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The Fall
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On 22 August 2010 I attended a small practice jumping show. After entering my young horse, Moonfire, in the 60cm and 70cm class I took him home to fetch my brilliant little pony, Tempest, for a friend of mine to ride. Th ...
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Why People Hate Horses
2nd Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are people who think horses are too expensive. But expensive compared to what? Going out for dinner, designer handbags or trendy jeans? Or, expensive compared to sitting in front of the television or playing Candy Crush? Money may not buy happiness, but owning a horse comes ...
Trick or Treats For Your Horse
31st Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horse shows often have costume classes this time of year, and thatís a good excuse to raid closets, second-hand stores and hobby stores for the materials to make your prize winning costume. Horses can indulge in some of the treats that get handed out, and even some of the decor, ...
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Extreme Horse Breeding
27th Oct 2017   |   Breeds   |   Winniefield Park
Breeding for specific characteristics is why we have so many different horse breeds in the first place. All horses have a few common ancestors. They were types of horses rather than breeds. In the several thousand years humans have been using horses it's only been within the last ...
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Help for Puerto Rico Horses
25th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
According to the 2012 USDA census, there are approximately 1200 horse farms and 10,000 horses on the Island of Puerto Rico and itís neighboring island communities. Like every other industry in the territory, the horse industry has been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Maria ...
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Add Some Bling to Your Horse
21st Oct 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Winniefield Park
Most of us donít have masses of diamonds twinkling on our fingers, especially when we ride. After all, who wants to accidentally pull a rock off by catching it in our horseís mane? But, it is possible to add some bling to our ride when weíre in the mood. If itís time to unleash y ...
Bored With Riding Horses
20th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
What do you do when you just donít want to ride at all? Believe it or not, some people struggle with feeling that they donít want to ride anymore. Theyíre not scared, theyíve just had enough. And, sometimes, when your whole life revolves around horses, choosing not to ride, or dr ...
Those Arabian Crosses
18th Oct 2017   |   Breeds   |   Winniefield Park
Every light horse breed in the world owes a nod to the Arabian horse. Even some draft horse breeds have in their pedigree, the occasional Arabian. When a touch of refinement is needed, itís often added with an infusion of Arabian. Even pony breeds have benefited by crossbreeding ...
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Snaffle Ring Types
15th Oct 2017   |   Horse Tack   |   Winniefield Park
Why are there so many types of rings on a snaffle? The rings on snaffle bits are the most obvious part because when a horse wears a snaffle, the ring isn't hidden inside the horseís mouth. Now you might recall, that a snaffle bit works only within the horseís mouth. The amount of ...
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Beyond The Basic Gaits
13th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
So horses have three basic gaits: walk, trot, and canter or lope. But some horses, often called Ďgaitedí, have extra gaits. Most of these are what are called ambling gaits and there is what's called the pace. We don't think of these gaits as natural. But, some sources claim that ...
Haunted Horses
11th Oct 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Winniefield Park
What could be more appealing than a cute pony or an elegant horse? Perhaps you admire the size and strength of the Clydesdale, or the cow sense of the American Quarter Horse makes your heart go pitter-pat. Or, you see the beauty of a warmblood executing the perfect twenty-meter c ...
Basic Horse Gaits
8th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A horse has three basic footfall patterns when they travel. We know them as walk, trot, and canter or lope. A gallop is sometimes called a fourth basic gait. But the footfall pattern is the same as the canter, just much more extended. Before there were cameras that could capture ...
Storm and Disaster Prepping For Horses
7th Oct 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There probably isnít a place in the world that isnít affected by adverse weather or other natural disasters waiting to happen. Some of us must contend with ice and snow. Others live where fire is a hazard. Earthquakes are a reality in some locations. And, flooding, wind and other ...
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Too Much of a Good Thing
5th Oct 2017   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Winniefield Park
We generally think of minerals in any diet as a good thing. But it is possible for horses to get too much of a certain mineral. The most common culprits include fluoride, lead, and iron. If caught in time, most symptoms of poisoning from excess minerals are reversible. However, i ...
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Selenium Supplement In Your Horses Diet
3rd Oct 2017   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Winniefield Park
While selenium isnít overly important to plant growth, it is important to the animals that eat those plants. Selenium is a trace mineral. That means, itís not a macronutrient like calcium phosphorus but is only needed in very tiny amounts. The average riding horse only requires a ...
