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Friesian stallion on display at an annual stallion parade in New Zealand. Stallions of all breeds would parade for potential breeders in the early spring, and if weather permitted there would be ridde...
Friesian stallion on display at an annual stallion parade in New Zealand. Stallions of all breeds would parade for potential breeders in the early spring, and if weather permitted there would be ridde...
Nothing like watching a handsome horse being well received by a large crowd of admirers....
Nothing like watching a handsome horse being well received by a large crowd of admirers....
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Back it Up - How To Master The Rein Back
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This article serves to handle that one part of every dressage test that I – and most riders I know – dread with all our hearts. I’m sure you know the feeling. The stunning rhythmic trot, the perfect square halt (And here ...
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Australian Horse Racing Industry Abuse Response
25th Jan 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Last fall we posted a story about a news documentary exploring the route from race track to slaughter house in Australia. Jockeys, trainers, owners and others in the industry were shocked by the revelations of cruelty and the ultimate end of horses, some of which had been in thei ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Dont Hurt Me No More
19th Oct 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Since I have had my Baby Horses, Sunny and De Niro, I have had one fall off each, which is really not bad going through all the toddler tantrums! Honestly, I was feeling quite proud of myself. Until today. ...
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Wild and Free Sable Island Ponies
5th Sep 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There’s a scientist out there that is delighted to find a dead horse. Not that she’s excited that the horse is dead. That is probably as emotionally difficult for her as any of us. But, this scientist, as part of a research team, is happy to find the remains of dead Sable Island ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Starter Kit
16th Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So you just bought yourself a baby horse? I bet you’re wondering what you’ll need to help you in this new chapter of your life! Well never fear, Baby Horse Diaries is here to answer all of your questions. To create your own Baby Horse Starter Kit, here’s what you’ll need ...
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Among The Stars - Part 7 of 8
17th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I screamed. I started gasping ‘what’s happening’, and automatically untangled his legs from the rope boundary of the cooldown where he’d collapsed. People started rushing over while I just kept hysterically repeating ‘what’s happening? Oh my God what’s happening?’ They started br ...
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Long Distance Horse Ownership
16th Mar 2019   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
My horse always been an easy keeper, but over the last year I’ve noticed that she’s a little leaner than usual. Every winter, with less work to do and full access to a round bale, she’s usually on the plump side. But, the last two winters, that hasn’t been the case. ...
Where Horses Should Not Be
9th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Horses look beautiful in pastures and they’re easy to admire as they lean over a stall door to greet us. We admire them as they work in farm fields or clearing brush, stand sedately on streets to control crowds or in the show ring. But there are a few places we probably don’t wan ...
Barn Ice Management Solutions
6th Mar 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
This has turned into one of the iciest winters I’ve seen in a long time. Many horse owners are worried about the safety of their paddocks for people and horses. There have been quite a few news stories of horses rescued from icy ponds, or simply doing Bambi sprawls in their paddo ...
Are Horses Getting Faster
26th Jan 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Back in 1973, Secretariat set a track record at the Kentucky Derby of 1:59 over the 1.25 mile distance. Since then, not a single horse has broken that record at Churchill Downs. A look at Equibase records of the various tracks in North America show that very few records have been ...
Kids on Horses - Cute or Dangerous
13th Jan 2019   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I recently came across a YouTube video of a 3-year-old riding a 16.3 hh horse. And you’ve probably have seen photos or video that are similar. You might have done something like this yourself. Most of us will have a couple of people spotting the little rider just outside the fram ...
Horse Teeth Myths
12th Jan 2019   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
What goes on deep in your horse’s mouth tends to be a bit of a mystery. We know there are some big grinding teeth back there. And, there’s a big tongue, a narrow palate and some gums holding all the teeth together. And there are a few myths about all those teeth and other structu ...
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Celebrate Halloween with Your Horse
28th Oct 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
October 31st is Halloween, and it marks the start of the three scariest days of the year. November 1st is All Saints Day and November 2nd is All Souls Day. Depending on what part of the world you live, you might only observe one or all of these special spooky days. ...
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Show Jumping Refresher
29th Sep 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Unlike a lot of sports like dressage, figure skating and gymnastics, the scoring in show jumping is fairly non-subjective. A horse either knocks down a rail or doesn’t. Refusals and falls are very well defined and scores aren’t influenced by anyone’s opinion. Scoring is based on ...
Blame it On the Hunter Show
24th Sep 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Now I am not complaining, but observing. Hunter shows are very popular. They can be a lot of fun and are a great learning experience. They’re also a bit safer than jumpers or eventers. But, where I am from the pacing of the show is so slow you could easily have a nap between your ...
