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Perfection has its flaws - The story of Polo
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This is the story of my horse, Polo. Yet it is not only about Polo, because you see her story is my story. In this day and age we often see things that have come to be known as 'fursonas', virtual creatures that Internet ...
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Horse Barn Fires and Design
15th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
January was a horrible month in the province Iím in, with several stable fires making headlines. The first was a stable of forty-two horses, mainly Standardbreds. Fire crews were helpless to rescue the horses trapped inside. Less than two weeks later another fire killed thirteen ...
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Horses and Presidents
10th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most famous paintings of the first U.S. President George Washington shows him wearing full military regalia and seated on a doe-eyed white horse. In the early days of the U.S. presidents rode horses, not because they wanted to, but because they had to. Horses in those ...
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Barn Beavers
7th Mar 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If youíve ever admired the decorative scallops in wooden fences and stall partitions, or noticed cleverly de-barked rings around trees in a pasture, youíll be witnessing the work of barn beavers. A barn beaver isnít a huge rodent with large front teeth and a flat tail that swim i ...
Top 15 Reasons To Eat Your Pony
1st Mar 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has come to my attention that the horse world has recently been rendered irate by the decision of a Swiss girl to consume her show horse after its death. In light of this event and the subsequent uproar, I give you the top 15 reasons to eat your darling pony. ...
Horse Care Time Savers
26th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I donít think it takes anyone who lives with a horse owner long to figure out that when the owner says 'Iíll be back in 30 minutes', thatís not really going to happen. A quick half hour trip to the barn takes at least an hour. Really, we canít help it can we? ...
Horse Linebreeding Inbreeding and Outcrossing Basics
23rd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Line bred horses will have the same horse in their pedigree twice, ideally once each on the motherís and fatherís side. Take a look at the pedigree of the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. Tracing back through both his sireís and damís pedigree, youíll see that N ...
Could You Eat Your Horse
11th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are places of course where horses are eaten, and even raised specifically for their meat. Many of us have strong objections to eating horse meat. But a Swedish harness racer driver has faced criticism for her decision to eat her horse Iffy Mant after the horse sustained an ...
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Things You Give Up When You Have Horses
7th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
They say that nothing worth having comes easy, and that you have to make sacrifices to pursue your passion. I suppose itís true, but Iím afraid I just really struggle to have sympathy for people who 'have to' give up chocolate because they want to lose weight but theyíre too lazy ...
Stall Cleaning 101
4th Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If you spend any time with horses youíll probably notice that they arenít very particular about where they poo. Theyíll even do it in their own bed. Some horses will back up to a certain spot in their stall and let things pile up there. Or, there may be an area in a field a group ...
Can Horses Eat Snow Instead of Fresh Water
2nd Feb 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Did you know that your horse may be more thirsty in winter time than in summer, and that its need for water can increase? The average riding horse weighing about 1000 lbs (450kg) needs about 10-12 gallons (37-45 L) of water per day. This is just a basic need and does not take int ...
Stay Motivated for Winter Riding
31st Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Winter has arrived. Finally. Weíve been waiting for it, all the while enjoying relatively mild weather with no snow. Our fall riding season was nicely extended, making us want to get in as many rides as we could, knowing the end was coming. But how to keep up the momentum once th ...
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How Horses Are Like Governments
30th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
In the words of the legendary Tenacious D, it must be noted that 'the government totally sucks'. Of course, some governments are better than others, but in the end, every government, not matter how successful (or not) will be seen by its people as Ďsuckingí for some reason or oth ...
Youth Groups for Horse Lovers
29th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Want to meet other like minded horse lovers and learn about horses? A club might be the way to go. You can start your own club if you know enough people who are interested, or you can participate in one of the many existing clubs. Here are a few examples of youth horse groups. ...
Crazy Horse Sports
26th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Looking for something unusual to do with your horse? Here are just a few horse sports that are off the beaten track. These arenít just crazy activities someone thought up and tried in their backyard. Many of these are actual sports with organized competitions. ...
Signs Your Saddle Might Not Fit
24th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are a few ways your horse will tell you its saddle doesnít fit. It may object to being saddled. When you mount, your horse may refuse to stand still. It may become nappy, or become more forward moving than usual. Its behaviour may get worse, rather than better the longer yo ...
