All Blog Posts Tagged 'Horse' (67)

January: The Mourning Month.


Winter doldrums: I’m dragging my feet all the way in from the arena, the ground is dry, the grass is dead and the wind is cold as a slap in the face. Maybe I have an Auld Lang Syne hangover. Mourning and a desire to hibernate go hand in hand in January. It seems we lose alot of…


Added by Anna Blake on January 20, 2012 at 8:12am — 1 Comment

A New Way

Horses are my life. As a person who is deeply involved in all aspects of the horse on a daily basis, I strive for a connection with each of them and work at understanding and communicating in a way that is fair, humane and encourages trust and connection. This stuff doesn't happen overnight (necessarily) - it…


Added by Horse Play on December 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Gratitude for the Glorious Gift of Poop.

This is how you can tell there is a tourist in the barn: they keep their eyes on the ground and there’s lots of erratic tiptoeing. Some even squeal at the sight of manure. I call it Fecalphobia- an irrational fear of digestive waste. Thankfully, humans are the only species prone to the disease. (Nincompoops.) Everybody else is fine about bowel relief.

People who live with horses don’t get emotional about poop. It’s such a normal part of the day-to-day…


Added by Anna Blake on December 9, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Upcoming Events for Horse Play Oct 2011

Horse Play Events - October 2011

October 1,… Continue

Added by Horse Play on September 28, 2011 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Under Saddle: Control and Freedom.

The equestrian world can seem kind of bi-polar. Some of us ride like headless (brainless) horsemen with little consciousness for our horse or surroundings.  Some of us are such control freaks that we slow every walk stride and micro-manage our horse’s nose into being afraid to take a breath. Most of us are working towards a middle ground.

Dressage seems to attract riders who like…


Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2011 at 8:12am — No Comments

A Harvest Moon Ignites the Fall Flu.

The calendar changed and so did the weather. These first September days have been undeniably Fall- shorter, crisper and with a bit more oxygen in the air. The moon rules the prairie and this weekend is the Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. I won’t say the word- but tick, tick, tick.

The horses didn’t need a calendar to know. There has been a break out of the Fall…


Added by Anna Blake on September 9, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

The Horse Nanny:

Your child will never misbehave again!


This video was sent to us from a reader (we didn’t get a chance to ask if it was ok to use their name prior to posting – but if the person who sent this to us sees this post and wants to de-anonymize themselves, go for it!).  And let’s just say it, we’re all thinking…


Added by Snarky Rider on August 31, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Hurricane Irene and Corsair Update

Corsair seems to be improving daily. The vet will probably be back out today or Tuesday to re-examine him. His eyelid is still very swollen but all of the inflamed conjunctiva has gone down and it only appears to be oozing some tears. Will know more when the vet takes a look.…


Added by Horse Play on August 29, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Ode to the Fly.

I admit it. I find mucking to be a near inspirational time; I simply do my best thinking while holding that fork. Today I was pondering a fairly gut-wrenching blog topic that has been haunting me, but it’s late August and there was an audible fly buzz that’s more than  distracting- it’s nearly…


Added by Anna Blake on August 26, 2011 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Best Show Day Ever!


As you can tell by the superlatives in the title, I'm about to go overboard.  Much gushing about the Sainted Bay Mare will follow, so here's your warning to either pull on your waders or abandon ship now!

Last Saturday we showed at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in the…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on August 16, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mid-Summer news from horse Play 2011











The Running Horse

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play…


Added by Horse Play on August 3, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

First Sleep Away Show Ever -- The Week in Pictures


We got to HITS after dinner on Tuesday.  Cookie was already doing sleepies...…

Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

First Sleep Away Show Ever: Reflections on Day 4

It's actually Sunday morning, the last day of the show, and I'm writing this while the kiddo is happily singing in the shower. The joy in her voice as she belts out whatever lyrics come to mind is the reason we did this whole away show thing. Ridiculously expensive as it it is, it's a chance for Mom and kiddo to live… Continue

Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 24, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Hamsters Will Never Replace Horses.

Has it been one of those weeks? Everything that could go wrong–did? We all know how it feels when gravity gets  heavy-handed and you begin to feel thick and bound by life. It happens.

Maybe you should go to the barn and let yourself be carried a while.

If you have a partnership with a horse then you know that some days you carry them and some days they carry you.

You carry them…


Added by Anna Blake on July 22, 2011 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

HorseGuard Electric Tape Fencing System Story

In 1985, HorseGuard created the original electric fencing tape that transformed the concept of horse fencing. The award-winning traditional tape was designed with the horse’s safety in mind by Serge Lecacheur, an experienced European breeder. Since the original product launch, continuous research and improvements have led to the development of revolutionary, high-quality fencing system solutions that are safe, easy to use and built to last.…


Added by HorseGuard Canada on July 14, 2011 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Early Summer News from Horse Play

The Running Horse 

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play 

Special Issue – Early Summer 2011 

Horse Play 

EIN: 05-0506340 




Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare 


Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom -… Continue

Added by Horse Play on June 30, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Road to the Ride

Inspired by the "Road to the Horse 2011" on DVD which arrived last week, I've decided to implement an intensive training program to get Brody ready to be ridden.  Brody's been with us almost one year now, and he came to us with a suspensory injury.  But the vet came last week for Brody's vaccinations, and gave the go ahead to climb on and ride. Woohoo!


Brody may be physically ready to be ridden, but mentally and emotionally he is not.  (And, of course, there is the…


Added by Jamie B on May 30, 2011 at 7:29pm — No Comments

A Different Kind of Runaway.


Added by Anna Blake on May 20, 2011 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

A few lovely horses

These images were taken last November in the Collingwood, Ontario area. I was lucky enough to stumble upon some farms and these beautiful animals came galloping towards me. I had a wonderful interaction with them, almost like they sensed my intention of capturing them with my lens. They are intelligent, sensitive, super aware creatures!



Added by Manuela Stefan on May 14, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

A Lesson Horse is Born….

… and Grace gives herself a promotion.

Dressage borrows lots of language from ballet -after all, we are the dancers of the horse world. Pas de Trois is a dance of three. I have commandeered that phrase to describe riding lessons as a conversational dance between horse, rider and instructor. All three participants have to be heard for the dance to succeed.

I am always…


Added by Anna Blake on May 13, 2011 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

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