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Tennessee Walking Horse Community Concerned Over New Legislation
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Members of the Tennessee Walking Horse community are concerned that a passing of a bill before the U.S. congress would be detrimental to their industry. PAST or Prevent All Soring Tactics would amend previous legislation ...
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To Blanket or Not to Blanket
10th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I live in one of the most southern-most parts of Canada. So while winter here can be long and hard, it's still not as severe as it can be in many parts of North America. When I was young (yes, my first horse was actually an Eohippus), no one ever blanketed their horses for any re ...
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How Horses Stay Warm in Winter
9th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are headed for the coldest months of the year. The further north you go, the colder it gets— it stays cold for much longer, with fewer daylight hours. Here's how horses stay warm during the dark, cold winter months. In response to the sho ...
How to Ride a Dressage Test - The Eventer’s Version If Horses Were Feminists Jumping My Polo Horse Bareback National Junior Championships – Part Two
Signs and Symptoms of Choke
3rd Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Horses can be prone to something called choke. Choke, also called esophageal obstruction, is when the esophagus, the tube between the mouth and the stomach, becomes blocked. Choke can also be caused by foreign objects. Curious horses will sometimes pick up small items and acciden ...
How To Prevent Sand Colic
5th Oct 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
A while ago, Polo the Weirdo wrote a great article on sand colic detailing the causes and how to identify a horse with sand colic. Colic, after all, can be caused by anything from a change in the weather to something catastrophic, like a telescoped or perforated intestine. Colics ...
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After The Ride - Do You Turn Your Horse Out To Pasture Drenched in Sweat
6th Sep 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
My daughter just moved away from home a few weeks ago. Of course, I’ve been doing the mom thing, worrying about how she is settling in her new home and job. She called me a few days ago, and the first thing she said in a very shaky voice was, 'Oh mom! I’m so upset!' My mom radar ...
Horse Behavior - What is Normal
20th Aug 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
When we think of horse behavior, we tend to think of it in terms of bad behavior— the stuff that's inconvenient or even dangerous. However, normal horse behavior isn't all about misbehavior. Here's what an average horse does on an average day. Horses spend a surprising amount ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Seven
11th Aug 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Saddle fitters are the main reason that I have trust issues, and I know I’m not the only one. When it comes to saddle fitting, the best advice I can give you is this: Trust no one, not even yourself. Unfortunately for us ignorant riders, saddle fitting is an art. Even qualifie ...
Am I Too Big For My Horse
31st Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most common questions I hear when people are thinking of buying a horse or learning to ride is ‘am I too big for the horse’. Horses of course, aren't like shoes, so you can't just get on one and know by the feel if you've found a good fit. Interestingly, I think more w ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Six
23rd Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Now, as this series has taught us, it really isn't possible to completely ‘prevent’ back pain in horses. Any athlete – equine or otherwise – will take strain, and as riders, it is our responsibility to maintain the physical well-being of our horses (through the methods previously ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Five
9th Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
We now know how to identify and diagnose back pain in horses, but once you know what the problem is, what are you supposed to do about it? Luckily, there are a number of treatment options available to horses with sore backs, be it soft tissue injury, or a bone pathology problem. ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Four
6th Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
As mentioned before, back pain in horses is shockingly common; in fact most horses – even the soundest of them – are likely to be experiencing at least a small degree of back pain simply from the strain of hard work. The rider’s job is to identify the signs of pain in the horse, ...
What Not To Feed A Horse
2nd Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I like to spoil my horse a bit, and I usually take a bag of carrots to the barn with me. She’s picky, so apples don’t cut it. However, some horses will eat anything. Sometimes, they’ll eat things that aren't good for them. What shouldn't you feed a horse? Here are a few things yo ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Three
30th Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
A horse with a sore back can react in a number of different ways, each varying vastly depending on the nature of the horse and the intensity of the pain. Time and again, when told of a horse that is acting even slightly out of the ordinary, the go-to response of any horseperson w ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Two
26th Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Believe it or not, an ill-fitting saddle is not the only cause of back pain in horses, although it is the leading one. Back pain can be caused by a number of different things. The following are a few prime examples. A rider who sits skew – as so many of us do – can cause the hors ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part One
23rd Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
When it comes to selecting a saddle, any knowledgeable horse person will tell you that this is a task not to be taken lightly. The fit of a saddle can make or break a horse’s performance, and a poorly fitting one can cause severe injuries to a horse over time. Choosing a saddle i ...
Natural Farrier Website Gives A Holistic Approach to Hoof Care
23rd Sep 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   PonyBox
Natural Farrier is a new website centered around educating horse owners with a holistic approach. Many horses suffer needlessly from founder and navicular disease. Knowing the warning signs and how to correctly treat these issues before they become a real threat to your horses he ...
