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A retired Thoroughbred broodmare babysits the next generation of weanlings in the dying light of dusk....
A retired Thoroughbred broodmare babysits the next generation of weanlings in the dying light of dusk....
Testing my new camera out with backlit subjects. This image is largely unedited (only minor tweaks made to sharpness). The colour is SOOC and I'm a little in love with how rich it is!...
Testing my new camera out with backlit subjects. This image is largely unedited (only minor tweaks made to sharpness). The colour is SOOC and I'm a little in love with how rich it is!...
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Moonfire - Fixing a Rearing Problem - Part 1
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It all started around November 2011 Ė I couldnít tell you what caused it. Sometimes there is no cause Ė young horses are constantly going through phases, which are seldom triggered by anything at all Ė and this was just ...
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A Few Of My Favorite Winter Horse Things
16th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
On the North American side of the earth, the weather is now frigid and making riding uncomfortable. Hereís a few things Iíve acquired that make winter riding a bit more bearable. ...
How To Become a Horse Expert
13th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses are dumb, people are smart. (That's why people pay for clinics and horses don't.) As the western horse expert, you know how to break your training methods into simple steps that anyone can do until they actually try them. You'll point out how humane your methods are compar ...
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Notable Horse Firsts
9th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The first rider to promote a forward seat position over jumps was Captain Federico Caprilli. Caprilliís contemporaries rode with longer stirrups and leaned backward as the Horse Rose over the Fences. He proved that a horse could jump with greater ease when the rider sat forward, ...
How and Why Horses Sleep Standing Up
6th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
So how do horses comfortably sleep standing up? The 'stay apparatus' of the forelegs and 'check apparatus' (functions of the leg tendons and ligaments) of the hind locks their legs while they sleep so they donít fall over. They activate these apparatuses by standing square and ro ...
Why Does My Horse Chew Wood
31st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Does your stable or pasture have termites? Not the little six legged kind, but four legged with a mane, tail and big teeth? For the dedicated chewer, any wooden object is fair game. They will strip trees of bark, or pull small ones up by the roots. Fence rails will take on an in ...
Zooey Deschanel Sued for Breaking Horse... Now Pony Up!
29th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
You canít have been online the last month and not have noticed the headlines. Ingenue actress Zooey Deschanel apparently sent a leased horse back to its owner in injured and unusable condition. The owner is now seeking compensation. ...
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Horse Care Then and Now
26th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
When you know better you do better. Thatís an adage Iíve applied to myself and others as I see an increase in awareness and knowledge, and we change and adapt for the better. Horse care and riding is one place I can apply this to in my own life. There have been so many changes in ...
Free Horse Movies and Documentaries Online
23rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
When the weather is miserable, and you canít get out to ride, the next best thing might be snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a horse movie. While you have to pay for most movies online, there are still quite a few that you can watch for free and if you look hard enough, ...
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All Breeds Have Arabian Bloodlines
19th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Arabians arenít everyoneís cup of tea. They have a reputation of being hot, deserved or not depending on the individual. Theyíre too small for some people and some sports. They have a tendency to jump without considering that they also have to land, so it takes a lot of work to m ...
2014 Top Equestrian News
14th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Several top equestrians lost their lives or were badly injured in 2014. The eventing world took a double hit in June when two riders died on the same day. A German died due to a rotational fall and a Canadian rider suffered cardiac arrest on course. Top polo player Carlos Gracida ...
Countries Where Foals Are Bred For Horsemeat
12th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We may dislike it, but there are still many people who eat horse meat. A few years ago, I interviewed a woman from Malta who was living in Britain. When I asked her what she missed, she said the beauty of the island and her mother serving horse meat. For her, horse meat was a tas ...
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Slaughter Plan Proposed for the Rare Dartmoor Pony
9th Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association is looking at selling ponies for meat as one way to maintain the dwindling numbers of feral horses. Selling ponies for meat could make it worthwhile for farmers to maintain their herds. While the horse loving Brits may find eating horsemeat dist ...
Going for Baroque
3rd Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
My horse is now eighteen, and although I anticipate a few good years more with her, and have no intention of selling her, I have been wondering what my next horse might be. When I picture a horse in my mind, I usually see an Arabian or an Anglo-Arab. Those are what I grew up ridi ...
Can You Train A Zebra
1st Dec 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Can you ride a zebra? They are gaited like a horse. They look much like a horse and those broad backs look comfortable to sit on. Well, Lord Lionel proved you can drive them. There may be a reason why that pony was along though. Turns out Rothschild had a bit of time getting thos ...
