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A Few Of My Favorite Winter Horse Things
16th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
On the North American side of the earth, the weather is now frigid and making riding uncomfortable. Hereís a few things Iíve acquired that make winter riding a bit more bearable. ...
How To Become a Horse Expert
13th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses are dumb, people are smart. (That's why people pay for clinics and horses don't.) As the western horse expert, you know how to break your training methods into simple steps that anyone can do until they actually try them. Y ...
 
Avoiding Feed Mill Horse Feed Poisoning
11th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
You might remember the story about the horses that died of monensin poisoning back in December. Monensin is an additive to livestock feed, most commonly in cattle feeds, that is deadly poisonous to horses. Itís never intentionally ...
Notable Horse Firsts
9th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The first rider to promote a forward seat position over jumps was Captain Federico Caprilli. Caprilliís contemporaries rode with longer stirrups and leaned backward as the Horse Rose over the Fences. He proved that a horse could j ...
How and Why Horses Sleep Standing Up
6th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So how do horses comfortably sleep standing up? The 'stay apparatus' of the forelegs and 'check apparatus' (functions of the leg tendons and ligaments) of the hind locks their legs while they sleep so they donít fall over. They ac ...
Remembering the Horses of World War I
4th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
The endless roar of the guns, the scream of the shells as they flew through the air, and the whistle of bullets and bursting shrapnel must have been terrifying for these peaceful animals. Thousands of horses were killed or wounded ...
Why Does My Horse Chew Wood
31st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Does your stable or pasture have termites? Not the little six legged kind, but four legged with a mane, tail and big teeth? For the dedicated chewer, any wooden object is fair game. They will strip trees of bark, or pull small on ...
Zooey Deschanel Sued for Breaking Horse... Now Pony Up!
29th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
You canít have been online the last month and not have noticed the headlines. Ingenue actress Zooey Deschanel apparently sent a leased horse back to its owner in injured and unusable condition. The owner is now seeking compensatio ...
Horse Care Then and Now
26th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When you know better you do better. Thatís an adage Iíve applied to myself and others as I see an increase in awareness and knowledge, and we change and adapt for the better. Horse care and riding is one place I can apply this to ...
Free Horse Movies and Documentaries Online
23rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When the weather is miserable, and you canít get out to ride, the next best thing might be snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a horse movie. While you have to pay for most movies online, there are still quite a few that y ...
The Horse Apps I Really Need
21st Dec 2014   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
It seems like everyone has a smartphone of some breed, and I have become quite attached to mine. I love being able to tell it to send me reminders, I find it entertaining and a good way to record my activity. Iím disappointed in t ...
All Breeds Have Arabian Bloodlines
19th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Arabians arenít everyoneís cup of tea. They have a reputation of being hot, deserved or not depending on the individual. Theyíre too small for some people and some sports. They have a tendency to jump without considering that they ...
Understanding Horse Urine
16th Dec 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The ground is covered in a blanket of white. It looks pristine and clean. Then you go out to check your horses. There on the otherwise unmarked snow is an alarming reddish colored stain. What is the cause? Is something terribly wr ...
2014 Top Equestrian News
14th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Several top equestrians lost their lives or were badly injured in 2014. The eventing world took a double hit in June when two riders died on the same day. A German died due to a rotational fall and a Canadian rider suffered cardia ...
Countries Where Foals Are Bred For Horsemeat
12th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We may dislike it, but there are still many people who eat horse meat. A few years ago, I interviewed a woman from Malta who was living in Britain. When I asked her what she missed, she said the beauty of the island and her mother ...
Slaughter Plan Proposed for the Rare Dartmoor Pony
9th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association is looking at selling ponies for meat as one way to maintain the dwindling numbers of feral horses. Selling ponies for meat could make it worthwhile for farmers to maintain their herds. While the ...
Dangers of Monensin Antibiotics in Horse Feed
6th Dec 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A stable owner in Florida watched as her horses slowly died of what is believed to be poisoning. As of November 25, three horses have died and as I wrote this 19 more were showing signs that their internal organs are shutting down ...
Going for Baroque
3rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
My horse is now eighteen, and although I anticipate a few good years more with her, and have no intention of selling her, I have been wondering what my next horse might be. When I picture a horse in my mind, I usually see an Arabi ...
Can You Train A Zebra
1st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Can you ride a zebra? They are gaited like a horse. They look much like a horse and those broad backs look comfortable to sit on. Well, Lord Lionel proved you can drive them. There may be a reason why that pony was along though. T ...
Reasons Not To Install A Pipe Horse Fence
28th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I always wondered why this fencing was popular in some areas, but didnít catch on elsewhere. A little internet sleuthing turned up one possible answer. Pipe was cheap to buy in areas with lots of oil drilling. So you will see more ...
Strangles Bacteria Halts Round Up of New Forest Ponies
24th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The annual round up of New Forest Ponies in Britain has been delayed. Itís not protesters or red tape that is slowing things, but a bacteria called Streptococcus equi. The bacteria responsible likes to hitch a ride in horsesí up ...
A Horse Lovers Letter to Santa
23rd Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I donít watch television, and I refuse to read the circulars that land at the end of the driveway. I avoid stores, feed and tack shop notwithstanding, and rarely listen to the radio. But, I canít help but be aware that Christmas i ...
Is Grass the Culprit of Cushings Disease
21st Nov 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A few years ago, I belonged to a forum where there were lots of interesting discussions. One discussion focused on why some horses develop Cushing's, laminitis and Equine Metabolic Syndrome. The consensus was, grass was the proble ...
Twitching a Horse
18th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Twitching a horse is a common practice when itís important that the horse be absolutely still for something like hoof trimming, vaccinations, mane pulling and doctoring minor wounds. Itís often used instead of an injected tranquil ...
Beauty Is In the Eyes Of the Beholder
16th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Beirut Breeding
How many horse owners really have this dream? Once you start owning horses, reality sets in. My horse experience, as I am sure many others can relate, has been more akin to the poor manís life. My horses have been swaybacked and a ...
Preventing Hoof Freeze and Snowballs
15th Nov 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
For those of you who have never contended with snowballs, hereís what happens. Warmth from the horseís hoof causes a thin layer of water to form as it stands in the snow. The water then freezes, and more snow sticks to the ice. Sn ...
Strange Hazards You Might Not Have Thought Of
12th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We know riding can be a risky sport, and we can reduce the risk by using protective equipment and learning about good riding and safety with horses. But even the most careful and safety conscious of us might not have thought of th ...
Horse Trails Destroyed by ATVs
11th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
This is a rant. I was walking my dog recently along some trails that I often ride on. The local county forest has signs at each entrance clearly marking that there are no motor vehicles allowed. That doesnít mean that you wonít e ...
The Perils of the Pasture Potato
9th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Pasture potatoes tend to be more prone to sand colic. Horses pick up a lot of sand and grit when they eat. Ideally, it should pass on through. In active horses, it usually does. But because the pasture potato rarely travels out of ...
Pony Club Dressage Nationals
6th Nov 2014   |   Dressage   |   Saferaphus
Having come from a distance riding background, Iím used to roughing it. Iíve slept in tents, the back seats of trucks and the gooseneck of a stock trailer. Iíve eaten food that has sat in a luke-cool cooler for three days. And whe ...
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