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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 ...
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, ...
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