Buying a Carousel Horse
29th Aug 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Even though I had a pony at home, I always wanted to ride on carousels, or merry-go-rounds and those mechanical horses that used to be beside the doors of every department and grocery store. A ride was rare however, because I did have a real pony at home, and quarters were worth ...
Preventing Equine Obesity
25th Aug 2018   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Horses that are overweight are more likely to suffer health problems than horses that are on the lean side. Generally, you want to be able to feel, but not quite see your horse’s ribs. There shouldn’t be fat pads on either side of the tail head, withers or top of the neck. There ...
Horse Hair Color Curls and Waves
3rd Apr 2018   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Good nutrition and gentle grooming will help keep your horse’s mane and tail healthy. Shampoos and conditioners made especially for horses can help add polish when you are showing. And, pulling, trimming, braiding, banding and banging are all part of grooming for horse shows. But ...
Spring is Dirty
28th Mar 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Spring seems to have arrived early where I live. I’m not fooled. Just because the snowdrops are poking their heads up and the robins have returned doesn’t mean winter is over. The horse owner’s sure sign of spring is stroking your horse and ending up with a mitten covered in shed ...
A Fall By Another Name
1st Mar 2018   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Every rider, no matter how skilled, no matter how well trained their horse is, no matter how old, how confident, how secure in saddle or bareback, or how sticky your pants, at some point... you will fall off. You will never become immune to falling off. There is no sure way to ma ...
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Types of Horse Hair
2nd Jan 2018   |   Horse Anatomy   |   Winniefield Park
As we groom, we’re probably aware of the different types of hair our horses have. There are basically three types. Here’s a look at what they are, and why they are important. ...
Should You Wear A Helmet All the Time
28th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
A recent study suggests that only 7% of us wear our helmets while grooming our horses. There doesn't seem to be any statistics about how many of wear our helmets while handling horses from the ground at other times, such as feeding and turning out. But, should we have our helmets ...
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Why Does My Horse Stumble
24th Nov 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Winniefield Park
We all stumble sometimes, and that’s perfectly normal. So it follows that our horses are going to take a misstep now and then. They have twice as many legs as we do after all. The occasional trip up isn’t something to be worried about. But, if a horse stumbles often, there is pro ...
Why People Hate Horses
2nd Nov 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
There are people who think horses are too expensive. But expensive compared to what? Going out for dinner, designer handbags or trendy jeans? Or, expensive compared to sitting in front of the television or playing Candy Crush? Money may not buy happiness, but owning a horse comes ...
What is in Horse Fly Spray
14th Aug 2017   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
There are several plant based extracts used in bug repellant. One such ingredient is geraniol. This is an extract of geranium plants and it too has a perfumy smell. The plants pennyroyal, various types of mint, eucalyptus, and wormwood are sometimes found in fly repellents. Cedar ...
What is in Horse Hay
12th Aug 2017   |   Feed and Minerals   |   Winniefield Park
1My hands are sore, my muscles are tired and my legs and forearms are scratched and bruised. That means we must be haying. It’s been a rough year again for those trying to get hay off of the fields. Constant rain has been a problem in my area, with barely two sunny days in a row, ...
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Horse Pasture Toys
6th Aug 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Toys can help a horse pass the time in a stall and provide entertainment to pastured horses. Some horses are more curious than others and will love playing with things they can pick up, toss or manipulate in some way. Young horses are more likely to play with a toy than older one ...
Horse Trailering 101
22nd Jul 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
One of the most stressful situations for a horse is riding in a trailer, and that in turn, makes things stressful for us. A horse that travels happily makes life much easier. Many don’t, and the difficulties start well before the horse gets onboard. In fact, some horses, just on ...
Equine Sickness by the Season
20th Jun 2017   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Winniefield Park
Each season brings with it a change in how we look after our horses. And each season brings with it problems we must watch for, and things we can let our guard down about. No sense in worrying about Lyme Disease in January when the snow covers the grass, but winter means we might ...
The Search For The Perfect Mount
10th Jun 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Sometimes it feels like the key to better riding and a better-trained horse is all about problem-solving. But sometimes, it seems like maybe we’ve got it all wrong and we’re just asking horses to do things they're not made to do. Maybe we could solve the problem by riding somethi ...
Benefits of Horseback Riding
8th May 2017   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
I recently read a story from a local newspaper about a girl who, after losing both legs in a car accident, took up riding again. Her parents were uncomfortable with the idea and still frightened each time she gets on her horse. But, she has formed a remarkable bond with the horse ...
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