November 2010 Blog Posts (69)

Still fuming

Thanks for the commiseration. In hind sight, he did not look at it when I brought it in (I should have insisted) and simply wrote down the info. I gave him and then later said it was false. Since the blanket is MIA, there is nothing I can do to repudiate his claims that it was not in good shape and not the type I said it was....I would rather have donated it to a horse charity than have this happen.

Added by barbara righton on November 19, 2010 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You: Tip 6

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You, Tip 6:

Small and Frequent Meals – your body will do best if you give it frequent

little meals. If you try to starve yourself all morning by avoiding

breakfast then you are actually more likely to gain weight from the food

you eat – and research shows it is harder for people to concentrate and

focus if they skip breakfast. Start with a healthy breakfast including a

piece of fruit…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on November 19, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

2011 Dressage Canada Handbook -- Advertisers Wanted

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Added by Dressage Canada on November 19, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Still fuming

I had a very nasty experience lately with an established tack store. Took in a nearly new expensive blanket to sell on consignment and dropped in a few weeks later to be told the blanket was NOT what I said it was and was sold for $40. The owner came close to accusing me of lying. I was so stunned, I left, but not before he volunteered to get it back and call me. What a surprise; I have heard nothing. This is a place I have patronized for 20 odd years. What is the matter with people in the… Continue

Added by barbara righton on November 19, 2010 at 8:21am — 4 Comments

Horse Book Review: Horsefeathers: The Therapeutic Effect of Equus

Horsefeathers on the Heart

A Book review by Sonia Berry

Horses...they can mean so many things to different people for so many different



Added by Sonia on November 18, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

5 Easy Ways to Build Trust with Your Horse: Tip 5

5. Interactive Play

Once you have introduced your horse to a variety of things, it is important to try and give the objects a purpose or make them part of your play.


This is were you get to be creative and think of ways you can incorporate your ground and riding cues into challenging games that can test your communication, build confidence, and ultimately build a better…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on November 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Bit Blanket's Top 10

Hi Everyone~ I'm Jamie at Bit Blanket. I'm a member here on Barnmice and a life long horse lover. I invented Bit Blanket, the electric bit warmer, and as the holidays approach and cold weather begins to set in, I wanted to share our fun list of why everyone needs a Bit Blanket. Most of these came directly from our customers and I have a strong suspicion that our horses would definitely agree with many of them, especially…


Added by Jamie at Bit Blanket on November 18, 2010 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Dear Rudolph,

I have been a very good horse this year, so I was wondering if you could pass this list on to Santa and the Elves! Here is my holiday wish list.…


Added by Jane at Equestrian Collections on November 17, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sending a Horse Away at Liberty

I want to address a problem that people are having sending a horse away from them at liberty. Many people have expressed concern that driving a horse away from them will hurt the trust and bond. I can understand this point of view because of the struggle it might take in their mind to teach a horse to leave you when he does not want to go.…

Added by Carolyn Resnick on November 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Help with Horse Name

Hi everyone again,


now that i have my answer and some tips ummm now i need a name. my eventing horse is a gelding and he is a brown and white paint. and his barn name is scalliwag. any ideas is really appreciated




Added by Hope Brown on November 15, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Good week

This week Brody and I got back into a pretty steady routine of nightly play, and Brody seems happy about it. The other night I stayed up ‘til about midnight, and when I went to shut off the outside lights I could see him at the gate, peering through the back door at me! I went out a gave him a carrot. We’re having so much fun, I’m finding it hard to tear myself away from our sessions at the end of the…


Added by Jamie B on November 14, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Academy's Case Study on Foundation Programme

Case Study Rider: Foundation Programme

Pauline and Kingsley at Rockley… Continue

Added by Wiola Grabowska on November 14, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Horse Consents to Governance

Debbie worked her usual magic on the mare she is training.


She finally found a western saddle that fit the mare's shoulders (a Wintec synthetic). Then she took the mare too the beach (lucky mare) and faced her with new challenges. Debbie said it all came together when the surf crashed into the mare's hind end, the mare…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 14, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments


Hi everybody!

this blog is for all the Eventers out there and also the people who want to know and for the people that do know Eventing.
i will be starting Eventing in the summer of 2011 and i want my horse to be ready for next year. are there any ideas of useful suggestions out there so that i can start conditioning my horse? he will b starting at novice i think it is. it's the very lowest…

Added by Hope Brown on November 14, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp

Lessons from the Herd

Vickers Tree interview Joe at 11am Sunday MST, and 1pm EST. It is also available as archive.…


Added by Cynastry on November 14, 2010 at 10:18am — No Comments

I am Mustang, The very last one

I am Mustang, The very last one

The pain is great but then silence

Now, I feel like I am back home

I hear the thundering of a thousand beating hearts

so many, and now me, all sent into the dark

None stampeding as always, as just one

The last mustang from roberta edstrom poems

Dear God, our time as come

I believe, I was the very last one.

The finale mustang to take the last breath

I ask, God, what have they done

Man will not know… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on November 13, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Who is going trail riding tomorrow?

The weather is pretty good. I am going to pony Stewie off of Joya today. Let's see how that works out, but first she must give little Leany a lesson. She absolutely loves her.

So who is going out tomorrow? I am planing to go sometime late morning early afternoon.

Added by Inka Spatafora on November 13, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Introducing New Work: Part Two

Last week, I started this series to help you decide how and when to introduce new work. That blog focused on Training and First Levels. What follows is Part 2 of that series.

Let's say your horse is solid at first level. Look ahead to the Second Level movements. Check out the dressage tests. You'll see that you need to work on shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, simple changes of lead, reinback and turns on the haunches.

You'll also notice that the big…


Added by Jane Savoie on November 12, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You: Tip 5

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You, Tip 5:

No snacks before bed – did you know that sumo wrestlers will eat right before they sleep to help add weight? Do you want to look like a sumo wrestler?

If not, then avoid eating before bed because your digestion really slows while

you sleep. Try to avoid late night snacks before…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on November 12, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Weathering Colic

There is a front coming in tonight. Clouds are moving low and fast, the wind is howling around corners, as the temperature drops like a rock. Spring and fall bring this kind of barometer-bouncing weather.

Worst of all, the horses are acting unsettled as the atmosphere. There is…


Added by Anna Blake on November 12, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

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