The Golden Years - Caring For An Older Horse
10th Sep 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Soquili
We all know them. Those “been there, done that”, old horses we all love and that have worked so hard for us their whole lives. But injuries or riding problems may force your horse into being a Pasture Ornament. My 23-year old gelding, Hank, has a swayed back, swollen arthritic ...
Your Horse from the Ground Up - The Lower Leg - Part 2
8th Sep 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   mosquito
We’ve taken a look at the solid structures of the lower leg – the bones – now let’s see what makes those bones move. First of all, remember that there are no muscles below the knee or the hock, so there’s no actual ‘engine’ to move these bones. It all comes from a network of liga ...
Who Nose - Should You Trim Horse Whiskers For Shows
16th Aug 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Soquili
A horse’s muzzle is soft, and velvet-like. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to pet on my horses. But, what I’ve grown up on is that for competition, that velvety nose better be trimmed and clean. But I’d never been told what a horse had its whiskers for! Only that they ...
Supersize vs Superskinny
18th Jul 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Twisted Rose
We've all looked at articles on laminitis or photo's of neglected skinny horses and felt sympathy for the poor horse, but have we ever considered that a few simple mistakes we make could cause our own horses to get into such a state Maybe that state will be less extreme, but does ...
Your Horse from the Ground Up - Part Two - The Hoof
16th Jun 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   mosquito
Now it’s time to take a look at what’s going on inside your horse’s hoof – it’s just as fascinating as all the structures on the outside, and just as important to your horse’s health. First, let’s talk about the bones inside the hoof and what they do. The pedal bone is the lar ...
Your Horse from the Ground Up - Part One - The Hoof
13th May 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   mosquito
Understanding your horse’s anatomy is important. It will help you understand how your horse moves, and how to train him effectively and prevent injuries. It will help you protect your horse from disease and illness, and keep him feeling his best. If you are shopping for a horse, ...
Super Levi's Extreme Mustang Makeover
21st Apr 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   SuperLevi
Follow the journey of two wild mustangs from the selection process, to the auction, pick up day, day 1, first touch, all the way up to the $75,000 youth division competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Share the experience of a life time as's very own seven year veteran mem ...
Secret Techniques For Grooming A Dirty Horse
1st Apr 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Madeirey
If you are trying to sell a horse you know it is hard because it can be extremely difficult to transform that horse into an eye catching model. Well, I am here to help! I have had a lot of experience in grooming dirty and disgusting horses and have mastered the technique. Groomin ...
The Mane Event - Braiding Lesson One
11th Mar 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   All That Jazz
The dictionary makes it sound so simple. Just take a few strands of hair - or in our case, strands of mane - scramble them together in a few frantic flicks of the wrist, and... Ta-da! An immaculate braid, perfectly put together. Well, let me tell you, it is not that easy. But, wi ...
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Caring For Two Abused Rescue Horses
14th Jan 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Faith forever
Its your worst nightmare when you discover horses in need of rescue. My uncle recently looked at two horses in desperate need that the owner was trying to sell. My uncle immediately bought the horses and ran to the feed store along with calling the vet as soon as they were home. ...
Think You're Ready to Purchase a Horse?
5th Jan 2012   |   Care and Grooming   |   Spyricale
Purchasing something as great as a horse can prove as a very exciting experience for anybody. Whether you are going to board it or plan to keep it at home, everything about the lifestyle of owning a horse will take you on roller coaster of joy, pain, love, sorrow, despair, and ev ...
Hurricane Preparedness for Horses
29th Aug 2011   |   Care and Grooming   |   FloridaCowgirl
This isn't the typical review that you're used to seeing from me, but given the fact that we're right in the middle of storm season, it seems more relevant than some of the other topics that were in the hopper. Horse owners have a special responsibility because unlike cats and do ...
When The Horrible Happens - Putting A Horse Down
21st Aug 2011   |   Care and Grooming   |   mosquito
Sometimes we have to make tough decisions as horse owners. A horse we love may get old, sick, or injured, and we have to face the difficult question of whether his quality of life is fair to him, or whether it is time to call it a day and gently put our ailing horse down. If a ho ...
How To Diagnose And Treat Equine Eye Injuries
20th Apr 2011   |   Care and Grooming   |   Ghost
Powerful, sinuous and of unparalleled speed, stamina and agility, it is always daunting to remember how equally delicate and sensitive a horse can actually be. I was reminded of this duality quite recently when my accident-prone thoroughbred decided to hit his eye on something. I ...
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