po ...
The Ugly Side of Nurse Mares
21st Jun 2016   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A mare that has lost its foal, and willingly accepts another sounds like a love story. But, there seems to be an ugly side to the nursemaid network. Providing nurse mares seems to have become an industry in itself. Its dismal secret is that in profiting from having nurse mares av ...
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