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Extraordinary Rescue Horse by Community of Horse People

Extraordinary events occurred in South Carolina yesterday January 27th, 2014. A horse was given a second chance. A simple post went out on OTTB Connect. A property had to be vacated of horses and one horse was left abandoned by her owner. Animal control was going to shoot the horse later in the day. She had no shelter as a severe storm was predicted to come in; an un-handled pregnant mare had a death sentence placed upon her because someone saw her as too hard to handle and had to be moved alive or dead. At first negative comments appeared then quietly and steadily an unorganized group of strangers started cross posting with purpose and getting involved. A battle cry went out and it went nationwide. Suddenly a mare no one knew about hours before was a life to be saved and horse people united. National rescues and state rescues were of no help they couldn’t move fast enough, didn’t respond or had no room. Horse people took it upon themselves to save a mare at least for evaluation.  She deserved at least that one consideration. She deserved a chance to start over. Everyone and everything deserves at least one […]
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Horses and Heroes How to cope with the Physical and Emotional Challenges of War

Horse and Heroes will be filmed at Charity Hill Ranch in Rapid City, Michigan. This semi-scripted documentary will provide dual benefits for military personnel and veterans. Not only will it share personal stories and raise awareness about the effectiveness of Equine Therapy, but it will also be give job preference to veterans. Animal Assisted Therapy is extremely effective for those who are physically and emotionally challenged. It has become widely used in cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Closed Brain Injuries. Although almost any animal can be a healer, dogs and horses are the ones that are most commonly partnered with veterans. Dogs have the advantage of being accepted in both cities and rural areas. However, horses more accurately reflect the mood of the person handling them. This ability is helpful for the PSTD patient to learn how to recognize their own feelings. In this way, they learn how to retrain their mind and body reacts to stressers. Founded in 2001, Charity Hill Ranch specializes in Traumatic Brain injury and PTSD. Christine O’Connell, the owner and manager, has been a PATH International Certified Instructor of 10 Years, and specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury as well as being a Certified […]
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Funny Horse Stories Wanted for Therapeutic Riding Fund Raising Book

National Book Publisher Looking for Funny, Horse-Related Stories for New Fund Raising Book The creators of the very popular Seven, Horse Tales for the Soul books and audio books are about to launch a new project filled with funny, horse-related stories. They are inviting horsemen from around the globe to send in their best, funniest, true stories for consideration in the new book. (http://horsetalesforthesoul.com) The book will be used in 2014 to help Therapeutic Riding Centers around the USA raise funds for their important work. If you have a funny story that you would love to share with the world while helping a great cause at the same time, visit: HorseTalesForThe Soul.com  for all the details. Bonnie Marlewski-Probert, founder of Whitehall Publishing and 20 + year veteran horsewoman, is going to take this book on the road to do book signings around the country and will be inviting authors within to join her when she comes to your area. “I was privileged to work with hundreds of horse lovers around the globe in the Horse Tales for the Soul books and really proud to say that the authors created a family with many becoming dear friends and two even getting […]
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How to Ensure Your Horse Lives a Happy Life

What many people don’t understand about horse riding, is just how precious the bond is between a horse and their rider. This is an almost ‘symbiotic’ relationship, which sees you teaming up with a beautiful animal in order to feel truly liberated and free. You will spend a lot of time with your horse and you will have some great moments together, and as such you’ll find yourself becoming great friends and caring for them a lot. As such, you will want to ensure that your horse is as happy and healthy as possible – even when you’re not around to be with them. The thought of leaving your horse at the end of the day and them suffering in silence is the stuff of nightmares for most riders and owners, so read on to find out some of the ways you can keep your companion happy and well. What Makes a Horse Happy? The first thing to ask yourself is what makes a horse happy? Of course the answer is different than it would be for humans in many ways: your horse isn’t looking to find fulfillment at work, and doesn’t get much pleasure from TV. Rather, the most […]
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Should You Consider Horse Insurance or Not?

