bringing your horse back from retirement

A horse may be “retired” from regular activity for any number of reasons. Perhaps the kids have outgrown or lost interest in him. Maybe she was used as a broodmare or companion horse. Our own lives change as well, sometimes leaving us with little time to ride. When the time comes to bring a horse …

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Reiki for equine trauma

How to create a Reiki Space to help heal the traumatized horse. Almost all horsepeople help their equine partners get through some kind of trauma at some point. It might be a horse we rescued from a difficult situation, or perhaps they have experienced some other ordeal such as surgery or a long rehabilitation from …

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fearless victory

This program uses equine-assisted therapeutic activities to help veterans find peace of mind. Many therapeutic programs are turning to the healing power of horses to help people who are struggling with physical, mental or emotional issues. One example is Fearless Victory, which uses partnership with horses as a way to offer veterans the means of …

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training your horse to tie

Being tied doesn’t come naturally to horses, but it’s an essential skill for them to learn. There are many situations in which it’s important for your horse to tie well. It could be for the vet or farrier, at a show or event, or perhaps while you are grooming and tacking up. While it may …

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how eating affects your horse

Your horse’s health depends not only on what he eats, but how he eats! I often think of horses as the whales of the prairie. Whales are the largest of mammals, yet they eat tiny fish and krill in order to stay alive. Horses are among the largest land animals in North America, yet they’re …

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horse trailer innovations

Your horse trailer carries some very precious cargo – help keep your equine companions safe with these innovative tips and equipment. It’s sad to say, but over the last 20 years there have been few innovations in horse trailers, as compared to the auto/truck and RV industries. Cars can now park and drive themselves, automatically …

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barn safety

Working with horses can be rewarding and enjoyable, but barn chores can take a toll on your body over time. These essential barn safety strategies will help you protect yourself. From the riding school I grew up at, to A-circuit show barns, Standardbred yearling sales, and even a trail-riding stable in Ireland, I’ve spent my …

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failing pastures

Your horse’s pasture is important to him, and its quality can greatly affect his health and happiness. Help your pastures thrive with these maintenance tips. Good quality pastures are key to equine well-being. When your horse’s pasture starts to fail, his health is negatively impacted. So how and when should you compensate for a failing …

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choosing a farm dog

With so many breeds to choose from, selecting your next farm dog can seem daunting. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect pup! Everyone is excited! It’s time to welcome a new dog to the farm. But with nearly 200 AKC-recognized breeds, the choices can be overwhelming. Choosing the perfect farm dog goes …

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bridleless riding

Currently, the Washington International has no rule that says jumpers must wear bridles. Hackamores and bitless bridles are also accepted and are becoming more common, but no one has ever ridden completely bridleless – until this year. In October, Melanie Ferrio-Wise and her horse Vlad entered the arena with just a neck rope. The pair …

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