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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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trailer-trashing

Does your horse paw, kick, or thrash around while he’s in the trailer? This destructive behavior, also known as trailer-trashing, can be can be reshaped with a little time, effort and understanding. Most horse trailers receive some damage when we haul our precious equine cargo. The extent of the damage varies from small dents across …

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pilates

Good posture is essential to good riding, and it prolongs the health of your back! Pilates can help you achieve and maintain correct posture in the saddle. Do you often hear corrections while you’re riding? “Sit up straight!” or “Keep your shoulders back, chest up!” You believe these cues are meant to correct your posture. …

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posture

Understanding abnormal equine posture and how rehabilitation intervention can help. Why should we care about posture in horses? Because posture affects the complex interactions of the brain, muscles, nerves and skeletal system. In our clinical experience, abnormal compensatory postures (ACP) are associated with poor performance and training problems, body distortion, chronic lameness, impaired nerve signaling, …

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save your ass rescue

Equine Wellness will donate 25% of each subscription purchased using promo code EWA065 to Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue. Location: South Acworth, NH Year established: 2007 Staff/volunteers/foster homes: “We have one paid, part-time handyman, and the whole board of directors is made up of volunteers. For events there are quite a few loyal volunteers …

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horses swimming in water

We’ve all been there. Our riding group is on the other side of the water waiting for us to cross and continue the ride. The more pressure we feel, the worse the situation can become. Safely crossing water is a subject not commonly addressed in traditional riding lessons, so many people are left with one …

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water horse

The Five Elements Theory is a significant part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been in use for thousands of years. It’s believed that the five elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) can be related to different aspects of the body and the surrounding natural world. This issue’s column is all about the Water horse …

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centered riding

Develop a following seat with Centered Riding Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding, taught us that mindfulness and body awareness play a big role in our ability to improve as a rider. She designed many exercises to help her students understand and experiment with these ideas. A traditional Centered Riding clinic begins with an …

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hoof boots

Is your horse transitioning from shoes to barefoot? Do you need a little more hoof protection while trail riding? Hoof boots are the modern domestic horse’s answer to hoof protection. Whether you use your horse for high performance or weekend trail rides, are transitioning out of metal shoes to barefoot, or need help rehabbing a …

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saddle fitting

Many tools have been developed to assist in the diagnosis of saddle fit and technology has helped make the process more accurate than ever. In so many areas of our modern world, technologies are being developed to improve the accuracy and speed of equipment and tasks. So it isn’t a surprise to see technological innovations …

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