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Retraining a Racehorse - Moonfire (Week 1)
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I am going to type up, in detail, all my experiences with retraining Moonfire. I'm going to tell you what I did and when, what the results were, what my thoughts were, what Moonfire's progression is and so on. I hope to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
The Stress of an Equestrian Writer
24th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Somebody called me an equestrian writer. The label makes me cringe. Most people would ride their horse, enjoy themselves and then would largely forget about it unless something really outstanding happened. But every time I ride, I feel a pressure to look for something to write ab ...
Green Horse and Barn Care
18th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
In my dream world, I live in a totally recyclable, off-grid, compostable world. I donít just have a green thumb, Iím head-to-toe green as I prepare my organically grown garden produce over my low-carbon-footprint cooking appliance. I glance out the reclaimed windows of my energy ...
What Will Happen to the Sable Island Ponies
16th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Sable Island is a thin, smile shaped, 27 miles (42 km) long, 1 mile (1.5 km) wide strip of sand and wind southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is surrounded by shoals, and before the time of modern sea navigation, these shoals, the surrounding fog and difficult weather took hundre ...
Things Not To Say To Horse People
10th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are some things you just shouldn't say to a horse person. Here are a few that I've heard, and I wish I hadn't. Horse Poo Stinks!... No, it doesn't. The people who declare this don't have the refined olfactory senses most horse people do. And when a horse passes wind? It's ...
Dumb Things People Do on Horseback Video
8th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Did you participate in the ice-water challenge? If, for some reason, youíve had your head stuck deep in a round bale over the last few weeks and donít know what it is, hereís a quick explanation. Post a video of yourself dumping a bucket of ice-water on your head to a social netw ...
The Signs of Painted Ponies
6th Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horse hoof prints represent the number of horses the rider has taken in a raid. Sometimes, the hoof prints appear to be bottomless rectangles. A circle painted around a horse's eye was to help it have clearer vision. A green circle was particularly powerful. Zigzag marks painted ...
Discover Your Horses Color Wheel
2nd Sep 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Picking colors is important and many horse owners go to great lengths to coordinate their gear. With so many colors, it can be hard to choose. Using a color wheel can be helpful. Colors opposite on the color wheel are called complementary colors. The two colors on either side of ...
A Bit About Foals
29th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I noticed a field of broodmares and foals recently, and what a pretty picture they made. The arrival of a foal is usually an exciting time for most horse owners, especially if the foal is born to a favorite mare, and the arrival is a highly anticipated event. Foals are cute, but ...
Should I Buy A Heynet or Haybag
27th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One thing I see consistently no matter where I go to horse shows or other events is horses and hay bags tied so low, theyíre in danger of becoming a tangling hazard. I was recently amazed to see a very seasoned competitor tie their horse so low the rope was hanging on the ground. ...
What Makes Horse People Happy
25th Aug 2014   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I recently asked the question of some of my Facebook friends - do you have your winter hay yet? One person, answered yes, and it makes me so happy. Which left me wondering, what things make a horse person happy? Of course, being on your horse, or spending time with your horse ...
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