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16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse

Horses love food and adore special treats like snacks that you can give them for good behavior or when you are clicker training them. There are snacks that are good for them and then there are some that you should not consider feeding to a horse. Please click on the infographic below to see it full size for easy reading. 16-things-you-should-never-feed-your-horse.png (PNG Image, 800 × 7500 pixels) The infographic is by the team at Ride-away Save
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5 Tips for Better Horse Trailer Loading

Horses are amazing creatures that fill our lives with joy, but there are times that even our love of horses isn’t enough to keep us from reaching our wit’s end with them!  A horse that’s difficult to load into a horse trailer can be frustrating, but there’s hope for them yet.  These five tips will help your next loading experience be a much better one: 1. Above all else, think like a horse.  A horse sees horse trailers as tight, dark places where they may or may not be vulnerable to unspoken dangers.  Remember that your horse has to overcome thousands of years of evolution just to step one foot inside — so be patient with him as he comes to terms with his instincts. 2. Make loading rewarding.  Some horse owners find that treating loading as an opportunity for easy rewards speeds their loads along.  Start by feeding your horse from a bucket placed at the back of the trailer, so he can eat without stepping inside.  Slowly move the bucket further forward until he’s all the way in and munching happily in his stall. 3. Open your trailer up more.  As mentioned previously, horses don’t like dark, tight […]
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The raw horse Year of the Horse photo exhibit needs your help

Equine Photographer Sebastiano Vitale needs your help to get ready for major art exhibit for the year of the horse. Sebastiano Vitale, has been invited to do two major solo art exhibits in the Chinese museums, the Today Art Museum Beijing and the Sculpture Park Shanghai. 4.000 square meters in Shanghai and the entire second floor in Beijing. It will be all about my photography. It is a huge dream for Sebastiano Vitale. The project’s name is, “The Raw Horse” and it has been chosen to celebrate the Year of the Horse. But the museums do not pay for prints, transport, travel, catalogues, everything else that is needed to put on a display of this size, but they would give Sebastiano Vitale an exposure optionality of a lifetime. Sebastiano has set up a crowd funding campaign where you can help this artist to achieve this dream. You can donate anything from $25 to $5000 (and receive gifts and rewards in exchange). Please visit the link below to find out more and to donate: The Raw Horse – Year of the horse – museum exhibitions in china | Indiegogo – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-raw-horse-year-of-the-horse-museum-exhibitions-in-china Please also view this video with an explanation of the […]
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Measuring Pain and Distress caused from horse bits

A Method for Measuring Bit-induced Pain and Distress in the Ridden Horse     By the 19th and 20th centuries, when racing jurisdictions and the FEI first drew up competition rules for many disciplines, the horse’s bit had been in daily use since the Bronze Age. As a result, the bit was ‘grandfathered-in’ and no questions were asked. In racing, dressage, and some other disciplines, the bit was made mandatory as it was taken for granted that this common device was also effective. But the fact is that the bit’s time-hallowed status had never been tested.   In July 2013 this changed when Dr. Robert Cook presented the results of the first numerical evaluation of the bit. Data from riders who completed a questionnaire and recorded the improved behavior and performance of 56 horses when switched from bit to bitless seriously questions the validity of the bit. The number of unwanted behaviors in each horse when bitted ranged from 5 to 60 with a median of 32. The number when bitless ranged from zero to 16 with a median of 2. Not less than 94% of unwanted behaviors were caused by the bit.   To read the abstract, text and […]
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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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Horse Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year and would like you to join them! This new year issue is bigger and better than ever, with the most amazing barefoot stories and articles from all over the world! Several themes seems to run strongly through this issue, including the topics of foundered horses, and equine diet/nutrition. But perhaps the most touching, heart-warming, and inspirational theme is that of the one special horse that changes your life forever — we hear from several authors about their special horse. Current subscribers can simply log in to their account to access their new issue on January 1st, or anytime after that, at your convenience. The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com , or the direct link is: http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member *If you forgot your password, you can look it up yourself with your own email address – right there! All subscribers have access to the NEW Go Team Barefoot! Forum. There is a full barefoot chat forum for subscribers (barefoot trimming, boots, diet, health/lifestyle, success stories, and chat), as well as a public section where subscribers can post ads (for barefoot news, events, services, classified ads, and barefoot […]
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A Horse is a Horse – Except of Course, When in Pain

Occasionally you’ll come across a horse in pain that just seems unexplainable. Caring owners have come to me feeling frustrated that their horse is still “off,” after trying every traditional and holistic health option they could think of. There is always a reason that a horse is sore. Mainly it has to do with how his muscles support this skeletal system. Muscles contract and release. When muscles tighten and cannot achieve a full release, they will remain tense and will shorten over time. This puts strain on the surrounding areas. Because tightening and spasms are an extension of the normal contraction process, these types of problems do not show up on x-rays or standard testing procedures. The horse’s problem can be a muscle misalignment. Every move the horse makes produces stress upon a specific point. All muscles pull, so all skeletal motion is performed in this manner too. Tight muscles can lead to spasms, knots, muscle misalignment and blocked energy. When this happens you can start to see: o Choppy strides o Loss of impulsion o Jump refusals o Back soreness and hollowing o Resistance to lateral flexion and bending o Girthing problems o Biting and other “bad behaviors” o […]
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Temperamental Behavior in Horses

Guess Post by Chuck Mintzlaff  of friendshiptraining.org Our principal responsibility as the mentor/caretaker, the one in charge, the one in control of every aspect of our horse’s life, concerned/caring horse owners and the supposedly more intelligent of the two species must be to always ask WHY before making any judgement of a horse’s actions (or using any type of reactionary punishment to what we consider an improper action that a horse has made). To do otherwise, could very well be considered by some as arrogant, blind abuse of the worst kind that will truly foretell the age-old adage: “You reap what you sow.” Equine Funktionslust is not just an expression. Nor is Total Equine Environmental Enrichment. They are a combined philosophy and way of life that develops not only a day-to-day, practical, highly functional working partnership but also acquiring the optimum levels of an intimate interspecies friendship between the human and equine species. Give them every opportunity possible to enjoy their work without pain, fear or resentment. You will never regret it. For the questions are NOT, “How can I make him DO something?” nor… “How can I make him NOT do something?” The real questions are; “How can I […]
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Bitless Bridle Now Allowed for Dressage Competition

BITLESS DRESSAGE INTEGRATED Although the official press release from the Royal Dutch Federation of Equine Sports, the KNHS, has not come out yet, we, the NVBP (Dutch Club of Bitless Riders) proudly announce that as from April 1st 2014 bitless dressage will be integrated in the regular dressage competition, valid for the first two levels, B (begin) and L (light). So, no longer a separate category with classified judges, but a dressage competition open to bitted and bitless combinations, judged by all qualified jury members. Either bitted or bitless, the result will depend purely on the rider and his or her horse. Thanks to all members of the NVBP we now celebrate this marvelous news. They contributed to this change of the hitherto fixed opinion that bitless dressage was not possible. Of course we fully trust that the possibility for extending this to the next levels of dressage, the M (middle) and Z (advanced), will be realized as soon as sufficient bitless riders have been promoted to level M. For the NVBP this issue is no longer something we have to fight for, it now is up to all riders (in- and outside the NVBP) who want to ride bitless […]
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