Horses And Donkeys Killed For Cosmetic
30th Sep 2017   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Animal-based products are not unusual in most cosmetic products. And there isnít an easy way to find out just what kind of animals are used. Even with meat removed, there is still a lot left of a horse after slaughter. Often, the rest of the carcass goes for fertilizer. But, ofte ...
Horse Hair Analysis
26th Sep 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
DNA can be extracted from almost any tissue, but it is a simple procedure to take a hair sample. Laboratories specializing in DNA analysis can compare your horseís DNA to othersí to determine if the horse is related. Some companies store the information they collect so that owner ...
Reading A Horses Tail
24th Sep 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
How a horse uses its tail can tell us something about any lameness and overall body stiffness it might have. A horse that holds its tail to one side may have developed a hind leg lameness, or tense muscles in its hindquarters, especially if the horse didnít carry its tail crooked ...
Horse Riding Up and Down Hills
23rd Sep 2017   |   Horse Training   |   Winniefield Park
1Riding up and down hills takes a few different skills than riding on flat ground. As you go up or down a hill, you and your horse must adjust your balance so you stay together. This makes the ride more comfortable for you, and the job of carrying you easier for your horse. Itís ...
Equine RFID Tagging
19th Sep 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
1While pets and other livestock have been carrying microchips for quite some time, using RFID for horses has been a little slower to take off. Back in 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a microchip implant for tracking equines with the National Animal Iden ...
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Racehorse Burials
16th Sep 2017   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Back in 2014, a group of archeologists dug beneath the Californian soil and unearthed three large horse skeletons. The skeletons were remains of three famous race horses that raced on the property when it was part of Hollywood Park, an elaborate race track supported and frequente ...
Shades of Bay
13th Sep 2017   |   Barrel Racing   |   Winniefield Park
A bay horse has an overall brown or red-brown body with black mane, tail, legs, ear tips and muzzle. These black areas are called the horseís black points. If the horse doesnít have these points, it isnít considered a bay. ...
How to Keep Your Horse Cool
9th Sep 2017   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Whether to avoid heat stress or to treat an inflamed injury, there are lots of ways to cool your horse. Cold hosing is one way to treat injuries and can be very effective. But, itís messy, not very portable and time-consuming. A cool bath with a hose, or standing in a pond can be ...
Horse Dental Problems
7th Sep 2017   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Many people have dental cavities. Most of us know that cavities form because bacteria of all types thrive in our mouths. If we donít clear the bacteria out and disrupt their plaque building activity, the plaque covering grows. Any sugar in your mouth is used by the plaque and pro ...
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Horses and Goats
3rd Sep 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Getting a goat is a commitment just like any other companion or livestock animals. They take some care but really are pretty low maintenance. Theyíre good around horses, although some horses might harass a goat. Goats have been known to chew off a horseís tail because goats like ...
Horse Cosplay and Anime
1st Sep 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Steampunk isnít the only cosplay opportunity out there. Cosplay is probably most commonly associated with anime. But the stories that anime characters are based on donít usually ride horses. There are a few exceptions, however. Cowboy America seems a good fit for your anime cospl ...
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The Last of the Horse Roundups
29th Aug 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Wild horse roundups may be reminiscent of the old west but they still take place today although they may not happen for the same reason as they did back before the turn of the 20th century. Today, roundups may have more to do with maintaining herd health than finding horses for w ...
Finding Your Rhythm with Music
27th Aug 2017   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Good rhythm means your horse is using its body and legs efficiently. It means itís moving freely making the ride more comfortable for you. Thatís what good training and good riding are all about: helping your horse to be more comfortable and safer to ride while making the horseís ...
Horse Slaughter in Canada
26th Aug 2017   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
The horse slaughter industry in Canada, according to 2016 statistics brings in about $80 million dollars in exports. That represents about 12 million kilograms of meat (26,000,000 lbs) or about 65,000 horses earmarking Canada as a world leader in horse meat exports. There is a sm ...
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Horse Quarantine Basics
22nd Aug 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Winniefield Park
If you own a horse, especially if you keep it at home, you need to know how you would keep one in quarantine if the need arises. You may want to bring a new horse home and make sure that it doesnít have any transferable health problems like viruses or lice and other skin diseases ...
Horse Branding 101
20th Aug 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are two types of brands. For freeze branding, a branding iron is set in dry ice and alcohol to bring the metal down to a scaldingly low temperature. The frozen brand is set against the horseís skin. Depending on how long the brand is left on the skin, it may kill the color ...
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