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Large Animal Rescue Training
9th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We often see headlines about horses being rescued from perilous situations by emergency response teams. EMTs are the front line for most emergencies and in rural areas, they not only rescue people, but animals too. Firefighters might find themselves evacuating dairy cattle from ...
Lunging Done Right
7th Nov 2015   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
Lunging can be a good way to train and exercise a horse, but in order for it to be effective, it has to be done right. Now, some people will argue that you should always use a lunging cavesson. This is a headstall with some reinforcing in the noseband and extra rings so that the ...
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Solving the Problem of Unwanted Horses
3rd Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I think it’s agreed in the horse community that unwanted horses are a problem. A University of Minnesota publication claims there are 92,000 to 138,000 unwanted horses in the U.S., based on the number of horses previously sent to slaughter. These numbers are from 2011, and in fac ...
The Head Bone is Connected to the Neck Bone
31st Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Even though horses are bigger, we have more bones than they do, 205 to our 207. We start out with even more, but as we age, some fuse together. The neck bones of the horse are part of the vertebral or spinal column. The neck bones themselves are called the cervical vertebrae, and ...
Legends of the Falls
29th Oct 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Those of you south of the border have to wait for your turkey dinner a few weeks, but my family got together for Thanksgiving recently. It was hot, so I decided there was no way I was going to cook a turkey. We’d have BBQ in the backyard instead. And, like many holidays when fami ...
Help For the Worlds Poorest Horses [Video]
26th Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
In a world dominated by cars, trucks, trains and planes, we sometimes forget that a great number of the world’s human population still rely on the domestic horse and its close relatives for transportation. But, of the world’s 100 million+ equines, the majority of them are still u ...
Horseback Riding is a Pain
22nd Oct 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The most common pains new riders experience are in the muscles down the inside of the upper legs. While these muscles help stabilize us when we walk or stand, riding requires that we use them in a way they aren’t normally used. Many riders will feel pain on the inside of their th ...
Diseases Humans Catch From Horses
19th Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Ever wondered if your horse can make you sick? Not the horse crazy type sick? But truly ill in some way? As it turns out, it’s rare, but possible. If your horse contracts a zoonotic disease, there is a slight chance it could be passed along to you. ...
Horse Tripping Competition [Graphic Content]
17th Oct 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The horses used in horse tripping competitions are usually mares. Lightweight horses are preferred as these horses are easier to take down when the roper pulls back on the lasso. During these competitions horses sustain many injuries. The horses are often pitched to the ground wi ...
How Your Horse Protects Itself From Flies
14th Oct 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Bug season around here is slowly tapering off, but until the first hard frost eradicates those pesky pests they will still be around to annoy us all. Late summer and early fall is when the tiny mosquitos that carry the West Nile Virus show up. The Bot fly uses the lazy days of la ...
Five Famous TV Horses
12th Oct 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There aren’t any good horse series on TV, are there? This wasn’t always the case. Over the years there have been many. Some included fictional horses like Black Beauty, Flicka and famous race horses. Others featured horses as faithful companions to a hero. Here are just a few of ...
The Flood Horses of South Carolina
10th Oct 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are some really dramatic videos of horse rescues in flood stricken South Carolina. Several days of torrential rains left S.C. residents on flood alert if they are not already under water. Rivers are spilling over their banks and dams that should control flooding aren’t suff ...
The Tangled Web of Horse Cruelty
4th Oct 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Burnings, beatings, torture, soring: these things are obvious cruelty. One would like to think that the ASPCA, The RSPCA and others had the ability to intervene, save horses and provide law enforcement with the information to prosecute the offenders. But, the ideal scenario and t ...
Gili Trawangan Remote Tourist Island Culture of Abused Ponies
30th Sep 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
When it comes to exotic travel destinations, Bali, an island province of Indonesia often comes to mind as an ultimate destination. A neighboring island, also an island of Indonesia, Gili Trawangan is gaining a reputation, but not for the same reason as Bali. In common with Bali i ...
How Green Is My Horse
28th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Things slide down hill quickly though if you start heading out to horse shows and trail rides off of your property. Those of us who pull horse trailers will have an appropriate vehicle. Chances are you don’t just use that large, fossil fuel guzzling vehicle for hauling. It probab ...