Reasons Not To Install A Pipe Horse Fence
28th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I always wondered why this fencing was popular in some areas, but didnít catch on elsewhere. A little internet sleuthing turned up one possible answer. Pipe was cheap to buy in areas with lots of oil drilling. So you will see more pipe fencing in places like Texas. The downside t ...
Strangles Bacteria Halts Round Up of New Forest Ponies
24th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The annual round up of New Forest Ponies in Britain has been delayed. Itís not protesters or red tape that is slowing things, but a bacteria called Streptococcus equi. The bacteria responsible likes to hitch a ride in horsesí upper airways and is commonly known as strangles or ...
A Horse Lovers Letter to Santa
23rd Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I donít watch television, and I refuse to read the circulars that land at the end of the driveway. I avoid stores, feed and tack shop notwithstanding, and rarely listen to the radio. But, I canít help but be aware that Christmas is coming. So, Iíve decided to get my list of what ...
Twitching a Horse
18th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Twitching a horse is a common practice when itís important that the horse be absolutely still for something like hoof trimming, vaccinations, mane pulling and doctoring minor wounds. Itís often used instead of an injected tranquilizer to prevent a horse from struggling for a brie ...
Beauty Is In the Eyes Of the Beholder
16th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Beirut Breeding
How many horse owners really have this dream? Once you start owning horses, reality sets in. My horse experience, as I am sure many others can relate, has been more akin to the poor manís life. My horses have been swaybacked and arthritic. They have manes rubbed out on trees and ...
Strange Hazards You Might Not Have Thought Of
12th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
We know riding can be a risky sport, and we can reduce the risk by using protective equipment and learning about good riding and safety with horses. But even the most careful and safety conscious of us might not have thought of these odd hazards. ...
Horse Trails Destroyed by ATVs
11th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
This is a rant. I was walking my dog recently along some trails that I often ride on. The local county forest has signs at each entrance clearly marking that there are no motor vehicles allowed. That doesnít mean that you wonít encounter any. Iíd walked less than a few hundred m ...
The Perils of the Pasture Potato
9th Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Pasture potatoes tend to be more prone to sand colic. Horses pick up a lot of sand and grit when they eat. Ideally, it should pass on through. In active horses, it usually does. But because the pasture potato rarely travels out of a walk, the intestinal tract doesnít get the shak ...
Bitless and Bridleless Riding
3rd Nov 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
First of all, a lot of people think that we control our horses, especially the direction they are going in, by turning their heads, and that we need a bit to do this. But, this isn't really true. After all, I can make my horse stand still or walk, and pull her head around to my k ...
The Horse That Started It All
26th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The first horse I rode, probably the one I could attribute to Ďstarting it allí was a 16hh dark bay gelding named Manitou. Manitou was my motherís, and if you were to pick a childís horse heíd be close to the last one you'd choose. He was temperamental, opinionated and too big f ...
My Horse Tack Box Contents
22nd Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Yuck! The weather here is hovering around the freezing mark in the mornings. Iíve been clutching onto summer, convincing myself that itís not over until I say itís over. But Mother Nature and the calendar conspire against me. Reluctantly, Iíve packed my summer clothes and stashed ...
The Faulty History of Horse Training and Shoeing
20th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One argument used by barefoot advocates against shoeing is that it was a fad that caught on, and continues to hold us, even though thereís no real reason to shoe a horse, and all horses are better off without shoes. The folks that run The Barefoot Horse website explain that 'Hors ...
Riding Bareback
19th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
When I was a kid, I desperately wanted a bareback pad. They were so cool and colorful. But my mother would never let me have one. I now understand why, because they can be more of a hazard than a help since they can slip and turn easily, and they rarely have safety stirrups. Any ...
How We All Still Talk Horse
15th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses havenít been part of the general populationís daily life for a very long time. But, most of us talk horse without even realizing it. Here are ways we still talk about horses, even though we may never have been near a horse. ...
The Ethics of Hippotherapy
13th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Long before horse assisted therapy became mainstream, I was involved with helping give hippotherapy to a little girl who had suffered severely crippling injuries in a car accident. At the time, we knew nothing about riding for the disabled. We were told that riding was good exerc ...
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Where Horses Still Rule
6th Oct 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The site of the plowing match I attended is now an open field, and the little village that expanded to a population of over a 100,000 has now settled back to fifty. But it will take a few years before the site has recovered, thanks to something called Ďsoil compactioní, caused by ...
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