June 2011 Blog Posts (45)

Show Woes: Dealing With Fear


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 21, 2011 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

My horse/My friend? Part 1

Anyone who’s been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend questions themselves later if they read too much into the relationship…I guess he wasn’t that into me after all…

Can we read too much into our relationships with our horses?

Earlier this year in Horse and Rider magazine, readers shared how they would describe their…


Added by Lindsay Grice on June 20, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Treatment and Symptoms of Laminitis & Founder

Some people use these terms interchangeably but they are actually two different conditions – founder being a possible result of laminitis.

Laminitis is an infection of the laminae (tissue) that connects the coffin bone and the hoof wall.  Founder occurs when the laminae die, causing the attachment of the coffin bone to the hoof wall to…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Million Dollar Question

     My last post asked, “What Do You Want?”  Perhaps coincidentally, in her blog today fellow Barnmice.com member Jackie Cochran posted “Well Horse, What Do YOU Want?” Now, isn’t that the million dollar question!  Safety, comfort and play, says Pat Parelli.  Yes, and we should always first rule out physical discomfort when faced with undesired behaviors.  But figuring out exactly how much play, challenge, fun, and rest your particular horse prefers isn’t always easy.

Added by Jamie B on June 19, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Well Horse, What do YOU Want?

I just got to ride once this week, this morning.  I missed some glorious low humidity and cooler riding weather this week because Debbie had her camp.  Now the heat and humidity are back.  At least my ice vest helps. 


As usual when I cannot ride I drowned my sorrows by reading a horse book.  This time it was "Equitation Science" by Greely & McLean, a book about the…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!

Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it’s very old.  Most translate it to some version of “The spirit in me…


Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

USRider offers bad weather travel tips

US Rider is a company that offers  road-side assistance programs for Members hauling horses.  They have released these tips for hauling safely in bad weather:


LEXINGTON, KY (June 15, 2011) – The severe weather season is upon us, and when things get rough, we’re reminded to DUCK:

  • D – Go DOWN to the lowest level.
  • U – Get UNDER something.
  • C – COVER your head.
  • K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has…

Added by KatyM., Community News on June 15, 2011 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Are You Tired of Being Tired?

Are You Tired of Being Tired?

I’m not the type of person who aims to inspire people to think they have a certain disease or disorder. However, there are some “conditions” that are rampant in our society due to the lifestyle we tend to lead. Vitamin D…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on June 14, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Working in the breeding industry

Who doesn’t love the sight of newborn foals frolicking in the pasture or stretched out across a patch of green grass, soaking in the warmth of the sun?  If you love everything related to foaling season – from genetic mapping, to breeding, to birth – then a job in equine reproduction and breeding farm management might be right for you.…


Added by Sarah at HorseJobs.ca on June 14, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Arena Mirrors

As I rode by the mirror this week, I checked to see the outline of the horse I was training - had he hidden behind the vertical or did his frame match the one I had in my head? Although he felt soft in my hands and forward in his trot, I’ve come to realize that what I feel doesn’t always match what is.

In life, horses, people and circumstances can act as…


Added by Lindsay Grice on June 13, 2011 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Saddle Fit and Constant Pain

I have a client who is having problems that some of you also may have experienced. She has a horse with an old injury at the withers which, with pressure from any saddle over time with repeated contact created immense pain for him, which eventually resulted in him bucking off the rider. He is now pain free, has had Mesotherapy, and has shown that he (at this moment) is not in pain but has now a learned behavior to not tolerate anything on his back, any saddle etc. He is still bucking and…


Added by Jochen Schleese on June 13, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Walking in the Heat


This week it has been HOT and muggy down here in N.C..  My body is having some trouble adjusting to the heat this year, nothing major, but the heat came on so quickly!  I have really needed my canes to walk this week.  At least I can still ride at a walk! 


This all worked out good with Mia.  When I got to the stable Debbie's husband brought Mia up like he usually does,…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Dressage: A Relaxed and Forward Ride.

The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward. It sounds deceptively simple.

A rider/horse can not sacrifice forward for relaxation, or relaxation for forward. The art of riding is in negotiating the balance of the two in both the rider and the horse. Forward must be consistent; sometimes the rider relaxes…


Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bitless GP Dressage





Ok.  Here it is!.   Read the whole article and you will find that it was demonstrated ALL of the GP dressage movements in a bitless bridle.   The image shown clearly demonstrates the…


Added by E. Allan Buck on June 9, 2011 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Update on Joy the Orphaned Foal



We first met Joy last December after she was taken in by the incredible people at Quest Equine Welfare in Australia.

Joy had been found at one day old, lying in…


Added by Barnmice Admin on June 9, 2011 at 10:30am — 19 Comments

The Call


Yet another poetic rambling courtesy of my alter ego "Shakespeare 'The Equine.'"





Added by Bear on June 9, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments

Why the resistance to correct riding?

This opinion does not apply to alot of great horse people out there, rather it is aimed at the competitive aspect of the horse world.


seems so many horse people are offended by my position that no matter the competitive venue you ride, the rider should be meeting the requirements set forth in the rules.  On another forum a poster asked the difference between modern and classical dressage.  I posted my opinions and was visiously attacked by those who choose to not conform…


Added by E. Allan Buck on June 7, 2011 at 1:19pm — 10 Comments

Behind The Bit


“Headset” is a bad word in my vocabulary. 

Thankfully, most judges these days aren’t fooled by that horse with his nose tucked in, looking past the head to analyze the balance, rhythm and relaxation of the whole picture.

I often describe the horse…


Added by Lindsay Grice on June 7, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments

The Dangers of Ammonia in Your Barn!

Ammonia emissions are a common by-product of animal waste. These emissions can negatively impact your animal’s health and production. As well, you yourself can be harmed by high levels of ammonia and even low levels can irritate the eyes and lungs. The environment is another concern, as ammonia emissions affect air quality.

Ammonia is one of the most dangerous gases that is present in the air in barns and stables. It is produced from the decomposition of manure. The protein in an…


Added by mel hj on June 6, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

What do you want?

Wednesday I saw a tornado.  Up close, while trapped in my car on an elevated stretch of highway in Springfield, Mass. Scary!  Funny what a random lethal event does to your head.  It’s clarifying

My sister, a fellow agnostic, asked me if I prayed.  The question took me off guard, and its answer surprised me a bit: I didn’t.  I’d wondered if this was “it”, and then thought, why not?  I don’t live in the area, just happened to be there at that moment as I traveled to Vermont for…


Added by Jamie B on June 5, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

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