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The Gene Behind Gaitedness

What if learning your horse’s ancestry was as easy as pulling some hair and waiting a couple of weeks? Many places offer genetic testing for several creatures including humans, to establish ancestry and in animals, what breeds they are made up of. What if equine gaitedness was also so easy? Learning…


Added by Ashley on September 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Buying a Horse

Bringing a new companion into your life is an undoubtedly exciting experience. Whether you're adopting a shelter dog, feeding the neighbourhood cat, or even building a birdhouse so that you can attract wildlife to your backyard, the thought of a new creature appearing in your daily routine is an enticing thought at the least. Bringing a new horse into your life is an even larger endeavour that requires a lot of planning. Here are five of my favourite tips for buying a horse to make…


Added by Ashley on May 26, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Into the Unknown

Someone asked me to put onto paper what losing the horse racing industry would mean for my family and I. For the first time in my life I struggled to find the words.

I have been around horses my entire life and so has my husband. Both of us are second generation. I was picking out hooves before I could pick out my own clothes. Our 2 1/2 year old daughter and our 1 year old son have too been exposed since birth. Knowing that they have already felt what joy and tranquility these kind… Continue

Added by Ashley on February 23, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Horse Book Review: Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen

First HarperTorch Paperback Printing: April 2004


ISBN: 0-06-058027-5…


Added by Ashley on April 18, 2011 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Eve Dressage Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm,

Only one horse was stirring, the brown one in the barn,

The only one to hang a stocking from his feed dish that night,

Hoping that Santa would come, and fill it just right.

The other horses were settled quietly in their stalls,

While their dreams were of horse treats, candy canes and riding halls,

And the cat in the hay barn and the dog on his mat,

Had just snuggled in for a long winter's…


Added by Ashley on December 11, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Equine Behavior: Spookiness

With all the articles and clinics and "professionals" giving their two cents on equine behavior these days, I figured I might as well throw my two cents in and see where it got me. Equine behavior is a very broad subject; it can include anything from cribbing and other annoying vices, to the language of Equus as made famous by Monty Roberts. Being an inquisitive and active… Continue

Added by Ashley on June 25, 2010 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

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