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checking your horse's digital pulses

A bounding pulse in your horse’s digital artery can be a warning sign of pain or inflammation in the hoof. Learn how to find and assess his digital pulses. Your horse is lame or unwell. You call your farrier or vet, and one of the questions he asks is, “How are the digital pulses?” Do …

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horse care industry standard

It’s time to take a fresh look at the industry standard. When it comes to horse care, we are often faced with conflicting information. This is especially true if we enjoy training and advancing in equine sports, yet also want to keep our horses in a more natural way. Students wanting to know more about …

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homeopathy for equine skin conditions

When selecting homeopathic remedies for your horse’s skin conditions, deciphering the nature of his symptoms is key.  Conventional medical treatments are disease-based. Homeopathic treatments are symptom-based. This difference in approach can make choosing homeopathic remedies seem confusing. And with issues related to your horse’s skin, the differences between remedies can be subtle indeed! For instance, …

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Swayze's Journey

From a kill pen in Colorado to VIP at Sky Dog Sanctuary, Swayze is finding his stride. Clare Staples-Read is originally from England, but it’s American Mustangs she’s dedicated to saving. “When I was young I used to watch this television show called Champion the Wonder Horse, about a wild Mustang and his band of …

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memorializing your horse

It’s never easy to lose a much-loved horse. But memorializing him through ceremony, art or other keepsake can be a meaningful way to celebrate his life and the relationship you shared. This article covers some simple options and ideas. Portrait Equine artists can work from photos of your horse to create a commissioned painting or …

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stringhalt in horses

The underlying causes of stringhalt remain poorly understood. A whole horse perspective can offer insight into better understanding and addressing this mysterious condition. “Stringhalt” is a motor disease of the rear limbs in horses. Affected horses rapidly jerk one or both hind limbs in full flexion up toward the abdomen. For the horse owner who …

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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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