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Understanding Horse Urine
16th Dec 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The ground is covered in a blanket of white. It looks pristine and clean. Then you go out to check your horses. There on the otherwise unmarked snow is an alarming reddish colored stain. What is the cause? Is something terribly wr ...
2014 Top Equestrian News
14th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Several top equestrians lost their lives or were badly injured in 2014. The eventing world took a double hit in June when two riders died on the same day. A German died due to a rotational fall and a Canadian rider suffered cardia ...
 
Countries Where Foals Are Bred For Horsemeat
12th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We may dislike it, but there are still many people who eat horse meat. A few years ago, I interviewed a woman from Malta who was living in Britain. When I asked her what she missed, she said the beauty of the island and her mother ...
Slaughter Plan Proposed for the Rare Dartmoor Pony
9th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association is looking at selling ponies for meat as one way to maintain the dwindling numbers of feral horses. Selling ponies for meat could make it worthwhile for farmers to maintain their herds. While the ...
Dangers of Monensin Antibiotics in Horse Feed
6th Dec 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
A stable owner in Florida watched as her horses slowly died of what is believed to be poisoning. As of November 25, three horses have died and as I wrote this 19 more were showing signs that their internal organs are shutting down ...
Going for Baroque
3rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
My horse is now eighteen, and although I anticipate a few good years more with her, and have no intention of selling her, I have been wondering what my next horse might be. When I picture a horse in my mind, I usually see an Arabi ...
Can You Train A Zebra
1st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Can you ride a zebra? They are gaited like a horse. They look much like a horse and those broad backs look comfortable to sit on. Well, Lord Lionel proved you can drive them. There may be a reason why that pony was along though. T ...
Reasons Not To Install A Pipe Horse Fence
28th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I always wondered why this fencing was popular in some areas, but didnít catch on elsewhere. A little internet sleuthing turned up one possible answer. Pipe was cheap to buy in areas with lots of oil drilling. So you will see more ...
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 ...
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