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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 ...
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 ...
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