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Confident Rider Coaching

Time is passing you by!! We're slowly…

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Added by Hannah Freeman on November 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Winter Is Coming: The Ultimate Blanket Buying Guide

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Buying Winter Blankets

Well everyone, it's coming up to that dreaded season we all love to hate in Canada:…

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Added by Sarah Eder on November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

UK Decision Showcases Liability Dangers

As horse owners, we enjoy sharing our love of horses, and we sometimes even let our friends ride our horse. What happens if a person is injured while riding your horse on your property? Many factors influence whether you will be held liable for those injuries. A recently-decided case in England highlights some…

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Added by WindhorseLegal on November 16, 2016 at 3:18pm — No Comments

5 Things I Have learned From My Horse

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Almost eight months ago I met Austin for the first time.  To say I had some doubts at first is an understatement.  He was so lovely, so well trained; I was convinced my inexperience would ruin him for good.  It has taken us a little time to get to know one another, but I can honestly say that we are a match made in heaven.  Austin's sweet nature, sincerity, patience and bravery has…

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Added by Robyn Adams on November 16, 2016 at 10:44am — No Comments

Winterizing the Compassion Fatigue. Again.





Chatting lightly about weather is considered the tiniest of small talk, unless you live outside the urban bubble. We take it more seriously out here…

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Added by Anna Blake on November 12, 2016 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Equitherm Training

The Equitherm team have been extremely busy this week planning their Worldwide Roadshow for 2017! We will be visiting lots of exciting venues for our live training courses, which will include Australia, Canada, Dubai, Switzerland and the USA.

If you are interested in joining us at one of our venues please contact us at team@equithermtraining.com and we will add you to our 'Early-bird Offer' list. See us at…

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Added by Sandie Chambers on November 10, 2016 at 10:06am — No Comments

I Developed a New Problem with my Riding

I Developed a New Problem with my Riding    

You would think that with over 45 years experience as a rider, that I would never come up with a new, seemingly unsolvable problem.  However, with my Multiple Sclerosis, plus my horrible misadventure with a new MS drug, that is exactly what happened to me.

I started shifting my whole body to the left.

As you know I bought a new saddle, the Pegasus Butterfly Claudia jumping saddle.  I love this saddle, I can get my seat really…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on November 5, 2016 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Bite Your Tongue.





It’s an election year and I’m a politics geek. There, I said it. But the rhetoric is deafening. Sometimes there are just too many words. I’ll bite my tongue right…

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Added by Anna Blake on November 4, 2016 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Midlife Horse Buyers

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Midlife Crisis?  Maybe a Horse Will Help,” reported that women in their midlife years are returning to horses and horseback riding. Such a phenomenon is no…

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Added by WindhorseLegal on October 31, 2016 at 1:47pm — No Comments

What does it mean to earn a horse's "trust,"?

Research in equine-assisted mental health has explored how people develop trust by working with horses, but is trust the same for horses as it is for humans?

Social psychologists agree that trust involves giving up some control and accepting vulnerability, with the expectation of being protected from…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 31, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Going the Full Heart Distance: Saying So Long





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It’s deep fall here on our farm. Most of the leaves are gone; Canada geese are on the wing. Each morning there’s a thin shell of ice on the water tanks. Local…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 28, 2016 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

Bonding

“How important is it to bond with my horse?”

I’m asked this regularly. I may dig a little deeper, “Tell me what you mean by bonding.”

If bonding means to you:

  • my horse feels safe/relaxed in my presence
  • he understands me,

 I’d say that’s very important.…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

How I Conduct a Training Session at the Walk

How I Conduct a Training Session at the Walk    

Since I am now in transition from no medicine for my Multiple Sclerosis to re-starting the only medicine that has ever controlled my MS, my body is changing daily.  This means that there are days when I only walk when I ride a horse.  There were times, when I was younger, when I would have been terribly bored just walking around the ring, keeping on the rail and going around in pointless circles, and accomplishing…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 22, 2016 at 4:11pm — No Comments

The Best Reasons to Stop Riding





 

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I think I’ve heard all the clichés about change that I can stand. At a certain age, we don’t need to be reminded how…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 21, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Equine Law from Windhorse Legal, PLLC

Let’s be honest. When you think of riding your horse, the last thing that enters your mind is an attorney. And that’s how it should be. But we have all heard of someone with a horrible horse experience that might have gone much better if they had known an equine attorney to talk to about the…

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Added by WindhorseLegal on October 18, 2016 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Riding the Inside of Your Horse





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When I was just a dressage-princess-wannabe, before I became a full-blown Dressage Queen, I thought dressage riders all wore a kind of…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 14, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

I Start Riding Bingo More

I Start Riding Bingo More    

During my lesson on Bingo on Wednesday, he did fine until we were trotting around, when he did a twisting evasion so he would not have to trot at a particular place at the rail.  He had caused another rider a problem at the same place during another lesson (by breaking into a canter), so Debbie went to that spot, dug down, and concluded that she would have to have the base of the ring repaired at that place.  Bingo was obviously trying to tell everyone…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 9, 2016 at 2:23pm — No Comments

A Serenity Prayer For Both of You





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The seasons are changing and the air feels cooler. That’s what you notice, but your horse seems just a bit more interested in his surroundings than usual. You feel his tension, so you push ahead. Maybe if you put him to work right away, he’ll pay more…

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Added by Anna Blake on October 7, 2016 at 9:12pm — 2 Comments

Do helmets give us a false sense of security?

A CBC interview about helmet safety piqued my interest.

I learned that in nearly every study of hospital admission rates, helmeted cyclists are 80% less likely to receive serious head and brain injuries —but these stats apply only for those who get into accidents.

So here’s the flip side –research says that helmeted cyclists bike faster, take more risks, and ride in riskier environments.

We’ve also discovered safety feature in cars give drivers a fall sense of…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 7, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments

We Stabilized My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle on Cider's Back

We Stabilized My Pegasus Butterfly Saddle on Cider’s Back    

 

Last Sunday I got to try my new Pegasus Butterfly saddle on Cider again.  I found my only string girth, washed it, and I prayed it would fit Cider.  When I got to Shannon’s farm we both put the Pegasus pad on Cider’s back, I explained how we wanted the top part of the pad (the part right under the panels of the saddle) to be sort of flat, and we ended up putting all four shims in the second and third pockets on…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 1, 2016 at 3:27pm — No Comments

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