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equine vacation kenya

A riding vacation doesn’t have to be a far-off dream – get started on planning your trip with these tips from the pros! Many of us dream of a vacation in a warm and exotic locale, complete with beautiful horses to ride across sandy beaches and breath-taking terrains. While such a vacation may sound exclusive and …

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centered riding

Reconnect and build trust with Centered Riding basics. Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding, would often remind her students that the basics of Centered Riding were not only applicable to riding. They were also applicable to life. They’re a means to clearer communication and a pathway to becoming better balanced — physically, mentally and …

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electrolyte

Proper hydration is a non-negotiable in the performance horse.  Maintain hydration by replacing electrolytes lost during exercise, competition and transport with Performance XL: Electrolyte from Mad Barn. A discussion about electrolyte supplementation is really about thermoregulation and being able to dissipate heat. The horse demonstrates what is likely the highest sweat rate within the animal …

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endurance riding

Want to get out of the arena and build a stronger partnership with your horse? The sport of endurance riding might be for you! While not considered one of the most “glamorous” sports in the equestrian world, endurance riding is a fun and challenging discipline that deserves more attention. After all, what other sport involves …

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arthritis treatment

Treating symptoms of arthritis rather than the cause may help in the short term, but can negatively affect your horse’s health in the long run. Modern technology has given us some amazing tools. We have radiographs, bone scans, MRIs, CT scans, thermography and ultrasound. When coupled with a good old-fashioned exam, these technologies can, in …

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horses swimming in water

Swimming can help your equine recover faster and with less stress. Swimming is the only aerobic exercise that engages all the body’s systems without requiring the limbs to bear weight. But did you know it’s as good for your horse as it is for yourself? Horses and humans are not as dissimilar in their body …

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kids and horses

Have you ever noticed how horses tend to adore children, and seem to get along with them so well? Here’s why, along with some fun exercises to enhance your own kids’ relationship with equines. It’s natural for kids to be natural with horses. Humans are natural until they are 12, but then they turn into …

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Pilates for riders

Feeling stiff, weak or limited in your riding? Your fitness is just as important as your horse’s! Pilates, is a total body approach to movement, that can be helpful for equestrians of all disciplines. More than ever, the equestrian community recognizes that horseback riding involves two athletes – the horse and the rider. Books, articles and …

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equine salt

Understanding and meeting your horse’s electrolyte needs. You know your horse needs salt. But what kinds of salts, and how much does he really need to maintain and promote his health and well-being? More and more people are providing their horses with exotic salts, and are sometimes giving them too much. Salts are important nutrients. …

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Toys for horses, ball

Did you know that toys can help promote herd play, assist with proper digestion and eating behaviors, and bring fun to your training? Toys and treats tend to be associated with images of overindulged, spoiled ponies. Many horse owners can’t even imagine a scenario in which their horses would use (let alone need) a toy of …

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