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A Tribute To Polo
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So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo ...
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English or Western Riding
11th Jan 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A commonly asked question when people first decide to learn to ride is ‘should I ride English or western’. I’ve covered the differences between the two in The Difference Between Western and English Riding Styles. But how do you decide? Here are a few questions you can ask yoursel ...
Fad Foods and Horses
8th Jan 2018   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Winniefield Park
When you check out Pinterest or scroll through your Facebook feed, you’ll likely see posts of miracle cures achieved using certain trendy foods or supplements. These trends tend to spill over to the stable, leaving our feed rooms like the shelf of a trendy health food store. ...
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A Horse By Another Name
7th Jan 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are lots of different names for horses. Like the Inuit multiple words for snow, horses have been labeled by their type or use. The word we use for horse comes from Old English with its roots in ancient and Germanic and Norse languages. The word equine comes from the Latin e ...
Henry the VIII and His Horses
5th Jan 2018   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Henry the Eighth (1491 - 1547) is probably the most notorious of the British monarchs. The second Tudor king was known for beheading or divorcing several wives and creating the Church of England, establishing himself, and not the Pope in Rome as the head of the church. He united ...
Types of Horse Hair
2nd Jan 2018   |   Horse Anatomy   |   Winniefield Park
As we groom, we’re probably aware of the different types of hair our horses have. There are basically three types. Here’s a look at what they are, and why they are important. ...
Top Horse Stories of 2017
31st Dec 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
2017 has proved to be a very ‘news full’ year. Certainly not a lot of the news centered around horses, but the machinations of the government have affected the laws and resources that affect the equestrian community. And there was the weather. And people, interesting and well, pe ...
How Long Does it Take to Back a Horse
30th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We all know that backing a young horse is not for the weak-hearted. Horses struggle with new experiences at the best of times, and often backing involves throwing a thousand new questions at once at a young horse not yet equipped to deal with them. This does not always end well. ...
The Right Halter
29th Dec 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Winniefield Park
Most of us use halters every day, but we really don’t give them a lot of thought. We use them to lead our horses from the pasture to the barn and to tie them up while grooming and tacking up. But there are quite a number of specialized halters that we can use for different purpos ...
Horses in Poetry
26th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We celebrate our love for horses in many ways. Artists have been creating images of horses before the written word was invented. And poets have been creating odes to horses. The ancient Greeks celebrated horses. And their poetry and song is interwoven with horse imagery and legen ...
Twelve Days of Christmas
23rd Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Tis the season of giving, everyone! And for those of us with horses, this means that the Christmas stockings will be full fit to burst! With vet bills... and thrown shoes... and wasted food... and bits of broken tack... and that thing that at some point might have been a chunk of ...
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Rare Horse Colors and Unusual Patterns
22nd Dec 2017   |   Breeds   |   Winniefield Park
You can’t believe everything you see on the internet. A quick image search can bring up some really unusually colored horses. Thanks to digital editing, it’s easy to change a horse’s color or markings, such as the viral picture of the pinto horse that appears to have the word ‘ho ...
Traveling With Your Horse
20th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Most of us travel fairly short distances with our horses if we travel at all. But, perhaps you dream of going on a big adventure that lets you explore new territory and trails. Or, you’re taking that dream trip to a horse show several days drive away. Such journeys require carefu ...
Team Weirdo Professional Circuit
17th Dec 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has been an interesting year for Team Weirdo. For starters, I’ve not been able to come up with a better name than ‘Team Weirdo’, and I guess it has stuck, which is... inconvenient, I suppose, but not unfitting. Beyond that, 2017 has seen both the start and the end of many an e ...
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2017 in Horse Science
16th Dec 2017   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
Scientific research helps us look after our horses better, become better riders, and unveils some of the secrets about the history of the modern horse. Much of the research is most relevant to other researchers and veterinarians. But some of it is interesting for those of us who ...
