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Horse Heads, It's In The Breed

Are there certain whorls that are more common in certain breeds?
Perhaps. In one study just over 50 percent of Thoroughbreds were found to have high whorls. It’s a majority but leaves plenty of room in there for other whorls.
The thing that is more common in breeds is head shape.…
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Added by Noche Miller on June 26, 2022 at 5:54pm — No Comments

A Time for Ice Vests

A Time for Ice Vests

It has been HOT down here in the southern central part of NC. Weeks of highs in the 90s F, with some days getting over 100 F, and it is humid. Thunderstorms roll through some afternoons and I hear thunder all around me, the lights flicker (and stay on, I am fortunate) and the air conditioning feels pretty good compared to outside.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 18, 2022 at 10:48am — No Comments

R.I.P. Mia

R.I.P. Mia

Last Sunday, Debbie put Mia, the bay mare in my avatar photo, down. Mia was somewhere around 40 years old and looked it. Debbie had been quibbling about putting Mia down for over a month, I said goodbye several times, then Debbie would tell me she just could not go through with putting her down. Mia might have been OLD, but turned out with the other really old horses she finally…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 4, 2022 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Denny Emerson; Old Dog, New tricks

At 80 years old, Denny Emerson is an undeniably an old dog in the horse industry, challenging us through his example to learn new tricks.…

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Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on June 10, 2022 at 4:22pm — No Comments

William Micklem on the Three S's: Keep it Safe, Simple and Sunny

When I met William Micklem in February of 1989, I must confess that I had no idea of who he was. Forgive me, but I was only 18 years old, and the Internet hadn’t been invented yet! At the time, the only horsey news I received was the monthly Corinthian Horse Sport…
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Added by Paige Lockton-Wilde on May 21, 2022 at 2:12pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 51 - March Madness

The month of March was one of... winter is over... not it's not... yes, finally.... no, it's back.... now it's clear... no, still more snow...make up your mind!!

So annoying.

Eager plans to get busy training were stopped cold (yeah, pun intended) by the vagaries of weather. Kind of hard to work on a rope when confronted with freezing whiteout conditions and whipping winds. Of course, on the days I wasn't planning to train, because of my day job, the weather was warm and…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on April 4, 2022 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

A Dog Tail

I love Readers Digest, there is always some gem to be found in there.

In this months it was an article talking about pets and what they are trying to tell us. Included was that when a dog wags their tails to the right they are curious, interested, engaged, they are working from the left side of the brain. When dogs wag their tails to the left it shows they are worried or fearful, working from the right side of their brain.

It is along the same lines as a horse spooking and…

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Added by Noche Miller on April 11, 2022 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Babying MJ Along

Babying MJ Along

This week was frustrating as far as riding goes. It had rained throughout Saturday night and it was too wet for me to ride in Shannon's grass ring on Sunday, so I was really looking forward to my lesson on Wednesday.

We got to the stable and Darryl told me that MJ was sort of lame, and Debbie said I could…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on March 5, 2022 at 11:03am — No Comments

EC Bans Russian & Belarusian Participation In National Competitions

Ottawa, ON, March 9, 2022 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Board approved a resolution today condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the breaking of the Olympic Truce, and Belarus’ support of the attacks. EC joins the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) in banning Russian and Belarusian athletes, horses and officials from sport…

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Added by Barnmice Admin on March 9, 2022 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Winter Gloominess

Winter Gloominess

Since I have not been able to ride as much as I need to (riding is physical therapy for me) I have had a lot of time to read on-line and think about horse stuff.

I think we, in North America and the rest of the Western world, have come to the end of the time in which non-wealthy people can afford to support…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 26, 2022 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Winter

Winter

This year we are getting a REAL winter down here in the mid-southern part of NC.

It snowed last night, over an inch. The lows have been in the lower 20sF to the upper teens, with maybe one night a week approaching the freezing mark. Luckily for me that one night was Tuesday night this week, and that one night will be…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 22, 2022 at 11:32am — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 51 - Another Hiatus

Another year, another hiatus until Spring.

This time, it's my hip. Last summer, the hip which has always been a little 'off' got very sore, so I went to a physio yet again, but this time the treatment has vastly improved things.

What I noticed was that when I did the treatment, the pain lessened, but when I got astride a horse, the pain came back with a vengeance. It's a pretty quick realization that if I want the hip to heal more, I'd best give riding a break, so no being on…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on January 20, 2022 at 7:09am — 1 Comment

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May this year be much better than the last two years for all of us.

Sorry for the break the last few weeks, my sons and their families visited for the holidays. I did get to ride, weather permitting, and I got all my riding lessons in.

Not…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on January 1, 2022 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Musing About Grooming

Musing About Grooming

Fortunately we had rain this week and today, we have been in drought status so we need every drop of rain that falls. Of course it messes up my riding but we NEED this rain.

Lately I have been exploring the Haas brushes, researching all the descriptive blurbs the saddlers attach to their listings,…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 11, 2021 at 10:56am — No Comments

Sold at auction as a yearling, this horse sat in the feedlot until he was three. Luckily for him a loving family happened to drive by and spot him out there. They brought him home with them and he is…

Sold at auction as a yearling, this horse sat in the feedlot until he was three. Luckily for him a loving family happened to drive by and spot him out there. They brought him home with them and he is now living the good life.  The first two pictures are him immediately after leaving the feedlot. The rest are later, after he had time to settle in.

He has a single whorl perfectly centered between the eyes. This only shows us that we don’t see any extremes of temperament from the whorl.…

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Added by Noche Miller on December 14, 2021 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving vlog… URGENT NEWS!

Tap the little transparent box ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️⬇️
(By the way this is 7:30ish in the morning not night.)

Added by Lucy on November 26, 2021 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Should I film today?

I have no storage left on my camera which leads me to have to film on my phone for the vlog today. I may or may not film today. I am sorry that the vlog did not get posted yesterday like I promised. The camera data wiped out again and I can’t find any of it! I will film the day in the life vlog very soon!!!

Added by Lucy on November 28, 2021 at 11:59am — No Comments

Double Whorled Complications

The slightest change in the location of a horse’s whorls can make huge differences in temperament.

No where is that more difficult to figure out than in side by side and diagonal double whorls. These whorls show almost…

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Added by Noche Miller on November 22, 2021 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

On The Radio!

I had a very big day yesterday.
It was a bit of a secret, I thought about mentioning it ahead of time but there was no way to share it in process. Besides, what if I messed the whole thing up? I didn't want to tell people ahead of time and have everyone know I did awful. So I waited.…
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Added by Noche Miller on October 27, 2021 at 11:31am — No Comments

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