June 2009 Blog Posts (59)

Bambi, the story of one of our rescues

I copied this from our website, it is the story of Bambi:

On January 25, 2009, we took in a rescue pony, a snowflake appy that our foster home named Bambi. She was in a bad situation that was only going to get worse, underweight and blind in one eye. She was very sweet upon arrival, but due to being isolated from other horses for who knows how long, she became very herdbound at the foster… Continue

Added by Lori Tankel on June 30, 2009 at 9:29pm — 5 Comments

More on "Ride Bare"

I've blogged about Ride Bare already, but now its almost here! In less than 3 weeks time, Sarah Braithwaite and I are setting off on our biggest riding challenge yet, riding from North Wales to Exmoor, a distance of over 200 miles, and we will be riding for at least 2 weeks, camping or staying at farms along the way.

A couple of weekends ago, Sarah went off to try out the second leg of our ride, and I've put the video of that day up here… Continue

Added by Nic Barker on June 30, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Riding to fitness

I waited to long and let my body slip, then I had a heart attack. Now a heart surgery and angioplasty later, I have had my wakeup call. It is time to get my body back through exercise and diet. I hope to incorporate riding into my regime as well. It may not burn the most calories, but it is grat stress relief for me. I am dead serious this time, pun… Continue

Added by LincolnB on June 29, 2009 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

The Importance of Stretching Your Horse

We spend hours and hours in training our horses to develop them physically or to perfect a certain maneuver, but how many of us take 5-10 minutes after the cool down to stretch out our horse's muscles? My guess is not enough!

Stretching is very important for maintaining maximum mobility and suppleness in muscles. When your horse's muscles…


Added by Sharon McMaster on June 29, 2009 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

A Little Horse Therapy

I'm currently in the process of recuperating from a broken humerus in my left arm. That would be the bit bone between your shoulder and your elbow. I broke it March 31st during a fall from a new horse I got off the racetrack. It's not like I'm an inexperienced rider. I rode and started racehorses when I was younger. I actually remember thinking before that I needed to take her back to the roundpen because she wasn't paying enough attention to me. I shoulda listened to my intuition. Ah well,… Continue

Added by Desirea Herrera on June 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Scholarships for 33 equine veterinarian students

Scholarships for 33 equine veterinarian students

June 28, 2009

Thirty-three students studying equine veterinary medicine in 28 American states, four Canadian provinces and one school in the West Indies will continue their education with a financial boost from the Winner's Circle Scholarship Program.

Under a partnership of The Race For Education, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Platinum Performance started in 2007, scholarship… Continue

Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on June 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments


Olympic show jumper Ian Millar barrel racing!

Racing legend Sandy Hawley playing polo!

CALEDON, Ontario - High-profile riders from a variety of disciplines will be changing reins for the inaugural Equi-Challenge, an exciting and entertaining equestrian event at Iron Horse Farm in Caledon August 27th from 5:30 to 9:30pm.

Equi-Challenge, the first-ever event of its kind in Canada, will showcase the leaders and legends of the sport and benefit the… Continue

Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on June 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

School Horses

During my youth, I used to read dressage books that insisted that a person could learn to ride dressage only by riding an already schooled horse. I used to dream of finding a stable full of these wonderful equines who could transform me from my usual slightly effective riding to become a polished top rider.

And guess what? I never found that dream dressage riding stable, not that I would have been able to afford lessons at one. When I finally got to go to a…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Energy Work....

One of the last times I roundpenned my horse it was pretty disastrous.... we had bad chemistry, he reared, and I got scared and cried, bugged my trainer, scared my horse, just really screwed up.... so I quit.... wow, she's a quitter..... no.... I quit to take like the 20 steps back I needed to take to get myself under control so there was ZERO emotion when I worked with Oliver the next time... to figure out why he was pawing and rearing and what was wrong with our communication. .... Steve, my… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lamm on June 28, 2009 at 11:18am — 7 Comments

Put Your Horse On the Bit to Help You Sit the Trot

Many riders don't realize that the reason they have trouble sitting the trot, is because they haven't put their horses on the bit. No matter how good a rider you are, it's nearly impossible to sit on a back that is stiff and hollow.

The key to making both you and your horse more comfortable in sitting trot is to connect him so his back is round. You do that with what I call "the "connecting aids".

Before you try to give connecting aids, check that your horse…


Added by Jane Savoie on June 28, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Lesson Today & Schooling Plan

Lesson went well Frankie is starting to respect my inside leg on circles and ease off it.

