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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 ...
A New Flame - Chapter Six - Noahs Tree
8th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane took in a deep breath of earth. The air that filled her lungs smelled of soft, earthy dirt and fresh greenery. The woods felt alive around them. The occasional silk of a spider’s web draped between branches glittered as the s ...
Would You Ever Eat Horse Meat
6th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In some cultures, horse meat is still a valued source of protein. A few years ago, I interviewed a young woman from Malta, who was then working in London, England. What did she miss most about home? She missed a delicious meal of ...
A New Flame - Chapter Five - Falling Backwards
4th Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane’s chest collapsed in on her heart, as if it was bearing a thousand pounds. A sick, eerie feeling quickly filled her stomach as her mind spun around his words and worked to unravel them. Her thoughts became one tangled mess of ...
Who Wants to Ride Forever
3rd Jul 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you are young, it’s really very difficult to visualize what life will look like when you are older. You think that the things you see ‘old’ people live with won’t happen to you. The bad news is, it probably will. Things like ...
A New Flame - Chapter Four - The Sudden Twist
1st Jul 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Elijah rubbed his forehead with his hand and ran his fingers through his hair and over his neck. 'I visited you in the hospital after the accident.' He admitted softly. 'Why would you do that? I didn’t even know you before the ...
The World Equestrian Games are Headed for Canada
29th Jun 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The World Equestrian games are headed for Canada. As the FEI narrowed its choices for where the 2018 Games will be held, two contenders remained. Bromont Horse Park near Montreal, Quebec and Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington, as you ...
A New Flame - Chapter Three - Getting Caught in the Rain
28th Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
The truck eased back on the road slowly. Jane peeked out the window to see a dark piece of sky through the trees above them. Just as Elijah turned onto the next road, a loud rumble of thunder filled the air and shook the ground. ...
A New Flame - Chapter Two - Bonding Over Breakfast
27th Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane danced down the mahogany staircase with grace. Her perky blonde curls bounced and slapped against her back until she came to a sudden halt. Her icy blue eyes fixed on the man at their kitchen table. 'Good morning,' Elijah ...
A New Flame - Chapter One - A New Beginning
23rd Jun 2014   |   Horse Fiction   |   Moose
Jane slid her hands down on the leather reins and tightened each of her fingers into fists. The oxer approached quickly, her hands raised up the mare’s neck, she lifted out of the saddle. Jane felt the powerful take-off, sending t ...
Misleading Horse Words and Phrases
21st Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The horse world has its own language and like any language it can be a bit confusing to the new comer. Some words, however, just don’t make sense, or represent what they in fact mean. In some cases, I think these misleading words ...
A Lifetime of Horses and The One That Got Away
19th Jun 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I think every horse owner will have, when they look back at a lifetime with horses, one horse that stands out from the rest. For me, it was the Bay Goddess Freya. When Freya died, I asked a friend how long it would take to get ove ...
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 ...
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