Most people will think of calling a massage therapist when their horse has a major problem. While massage is a wonderful treatment for many strains and injuries, what about the times in between when the horse appears fine? Your horse doesn't need to have an obvious existing problem in order to benefit from massage. In fact, the most effective use of massage therapy is actually applied in a maintenance program.
Though all horses can benefit from massage, it is those which are… Continue
Added by Sharon McMaster on June 16, 2009 at 6:25am —
I'm adding some video clips on this site, and there are more here too
Hope you find them interesting :-)
Added by Nic Barker on June 15, 2009 at 9:31am —
To celebrate the launch of our book at the end of July, Sarah Braithwaite and I are riding from North Wales to Exmoor (from her place to mine!) in the last 2 weeks of July.
There is more info about the route, and the horses we will be taking, at www.ridebare.com
2 riders, 2 horses, 260 miles, no shoes :-) If anyone wants to ride with us en route (shod or barefoot) they will be very welcome :-)
More on the book and the ride… Continue
Added by Nic Barker on June 14, 2009 at 5:31am —
Summer has now truly begun here in the South. Days in the high 80's and low 90's with extremely high humidity. I go outside and it is like stepping into a sauna. Next month I face temperatures in the high 90's and possibly up to the 100's. Continue
High temperatures and high humidity make all MS symptoms worse. Within a matter of minutes, on a bad day, I can lose up to a third of my IQ, become almost totally unable to coordinate my body, greatly increase my tremor, and lose almost all…
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 12, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Q: My horse seems to stop at a different type of fence everytime we go out. Just as I think we have mastered solid fillers then he starts spooking at flower arrangements. What should I do?
A: Make sure your horse is capable of going round the ring before you compete him. If that means you have to do more homework it is still more cost effective than wasting your entry fees. By hiring a school and practicing over a course you are doing a lot more good and putting a lot more… Continue
Added by Tim Stockdale on June 12, 2009 at 10:00am —
In order for your lateral work such as shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passes to be effective as collecting exercises, your horse must BEND.
Think of the following equation. Bend + Sideways = Engagement. (Engagement means the bending of joints. As your horse bends his hind legs, his croup lowers, and his forehand goes up–kind of like a seesaw or an airplane taking off.)
So here are some quick tips to help you determine if you’re bending your horse… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on June 12, 2009 at 9:56am —
I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that A Happy Horse Home Study Course is about to sell out again. The original sets sold old out in 1 month when I first released the course last February. So, I produced a bunch more, and right now I’m down to 78 courses.
That probably doesn’t sound like a problem except when the fulfillment house reprints, they are going to charge more for production which means that the price of the course will increase.
I just wanted to let you… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on June 12, 2009 at 7:30am —
Get a FREE preview of the Games! Kentucky Cup Reining and Kentucky Cup Vaulting, the first Official Test Events to be held in preparation for the Games, are coming to the Kentucky Horse Park THIS JULY!
Kentucky Cup Reining: July 21-23
Kentucky Cup Vaulting: July 30-August 2
Admission to most events will be free. Parking is $3.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/mz47on for more info about all of our test events!
Added by 2010 Alltech FEI WEG on June 11, 2009 at 4:19pm —
This is my first blog entry, but a good place for me to start at this point in my 5 year training. I grew up in a classroom roundpen situation with my two horses, Toby and Oliver. Over the last five years I've not ridden as much as I've worked on trying to have a relationship with my horses, learn equine language and live in a herd with my two horses. I feel like a girl at 4H, as a 44 year old woman with Toby delivered to me and me realizing that horses were really strange to me, ominous… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lamm on June 11, 2009 at 2:01pm —
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars." - Henry Van Dyke
I picked this nighttime painting of two white Andalusians to illustrate Van Dyke's quote. Of course, now I wish I would have added some stars in the night sky!
Looking at the stars always makes me think about how huge the universe must be. If each of those stars is as large as our sun, how vast… Continue
Added by Karen Brenner on June 11, 2009 at 6:37am —
A gentleman from LinkedIn posed a question about a pets' bill of rights that got me thinking about the point of having such a thing for horses and its possible uses and abuses.
