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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 ...
Bitless and Bridleless Riding
3rd Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
First of all, a lot of people think that we control our horses, especially the direction they are going in, by turning their heads, and that we need a bit to do this. But, this isn't really true. After all, I can make my horse sta ...
Can Horses Eat Meat
30th Oct 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Can horses eat meat is a keyword phrase I sometimes see in my Google Analytics. A few years ago, I reviewed a book called Deadly Equines, The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating & Murderous Horses by CuChullaine O'Reilly. I found t ...
AHorseBox.com Launches Equestrian Box Service [Video]
28th Oct 2014   |   Product Reviews   |   PonyBox
AHorseBox.com recently launched a new subscription box service for horse lovers. Each month you receive a secret bundle of equestrian products delivered right to your door! The box service contains name brand products such as Abso ...
The Horse That Started It All
26th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The first horse I rode, probably the one I could attribute to Ďstarting it allí was a 16hh dark bay gelding named Manitou. Manitou was my motherís, and if you were to pick a childís horse heíd be close to the last one you'd choos ...
My Horse Tack Box Contents
22nd Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Yuck! The weather here is hovering around the freezing mark in the mornings. Iíve been clutching onto summer, convincing myself that itís not over until I say itís over. But Mother Nature and the calendar conspire against me. Relu ...
The Faulty History of Horse Training and Shoeing
20th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One argument used by barefoot advocates against shoeing is that it was a fad that caught on, and continues to hold us, even though thereís no real reason to shoe a horse, and all horses are better off without shoes. The folks that ...
Riding Bareback
19th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a bareback pad. They were so cool and colorful. But my mother would never let me have one. I now understand why, because they can be more of a hazard than a help since they can slip and turn ...
How We All Still Talk Horse
15th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses havenít been part of the general populationís daily life for a very long time. But, most of us talk horse without even realizing it. Here are ways we still talk about horses, even though we may never have been near a horse. ...
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 ...
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