Bad Horsemanship Barbie Toy Review
26th Sep 2015   |   Product Reviews   |   Winniefield Park
So look who’s hopping on her horse and going for a ride - all by herself! It’s Barbie. Barbie has been on horseback before. Previous incarnations had her wedged onto the saddle like a clothespin, with her feet arched chronically from constantly wearing high heels. My sister had t ...
Riding in the Rain
23rd Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
It’s raining and I want to ride. The arena is being used, so I have the choice of staying home or getting wet. I have work to do too, so perhaps the rain is a good thing, keeping me getting things done before I go play. ...
The Para-Equestrian Sport
21st Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Para-equestrian officially encompasses two sports, dressage and driving. In both sports, riders are fit into different grades, depending on their abilities. This ensures that everyone competing is doing so against riders with the same abilities and makes the competition fair. ...
Camping With Horses
19th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Summer is almost over, but there are still many weeks of good weather yet. If you like camping, the warm days and cool nights of autumn, before the frost sets in, is an exhilarating time of year to spend outdoors. Getting yourself organized for camping can take some careful plann ...
Thwarting the Stable Houdinis
15th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Do you have a Houdini in your stable? Houdini was an illusionist and escape artist who specialized in spectacular death-defying escape acts. He would don a straight jacket and hang upside down, or immerse himself in cold water upside down and then miraculously free himself. He co ...
Swimming With Horses [Video]
13th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses can run fast, jump high and pull huge loads, but did you know they can also be strong swimmers, capable of traversing miles of water? Now, not all horses know how to swim right off the bat. ...
The Dwarfism Gene When Breeding Miniature Horses
12th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Cracked.com lists Miniature Horses as one of the six most horrifying pets we’ve bred into existence. I think this is a bit unfair, as they’ve mixed up dwarf horses with minis. But unfortunately, dwarfism is a risk when breeding Miniature Horses. ...
English or Western What is the Difference
8th Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the first things you have to do when you decide to learn to ride is also decide whether you will learn English or Western riding. What is the difference? There are more similarities than differences, but one style may appeal more than the other. ...
The Many Ways A Horse Can Express Emotion
3rd Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A recent study revealed that horses have much more expressive faces than the researchers realized. I say the researchers, because those of us who have spent time around horses know that they have incredibly expressives faces, if you only care to observe. Horses use their nostrils ...
Pony Racing [Video]
30th Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
In North America, the U.S. Pony Racing association offers Shetland racing both on the flat and over hurdles. Some of these races take place at the legendary Pimlico Racetrack in Maryland, the same track that hosts the Preakness Cup. Pony racing also takes place at the Maryland St ...
Are Safety Stirrups Really Safe
29th Aug 2015   |   Product Reviews   |   Winniefield Park
The most common safety stirrup and one that is most often used on children's saddle is the peacock stirrup. These stirrups have a large elastic on the outside, held on by two small hooks on the bottom and towards the top of the stirrup. These stirrups are designed so that if the ...
The Dangers of Parade Horses [Video]
25th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses in parades have been a fixture probably since parades began. But parades can be very stressful for horses. Recently, a tragic accident happened in my area. A twelve year old girl was killed when her horse spooked, reared and fell on top of her. She was airlifted to hospita ...
Looking For the Worlds Oldest Horse Show
22nd Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Olympic Equestrian competition has been a tradition since 1912, although it was part of the very first Summer Olympics in 1900. The ancient Olympics began in about 776 BC and were held every four years until about 394 AD. But that tradition of the modern Olympics with a run of ov ...
Looking For Mr. Right
21st Aug 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
My daughter has been bemoaning the fact that she doesn’t have a horse and can’t afford the outlay. She’s put so much time and money into building her small facility, where she boards nine horses that she hasn’t had time or money to look for her own horse. Additionally, she’s gett ...
Girl Guide Riding Camp
18th Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Girl Guide riding camp is over for the summer and I’ve had my fill of walking in circles. I have one of those little exercise bands that count steps, and my goal each day is to walk or ride over 8000 steps. This past week, I walked 8000 steps before lunch. My dog probably walked ...
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