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The Ethics of Hippotherapy
13th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Long before horse assisted therapy became mainstream, I was involved with helping give hippotherapy to a little girl who had suffered severely crippling injuries in a car accident. At the time, we knew nothing about riding for the ...
Major Horse Stall Hazards That Kill
8th Oct 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Just say no to haynets in stalls (and anywhere else, for that matter). No matter how carefully tied, they are a tangling hazard. But getting tangled isnít the only hazard. Itís harmful for a horse to eat in a head-up position. Eat ...
 
Where Horses Still Rule
6th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The site of the plowing match I attended is now an open field, and the little village that expanded to a population of over a 100,000 has now settled back to fifty. But it will take a few years before the site has recovered, thank ...
A Taste of Yesterday - The International Plowing Match
1st Oct 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
There are different competitions for tractor and horse drawn plowing. But all are judged on the same criteria. I was lucky to meet a gentleman with a keen interest in the events and he took the time to explain the basics. Each co ...
What is the Difference Between Bulls and Broncs
29th Sep 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Back in 2011, my daughter and I attended an evening of the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Iím not a big rodeo fan, but local rodeos are a small affair and the opportunities to see a big event are rare. Iím also not a ...
The Right Way To Clean Moldy Horse Tack
27th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Some mold on your leather tack isnít a really big deal, although itís looks terrible. It really means your leather is still Ďaliveí. And itís my theory, that good quality leather goods tend to mold easier than the cheaper cardboar ...
The Stress of an Equestrian Writer
24th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Somebody called me an equestrian writer. The label makes me cringe. Most people would ride their horse, enjoy themselves and then would largely forget about it unless something really outstanding happened. But every time I ride, I ...
Santa Monica To Ban Pony Rides [Video]
22nd Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There is a news story on the Santa Monica Times website about a proposal to ban pony rides, part of a petting zoo display, at a local farmers' market. Individuals are protesting because the ponies must walk in endless circles, on ...
Fall Equine Virus and Disease Concerns
20th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
While riding the other day, I noticed there were few bugs. The only thing I noticed were very small mosquitoes landing on my horse's neck. We tend to think of early summer as peak mosquito season. But the mosquitoes that carry the ...
Green Horse and Barn Care
18th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In my dream world, I live in a totally recyclable, off-grid, compostable world. I donít just have a green thumb, Iím head-to-toe green as I prepare my organically grown garden produce over my low-carbon-footprint cooking appliance ...
What Will Happen to the Sable Island Ponies
16th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Sable Island is a thin, smile shaped, 27 miles (42 km) long, 1 mile (1.5 km) wide strip of sand and wind southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is surrounded by shoals, and before the time of modern sea navigation, these shoals, the ...
Hoof Care 101
14th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
It's trim time for my horse, and I probably drive the farrier crazy. Because she has Thoroughbred feet attached to a Quarter Horse type body, she tends to get sore if trimmed too short. That means I'm hovering over the farrier as ...
Things Not To Say To Horse People
10th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are some things you just shouldn't say to a horse person. Here are a few that I've heard, and I wish I hadn't. Horse Poo Stinks!... No, it doesn't. The people who declare this don't have the refined olfactory senses most ho ...
Dumb Things People Do on Horseback Video
8th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Did you participate in the ice-water challenge? If, for some reason, youíve had your head stuck deep in a round bale over the last few weeks and donít know what it is, hereís a quick explanation. Post a video of yourself dumping a ...
The Signs of Painted Ponies
6th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horse hoof prints represent the number of horses the rider has taken in a raid. Sometimes, the hoof prints appear to be bottomless rectangles. A circle painted around a horse's eye was to help it have clearer vision. A green circl ...
Discover Your Horses Color Wheel
2nd Sep 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Picking colors is important and many horse owners go to great lengths to coordinate their gear. With so many colors, it can be hard to choose. Using a color wheel can be helpful. Colors opposite on the color wheel are called compl ...
100,000 Horses Transported To Canada For Slaughter
31st Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Weíre a few years down the road since the laws that made horse slaughter illegal came into effect. Since 2007, with brief exceptions, horse slaughter plants have closed in the U.S. The majority of the U.S. population agrees that h ...
A Bit About Foals
29th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I noticed a field of broodmares and foals recently, and what a pretty picture they made. The arrival of a foal is usually an exciting time for most horse owners, especially if the foal is born to a favorite mare, and the arrival i ...
Should I Buy A Heynet or Haybag
27th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One thing I see consistently no matter where I go to horse shows or other events is horses and hay bags tied so low, theyíre in danger of becoming a tangling hazard. I was recently amazed to see a very seasoned competitor tie thei ...
What Makes Horse People Happy
25th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I recently asked the question of some of my Facebook friends - do you have your winter hay yet? One person, answered yes, and it makes me so happy. Which left me wondering, what things make a horse person happy? Of course, bei ...
How Horses Spend Their Time
22nd Aug 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The average riding horse, with a single owner is probably only ridden about an hour a day. A lesson horse, or a horse used for working cattle, racing, carriage rides, police work, or trail guiding may work considerably more. Many ...
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 weíve been told that horses canít barf or burp. But why? The first part of the horseís 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 wouldnít 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 Henryís book ďMisty 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 ...
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