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Two Creaky Old Ladies

Two Creaky Old Ladies

Yesterday I got to ride Mia. When I got to the stable the stable hands told me the Mia had hung around the barn UNTIL someone asked if I, Jackie, was coming. Mia immediately headed out to the furthest part of the pen she was in, out to the other side of the riding ring. Then they told me she had done the same thing earlier, hanging around the barn until someone mentions my…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on February 16, 2019 at 11:39am — No Comments

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

Make Money - Introduce New Clients - Easy as ABC

How to - Make Money with your Equine Business

This idea is as simple as ABC which is why it works.

If making money from what you already have and attracting a steady stream of new clients to your business sounds interesting.  Continue reading.

If you have all the clients and money you could possibly want or need. Congratulations, feel free to discard this information, I won’t waste any more of your…

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Added by Linda Finstad on January 22, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

Horse Care 101 - All You Need to Know

Horses are far from your average pet. In fact, they are beautiful, majestic creatures. Owning a horse can be very exciting but at the same time, owning a horse also comes with a great deal of responsibility.

It’s important that you know all there is to know about how to care for a horse, observing what good horse health looks like, and when you need to call a veterinarian.

What You Need To Know…

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Added by Sandra Ericson on February 4, 2019 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

The Oakley Diaries 37 - The Important Effect of a Subtle Change in Posture

  Despite all I've read about how to position oneself in the saddle, and despite my best effort to follow advice, it is still easy to mis-understand, and easier still to slip into poor posture.

  So, re-reading the advice for beginners in the EC handbook, and re-reading Sally Swift's definitive work, and discussing it with my coach while doing my usual, strenuous riding without stirrups, we came to two observations, viz., that the stirrup bars and flaps of the standard European riding…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on December 24, 2018 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

On the occasion of the 20th birthday of my horse Alamuti.

When I first had you as a pony, you were slim and weak,

Though naughty and wild, you ate well and never felt sick,

I worked on your muscles and fed you well,

Once you were four, strong and built well,

I saddled you, slowly mounted on your back and waited an action,

After a few steps you jumped up and down in joy, your reaction,

You ever since played and played, and I fell down so many times so badly,

Nevertheless, we loved each other, throughout the years,… Continue

Added by Amir Khosro Alai on November 28, 2018 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

VANESSA CUARTAS’ COLOURFUL HORSE PAINTINGS STAMPEDE INTO URBAN GALLERY, TORONTO

Toronto's leading indie art gallery, URBAN GALLERY, presents their show for December 2018 with a whole herd of colourful, vibrant horses galloping across the gallery walls: VANESSA CUARTAS presents lively abstract equine portraits in her solo…

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Added by Glenda Fordham on December 10, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

The possible methods for making the environment safe for your pets

The environment plays a vital factor,and it affects every living thing on this planet. As human beings, it is like a sacred duty to save the environment. There are many human actions and machines built by human beings that affect the environment,but the ill effects can be curbed if proper measures are implemented. The keeping of a pet animal or…

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Added by Silvia Watson on November 11, 2018 at 5:16am — No Comments

As Michael Approached

As Michael Approached

I just got to ride on Wednesday this week. There was off and on rain, and a pretty persistent drizzle while we drove to the stable. Debbie had called me to make sure I was still coming out, but when I told her that this would be my only chance to ride this week and I was willing to dodge the raindrops she told me to come on out.…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on October 13, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries 36 - Strong Legs

   It astounds me, as I comb through back issues of magazine articles, online articles, and books on equitation, the degree to which I now find myself adding a mental asterisk to almost every exercise and lesson, especially whenever it mentions "quiet seat" or "keep the hands/legs quiet" or some such: *if you have enough leg strength.

  That little aspect rarely, if ever, get mentioned; it gets glossed over, in fact by almost everyone. Even Clinton Anderson, in his videos…

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Added by B. G. Hearns on August 24, 2018 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

What is "Prism-Equus"

What is “Prism-Equus”?

Linda Finstad is a world renowned equine photographer who spent many, many years capturing the beauty and grace of horses on camera.  Her work in the field fostered a deep fascination for equine body language and communication which lead to her book “How to De-code equine body language” in which Linda Finstad uses photography coupled with years of experience and research Linda Finstad to reveal the secret language of…

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Added by Linda Finstad on September 10, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

Halt at X.

Credit: Dana's Doodles

Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the halt.…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

“Bad mood “?…or maybe an ulcer.

Equine vets are filling up on the latest, smartest research this week at the British Equine Vet Congress.  We all benefit , don’t we?... as new evidence trickles into our barns, it changes our treatments and traditions. It often changes our minds.

Here’s just one of  the top seminar tweets…”Based on Dr. M.…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — 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,…

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

21st Annual Equine Affaire in W. Springfield, MA

Join us for Equine Affaire in Massachusetts, 8-11, 2018. Experience the nation's premiere equine exposition, featuring more than 230 unique clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry. Equine Affaire also hosts the largest trade show in the East, showcasing hundreds of commercial exhibits, an extensive Breed Pavilion, an educational Equine Fundamentals Forum, the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition, and a special evening show - the Fantasia, a musical…

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Added by Equine Affaire, Inc. on August 2, 2018 at 9:16am — 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

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