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.
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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.
Jessica Beauchemin of Vintage Oasis Farm now has a new equine logo for her farm. She purchased one of my ready-made logo designs from Horse-Logos.com. I customized the dressage horse logo with her company name and tagline and put them in her text font preference of AlexBrush and TeXGyreSchola.
She also purchase the matching business card, envelope, and letterhead designs to go with her new logo to help her market her brand.
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 MuseumBeijing 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).
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.