January 2012 Blog Posts (64)

Equine Therapy on the T.V.

With America’s endless fascination with horse racing, and his own personal history with the sport, it’s no surprise that David Milch decided to introduce a new HBO series with horses right at the heart. Boasting such fame as Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Kevin Dunn, and even real life former jockey, Gary Stevens, “Luck” promises a thrilling ride.

While many books, such as Seabiscuit, Ruffian, Wild Ride, and Secretariat have offered the public a glimpse into the inner…


Added by claire Dorotik on January 31, 2012 at 6:43pm — No Comments

How Many of These Training Principles Do You Follow?

These eight principles of training are from the International Society for Equitation Science.

How many of these do you follow?

1. Understand and use learning theory appropriately

Learning theory explains positive and negative reinforcement and how they work in establishing habitual responses to light, clear signals. (Note that “positive” and “negative” when applied to…


Added by Barbara F. on January 31, 2012 at 10:37am — 3 Comments

thanks for the welcome

Thank you for the welcome. Most of our horses are quarterhorses. We do have a couple of Dun's as well. Without hopefully missing anyone we have; Eclipse, Dee, Hellen, Asher, Gypsy, Trixie, Amber, Splash and Storm. My son's favorite is Amber. It's beyond cute, she will follow him whenever he is in the pasture. I will have to post some pictures. My daughter enters shows from time to time but nothing serious. I'll try to get some pics up soon.

Added by Nicky LaBonte Curbishley on January 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Team Fredericks Proudly Gives Equine Matrix to Their Horses

San Marcos, CA —January 10, 2012— Australian eventing riders Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks, 2008 Olympic team Silver Medalists, are proud to give Equine Matrix to their horses.  They find that Equine Matrix has helped their competition horses to be the best they can be. 


The husband-and-wife duo are part of Team Matrix, a global line-up of riders who trust Equine Matrix and its line of supplements.  Equine Matrix products are certified 100% organic, all natural, and are FEI…


Added by Equine Matrix on January 30, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

Olympic Gold Medalist Isabell Werth Heads List of Dressage Riders Who Use Equine Matrix

San Marcos, CA – December 5, 2011—Equine Matrix is proud that Isabell Werth, one of the world’s most successful dressage riders, gives her horses Equine Matrix products.


Werth heads of list of dressage riders who are part of Team Matrix, a global line-up of riders who trust Equine Matrix and its line of supplements.  Other dressage riders include Catherine Haddad-Staller, alternate on the U.S. teams at the FEI World Equestrian Games in both 2006 and 2010, and Swedish Olympic…


Added by Equine Matrix on January 30, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

You're so lucky...

Ah, the innocent words we all hear. Today it was idle chit chat with the cashier. It's a gorgeous day here, going to be 12C, so I mentioned that I was going to take my horse out for a meander.  Oh I love horses is the usual response.  Me too, of course, I have two... and then the phrase...


I admit, I am lucky, I love my little kids, and I have sufficient health and wealth (okay, not much of either), to allow me to have my horses.  But I don't know one horse person that…


Added by MagsNMe on January 29, 2012 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Basking in the Sun


I don't believe it, I wrote my blog and published it and it all disappeared except for the title.  I feel like crying, this has happened to me about five times in the last few months.  Well, here is trying again.


I was supposed to get a lesson on Mick on Wednesday but Debbie called me earlier in the week saying she would have to go pick up a horse in Maryland.  I asked if I could just ride Mia and Debbie said…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

“I Have Such Hope for This Species.”

Some riders are convinced that their horse has a devious plan for world domination- at their expense. Or that their horse is so lazy that any work from him will require a fight. Some riders just think their horses…


Added by Anna Blake on January 27, 2012 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Equine Therapy in the Medical World?

Malcolm Gladwell was the first to uncover the real truth about why patients sue their doctors. Opposite of what one may think, it has nothing to do with whether of not the doctor actually did something wrong. Instead, it has everything to do with whether or not the patient felt as thought the doctor did something wrong. And something wrong, according to the patient is not listening, not validating, and not expressing empathy for their concerns. 

