September 2009 Blog Posts (65)

Moving to BC in less then a month

So were getting ready for our moving sale this Friday and Saturday, you probebly already no if you saw my discussion for my tack for sale. We leave on the 17th and we sould get there on the 22nd or so, depends how long we take to drive there. Then I start up riding lessons and then in December I will look to buy a horse (I have owned 5 horses before so this is not my first horse). I'm really hoping for a Warmblood this time, but I found this really neat Appendix mare that I might be interested… Continue

Added by Rachel G on September 30, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Lessons From Sam by Robert Pruitt

He had been sold a few times before. An old Quarter Horse named Sam. He was respectful but knew who he was and wasn't impressed with anyone, anymore. I could put a halter on him; tie the lead rope in a circle and any small child could control him like he had the best custom bridle and reins. Sam would never take one false step with a child on his back, or a quick step or any step that might frighten a child. Twenty years old, Sam was a big stocky and still powerful old style… Continue

Added by Bob Pruitt on September 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Vermont Horse Farm Showcases Dressage and Good Horsemanship.

Horse Farm in Vermont Showcases Dressage Training and Good Horsemanship

Working together

East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont showcases the best dressage training and horsemanship around. Founded in 1976, East Hill Farm is one of the oldest and well regarded equestrian… Continue

Added by Ruth Hogan Poulsen on September 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Paige Presents: This Week in Horse History - September 28th through October 4th

September 28 through October 4

October 1, 1938 – ‘Blackie the Wonder Horse,’ a twelve year old gelding, swam across San Francisco Bay. He completed the crossing of seven-eighths of a mile in twenty three minutes and fifteen seconds, beating two Olympic Club swimmers. Blackie towed his trainer Shorty Roberts by his tail for the entire duration of the swim, while Shorty’s brother helped to ‘steer’ Blackie by encouraging him with sugar cubes from a rowboat which made the… Continue

Added by Paige Cerulli on September 28, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

How do you Know?

You know your horse better than anyone – instinctively, you know immediately when something is amiss, even if you can’t immediately diagnose where the problem lies or what is causing it. I can put words to what you already know – how do you tell when your horse is happy? What I am going to say may be controversial and provocative to some, but if you are truly honest with yourself, you may realize that perhaps there is a lot of truth in it!

A horse is not able to lie, to ‘act’ like…


Added by Jochen Schleese on September 27, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Hallelujah, I can ride with a bit again!

It has been sort of rough the past few weeks. My husband got the flu, then I started having an exacerbation on my MS, then I got the flu and could not do much for two weeks. Luckily I do not have permament harm this time, so it is back to riding!

Every year after the summer blahs I always worry if my hands are good enough to ride in a bit. Forced by the bad effects of the heat on my MS I HAVE to ride bitless during the summertime. I am so grateful for the cross-under…


Added by Jackie Cochran on September 27, 2009 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

My Top Tips: Part 3

Please enjoy tips 21-30. I'm a big fan of number 23!

21. Good technique isn’t just about what the horse does over the jump.

22. When jumping a combination, don’t ride into it with too much pace because your horse will learn to jump flat and run on the landing. Give him time to adjust his weight onto his hocks.

23. Canter, rhythm, line. Get it right every time.

24. The better the approach the better the chance of the horse jumping…


Added by Tim Stockdale on September 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

4 Tips On Breathing To Help You Relax When Riding Your Horse

The simplest, quickest, way to find relaxation on your horse is to BREATHE. Here are 4 quick tips to help you with your breathing.

Now, I know you're breathing or you wouldn't be reading this! But are you breathing in a way that promotes relaxation?

1. Let's find out. First, let's dissect what you do when you inhale. Stand up. Take in a really deep breath. Did your shoulders go up? If they did, you’re just breathing in your upper chest. And there's always tension…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

What is the appropriate type of bit to use on your horse?

The bit that you use on your horse is quite a personal thing. It is like shoes really. Sometimes we just force ourselves to wear certain types shoes that we really shouldn’t just because they are in fashion not because they fit us. The same sometimes goes for saddles, boots, saddle cloths, nose bands and bits.

I personally have a lot of shoes that I rarely wear that have been bought over the years, some fit and some I just like the look of. I’m the same with bits. I have over a…


Added by Megan Jones on September 25, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments


Contemplation, sometimes a good thing, sometimes a bad thing.

Will Roger's quote, "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today," is a good one for those of us who sometimes let our minds dwell on the past.

