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Types of Equine Medical Shock Emergencies
17th Dec 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Shock is a living body’s final defense to save itself before it dies. And by body, we can mean any mammal including humans and horses. When a horse goes into shock the circulatory system drastically slows the blood flow to the body. The blood pressure drops and when the tissues a ...
Simple Tests To Check Your Horses Health
14th Dec 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
When your horse isn’t quite itself, and you can’t pinpoint a reason on your own, you might call your veterinarian for help. Some tests they can do right at your stable and others will need a lab to complete. ...
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Horse Racing Not Just for Thoroughbreds
13th Dec 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Most people are familiar with the type of racing done on tracks with Thoroughbred horses. But, flat racing is not exclusive to Thoroughbreds. There are many breeds that have racing similar to what we see at Thoroughbred tracks around the world. Here’s a look at just a few. ...
Riding Horses With Kids
10th Dec 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather and this last weekend I rode with my ten-year-old niece. She has the kind of pony, that if you could clone would make many little girls and their parents very happy. She’s a good rider too. While my mare and I plodded alon ...
Horse Mascots
9th Dec 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Quick Six, also known as Toby, is coming to the end of his career. He’s been the touchdown horse for the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. Quick Six is one of the team’s two mascots. The other is a rather woebegone dog named Ralph who looks like his costume has been ...
Premature Horse Birth Related Problems
6th Dec 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In mid-November, a Pennsylvania newspaper ran a story about a foal that was born six weeks too early. The due date of a foal is usually an eagerly anticipated event, but Mother Nature isn’t always cooperative. In this case, the owner arrived in her barn to find a foal she initia ...
Attack of the Pasture Burrs
4th Dec 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Burrs are mother nature’s way of making sure that there are more burdock plants. There are several types of burrs, but the most well-known is the common burdock. The picky burdock globes hitch a ride on any hairy surface they can; you horse’s hair, your hair, your dog or cat or k ...
Girth Galls and Saddle Sores
3rd Dec 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I finally seemed to have solved the problem of girth sores on my girl. The frustrating part of the solution is that I’m not sure exactly what I did to solve it. I tried different girths, different holes on the billet straps, extra padding, and even different saddle pads. I made s ...
Things Your Horse Probably Does Not Need
29th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The list of things your horse needs may be long. But,there are some things that you don’t need to put on that list, even though we find them in many tack and feed rooms. Here are six things your horse probably won’t need. ...
What Does Trump Administration Mean for Horses
27th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The party that won made no mention of animal welfare during the lead up to the election. That may not be a bad sign. But more worrying is that there are no animal advocates within the government on the horizon. Quite the opposite in fact. Amongst those in line for key positions a ...
Problems With Shoes
26th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
To shoe or not to shoe. The debate rages on. But whether you believe it’s okay for horses to wear shoes or metal should never touch their hooves, there are a few problems that shoes, and usually only shoes can cause. Most of these are reversible. But if they are left long enough ...
Rider Dragged by Horse
23rd Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses can hurt you in a lot of different ways. You can be bitten, kicked, bucked off, brushed off, fall off because the horse tripped, put the brakes on suddenly or spooked out from beneath you. They can fall on you which is very scary. But, I think being dragged is equally scar ...
Good Reasons Not to Get a Horse
22nd Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If you dislike the idea of spending an hour pulling burrs from a horse’s mane and tail. If you loathe the idea of walking out to check and feed your horse in the winter cold when you’d rather stay in where it’s warm. If you work long hours. If you have a very busy social life or ...
How To Care For A Unicorn
20th Nov 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
There is controversy over whether unicorns actually exist. There’s little evidence of these fantastic horse-like beasts in fossil records. They are elusive in the wild, and most of what we know comes from literature and art. But those of us who know, just know. Absence of evidenc ...
Right Bit Wrong Bit
19th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most discussed artificial aids is the bit. Which bit is the right bit? What makes a bit ‘wrong’. It probably depends on what you are trying to achieve. And, much depends on the horse. The worst way to pick a bit is to buy something that looks nice, or because someone e ...
