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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 ...
Why a Broken Leg is Bad News
23rd Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Some people have the impression that owners donít make enough effort to save horses with leg fractures and are taking the easy way out by euthanizing them. But there have been many famous race horses that couldnít be saved, despit ...
Five Steps to a Happy Horse
21st Jun 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
It isnít hard to tell when a horse is unhappy. An unhappy horse will be the one that is stall or fence walking, weaving, cribbing or biting and kicking its stall door every time someone walks by. Keeping a horse happy isnít hard. ...
Shipping Horses by Plane
20th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Like you and I, horses can feel the effect of the changes of air pressure while flying. Take offs and landings tend to be the worst part of the flight. Turbulence can be as upsetting for a horse as it is for the human passengers. ...
Game of Thrones Animal Abuse
16th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Game of Thrones is rapidly coming to an end and I canít say Iím disappointed. I watched the first few seasons and thought it was entertaining, but gruesome. Now, I feel like itís just gruesome, and hoping for at least a happy endi ...
What is Next for American Pharoah
13th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
American Pharoahís breeding value could Ďtrickle upí to his sire, a relatively unknown stallion named Pioneerof The Nile whose main claim to fame is coming second in the Kentucky Derby. This stallion too, riding on the coat tails ...
Horse Ghost Stories
11th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I have never believed in ghosts. But, over the last few years my cynicism has been shaken. The house we live in is about 35 years old, just old enough to have a bit of history. Since weíve moved here, weíve noticed strange sounds ...
Does Electric Fencing Increase Stress On My Horse
8th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In some places, itís not legal to fence livestock within electric wire. Iíve seen some pretty gruesome pictures of horses that have gotten tangled in the strands. And, I know of horses that donít think twice about barging through ...
Racehorse Speed Limit in 40 Year Stall
6th Jun 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
In horse racing, the two minute mile is still the ultimate quest. In 1973, Secretariat ran the Belmont Stakes with a mile in 1:59.40. Only one other horse has run under that time, although failing to maintain the speed over the en ...
What Do We Really Control
4th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We can look after our horses and other pets, and even the people in our lives as carefully as possible. But, there lives are their own, and will play out as they are supposed to. We don't have a say. When I lost my Bay Goddess, I ...
These Plants Are Not Horse Friendly
1st Jun 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
After a long winter green grass, flowers and leafy trees are a welcome sight. Your horse is enjoying a taste of pasture too after eating hay for so long. But not all that is green is edible, at least not for your horse. There are ...
New Efforts Make Soring A Felony
30th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It baffles me that the issue of soring has lasted so long. What is soring? It is the use of caustic chemicals used to irritate the skin on a horseís legs, the insertion of sharp objects into sensitive parts of the horseís hooves, ...
Triple Crown Hopeful American Pharoah Name Registration Issue
27th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Did you realize that American Pharoahís name is misspelled? My spellcheck picked it up right away! The Thoroughbredís breeder, Zayat Stable held a contest to name their two-year-olds. And, the woman who submitted the winning name ...
Wild Horses of White Cloud Station Giveaway Winners
25th May 2015   |   General   |   PonyBox
Last month PonyBox announced a simple contest to receive free eBook copies of Ripple and the Wild Horses of White Cloud Station. Ripple and the Wild Horses of White Cloud Station, was recently on the NZ Best Seller List! Trudy Ni ...
Not Knowing Your Horses TPR Could Be Deadly
23rd May 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Just use your eyes to observe the rise and fall of your horseís flank. Donít look at or feel the nostrils, as horses will sniff and throw the reading. At rest, a relaxed horse may only breathe four times a minute. The normal range ...
Girl Guides Spring Edition
21st May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
As it turned out, there were less than half the number of girls than we anticipated, and only about two and a half hours of lessons. All the girls were between the ages of eight and twelve, and none could actually ride. The mornin ...
Three Things Your Horse Can Do But You Cant
19th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses are pretty amazing. And, they can do a few things that we canít. Hereís a look at three things that your horse can do, that you canít, no matter how hard you try. ...
Le Cheval Canadien - An Endangered Breed
16th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
IN 2002, The Canadian was recognized as Canadaís official national horse and appeared on a postage stamp in 2009 alongside the equally endangered Newfoundland Pony. But, although the numbers are greater than in the 70s, the Livest ...
How Overfeeding Causes Laminitis
12th May 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Laminitis is unfortunately common, especially in ponies. Itís almost hard to find a pony that hasnít foundered at some point in its life, sometimes multiple times. We know that laminitis can happen for a few reasons. The foremost ...
Repairing Leather Horse Straps
10th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
If youíve been reading my past articles, you know that I like to repair things myself and am generally a DIYer. I get a lot of satisfaction from fixing and repurposing things. I learned an easy to do leather repair from my mother ...
The Horse Auction Experience
7th May 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Iíve seen horses that were drugged - and I knew that because I knew of the horses before they got to the auction. And Iíve seen horses I didnít know were drugged, but saw after the auction when the drugs wore off. Drugs can be use ...
Horse Bacteria And Latherin Possible Link To A Greener Planet
5th May 2015   |   Equine Technology   |   Saferaphus
Within the digestive tract of horses, exists bacteria, yeasts, molds and enzymes that could help us on our way to more environmentally friendly fuel sources. More crops such as corn and hay are being explored to create bio-fuels. ...
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