January 2013 Blog Posts (33)

Good Bye Porche!

We had to put our dear, old greyhound, Porche down last Sat, after well over 15 yrs of being a very happy dog. Always happy to go off for a ride in the forest with the horses.  I was judging that morning, so my husband and older daughter took her to the vet ( aside from old age, she had been suffering from liver cancer for 2 yrs, and her metabolism was not working well. She was acutely thin!).  When I came home,  it was my job to take Porche down below the arena, and bury her next to her…


Added by vickie lawson on January 29, 2013 at 11:42pm — 2 Comments

Ontario HAS Talent

Mission Statement

To provide Ontario’s developing equestrian athletes coaching and mentoring and to raise funds and awareness for Ontario’s equestrian athletes participating in the OHT program who compete as a Canadian at a CDI 3* or higher, Canadian Team Event or event approved by the OHT Board of Directors.

Ontario Has Talent keeps getting bigger and bigger. The first of the clinics, the Diane Creech clinic had a good turn out. The Tom Dvorak clinic ended with an even bigger…


Added by Madison Lawson on January 28, 2013 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

Cole Poses Pretty

This is Cole parking out like a Morgan. He taught himself how to do this--I just encouraged him with clicking. He learned it in his stall, and he only recently started doing it outside. I have to wonder if the desire to park out is genetic. If he was a Quarter Horse, would he have done this?…


Added by Judi Daly on January 28, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Horse Play News Jan-Feb 2013

The Running Horse

A Newsletter from Horse Play

Jan-Feb 2013

Horse Play

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Website:  www.hptrc.org

Email:  horseplayri@msn.com


Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare

Winter has arrived! Snow – it’s a FUN thing – extra hay too!



Added by Horse Play on January 28, 2013 at 7:50am — No Comments

Coaching vs Teaching

As a younger rider, my coach failed to take the training wheels off. I was taught some valuable skills, but never learned to think by myself until I became a professional and had sink or swim. 

Now, as a certified coach, I’m always asking how I can be a better communicator and mentor. 

I think Equine Canada says it well in a recent “Coaches…


Added by Lindsay Grice on January 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Tiny Little Steps of Improvement

THIS is the way most horse training goes.

Wednesday there was a cold, cold wind blowing when I took my lesson even though my lesson was 2 ½ hours later than usual (it was in the low 20s F at dawn.)  I got to the stable and Debbie did not look like she felt very well, her sinuses were acting up.  I had brought my Anxiety and Nervousness homeopathic combination remedy and lent it to Debbie, and she chose to give him a dose before we started grooming.  I did my Ttouch…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

The Old Age Fiscal Cliff.

Napping on noses

Could there be a more beautiful animal than a horse? Even old ones who nap on their noses like this pair? Maybe my training has brainwashed my eye to see horse proportions as the gold standard but when I think other animals are beautiful, it’s usually because they remind me of a…


Added by Anna Blake on January 25, 2013 at 8:48am — 3 Comments

Meet Norman the one-eyed ex racehorse!

Big bay gelding Norman was rescued by Toronto horse lover Heather Young from certain death when his racing career didn't pan out. In 40 starts, Norman only recorded 2 wins and placed or showed in 15, despite being a son of the famed Alydeed and, like most Ontario thoroughbreds, was descended from Northern Dancer.

He was shipped around from trainer to trainer and was all set to be sent to the glue factory when a rescue organization stepped in and saved his life. When Heather met…


Added by Glenda Fordham on January 24, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments

A Poem to all My Friends who Ride.


Being a Gemini I have two sides that I live.  The one I am very happily married, family, and a home with a few friends my husband and I associate with together. The other I have a whole other side to me that is for the most part without my husband.  I’m a horseman and he is not.  This means I am without him for the social as well as the competitive aspect of my other life.

One New Years we had conflicting parties and we were not going to see my…


Added by Cheryl Bruder on January 23, 2013 at 7:14pm — No Comments

What's your Pre-ride checklist?