Most people today do not actually think that horse insurance is necessary. After all, why should you do that when we talk about an average horse? It is obvious that you want to have your special thoroughbreds protected but if you just have a regular horse, why should you invest in insurance? So many people believe that this type of insurance is only affordable for breeders and wealthy owners. However, when a horse requires surgery or medical attention, insurance basically end up being the difference between saving the animal’s life and death. Nobody really wants to sacrifice a horse because of the fact that they can not pay the veterinarian. Any horse of any breed stands out as a financial and emotional investment. A horse is definitely more of a sentimental investment for most owners out there. Insurance for horses is the same as with humans. There are many different coverage types that can be purchased. The most common examples are medical and mortality. This is highly comparable to health and life insurance for humans. What Type Of Horse Insurance Should You Consider? This is a tricky question to answer. Most people do not think that they know what to […]
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FREE Article and Preview Issue of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine Winter 2014-Issue 53 was released on January 1st! This is just a quick post to make sure that you know about it. The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com (at the top, or on the left bar), or the direct link is:  http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member After you log in, make sure to post on the Go Team Barefoot! Forum, and visit frequently! Also, we’ve got a couple of FREE bonuses for you to share with your friends! This first one is a FREE feature article from this new issue, “Surviving a Coffin Bone Rotation… at 28!” by Jen McGeehan http://thehorseshoof.com/sub_feature.html Next, we have released the entire THH Issue 50 free for everyone to read, it is our new FREE Preview Issue! http://thehorseshoof.com/sub_preview.html This is one of our most requested issues, and includes the 50th Issue Retrospective with 15 famous barefooters, and A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement, and so much more. Please send these links on to anyone that you think might be interested. Happy hooves & “Go Team Barefoot!” Thanks, Yvonne — Yvonne Welz, Editor editor @ thehorseshoof.com The Horse’s Hoof P.O. Box 40 * Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Phone: 1-877-594-3365 […]
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Tips for choosing the right horse

Each horse lover considers buying their the first horse an very exciting thing. Unfortunately, sometimes it turns into an awful disaster because of the beginner’s lack of knowledge. To avoid mistakes we give you some tips for choosing the right horse for you. Where should you start your horse examination at? With the very his or her head of course! First of all it should be dry, clean, proportional to the body, with a wide throat latch – the distance between the branches of the lower jaw, resiliently set ears, wide-open eyes, large nostrils and tightly closed lips. A deep mouth is beneficial for control, because it is better for holding the bit. Look attentively at the horse’s teeth. With the following tips, you can easily estimate the age of your animal. For instance, if the shape of the teeth is oval, then your pet is no more than 12 years old; if its round, then 12-14, triangle – 14-19, concaved – 19-21. The neck is a balancer. The ratio of its head is usually 1:1, but riding horses have the ratio 1.5:1. The junction of the head with its neck is called the occiput. If it is long and […]
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National Study of Thoroughbred Racehorse Placement

Retired Racehorse Training Project Press Release January 9, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A report released today by Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) is the first nationwide study of how Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are transitioned into second careers. It is based on a survey conducted in late 2013 titled Exploring the Bridge To Second Careers in which owners of 4,200 ex-racehorses from 47 states and Canada responded to 23 questions. “The public believes that racing owners dump their retiring horses into auctions and that a lucky few get rescued and adopted,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman. “Our survey tells a different story. Most of these horses were not rescued. They were sold or donated through networks of people both inside and outside of racing who work very hard to transition these animals.” 34% percent of these horses were acquired directly from racing owners. 31% were acquired from non-racing private owners. 13.5% were acquired from non-profit placement or rescue organizations, although that share increased from 11% to 19% over the last ten years. 9% were acquired from professional training or sales businesses. 2.3% of horses came through auctions. The survey also revealed that prices for horses increased with training, but are still far […]
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