For a little research, I Googled pets' bill of rights and found a few inane lists by pet care companies ("we have the right to snuggle daily") that included rights obvious to any animal lover but really didn't, um, fit the bill.
I did find something
Added by Kimberly Cox Carneal on June 10, 2009 at 3:48am —
Falmouth, Nova Scotia, there is a 5.65 acre horse/hobby farm for sale. 8 stall horse barn (80' X 32') with a 5 bedroom house, 3 full baths, attached single care garage, municipal services, 35 minutes to Halifax
For more info contact Janet White, of MacKay Real Estate, @ toll free 1-800-790-1620 or Janet's website @ www.JanetWhite.ca Go to MLS # 45338738 for more info and photos.
Added by Darlene MacDonald on June 9, 2009 at 6:41pm —
When it comes to developing a truly willing mind from a horse there is a critical difference between training and schooling. Focused schooling for specific tasks as to exactly when, where and how the rider wants the horse to perform should only begin when the horse consistently chooses not to fuss, challenge or search to find a way out from between the legs and reins of the rider. Once the horse has had enough training to willingly choose the easy path of staying balanced with a rider and is no… Continue
Added by Chris Irwin on June 9, 2009 at 3:00pm —
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Added by Lisa L. Dewey on June 8, 2009 at 11:24am —
Tunisia is a strange country - in fact it's more like two countries. Many people might wonder what SPANA is doing there at all, but that's because they go there as holiday makers in search of the sun, and rarely stray out of the coastal beach resorts. There they see slick tourist resorts and villages along with the wealth and prosperity that brings to local people.
But move inland, and only a few miles at that, and you come across a totally diferent Tunisia,
Here life is… Continue
Added by SPANA on June 8, 2009 at 6:06am —
I just had the privilege of auditing a clinic with Jane Savoie this weekend. Now I'm in a kind of overfed state of sleepy shock...a little like you feel after Thanksgiving dinner because last weekend I also worked at a clinic in Nova Scotia as co-clinician with Lisa Wilcox. I don't know if my poor brain can handle any more rich input for a few days at least!
From a fitness point of view, last weeks' blog entry on light hands and proper use of the back really came back to me… Continue
Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on June 7, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Tomorrow is the big day for Calvin and Mine That Bird! He has had a busy week in New York! He, his fiancee, Lisa, and her parents Suzanne (my Heart Land Horse Rescue co-counder) and Mike have been playing celebrity tourists all week! Tuesday he taped Letterman, which airs tonight! Yesterday he rang the bell at the NYSE and this morning was on Good Morning America! And of course he has been to Belmont to see MTB. Suzanne called me this morning, very excited, because while at GMA, she spoke to a… Continue
Added by Lori Tankel on June 5, 2009 at 3:13pm —
I'm back to riding again! That really makes me happy.
My ride this week was pretty relaxed compared to the previous weeks of preparation.
The others in my group that qualified are now working hard to prepare for the Nationals in a few weeks. so my ride at the moment is not so focused.
But I will get myself back in to that focus again, as I want to become the best rider that I can possibly be despite my FM - I don't want it to get the better of me.
Riding is my… Continue
Added by Cat on June 5, 2009 at 1:22pm —
In 1993, after years of puzzling symptoms, I finally got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Finally I had the answer to why I could never ride as well as I wanted to. I tried to get back to riding my horses, but the exhaustion, muscle pain, and lack of emotional control when exhausted that come from MS defeated my first attempt to get back riding. Due to owning 4 horses at the time I did not have the money for lessons, or the endurance to take them. Continue
Several years later I got to audition…
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 5, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Last week, I started this series to help you decide how and when to introduce new work. That blog focused on Training and First Levels. What follows is Part 2 of that series.
Let's say your horse is solid at first level. Look ahead to the Second Level movements. Check out the dressage tests. You'll see that you need to work on shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, simple changes of lead, reinback and turns on the haunches.
You'll also notice that the big difference… Continue
Added by Jane Savoie on June 5, 2009 at 9:00am —