June 2011 Blog Posts (45)

Epic Bails: Not Seeing The Forest For The Trees

I think a huge part of being a good rider is knowing when to ask for help... and being able to make informed decisions without necessarily following the flock...


I've been riding for over 15 years. I wouldn't call myself a professional, there's been the odd time I've accepted money for lessons or for a training ride or two, but horses are not my main occupation by any means. That being said, I would say my knowledge on the topic is comparable to an individual with a level one…


Added by Michelle Synnot on June 30, 2011 at 4:50pm — 4 Comments

Land Between the Lakes

I went to Wrangler Campground in LBL in Kentucky last week for 5 1/2 days. What a nice place! We trail rode all week and had a wonderful time. I took my mother with me (she doesn't ride but likes to come with me) and two other ladies came down. The campsites are large, the barns are clean and so are the shower houses. Everyone was very nice and they are constantly cleaning and keeping the place up. I highly recommend going there. I am from Indiana and it was a little over a four hour drive for… Continue

Added by Sue VInyard on June 30, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Helping Out (by Henk, the Friesian Horse)



Henk writes:


I've been working in therapeutic riding lessons for the past couple of weeks because Sunny, the tiny Standardbred with the delicate physique has hurt himself again. His owner (who lends him to my human, Lil, for lessons), calls it Recurring Sunny Summer Lameness (RSSL), because he likes to maim himself each summer and spend at…


Added by Lillian Tepera on June 30, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Early Summer News from Horse Play

The Running Horse 

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play 

Special Issue – Early Summer 2011 

Horse Play 

EIN: 05-0506340 

Website: www.hptrc.org 

Email: horseplayri@msn.com 


Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare 


Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom - Aidan is unavailable for comments at this time – too busy… Continue

Added by Horse Play on June 30, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments


It seems every time I look in these days, I see things that make me sick and/or sad. 

Jockey stomps horse

Horse slaughter (which has to be discussed, but oy, there's no good solution)

Neglected horse

MORE neglected horses

Abused horses

Horses die in bee attack

Hendra virus


and other places:

Lost penguin in New Zealand

Owner hangs pit bull after it bites a kid

Tongues.... blue tongues, bleeding tongues,…


Added by MagsNMe on June 29, 2011 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

Evaluating a New Horse

When looking at a horse you're considering buying, keep the following in mind in terms of the purpose/discipline for which you are purchasing it

  • Soundness
  • Any blemishes
  • Movement
  • Conformation
  • Manners
  • Health (history and current)
  • Training and show history
  • Size (and is it full grown?)
  • Quality/flash - is the horse eye catching? will it stand out in the show ring?
  • Pedigree (if considering…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Vermont's Kicking It Old School - Draft Horse Style


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My Horse/My friend? Part 2


I recently read an article explaining the concepts of Equine Facilitated Learning, a discovery/recovery program for people using horses as the teachers. The authors praised the program’s ability to enable self discovery and personal…


Added by Lindsay Grice on June 29, 2011 at 7:40am — No Comments

~ My Own Miracle ~

     Hi everyone, sorry it’s been so long since my last post. You see, I had some unwanted drama in my life this past month and I’ll share the details with you soon, but first I wanted to share this short video of Chance and I. We were filmed a few weeks ago for the “Story Tellers” segment on the AZ Central website. You can find the finished product here:…


Added by Catherine Chamberlain on June 28, 2011 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Let's Hear It for the OTTBs!!

Saw this video of Silva Martin (eventer Boyd Martin's wife) on Eventing Nation.  She's doing a dressage freestyle on Sea Lord, an OTTB that was campaigned by eventers Boyd Martin and Philip Dutton, but was later turned over to Silva as a dressage prospect.

Check out Silva and…

Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments


An abscess is basically an infection of the lamina.  Bacteria gets in, causes an infection and then white blood cells attack the infection.  Normally this would cause swelling but because this is in the hoof and the hoof cannot expand, pressure builds and results in pretty severe pain.  The purulent fluid (pus) that is the source of the pressure (product of the body fighting the infection) needs to find a way out.  Generally it takes the easiest path which could either be a hole in the hoof…


Added by Horse Resource Network on June 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

New information and rules about USDF Freestyle requirements!

Quick tips and facts about the new Freestyle requirements! 

1.  There is a maximum time limit but NO minimum time.  Maximum time limit for all USDF freestyles is 5 minutes.  Your time begins when your horse moves off after the entry salute and ends at the final salute.  …

Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on June 27, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Horse Showing With the Kiddo....


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 27, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Draw Reins for Jumping??????

I read something this week that totally mazed my mind.  Since I am unable to even think about anything else I guess I will write about it. 


On Barbara Ellin Fox's US Horsemanship blog she has a posting on the modern misuse of draw reins (the web address is at the end.)  As a general rule I do not like draw reins, I know that, in experienced well trained hands, they can be…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

West Nile Disease

Given that it's mosquito season, what better than to post on Medical Monday about West Nile Disease.  (I imagine that if this was being narrated aloud, "West Nile Disease" would be all echo-y and have ominous tones playing in the background - da da daaaa.)

Symptoms (can include):

  • listlessness, change in behaviour
  • muscle twitches 
  • lack of coordination
  • limb weakness
  • partial paralysis, inability to get…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Same Old Dressage, Brand New Eyes.

Seeing Dressage with a New Eye.

I have been preparing for a clinic this weekend at Infinity Farm. It’s the my favorite clinic every year: Fundamentals of Dressage. One of my clients asked if it was going to be the same as last year. (Eye roll -is this a trick question?)

Nope, the fundamentals of dressage have not changed in the last year, or the last century for that matter. Dressage is the art of riding with balance…


Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Discover Diatomaceous Earth

The interest and use of diatomaceous earth among agriculturalists and naturalists continues to increase due the numerous benefits that this versatile product can provide, without the concern of harsh toxins and chemicals. But what exactly is diatomaceous earth and how does it work?


The name diatomaceous earth comes from the fact that this natural product is made from the fossilized remains of tiny single-celled, micro-organisms called diatoms. They can be found where large…


Added by mel hj on June 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fearless Ron and Ollie Phippen

According to the old proverb, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. When it comes to training horses, the truth of that was never more clearly shown than by two men I knew who lived on the North Somerset levels. They lived less than two miles apart, but could hardly have been more different in their appearance, their manner, and their methods of horse training. The one thing they had in common was that both were almost monotonously successful at training…


Added by Jack Enright on June 22, 2011 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

Tetanus (aka Lockjaw)

I wanted to do an article on tetanus because, if you’re like me, you always get your horse vaccinated against it but it’s become so automatic that you’ve kind of forgotten what tetanus is exactly – the finer points of the disease, if you will.
Tetanus can occur when a wound becomes infected with the Clostridium tetani bacterium – which is naturally found in soil and animal feces.  This bacterium produces a powerful neurotoxin which results in muscle contraction and…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 22, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Saddle Fit and Stress Lines

 This blog is in response to a question raised from one of my recent blogs concerning a comment made in my very first Saddle Fit Tip #1 on Saddle Balance. Geoffrey wanted to know more about the stress lines I mentioned right at the beginning of the video. While I can tell you what to look for, I went to my good friend Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM and author of “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and what to do about it” for the physiology behind this.


She said that “the stress line that…


Added by Jochen Schleese on June 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

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