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The Dangers of Ice
20th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Ice has recently taken a life of a horse in Washington state. The mare slipped on ice approaching a pond and remained in the frigid water for about an hour. Rescuers pulled her from the water, but veterinarians found her body temperature below 90F. At that temperature, internal o ...
Horse Parenting 101
18th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Iíve heard people say that horses are like children. As baffling as it is that people would equate horses with children (almost as baffling as why people choose to have children in the first place) there is one aspect of this metaphor that holds true. Horses, like children, can h ...
Horses and Downton Abbey
16th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Are you looking forward to the last season of Downton Abbey? I have my DVR set and can hardly wait for Sunday nights. This series covers the time period between 1912 and 1925. During this time, the internal combustion engine was beginning to take the places of horses, both for tr ...
Polo The Weirdos Greatest Hits
11th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
As an honestly complete and total entitled qualified writer, I must tell you all that there is nothing I treasure more than the approval of my readers. To see you all so moved by my thrilling tales of dog-food-worthy horses, unsatisfactory horse show slaves, and the uselessness o ...
Horse Etiquette That Non-horsey People Will Never Understand
10th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Whether itís a friend, partner or relative, many horse people are lucky enough to have some non-horsey supporters (though they are seldom known to return after the first show). Unfortunately for these poor, misinformed souls, being a non-horsey person in a horsey world entails so ...
Horrible Horse Headlines [Video]
9th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Looking after a horse isnít complicated, but it does require planning, time and money. If you donít have any one of these, maybe you shouldn't have a horse. If you canít picture how a horse will fit into your daily life, maybe you shouldnít have a horse. If youíre not paying your ...
Comparing Horses to Humans
8th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
When you try to compare a human body to a horse body, there are some really obvious similarities. But not all body parts are completely analogous. Hereís a look at some ways we differ from horses. ...
Surviving The Winter
5th Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I was chatting with my dogís vet recently, and although she is a small animal veterinarian, she also has a stable full of horses. She was asking what I did in the winter and did I ride much. I told her I did ride in the arena on the mild days, but I also downhill ski and snowshoe ...
Five Things Around The Horse Barn That Will Shock You
1st Jan 2016   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The internet is abound with Ďclickyí headlines, so I thought Iíd create one. How did I do? I didnít mention the Kardashians or a new breakthrough diet or wrinkle remover, so a grade of -B at best I would think. But there are some things that could shock you around the stable and ...
Horse Stories of 2015 [Video]
29th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There have been a lot of great horse stories in 2015. Some captured the publicís imagination, others simply left many of us shaking our heads. Hereís a look at some of the horse headlines from 2015. ...
The BLM and Mustang Population Control
27th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In the year 1492, horses returned to the Americas after an absence of several thousand years. These horses arrived in the holds of the first ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Europe. Today, there are still feral herds roaming North America that carry the blood of those sturd ...
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Ironic Reasons Why My Horse is Better Than Yours
24th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
If my horse was a human, he would be a princess. Yes, he. I respect his life choices. The point is, while some may think that having to provide a bowl of water immediately beside his food for him to rinse his mouth between bites is an annoyance (especially since the water has to ...
Our New Off The Track Thoroughbred
23rd Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In addition to walk, trot, canter through open fields sheís hopped him over a few small jumps. When she tried him out, we free jumped him and he didnít seem quite sure what to do with his feet. So, thereís some work to do there, and she has her fiance sourcing lumber to build som ...
How the Yakut Horse Breed Withstands Arctic Cold
13th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Scientists have examined another breed of horse that is able to withstand temperatures of -70C and made some surprising discoveries. The Yakutian horses of North East Siberia live in temperatures that would reduce most of our horses, and ourselves into shivering popsicles. ...
Pony Club Opens Horsemasters Program for Adults
12th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Not only will adults be able to take advantage of Pony Clubís learning opportunities, but they may also compete in Pony Club events such as show jumping, mounted games, hunt seat, western, dressage and eventing. Western riding is not offered in Canada, but all other activities ar ...
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