Comparing Soaked vs. Unsoaked Ontario Hay - A Balanced Bay Blog Post…
Added by Madeline Boast on August 30, 2023 at 11:18am — No Comments
Dr Orla Doherty is gathering data on the impact of problem behaviors in horses on riders, handlers, and those working with horses, along with their strategies for addressing these issues. Dr Doherty is an Irish veterinarian with a Master's Degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare from Edinburgh University. She established the Animal Behavior Clinic in 1994 and has been addressing behavior issues in animals ever since. She kindly requests that as many people as possible take a moment to…Continue
Added by Wendy Koch on October 27, 2023 at 10:27pm — No Comments
I've Been Studying Horse Anatomy
I have been riding MJ for my riding lessons, walk, trot, halts and turns. I have also been riding my Home Horse with Shannon's help every Sunday, and last Sunday I made it to 22 minutes riding my Home Horse!!!! But there has been nothing new, nothing exciting and certainly nothing ground breaking in my riding this summer. Riding in the summer heat can get boring…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 9, 2023 at 10:25am — No Comments
MJ and I are old. Our joints ache at the best of times. Throw in ANYTHING, the weather, sleeping on the wrong side, MJ being bullied out in the paddock, a little bit of gas, and our whole system gets thrown out and we just can't do stuff that is easy when conditions are good.
Like my rides on MJ. In the past…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 23, 2023 at 10:36am — No Comments
Nutritional Considerations for Donkeys - A Balanced Bay Blog Post …
Added by Madeline Boast on August 30, 2023 at 11:22am — No Comments
Sorry I've Been Gone
I have not ridden much lately because I just cannot deal with the heat, the polluted air, and the humidity, all of which affect my ability to write as well as my ability to ride a horse.
There were other reasons I did not get many lessons lately,…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on July 22, 2023 at 12:09pm — No Comments
For me the beginning of the Summer weather has been a lazy time, very lazy time. I had gotten over whatever was wrong with me, I was really looking forward to my lesson, but when I went outside for my lesson two weeks ago I faced a new challenge, extremely dirty air. This was from the wildfires in eastern Canada visiting us just in time for my riding lesson, bummer.…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on June 17, 2023 at 12:20pm — No Comments
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Soaking hay is a popular topic in equine nutrition. There are many reasons a horse owner may choose to soak their horse’s hay. Some examples include laminitis, poor dentition, digestion concerns, metabolic disorders, as well as respiratory problems. Today’s blog post will discuss what the research tells us about soaking hay to reduce non-structural carbohydrate (NSC)…Continue
Added by Madeline Boast on December 13, 2022 at 10:04am — No Comments
Forage first is generally considered to be one of the “golden rules” of horses, so why is it so commonly ignored or disregarded? Ensuring your horse is getting adequate forage can make a huge difference in many aspects of their health.
Horses are herbivores with hindgut…Continue
Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 10:30am — No Comments
By looking at whorls we can have a clue about temperament from the time of birth.
There are limitations. One of those is the distortion of the whorl caused by the foal hair coat.
Foal coats do all sorts of interesting things. From…Continue
Added by Noche Miller on November 21, 2022 at 12:55pm — No Comments
A Smoother Sitting Trot
Monday it was hot and humid. I did wear my technical fabric tights, shirt and socks, but I should have worn my ice vest instead of my protective vest. I only walked but I ended up hot and sweaty, and I felt exhausted before the end of my placid ride.
MJ was stiff since he had been in a St. Jude's…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on November 12, 2022 at 2:08pm — No Comments
One Reason Why I Use the Double Bridle
The weather down here has been wonderful for riding, the worst I had to deal with was a minute or two of a sort of serious sprinkle but the rest of my rides were rain free.
When I got to the stable Monday morning it was a lot more crowded than usual. They had gone to a show on Sunday…Continue
After almost a year, my hip is good enough to swing over the cantle again. Likely, I'll have this soreness for the rest of my life, but at least physio has got me back into the saddle.
For the better part of the year, I've been doing once, and sometimes twice, a week ground work. That is, as I've said before, something that most riders never learn, but I think it is far more important than most people ever grasp. Groundwork is not just running a horse around in circles, but there are…Continue
Added by Noche Miller on October 17, 2022 at 11:38am — No Comments
What I'll Look For
When I got up on MJ for my lesson this week I told Debbie I was NOT going to be doing the sitting trot for a while. Ten days after I tried to sit MJ's trot I still hurt, mainly my upper back between my shoulder blades. It hurts, it creaks, and I have decided that until MJ gives me a really clear signal that his back feels good enough for me to sit his trot, good enough so his…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 8, 2022 at 11:19am — No Comments
From Toes to Heels
I had an exciting week. I got a homework ride in! Yeah, the ride itself, 30 minutes at a walk on a horse “saying”--”this should be a day off for me”--isn't that exciting, it is that for the first time in months I got to ride twice a week! Hurrah!!!!! I also discovered that if I did some more grooming—curry comb and dandy brush, that my back did not hurt between my shoulders…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 15, 2022 at 12:06pm — No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Caroline Akervik
Added by Caroline Akervik on September 8, 2022 at 5:22pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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