What Gladwell was…


Added by claire Dorotik on January 26, 2012 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

5 Natural Ways to Fight a Cold or Flu

As people continue to live unhealthy lifestyles; eating processed foods, drinking lots of soda and coffee, and not getting enough rest, the more people are experiencing bouts with a cold or flu.  Here are some simple, natural ways to fight these pesky bugs!

1)  Alkalize!  Pathogens (germs) thrive in an acidic environment.  Your body becomes acidic when you eat a…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on January 25, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Snowy Ride with Cole

Snowy Ride with Cole


I have been working with Cole in the arena with much determination to train him to be an awesome horse.  Well, the other day, I decided I am getting a little off track.  I have been neglectful of his trail training.  The real reason isn’t my goals in the arena.  The real reason is the weather and dark evenings.



Added by Judi Daly on January 25, 2012 at 11:23am — No Comments

Rolkur, LDR, and other constraints 'DO' interfer with the horses' air



So at last there is a scientific research study that valides claims regarding the compression of the throatlatch results in airway interference.

This clearly means that the misuse of equipment causing the horse to overbend at the throatlatch is 'abuse' of the horse.

What is USEF, AQHA and other American…


Added by E. Allan Buck on January 24, 2012 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

delphi's tests

ive been thinking about my little mare and how she doesn't just measure up to the big moving horses. i thought about how riders with big moving paces can just think about their test, flexion, regularity etc. whereas i have to also think about influencing her movement,and trying to get the medium paces also. that makes it much harder.

Added by vickie lawson on January 24, 2012 at 3:39am — 3 Comments

Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Taylor)

I wrote a blog recently about some of the "rules" that horses teach us. These are meant to be funny, in a true way. I decided to update it with a new blog featuring more "rules" Taylor has taught me. I know every horse is different and may have their own "rules" you have to follow. I would love to hear yours so please post some in the comments section! :)

Rules Horses Teach Us (According to Taylor):

  1. If you are my owner and bring me treats (as you should always do), they…

Added by Jennifer L. on January 23, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

The Sainted Mare Weighs In On The Hair Issue...

We had a teensy tiny winter weather event here in New Jersey yesterday, which meant that the roads were fouled up for my early morning riding lesson and cleared up by the time my daughter needed to leave for the afternoon soccer game. Sigh. So, the girls had the day off and plenty of time on their hands, as evidenced by this communication from Sugar, which I found in my tack…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on January 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

Your Horse's Opinions


Horses have opinions about how their people handle and ride them.


Unfortunately many people think that horses have absolutely no RIGHT to have an opinion about anything a human does.  Whenever a horse has the courage (or sheer desperation) to protest its treatment people talk about resistances, stubborness, balkiness, bad attitudes, etc., etc., etc..  Since horses are obviously "inferior" to humans in wisdom and knowledge, horse were never granted the right to…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: War Horse

With all the hype and previews of the movie War Horse swirling around me, I was instantly curious about this story.  Any horse movie usually catches my attention, and I can't wait to see it.  Judging from the movie previews I decided that I should read the book first...just in case there were any very sad scenes I would be ready!  Truthfully, I needed to know if the horse died.  I don't tend to handle animals dying very well...ha.

This book written by Michael Morpurgo was a quick…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: Greatness & Goodness: Barbaro & His Legacy

Barbaro was a Kentucky Derby winner that caught the hearts of thousands, and his story is beautifully told in "Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy."  Alex Brown had the privilege of being a part of both Barbaro's story and his legacy.  He gives firsthand accounts of stories about Barbaro from his birth to his untimely death.  This knowledge and perspective is what makes this book so…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Horse Book Review: Beyond the Homestretch

I recently read Lynn Reardon's book "Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me About Starting Over, Facing Fear, and Finding My Inner Cowgirl." I thought it was wonderful! In the book, Lynn details accounts of individual horses and their stories. I found the stories fascinating and heartworming. I loved meeting the horses and learning about each one's special personality. From the snake wrangler to the ranch manager, you will find each horse delightful. This book clearly…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:58pm — No Comments

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