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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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Training Off The Track Standardbreds
5th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Despite the difference in body type, training and gaits of your average riding horse, Standardbreds can make the transition from track star to saddle horse. Most have good temperaments, and come with some useful training already in place. They respond to basic rein aids, are gene ...
Should You Spay Your Mare From Breeding
26th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Gelding male horses is a common procedure. There are many advantages including a more predictable temperament, preventing unwanted breedings and may result in increased growth for the individual. If gelding a horse has benefits wouldnít it make sense to be able to do the same for ...
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Horse Backs Are Not Fit For Riding
21st Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In our quest to be Ďnaturalí horse owners, we sometimes forget one thing. The very thing we get a horse for isnít natural. In fact, sitting on your horseís back isnít even very good for it. A horseís back isnít made to carry a load. If you were to choose an animal more suitable f ...
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History of Horse Saddles
15th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
It took us about 2000 years from the first domesticated horses 6000 years ago, to develop something resembling a saddle. The first saddles were simple pads of leather or cloth, held on by the seat of the rider against the horse. Archeological finds have shown that Bronze and Iron ...
Weddings on Horseback
11th Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the simplest and most romantic weddings was of a friend who decided she wanted to be married at a favorite spot on trail. She found a minister willing to ride out with them, and luckily for the non-riding guests, the chosen spot wasnít too far from a quiet road they could ...
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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 ...
Solving the Problem of Unwanted Horses
3rd Nov 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I think itís 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 ...
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. Weíd have BBQ in the backyard instead. And, like many holidays when fami ...
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 arenít normally used. Many riders will feel pain on the inside of their th ...
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 arenít any good horse series on TV, are there? This wasnít 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 ...
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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 donít just use that large, fossil fuel guzzling vehicle for hauling. It probab ...
Riding in the Rain
23rd Sep 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Itís 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 lists Miniature Horses as one of the six most horrifying pets weíve bred into existence. I think this is a bit unfair, as theyíve mixed up dwarf horses with minis. But unfortunately, dwarfism is a risk when breeding Miniature Horses. ...
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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 ...
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 Mr. Right
21st Aug 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
My daughter has been bemoaning the fact that she doesnít have a horse and canít afford the outlay. Sheís put so much time and money into building her small facility, where she boards nine horses that she hasnít had time or money to look for her own horse. Additionally, sheís gett ...
Things I Learned From My Horse
16th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Back in the day when horses were used to haul loads, it was common knowledge that a journey over the flat could be more tiring than if the road had a few ups and downs. This is because over the flat, the same muscles are used in the same way, all of the time. Climbing and descend ...
The Tennessee Walking Horse
4th Aug 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Itís been a long battle as the problem of soring continues. Most recently, a Republican and a Democrat member of congress, both of whom are veterinarians, are sponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The bill is aimed at bolstering the existing act, the Horse Protection Act ...
Horses Worshiped as Gods
29th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
If an alien were to land on earth from another planet, it would probably be quite confused by some of the things it sees. One thing would be the number of four legged creatures that seem to cohabit with the most populous two legged creatures. Not only do they merely live with the ...
Volunteering at Equine Events
18th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Being a recorder at a long distance ride is something I havenít done for many years. But I found myself with pen and clipboard in hand, listening to the comments of a lay judge as horse after horse was vetted through for a long distance ride. A lay judge is someone who is trained ...
What Age to Start a Horse Under Saddle
17th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I donít think there is much argument about not riding a horse before itís two years old. There are those that do however. Race and show horses are routinely started under saddle as long yearlings. Many trainers believe and will vehemently defend the argument that by working their ...
Saddle Fit a Cause to a Problem Horse
7th Jul 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Iíve seen horses go from being Ďspuní to well behaved after someone took the time to fit the saddle properly. Saddles that pinch, rub or cause pressure points can cause a horse to either act out, or shut down, depending on their temperament. And, poor saddle fit can lead to chiro ...
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When You Should Not Get Back On
3rd Jul 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Youíve probably heard that if you fall off of your horse, you should get right back on. Thatís probably true. If you fall off, your confidence may take a fall if you have time to think about what happened. Your horse too, might have just learned how to get rid of you. Sometimes i ...
Should You Ride Alone
29th Jun 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I donít know how many miles or the number of hours I ride alone. Even when Iím in the arena, I ride alone. I actually pick out times when I think no one else will be there, so I get some quiet uninterrupted time with my horse. One winter evening, I was riding alone after supper. ...
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