January 2014 Blog Posts (22)

The Liberty Side of Cavalia Odysseo

Alex and I decided to make the trip across the water to see the equine extravaganza, Cavalia - Oddysseo, in Vancouver.  We walked on a morning ferry and then took a bus to the olympic village in the city.  The air in the crowd was electric as the opening act began.  The music, background screen, lighting and stage…


Added by Heather Nelson on January 31, 2014 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Do You Ride Like Your Mother?

“Oh, Honey. You aren’t going to wear that, are you? Could you put some lipstick on, you are so much prettier when you smile. You should skip dessert, Honey, you look heavy. Are you dating anyone… don’t let him see your apartment looking this way. “

That same voice on…


Added by Anna Blake on January 31, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Muscles Tell Bones What to Do!

It is important to know where the bones are but also understand that in themselves bones cannot move. It is the action of the muscles, tendons and ligaments that create motion or action. Thus how the muscles feel - tense or relaxed, stiff, plump, dry,…


Added by Manolo Mendez on January 31, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Tail Tales

Does your horse's tail swing?

If a horse's tail gets caught between his hind legs he is not using his body properly. If the tail lays flat and listless these are clues that energy, messages and feedback from the brain to the body and back may not be…


Added by Manolo Mendez on January 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heat Strategies for Cushings and Metabolic Resistant Horses.


Added by Manolo Mendez on January 30, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Polar Vortex Interferes With My Riding

Last week I got to ride twice.  Riding is out for this week, it is just too cold in the mornings!

Sunday the 19th I got to ride Cider.  I just walked since I was too weak to do anything more.  I tried the same aids for the shoulder-in I used on Mia, but I just got one or two slight hints of Cider actually doing a shoulder-in.  Now Cider used to be used for eventing so she has had at least some dressage training, so it could be that she had no idea of what…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 30, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments


I haven't blogged all that much since my Maggie died.  It took the wind right out of me for a very long time. 

My Mr Havoc is doing just fantastically, he's such a sweet boy.  I can't believe he's 3.5yrs now.  He's about 16.2hh and now at an equine facility getting finished in his starting and learning about living inside being a working horse.  They love him there, because he has good ground manners and is a big sucky boy.  He does love people.  He adjusted well to longing in an…


Added by MagsNMe on January 28, 2014 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

An Equine Behavior/Welfare Research Fund

If such a thing existed, would you donate to an equine behavior/welfare research fund? I'm just curious. Funds for equine research are hard to come by --- especially funds for behavior/welfare research. I'm thinking of setting up such a fund in my will, but doing so means I won't be around to see the results. I would hope, though, that once such a fund existed, other people would donate to it, so that research in the field could be advanced. I thought it would be interesting to get comments…


Added by Wendy Koch on January 27, 2014 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

Never been much for Blogging but lets give it a shot

So I've never been one to do this, but I'm in a new place, trying to start a business and start a life and so far its been a pretty rock road.  I moved to Ocala Fl and purchased a beautifully trashed property.  It has good solid bones but it just needed some serious elbow grease.  It is just under 14 acres, not sure if i could manage much more by myself.  It has a beautiful 12 stall block barn with this large enclosed storage room that I'm eventually going to turn into a tack room/office.…


Added by Alex Amos on January 24, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Walking the Walk. Literally.

It starts at the mounting block. Really. If you are still proving your testosterone (yes, you heard me) by ground mounting, give your horse and his withers a break. Go to the mounting block. Do it for him.

Once you are at the mounting block, take a minute and…


Added by Anna Blake on January 24, 2014 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Barnmice Top 10 Finalist in 2014 Equestrian Social Media Awards!

Hey Barnmice friends!

By way of your nominations, we're through to the voting round of the 2014 Equestrian Social…


Added by Barnmice Media on January 20, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

I'm Still Walking



I seem to be slowly recovering from my latest MS exacerbation.  I’m still walking though some days are better than others as far as my mobility is concerned.  I do know that I am a lot better than I would be if I had not gotten to ride Mia this week.  My exhaustion is slowly abating but doing anything gets me tired quickly.

I did not get to ride at all the week of the big freeze, either the mornings were COLD (the worst one at 6° F on…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 18, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

2014 Is The Year Of The Horse - So Act Like One!

I'm not referring to neighing to your departing friends, but if that's your thing go for it. My goal for 2014 is to take more time to be present and take time out to DO less. It’s that time of year when everyone is developing goals to accomplish more and turn over a new leaf. I’m going to try to…


Added by Heather Nelson on January 17, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

The Corgi Witness Protection Program.

Did you know there is a Corgi Witness Protection Program? Do you have room for a dog with a history?

It’s the one year anniversary of the day that Walter came here from Wyoming to rescue the Dude Rancher and I from the peace and quiet of…


Added by Anna Blake on January 17, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

What Do Old Horses Dream?

Winter has been early and cold in Colorado, and my Grandfather Horse is moving especially slow. I have a habit with my older animals: I like to…


Added by Anna Blake on January 10, 2014 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

Inheriting Fear and Anxiety

What if the some of fear and anxiety you have when riding comes from fear and anxiety suffered by your grandparents?  Many of the riders I work with state that they don’t know why they are fearful, just that they are.  Recent research suggests that some forms of fear and anxiety may result from…


Added by Understanding the Horse on January 7, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments


My husband still reminds me that night when I found out I was pregnant, I started planning our first pilgrimage to Disney.

reed and donald


I went to Disney several times as a child, and, of course, loved it. I didn’t recall the parking, the crowds, or the $5 pretzels.

I started planning our trip 6 months out.  I wanted to make sure I had every minute planned out for maximum…


Added by Gail Rice on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Equine Buisnesses Recieve Massive Marketing Success with Pinterest

Whether you realize it or not,  your audience is already using Pinterest on a regular basis to shop and explore their interests. So if you’ve been holding back from promoting your equine business there, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.  Horses are visually appealing creatures, and the equine community is extremely dedicated. So it’s only natural that Pinterest has developed into a profitable marketing tool for the equine industry at large.  Not only can farms pin images of…


Added by Carol Aldridge on January 4, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Mia Always Makes It Better

Right now I am fighting a Multiple sclerosis exacerbation (attack).  It started Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 around 6 or 7:00 PM.  Luckily years ago I figured out a homeopathic remedy that works with this particular type of exacerbation and after around three hours, when I was sure I was having an MS attack, I took it.

But once an attack starts it is hard to stop.  The neurologists can do it with a GRAM of corticosteroids a day for 5 days, but since I am developing a…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 3, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

The Best New Year's Resolution.

Horses don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They live forever in the present moment. Prey animals are smart that way.

Humans, on the other hand, love to set a…


Added by Anna Blake on January 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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