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 are gorgeous, but the horses put on the real show. As the… Continue
Added by Heather Nelson on January 31, 2014 at 10:44pm —
“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 —
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, contracted, elastic is essential to good movement -and keeping the horse supple and straight.…
Added by Manolo Mendez on January 31, 2014 at 3:00am —
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 traveling up and down his spine properly. If the tail is clamped down, the horse may be in…
Added by Manolo Mendez on January 30, 2014 at 10:00pm —
Once more, we thank ours vets at The…
Added by Manolo Mendez on January 30, 2014 at 9:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 30, 2014 at 1:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by MagsNMe on January 28, 2014 at 6:59pm —
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… Continue
Added by Wendy Koch on January 27, 2014 at 2:37pm —
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.… Continue
Added by Alex Amos on January 24, 2014 at 3:09pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 18, 2014 at 11:30am —
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 look at the leaf. And then leave that little sucker alone. Continue
Added by Heather Nelson on January 17, 2014 at 11:27am —
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 —
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 —
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 experiences our ancestors had that cause them to be anxious or suffer from… Continue
Added by Understanding the Horse on January 7, 2014 at 10:21am —
My husband still reminds me that night when I found out I was pregnant, I started planning our first pilgrimage to Disney.
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… Continue
Added by Gail Rice on January 4, 2014 at 6:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Carol Aldridge on January 4, 2014 at 12:30am —
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… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on January 3, 2014 at 5:30pm —
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 —
With New Years Day having just arrived, many people are making resolutions and plans for 2014. Resolutions and plans such as “I will ride more often this year,” or “ I will be able to do a flying lead change by the end of the year,” abound. Most people are… Continue
Added by Understanding the Horse on January 2, 2014 at 10:00pm —