Do you have a routine before you get on your horse? C'mon, you don't just walk out there and toss the saddle on, cinch up and go do you? On today's show we tell you about the routine we follow and how it works for us! We think it is important to gauge your horse's attitude before you get on. Like any creature they are going to have days where they feel better than others. You need to know where there head is at. It can give you a great insight to the type of…


Added by John Harrer on January 22, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Cole Train’s Trick of the Month

Cole Train’s Trick of the Month

Last month, I told you about Cole Train teaching himself to bow, but that he would only do it in his stall. Well, he decided he could do it outside, too. When I ask him to bow, he parks out like a Morgan with his front legs forward and his back legs back. I click him and treat him. Then, he starts to shift his weight back to bow like a dog. I click/treat for that, too. In his stall, the bow can get quite low. I expect, in time, he will do that outside…


Added by Judi Daly on January 22, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

SALE: Equine DVD's, Jewelry & Books

Hey bloggers,

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is looking forward to the week ahead. It's going to be a chilly week so dress yourselves and your horses warmly :) 

This week's blog is going to be based on the sale at Baker's for equine jewelry, DVD's and books. We have a wide variety of all three of these items at great prices, so you don't want to miss this opportunity to pick up any items you've had your eyes on. On your next visit, go through our DVD's and books…


Added by carmen griscti on January 20, 2013 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

Looking for Beautiful Horses in Maryland and Delaware for painting series

The 2013 Beautiful Horses painting series will feature horses from Maryland and Delaware. Nominations are now being accepted.


Find out more about the project and nominate a horse: …


Added by Karen Brenner on January 20, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Winter Comes Back to NC

After last week’s balmy spring like weather in the 70’s we have had 2.2” of rain, a trace of snow, and I won’t be able to have my lesson next Wednesday because it will go down to 17° F.  I remember when I was young that winter got cold after the fall and generally STAYED cold until springtime.  No longer, and it is hard for me to adapt to all the temperature changes.

Wednesday I made the type of progress with Mick that a person does not…


Added by Jackie Cochran on January 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Should You Use a Rope Halter on Your Horse?

In recent years, rope halters have become very popular with many horse owners. Many 'natural horsemanship' gurus use them and market their own particular type of rope halter.  Because they are used by these famous clinicians, many people assume they are 'kinder' than a regular, old leather or web halter.  But in reality rope halters are meant to be used as training aids - not as a halter for regular, every day use.

In fact, rope halters can become instruments of…


Added by Anne Gage on January 20, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Surviving Old Age: Part One.

Can we talk about surviving old age?  It isn’t mine I’m worried about. It’ll catch up without any help from me.

I am more concerned with the herd here at Infinity…


Added by Anna Blake on January 18, 2013 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

The Whoa Podcast

My wife and I started a podcast.  In case you are not familiar with podcasts, they are a essentially a radio show you can play on your computer or mobile device.  Podcasts cover every topic imaginable.  I have an ipod and subscribe to many different podcast, some for education some for entertainment.  When I look around for one on horsemanship there were few to choose from so we decided to make our own.


We call it the Whoa Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship and it comes…


Added by John Harrer on January 17, 2013 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Using Spurs

A spur is really just a reaching assist (a term taken from my lifeguard days – not equine related!). 

As a woodworker might choose some smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so spurs give a rider precision and reach in delivering his cues. …


Added by Lindsay Grice on January 15, 2013 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Trot On! New Years Resolutions for Horse Advocates


horse and fireworks I’m assuming that you,  dear reader,  have already made your New Year’s Resolutions.  Did you know that the average person breaks them after about one month? Yeah,…


Added by Heather Clemenceau on January 15, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jump, Angel Jump!

Horses appreciate variety.  They can become bored with their jobs just like we can.  Dudley Mandy of Springbuck Natural Horsemanship of Collierville, Tennessee (www.springbuckhorsemanship.com) builds FUN into his training methods by allowing the horses to try things that they do not ordinarily see and do during the course of their routine training.  Here, we see Dudley introducing…


Added by Mary Jane Schifani on January 14, 2013 at 9:13pm — No Comments

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