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The Dangers of Parade Horses [Video]
25th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses in parades have been a fixture probably since parades began. But parades can be very stressful for horses. Recently, a tragic accident happened in my area. A twelve year old girl was killed when her horse spooked, reared an ...
Looking For the Worlds Oldest Horse Show
22nd Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Olympic Equestrian competition has been a tradition since 1912, although it was part of the very first Summer Olympics in 1900. The ancient Olympics began in about 776 BC and were held every four years until about 394 AD. But that ...
 
Looking For Mr. Right
21st Aug 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
My daughter has been bemoaning the fact that she doesnít have a horse and canít afford the outlay. Sheís put so much time and money into building her small facility, where she boards nine horses that she hasnít had time or money t ...
Girl Guide Riding Camp
18th Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Girl Guide riding camp is over for the summer and Iíve had my fill of walking in circles. I have one of those little exercise bands that count steps, and my goal each day is to walk or ride over 8000 steps. This past week, I walke ...
Things I Learned From My Horse
16th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Back in the day when horses were used to haul loads, it was common knowledge that a journey over the flat could be more tiring than if the road had a few ups and downs. This is because over the flat, the same muscles are used in t ...
Deadly Equine Glanders Disease Outbreak at Rio Olympic Stables
14th Aug 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are a few horse diseases I think of as being Ďold fashionedí because you just donít hear about horses getting them any more. So, I was surprised to learn that a deadly disease called Glanders, one of the oldest recognized di ...
Euthanizing A Blind Horse
11th Aug 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I suggested that it would be humane to euthanize some blind horses as their blindness could result in stress and pain. Many of them claimed to have successfully ridden, shown and even jumped their blind horses. Because I truly bel ...
How Caprilli Changed Everything About Jumping
7th Aug 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
If you look at old paintings and prints of horses and riders leaping over obstacles you might notice something that doesnít look quite right to the modern eye. Whether itís a woman riding side saddle or a man riding astride, both ...
The Tennessee Walking Horse
4th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís been a long battle as the problem of soring continues. Most recently, a Republican and a Democrat member of congress, both of whom are veterinarians, are sponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The bill is aimed at bol ...
Pan Am Games - Cross Country
1st Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
After my Pan Am dressage experience I couldnít wait to attend the cross-country portion of the eventing competition. The Toronto 2015 competition was a FEI** event, with riders from North and South America vying for a team medal. ...
Horses Worshiped as Gods
29th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If an alien were to land on earth from another planet, it would probably be quite confused by some of the things it sees. One thing would be the number of four legged creatures that seem to cohabit with the most populous two legge ...
Four Horses Killed in 2015 Chuckwagon Races
26th Jul 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
As I write this the Calgary Stampede is in full swing. A few days after it began, a horse was killed during a chuckwagon race. It was an unfortunate occurrence but the injury was not something unusual for race horses. Chuckwagon ...
Equine Horse Baby Warts
24th Jul 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Has your horse been kissing toads? Are you very hesitant to kiss your horseís nose because itís covered in ugly lumps and bumps? Donít worry. A bad case of warts is fairly common, especially on young horses under eighteen months o ...
2015 Pan Am Games
21st Jul 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
The Pan Am Games arenít as high profile as the WEG or the Olympics, but for those of us in the Greater Toronto Area, they are providing an exciting opportunity to see international competition and many young rising stars headed fo ...
Volunteering at Equine Events
18th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Being a recorder at a long distance ride is something I havenít done for many years. But I found myself with pen and clipboard in hand, listening to the comments of a lay judge as horse after horse was vetted through for a long di ...
What Age to Start a Horse Under Saddle
17th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I donít think there is much argument about not riding a horse before itís two years old. There are those that do however. Race and show horses are routinely started under saddle as long yearlings. Many trainers believe and will ve ...
Equestrian Associations Around the World
11th Jul 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Almost every country in the world has an governing body that oversees rules and regulations of horse competitions, specifically those sanctioned by the international body, Federation Equestre International or FEI. The United State ...
Mastering the Trot Out at Shows and Events
9th Jul 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Saferaphus
I mentioned that I had been a recorder at a long distance trail event. While I was there, I noticed a few things about the riders and others that were handling horses. In many sports, you are required to trot your horse out so jud ...
Saddle Fit a Cause to a Problem Horse
7th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Iíve seen horses go from being Ďspuní to well behaved after someone took the time to fit the saddle properly. Saddles that pinch, rub or cause pressure points can cause a horse to either act out, or shut down, depending on their t ...
Photosensitivity in Horses
4th Jul 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Have you had a sunburn yet this summer? I do it once a year because I always forget how strong the sun is, and I play outside, unprotected from its rays longer than I should. I always have the most interesting sunburns too, tracin ...
When You Should Not Get Back On
3rd Jul 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Youíve probably heard that if you fall off of your horse, you should get right back on. Thatís probably true. If you fall off, your confidence may take a fall if you have time to think about what happened. Your horse too, might ha ...
Should You Ride Alone
29th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I donít know how many miles or the number of hours I ride alone. Even when Iím in the arena, I ride alone. I actually pick out times when I think no one else will be there, so I get some quiet uninterrupted time with my horse. One ...
How to Start a Horse Rescue
27th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Have you ever wanted to rescue horses? Iíve rescued a few. I bought them at an auction, brought them home, made sure they were healthy and found them a new owner or kept them for myself. Most horse owners with the means to do so h ...
Finland Proposes Horse Manure to Heat Homes
25th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Using horse manure for fuel solves two problems. Manure is a renewable energy source and its production is relatively kind to the environment. And, it provides a way to clean up manure, which Finland no longer allows in landfill s ...
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