November 2010 Blog Posts (69)

Lets Talk Natural Horsemanship - featuring Amy Millar, Stacey Westfall, McLain Ward, Leslie Howard, Brianne Goutal and more!

Let's Talk Natural Horsemanship -

with Amy Millar, Stacey Westfall, McLain Ward, Leslie Howard, and more!


What are people saying about natural horsemanship? Does it have a place in the Grand Prix ring?


Grand Prix show jumpers like Amy Millar and Leslie Howard, reining champion Stacy…


Added by Lindsey Forkun on November 30, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

There Is Just Not Enough Room

Well, I tried yet another bit on Mia on Wednesday, a 3-piece snaffle with a copper roller in the middle. While she was more accepting of the bit I was still getting some head tossing when I applied rein aids. Tear my hair out time, what COULD be wrong? I had lightened my contact, which she liked, I was doing my rein aids lighter and lighter, which met with Mia's approval, Debbie said my hands were fine, and what else could it be? Debbie and I discussed it and…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Chicken Terror

The name "Shakespeare" is synonymous with great literature. The Shakespeare of old is legendary. The Shakespeare quoted here is a legend in his own mind!

Join us as Shakespeare "The Equine" aka "Bear" reveals, through his meanderings of thought, an uncomplicated and somewhat cushy life down on the farm.

Welcome to Poet's Paddock!

Here's his rant about chickens ... dedicated to all you sensitive…

Added by Bear on November 28, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Homeless mustang: true story of her courage

Captured, ripped from her homeland, and still homeless 3 years later.

Captivating, heart breaking story…


Added by Roberta Edstrom on November 27, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You: Tip 7

10 Diet Tips to a Healthier You, Tip 7

Check the Portion Sizing – many people get confused with portion sizing

and overeat with their meals. Restaurants are especially bad and will give

you servings that give you what you need in one day, all in one meal!

  1. Grains:…

Added by Lindsey Forkun on November 26, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Eliminate Resistance in the Leg Yield

Hi Guys,

People often tell me that their horses leg yield very well as far as going sideways is concerned, but they tend to toss their heads and show resistance to the reins. In desperation, some riders even use a tie down to put pressure on the nose to discourage their horses from yanking at the reins.

If your horse finds it fairly easy to cross his legs and move sideways with his body, yet he's tossing his head during leg yields, it sounds like he's objecting to your…


Added by Jane Savoie on November 26, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Words from Edgar Rice Burro on Thanks-giving.

“Slow down. No one’s tombstone ever says ‘I wish I would have mucked faster.’”…


Added by Anna Blake on November 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment


Things are really moving with Brody! In a sometimes baffling, inconsistent way, but I’m enjoying the progress and trying to recognize Brody’s ideas and efforts to help me understand how to improve our communication.…


Added by Jamie B on November 25, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

2010 Dressage Canada Awards

The 2010 Dressage Canada Awards were announced on November 11, 2010, at the DC Reception at the Royal. Winners are:

Owner of the Year -- Cindy Ishoy, owner of Proton, Victoria Winter's WEG mount.

Media Award -- Angela Booth Malleau, DC Communications Chair, editor of Collections magazine,

Volunteer of the Year Award -- the Hall of Fame Committee - headed by Kim Goodyear, assisted by Elizabeth Elming, Rebecca Elming, Debbie Elming, Kim Izzo, Elizabeth McMullen, Nancy… Continue

Added by Dressage Canada on November 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Feed Tags, Food Packages and Tunnel Vision

Ask many horse-people what they feed their horse and you will likely get answers such as “a 12% pellet” or “a 14% sweet feed”. Ask the same people what are they…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on November 24, 2010 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE): a disease that has increased in Eastern Canada and for which prevention is needed.

EEE is deadly arthropod-borne viral encephalitis that causes inflammation of the brain and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that feed on both birds and mammals can become infected with the EEE virus and are responsible for transmitting the disease. The fluctuation in case numbers year-to-year is not…


Added by Jennifer (Boehringer Ingelheim) on November 24, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Training a Horse Using Liberty

Today we have a question from Victoria in Australia who writes:

I have a 9 year old thoroughbred mare, who I bought as a green, broken four year old. I trained her up for show…

Added by Carolyn Resnick on November 24, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thank you Horseware

My little QH mare, Molly, came to me last spring with a big bump on her shoulder that my vet and I just assumed was an old (and cold) injury. After about a month, it opened up and became a nasty weeping thing. Even after it was operated on, it is still active. Thankfully, my barn owner had an old Rhino Wug she suggested I use and I have bought two more this season. They don’t bother the bump at all like many other rugs that sit right on the scapula. Molly is happy in her lovely blankets and I… Continue

Added by barbara righton on November 23, 2010 at 12:17am — No Comments

Saddle Fit and Educational References

I am often asked for reference material and what I recommend for anyone wishing to educate themselves in a little more detail after they have a saddle fit evaluation with one of our saddlefitters, so I have come up with a list of books that I use as part of my ‘saddlefitting bible’. If any of you have come across a book that would be a great…


Added by Jochen Schleese on November 22, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Early Christmas gift of motivation!!

Last week a few of my family members and I went to the Equine Affair in Massachusetts. One of the booths there was for Dressage Training Online. My Uncle knows my interest in learning dressage and bought me a month and also received a free month for my Christmas present. I just joined yesterday and have probably watched about 4 hours of videos already. I've watched a bunch of…


Added by Amanda Hoss on November 21, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

An Experiment with Two Different Results

For the last two months or so I had been driving by this new sign in Midland, NC saying Tack Exchange. Finally I found the store in the rear room of a beauty salon! I haven't entered a beauty salon in around 40 years, but this one didn't smell too bad so I ventured in. The owner of the salon has started a consignment tack store, with bits, saddles, clothes,…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The Secret to Breaking Horses: Start Your Foal with a Bridle of Trust

Whether you are training a show horse or back yard pet, when you

start training is as important as what you are training your horse to

do. Many people wait until a horse is four or five years old to start

training, suggesting that a horse is too physically immature to bear the weight

of a human on their back before then. That argument has validity because

horses do not physically mature until they are approximately seven

years old. However the longer… Continue

Added by maryann tobin on November 21, 2010 at 1:31am — No Comments

Horse Husbands?

In response to Kim Schmittendorf's blog about Horse Husbands, my first response was, "Yes, I supported my wife after she spent nearly 40 years not riding, between the time she started university and the time I was able financially to support a horse plus lessons." However, some of us "Horse Husbands" have found ourselves, after not riding at all in the past 50++ years, falling head over heals in love with our 4 legged friends. My lovely mate could say she wants to drop the ponys altogether… Continue

Added by Paul Knicley on November 20, 2010 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Horse Love notes

Just a couple of short little love notes.

The horse speaks directly into our soul, instantly bypassing, beyond the everyday suffering and pain of human endurance, and migrate directly into our beating hearts . Love roberta marie edstrom

"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes." ...Henry V. -Shakespeare.

"Within… Continue

Added by Roberta Edstrom on November 20, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Babysitter at the Barn


Added by Anna Blake on November 19, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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