I learnt if I open my rein a little before I start to ask for bend he understands and can get his big ol' butt to come in.

Frankies Plan:

I ride Frankie 5-6 times a week so he's in top phys. condition and out of those rides two are lessons.

Heres my plan to get ready for show season:

Warm up: 1 way around on rail at walk both directions,

2 at trot both directions on the… Continue

Added by Emily Stopp on June 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Calvin Borel and Rachel Alexandra


They did it again! Amazing race today as they won the Mother Goose stakes at Belmont and set a record. They won by over 20 lengths! And she made it looks SO EASY!!

Added by Lori Tankel on June 27, 2009 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Beware of Easy Answers

It was a few too many years ago that I remember the first group of certified trainers from my “train the trainer” program got together at their graduation party and they collectively gave me a box of Depends diapers. This was their way of teasingly letting me know how they felt about the fact that I answered just about each and every question they ever asked with the answer “it depends”. In fact, this happens so much that it has become somewhat of a trademark for me. Often when I am at a clinic… Continue

Added by Chris Irwin on June 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Pathways through Pennsylvania

I have to smile when I read this week's quote, because I just returned from photographing 50 plus Beautiful Horses of Pennsylvania! My sister Sharon traveled with me throughout the state. I had my MapQuest notebook filled with directions, but we relied mostly on my new Garmin nuvi for directions from one farm to the next. And sometime it seemed to be directing us "where there is no path." With our tight schedule, we were not in the mood to… Continue

Added by Karen Brenner on June 27, 2009 at 11:13am — No Comments

On Balance

The vertigo I have been suffering turns out to be due to a condition called Meniere's Disease, or so I'm told...

It has been about 5 weeks since the first "attack" and I have only really been able to do normal activities for the last week, as I was unsure if I would be safe to drive, and to be honest didn't feel like going out for a few weeks there. After the extreme dizziness abated, there was just a constant feeling of "brain fog" and a buzzy feeling, like a swarm of tiny bees in my… Continue

Added by Ottilie on June 26, 2009 at 6:07pm — 9 Comments

Flatwork Horse Riding Exercises

If things are going wrong with your training, you should ask yourself what is happening, why is it happening and what is the solution? The art of seeing a problem is being able to interpret what is happening and to decide what the solution is.

Flatwork is all about good foundations, which I call 'fundamentals', and they are very simple and straightforward:






If you have that…


Added by Tim Stockdale on June 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Do You Make These Mistakes When Your Dressage Horse Shies?

I've dealt with a lot of spooky dressage horses, and I find that often shying gets worse because riders do one or all of the following things.

1. Hit or kick him to make him obedient.

2. Make him walk straight up to scary object and face it straight on.

3. Forget to go around your ring in both directions.

4. Force him to go close to the scary object.

5. Patting and soothing him while he's shying.

Let's understand the nature of horses:



Added by Jane Savoie on June 26, 2009 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Today went well besides the stalls i had to do, we had a rain storm and I ran out of my house and scrambled to get everyone inside and fed- like a little rain would hurt them. So this morning was a c…

Today went well besides the stalls i had to do, we had a rain storm and I ran out of my house and scrambled to get everyone inside and fed- like a little rain would hurt them. So this morning was a change in scenery as I was inside doing stalls instead of working on my tan..aka paddocks.

Rode Frankie today - what a good boy. He was going exceptionally well so I cut our ride short with a 20m canter circle. He has progressed so much as have I!

Tomorrow we have a lesson togeather with… Continue

Added by Emily Stopp on June 26, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Ride Fit 1-2-3: Rider Question- Rounded Shoulders and Spinal Issues

Hi, The rider that submitted her question for this weeks' blog was so clear, her question is pasted below:

Hi Heather, I have two main problems that I am dealing with right now. The first is that my shoulders are very hunched and rounded forward. I have a hard time keeping them open and back when I'm riding (and in general!). I have some back problems (a rotational scoliosis in my T10/T11 vertebrae and a tendency for my L3/L4 disc to want to herniate), but I do not believe that… Continue

Added by Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com on June 25, 2009 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

Louie, our latest rescue update!

Louie is making so much progress! He is now a "pocket pony"...it is hard to believe that just a month ago he would not look at us. Now he is the first one to greet me at the gate! He nuzzles and gives kisses! Today he got his feet done and was a good boy! Every day he makes progress! I lunged him and he now stands for baths and fly spray! We hopefully have someone interested in adopting him! Keep your… Continue

Added by Lori Tankel on June 24, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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