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The Heron is Back

The Heron is Back     

   

I did not get to ride Cider last week, it rained.

So on Tuesday I called up Debbie to see who I would be riding for my lesson on Wednesday, and I found out she was still up at her mother’s and I would not get my lesson.  At least I found out before I got to the stable with the wrong tack.

I just got to ride Mia this week.  Luckily both rides were with ideal spring weather, sort of cool in the mornings (upper 40’s F), sunny, and rapidly…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 25, 2015 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

Does Your Horse Like Hearing Music?

horse after eating

Radios are common in many barns, and some barns even play music in riding arenas during rides. But does playing music actually benefit your horse? You’ll find differing opinions, but here are some factors to consider when making up your own mind.

Calming…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 24, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

How to Train Your Horse to Hate Arena Work.

Does your horse go better out of the arena? It seems like some…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 24, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Protect Your Horses from Wildfires

Protect Your Horses from Wildfire

According to the Predictive Services National Interagency Fire Center, the potential for wildfires will be above normal in multiple…

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Added by Lisa Delaney on April 23, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Book Review: Sky Rider

SKY RIDER

Page Count: 117

Kindle: CAN$7.99 from Amazon or iBookstore

Also available in hardcover & paperback

SKY RIDER is an exciting juvenile mystery for the horsey set from the multiple award-winning author, Nancy Springer, who mixes a little…

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Added by Barnmice Media on April 23, 2015 at 3:18pm — No Comments

5 Ways To Build Your Confidence in the Saddle

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A lack of confidence when riding your horse is a significant and widespread issue. A fall, an injury, or even riding a spooky horse can quickly shatter what confidence you have, and even aging often results in reduced confidence. If you find that you’re lacking…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Self Belief Tip no 4 - How do you really see yourself.

Good Morning,

Today I am asking you to take a good look at how you see yourself?  What's your take on you and where you are at, in your life, relationships, career, and horse life and work.

How do you rate your potential right now - a 5* Ten or a knock down 3.5?  …

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Added by Chanti Cleland on April 23, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

9 Things accomplished

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith

A while back Julie suggested and then ordered I make a goal chart for myself since I was being a little hard when I rode. I suffer from chronic perfectionism 100x over the…

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Added by Paula Stevens on April 22, 2015 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

How to Reduce the Hay Wasted In Your Barn

Chances are that your hay bill is one of your highest bills in caring for your horse. The last thing that anyone wants to do is to waste hay, especially when the cost of hay is so high. Luckily for you, we’ve got some great tips to minimize hay wastage in your barn.

Store Hay…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 22, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Fighting diseases with mathematics

As horse owners are getting ready to hit the road this spring, they should keep in mind the risk that traveling to new locations could pose to a horse’s health.



The frequent travel of horses during show season allows horses from many different places to congregate with each other, often providing…

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Added by Kelsey Spence on April 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Anxious in the saddle. Anxious on the ground. Just plain Anxious. Control it.

I remember when I was little and we'd go to family gatherings or places with a lot of people. I'd shut down and become emotionless as people came from every direction. I wouldn't talk or smile or laugh and any opportunity to hide or leave I would take. When meeting new people I wouldn't talk to them in the beginning and I certainly didn't start any conversations either. To this day I still have a hard time with people and people o don't know well. I don't always start conversations with…

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Added by Paula Stevens on April 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Renovation of Margaux Farm’s Thoroughbred Barns

Just outside of historic Midway, Kentucky, lies a very unique Thoroughbred racehorse facility. Margaux Farm, an expansive 640-acre farm, focuses on Thoroughbred starting and training, rehabilitation, layup, and boarding. With eight barns spread across the property and two more in development, this impressive facility houses approximately 115…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 21, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Vulnerability in Horsemanship

There is so much talk about vulnerability, authenticity and self-acceptance these days. I love it. In case you haven’t seen the (by now famous) TED Talk by Brene Brown yet or want to see it again, I'll post the link below.

The process of becoming a horseman is…

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Added by Emma Kline on April 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Back it on up

It isn't natural for a horse to back up. If you look at horses out in pasture or in the wild you won't see any backing away from a situation. When that alpha mare comes barreling on down on a young horse, you won't see it back away. Usually the horse in trouble will pivot and turn away or rush past quickly,but not back up. So why do we bother teaching our horse to go backwards in the first place? 

I don't…

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Added by Paula Stevens on April 20, 2015 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment

How to Give Back to the Equestrian Community

Chances are that somewhere in your years with horses, you have been touched by the generosity of another equestrian. Whether mentored by another rider or given free rides on a borrowed horse, generous acts in the equestrian world are abundant. Would you like to give back to the equestrian community? Here are just a…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 20, 2015 at 11:09am — No Comments

Finally back in the saddle and my adventures with the awesome vet

I'll start with my adventures with the vets yesterday then move onto today. 

As some of you may know(those who don't pay atttention!) next year I'll graduate highschool and my search for a college(it's between Findlay or MSU) to study veterinary medicine for large animals, mainly horses and cattle. Knowing this it was very important I find a veterinarian who does what I want to do to shadow. So I did. I found Dr. Esterline who works at a clinic near where I live. We…

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Added by Paula Stevens on April 18, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

I Really Tried to Make My Leg Muscles Sore

I Really Tried to Make My Leg Muscles Sore

During my two rides this week I worked on my gripping muscles. Of course, before I work on my gripping muscles, I have to make sure that I do not end up squeezing myself out of the saddle. Concentrating on keeping my heels and my knees down, I did succeed at practicing gripping with my calf without ruining the basic security of my seat.

Sunday was a marvelous day to ride Cider, my only complication is that I accidentally took Mia‘s…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on April 18, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

5 Things Every Rider Loves and Hates About Spring

horses in field

Spring is finally here! For riders, spring means many things – some of them good, some of them not so great. Here are some of the things that we love – and hate – about spring!

Daylight Savings Time

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How to Listen to Your Horse.

I had a friend who visited my farm during my first years here. She arrived for the weekend with books and wine. We’d cook and stay up late. In the mornings we took our coffee out into the pasture, still in our flannel pajamas, and looked at wild flowers.

I’m sure I talked…

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Added by Anna Blake on April 17, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Important Lessons You Can Learn From Horse Shows (Even if You Don't Place)

With horse show season beginning, you will likely, at some point or another, come home from a show without placing. And while it might seem like you lost out in that situation and didn’t have a…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on April 16, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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