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Is the 2nd Riding Ring in Another Universe?

Is the 2nd Riding Ring in Another Universe?

Due to some chaos on Wednesday morning I did not get my lesson with Debbie. I did get to ride there on Thursday, and when we set it up I asked Debbie if I could use my double bridle on Bingo even though I would not be in a lesson. She had no problems with my request which was nice, it means I am using the double bridle correctly and not…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on August 3, 2019 at 10:52am — No Comments

Warning - Read the Fine Print

A word of caution to all artists who are seduced into entering art competitions. Read the fine print very, very carefully.

Free entry and prize money may not be worth it.

Recently I came across such a competition run through the City of Edmonton (government) so I assumed it would be a legit competition.  The call for submission was very particular it had to follow a theme and if your art…

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Added by Linda Finstad on August 4, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Russ Krachun "Kozak" Horsemanship - Equine Educational Programs

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Equine Educational Programs- "Foundation" "Intercommunication" "Evolution" 

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Added by Russ Krachun Kozak Horsemanship on May 20, 2019 at 4:37pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 40: Riding a Bicycle

   Really. It turns out that a good way to think about riding is to think about riding a bicycle. Especially jumping, but dressage, too. I was warming up last Wednesday, when J.H. commented to one of the students in the class that was just finishing up, that they needed to look up, not at the jump (a problem I struggle with) and used the analogy that one does not look at the wheel of one's bicycle when riding, one looks ahead, down the street and guides the bicycle around whatever dangers…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on July 2, 2019 at 12:12am — 1 Comment

I Try Another Bit with Bingo

I Try Another Bit with Bingo

Hot, humid weather down here in the South. The lows have been in the mid 70's F, which sounds really pleasant until I open my front door into a sauna. I really appreciate being able to ride earlier in the morning during the summer heat, but the humidity tends to be worse earlier in the morning. My ice vest is really helping me to cope with the heat, I am so glad I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on July 13, 2019 at 11:25am — No Comments

Creative Genius or Eccentric Old Bat?

Do you worry about how others view your actions or what they think about you?…

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Added by Linda Finstad on May 6, 2019 at 8:13am — No Comments

A quality horseback riding lesson is key to achieve the ultimate horsemanship

Horse riding is a kind of sport that demands the skill of riding driving or vaulting with horses. With having such skill of this kind of a sport one can use horses for many practical purposes such as transportation, competitive sport of horse riding or recreational activities along with many cultural horse-related programs.

 

A General overview regarding the utility of horse riding…

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Added by Silvia Watson on April 8, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Choosing the right set of horse riding boots

Horse riding is a fun-filled exercise. You get to experience adventure while embracing mother nature in its pristine form. One can spend an entire day in the English countryside while enjoying and admiring some breathtaking natural beauty.…

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Added by Eada Hudes on March 25, 2019 at 9:24am — No Comments

Essential Equine Health Care Products For Every Horse Owner

Horses are majestic and large animals, and they require a great deal of responsibility. For first-time horse owners and experienced horse owners alike, you’ll need a comprehensive list of horse care products to properly care for your horse. Here, we provide you a handy list…

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Added by Sandra Ericson on March 30, 2019 at 2:52pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 38 - The End of Our Beginning

   We did a dressage competition at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy last Saturday. We were riding the 2019 USEF Training Level Test 2. For the first time, a test result that came back and I'm quite happy with everything on it. The judge, I was told afterwards, judges FEI competitions, and has a reputation for marking hard and being picky, so it…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on February 21, 2019 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Can Investing in "Prim-Equus" Make You Rich?

We have all heard of the fantastic prices some pieces of art fetch at auction especially when created by some famous painter like Monet or Salvador Dali

The style of these two painters are polar opposite, however they have one very important thing in common  - they both were the originators of a particular style of art. 

Way back in 1860 Claude Monet was one of the first artists to paint in the “Impressionist” style, he was…

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Added by Linda Finstad on February 17, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

4 Areas To Improve Horse Welfare

What are the welfare challenges facing pleasure and competition horses? A four-year research study, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Vet Sciences set to find out. I thought it was cool that experts from across the equine industry contributed to the research- vets, farriers, trainers, welfare charities, breed and competition associations. As we…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

Looking for volunteers for quick online equestrian injury survey

Hi All,…

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Added by Olivia Jones on July 19, 2018 at 11:17am — No Comments

The Pros and Cons of Leg Protection

I’m sure you’re aware of the Pros and Cons of leg products such as boots and wraps and how riders and trainers need to balance their use for protection along with the danger of overheating. There are a number of studies on the topic and there are others concerning the danger of overheating with ceramic boots and wraps used for injury prevention and recovery. One important theme veterinarians and professionals emphasize is the need for breathable protection.

Another important topic…

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Added by Douglas Spatz on July 22, 2018 at 1:45pm — No Comments

What Does Joy Look Like ?

What does Joy look like?

My name is Linda Finstad and for the past 15 years I have earned my living as an equine photographer and artist.  My my art work is very distinctive - always bright and colourful with a child like innocence.  However there is a deeper meaning behind why I paint the way I paint.

Everyone know that for a painting to be considered “Art” it has to stir an emotional response within whoever looks at it.  “My goal as an artist was to…

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Added by Linda Finstad on May 29, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments

Train without whips and pain paraphernalia

When you really think about it, whipping an animal is cruel. Yet many horse riding methods and those which proclaim themselves to practice 'natural horsemanship' whip horses and use whips in all of their routines. It is surprising when we consider that horses are adored for their intelligence, memories, beauty and sensitivity. Why would anyone teach to whip and cause pain to such an extraordinary animal?

True Natural Horsemanship has done away with the whip and instruments of pain…

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Added by True Natural Horsemanship on June 1, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Nineties Have Arrived

The Nineties Have Arrived

Yes, four days of 90ºF+ in a row. Summertime temperatures and it isn't even the middle of May. I guess it makes up for all those lows in the 20's this year.

So after months of…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 12, 2018 at 11:36am — No Comments

Spring 2018

Mara B have been out enjoying the neighborhood around the stable today!…

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Added by Helen Stassen on April 12, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Why one day Retreats are as good as Vacation

Why attending the 

Painted Pony  - Creative Retreat is as good as a Vacation

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the fast pace of your life and endless to-do lists. Feel like you just NEEEED a break?

But with heavy schedules and commitments its hard to get away on a vacation, I hear you!  Whether it’s impossible to take time off work or the many responsibilities at home with a family, for many people…

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Added by Linda Finstad on April 14, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

Grey Horses, A Racing Icon & A Chance Encounter

I will preface this story with the advisement I love Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Horse Racing. At the age of six I discovered the Kentucky Derby and the subsequent US Triple Crown Races, then the Canadian Queen’s Plate and our own Triple Crown series. This year will mark the 56th Derby I’ve watched. I will also express my undying gratitude to the CBC broadcasts of…

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Added by Lois Keays on April 1, 2018 at 6:45pm — No Comments

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