How To Tie A Rope Halter
17th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most commonly used pieces of tack, and something that anyone that owns a horse will have whether or not they ride or drive it, is a halter. In some places it’s illegal to sell your horse without one. One type of halter that is easy to make without any sewing or harness ...
Winter Horse Tips
15th Nov 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Colder weather means your horse will require a bit more energy to keep warm. Remember, all that fiber digesting helps stoke your horse’s internal furnace. However, if the colder weather means your horse is going to be doing less work, you might have to cut back on its feed so it ...
Belgium Horse Fishing
14th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
About 500 hundred years ago, an enterprising fisherman discovered that fishing for shrimp from the back of a horse was more efficient than doing so from a boat. Along the coast of Belgium, it was a common sight to see horses and riders dragging the sea bottom, waking up the shrim ...
Slim Chance of Horse Twins Surviving
12th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If you want a kitten, you might as well get two, because two is more fun and no more trouble. In fact, if you’re adopting a kitten, it may be better for them socially if you literally double down and get a second. That’s not so with horses. More than one foal sounds fun. You migh ...
Places Named for Horses
11th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are lots of horses named after places. Copenhagen was the Duke of Wellington and the horse that he rode into the Battle of Waterloo against battalions led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte himself rode a horse named Marengo, named for another battle, this time near a village ...
Horse Predator Attacks
7th Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A family near the city of Calabasas, California are mourning the loss of their beloved Mini Marco Polo. When they discovered he was missing they assumed he had been stolen. But his body was discovered near his pen with evidence of a predator attack. A mountain lion has been blame ...
Horse Show Riders Dismounted Based on Weight
3rd Nov 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Riders at the 2016 Horse of the Year show were judged on more than their riding skills or their horse’s conformation. Judges and officials called out anyone they deemed to be too large for the size of the horse they are riding. Competitors attending the 2016 HOYS were informed t ...
Horse Research Updates
1st Nov 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We’re discovering more and more about how horses think, what they eat and how they function in general and that’s largely due to researchers. Equine and animal research is being carried out around the world, and those who study horses have learned some remarkable things that bene ...
What You Need to Know Before Giving Your Horse Away
29th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
An Ontario woman learned the hard way that not everyone in the horse world is as good as their word. After giving her horse to another woman who promised to care for him, the horse disappeared. The owner kept the horse’s papers in case the arrangement didn’t work out and she need ...
Horse Blood Farming
26th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horse blood serum was formerly used as a carrier for human vaccines, but because some people developed sensitivities to the product, horse blood serum is no longer be used in humans. However, horse blood serum is still used in the production of vaccines for pigs, horses, cattle a ...
2017 Canada Horse Slaughter Regulation Changes
24th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Since U.S. federal laws were enacted almost a decade ago, the slaughter of horses has been illegal. But that doesn’t mean that U.S. horses haven’t been ending up on the dinner plates of European and Japanese consumers during that time. Thousands of horses have been sold across th ...
Horses Learn To Tell Us How They Feel
22nd Oct 2016   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
One of the things that impedes an easy flow of conversation between horse and human is that we really don’t understand each other’s languages. Sure, we know when our horse is calling out to another horse but we don’t know exactly what they’re saying. We might hear a mare nicker g ...
Your Horses Sense of Smell
18th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
How does a horse smell? Well, most of us would agree they smell good. But what about their sense of smell? That’s good too. In fact, a horse’s sense of smell is much better than ours. We humans have two smell reception patches high up in our nasal patches, each made of five or si ...
My Little Lion Horse
15th Oct 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Many of you who have followed my previous articles will know of Moonfire, or ‘Moo’ – my arrogant, conceited, obnoxious, yet extremely lovable and talented thoroughbred gelding. You might also know that Moo has been enormously successful across numerous disciplines in his young li ...
Horse Grooming - Beyond the Basics
11th Oct 2016   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
A lot of pleasure riders don’t bother with clipping a bridle path. But it’s a must in the show ring, but for a few exceptions. A bridle path makes your horse’s mane look neater, and its neck more refined. The practical reasons for a bridle path are that it gets the mane hairs out ...
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