So You Want To Buy A Horse
11th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, you’ve decided you want a new horse! You’ve got your empty stable full of fresh shavings, your life’s savings (and a few week-old carrot pieces) in your fanny pack and all the dreams and expectations in the world! You’re all set. What could possibly go wrong from here? ...
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Horses Set Free To Escape California Wild Fires
9th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In the path of one blaze was Rancho Padilla in Tujunga Canyon, a family owned ranch where 30 of the 60 horses stabled there were lost to the fire. There was no time to evacuate the horses, as the buildings were already on fire when the family woke to see smoke and flames and rece ...
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The Other Horse Races
8th Dec 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
We know that Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Arabians, American Quarter Horses and Appaloosas are commonly used for racing, albeit Standardbreds are less used for races under saddle than in harness. But there are other breeds that you can also ride in a race. ...
Influential Equestrians You Should Know
5th Dec 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
Many trainers have influenced how we train and treat horses over the ages. There have been many philosophies about how horses should be handled. Here is a look at a few of the most influential equestrians over the centuries. ...
Winterizing Your Tack Box
3rd Dec 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Winniefield Park
As I write this snow is gently sifting downwards, and enough is already on the ground to cover the grass. Apparently there is something call meteorological winter that starts on December 1, even though it’s not officially 'calendar winter' until later in the month. The cold weath ...
Training For All Ages
1st Dec 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
It’s said that we never really stop teaching our horses. Every time we handle or ride them, they are learning something from us. This is why consistent handling is so important. And training doesn’t begin when we start to introduce the bridle and saddle. It starts from the moment ...
Should You Wear A Helmet All the Time
28th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A recent study suggests that only 7% of us wear our helmets while grooming our horses. There doesn't seem to be any statistics about how many of wear our helmets while handling horses from the ground at other times, such as feeding and turning out. But, should we have our helmets ...
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Why Does My Horse Stumble
24th Nov 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Winniefield Park
We all stumble sometimes, and that’s perfectly normal. So it follows that our horses are going to take a misstep now and then. They have twice as many legs as we do after all. The occasional trip up isn’t something to be worried about. But, if a horse stumbles often, there is pro ...
Trotters and Pacers Racing Under Saddle
22nd Nov 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
It’s known as RUS or racing under saddle. In Europe, it’s known as Monté racing or trot Monté. And in recent years, there have been a number of events held in North America, and associations formed for those who want to take part. For this sport, only trotters are used in events ...
A Tribute To Polo
19th Nov 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo the Weirdo is back. ...
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Donkey Facts
17th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are lots of donkey breeds, each with their own characteristics. Of the over 150 different breeds, we here in North America are probably most familiar with the American Mammoth Jack, often crossed with horses to produce a large draft type mule or riding mule, and Miniature D ...
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Should Kids Ride Stallions
14th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Should youth riders ride stallions? I think it depends on the situation. There are probably situations where it will work, and many where it definitely will not. ...
Horse Blanket Hazards
11th Nov 2017   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Most of us try our hardest to look after our horses well. That can include putting some sort of blanket on them to protect them from the elements. Unfortunately our best efforts can occasionally backfire, and the very thing that should protect our horses can cause harm. It’s esse ...
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Horse DNA Testing
9th Nov 2017   |   Equine Technology   |   Winniefield Park
Up until the availability of DNA testing and a discovery of speed genes, breeding for the track has been a bit like a combination of gut feeling and practiced eye combined with mathematics. But now, DNA analysis can help breeders match horses with desirable genetics to produce fo ...
City Horse Riding
6th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Do you want to go riding? Do you think that you have to travel out to the countryside? Maybe not. Depending on where you live, you may be able to hop on the subway to get to a stable. Many cities have riding academies or stables within their boundaries. Here are just a few of the ...
Stolen Horse Tack Insurance Claim
4th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We should all, at minimum have liability insurance on our horses. That way, if our horse causes injury to anyone, we are protected. Many of us also have insurance against the loss of our horse, and against the loss of our horse stuff. The insurance for your horse gear may be incl ...
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