If that's the case for you - or someone you know - feel free to click on the link below and print out a copy of this painting/quote combo. Maybe it will help you adjust your focus.…


Added by Karen Brenner on September 25, 2009 at 7:33am — No Comments

Equine Science: Weekly News and Trivia Question - September 25, 2009

Gosh, this week’s been rather quiet for science news in the equestrian world, so I’m afraid there isn’t that much to report, but here are a couple of stories to keep you informed.

Last week I reported that The Blue Cross were worried lots of horses would be carrying excess weight this winter but now over in Ireland the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have different concerns.

They believe that the economic crisis has led to lots of… Continue

Added by Chloé Sharrocks on September 25, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Cameo Z just blows me away

That little boy does not put one wrong foot down. He is such a good boy for such a youngster. Here I was, with my niece getting him all ready for the National Foal Championships and CSH Breeder show. Driving along, I was watching the time getting nervous as I was worried I was going to get to the RCRA late and miss the first class. We ended up pulling into the parking lot at 9:50am. My friend Jane helped me unload him and we literally ran to the office and then into the arena. I just made… Continue

Added by Sarah on September 24, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Poodles as Horses...and other animals!

Poodle doodles: Dogs are transformed into pandas, horses and even snails in a barking mad grooming craze

They may resemble pandas, buffalos and camels - but these animals are actually poodles, all competing for the title of top dog at 'creative grooming' shows across the U.S.

Something of a canine fancy dress contest, it takes just two hours for owners to transform their pets, which are sheared and coloured to… Continue

Added by Katherine on September 23, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

looking for a cross.

hello everyone,

my name is jay and i'm looking for a horse to spend the next few years with while i get back into horses. i am debating weather going to buy a yearling or go to a breeder looking for a certin horse. Last year i went to the equine affaire and met a beautiful horse that was a standardbred/draft cross. i've never drooled or wanted a horse like him as bad as i did, and i thought maybe i'd get over it when i got home. But now i'm looking to buy a horse to work with…

Added by Jay on September 22, 2009 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Performance Horse Handler Certificate - NEW FOR 2010

This is great news!

University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Partners with REACH in Clinton to Deliver New Equine Training Certificate Ridgetown, September 10, 2009

The University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus is excited to announce that it will be partnering with the Regional Equine and Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH) to deliver a new Performance Horse Handler Certificate at the REACH facilities in Clinton.

The new two-semester Performance Horse Handler Certificate… Continue

Added by Sarah at on September 21, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Paige Presents: This Week in Horse History - September 21st through 26th

September 21, 2002 – For the first time ever, the United States driving team won the Silver Medal at the Four-In-Hand Driving World Championship. Previously the best finish for the United States team in the event had been fourth. In 2002, though, the United States placed second, with the Netherlands coming in first and Germany coming in third. The Driving Championship was part of the 2002 World Equestrian Games, which were held in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

For more… Continue

Added by Paige Cerulli on September 21, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

New Horse, First Show

My boyfriend and I took my horse to a Canadian Horse show... our first show together. I was a little worried about how each of us would handle the event, but I am thrilled that the little lad was stellar and his humans had a great time. By day 3 he was getting a little stir crazy, since at home he is never in a stall, but with lots of walking and exploring, he settled down... and he was wonderful in the show ring. We even came home with some pretty "souvenirs". :)

We would like to… Continue

Added by Ferrous on September 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Honeymoon in Purgatory

In my last post, I mentioned the new home I had picked out for Sammie, in Clancy's backyard. Amazingly, though I live in a community with loads of equestrian zoned real estate, bridle paths that wind through the streets, miles and miles of trails into the foothills and mountains, and even a public park with two large arenas and a round pen, when I bought Sammie, I had only three public board options within 10 miles, and none of them would be suitable.

There was one nice facility,… Continue

Added by saddlebroke on September 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments


Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying the BEAUTIFUL summer/fall weather! Just joined Barnmice yesterday. I think this is the most fascinating, colourful and truly people & animal web sites I have ever seen! CONGRATULATIONS all you BARNMICE!!! Sharon

Added by Sharon McBride-Pine on September 19, 2009 at 6:11am — 2 Comments

This Sunday 9/20 - Animal Matters Radio (Darwin's Natural Pet Food)

Please join us this Sunday, September 20th at 7pm PT / 10pm ET on BlogTalkRadio via The Health & Harmony Radio Network (HHRN) where we have our Animal Matters Radio show, and will be talking with Darwin’s Natural Pet Products!

Use the following link to listen live or to pick up the archive anytime:

Darwin’s Makes it Easy and Affordable to Feed… Continue

Added by Christianna Capra on September 18, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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