Rider Wellness: Getting Back on the Horse

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You’ll Know When It’s the Right Time to Remount The old saying is that you should always “get back on the horse”. I did get back on my horse the day I fell off during a moment of chaos when riding with friends. I got back on because I had …

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Trainer’s Corner: Do a Pre-Ride Safety Check

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Correctly fitting protective headgear is always a good idea for safety while riding.

Pay Attention to Four Crucial Areas It was an ordinary late summer day—dry and warm, the perfect moment to be on horseback. We had been riding daily since mid June and had led almost 1000 kids, ages 8 to 10, out on trail rides. Most of them were first-time riders, …

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New & Noteworthy: Free Youth Course on the Language of Horses

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from Equine Guelph Horses are masters at picking up on our body language but how good are we at seeing theirs? Discover the fascinating body language of horses with youth from all over the world!  Students from all over the world have participated in Equine Guelph’s Horse Behavior & Safety …

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⚠️Warning: Graphic Content⚠️ Stallion Suffers Horrific Injury Escaping from Trap at Gov’t Wild Horse Roundup

Death toll rises to five as two more foals also die after helicopter chase in summer heat Additional Deaths Background About the American Wild Horse Campaign The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, with more than 700,000 supporters and followers nationwide. AWHC is …

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Trail Savvy: Why Use Hoof Boots?

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Image Courtesy Robert Eversole

Unveiling the Truth Behind Equine Footwear Hoof boots—we’ve all heard of them, and it’s a love-or-hate relationship for most. I tried boots from four manufacturers a few years ago and promptly returned to traditional steel shoes.  Steel has worked for me for years. Other than a few sprung shoes, failures …

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Small Farm Makeover: 3 Steps to Prepare for Disasters

Make sure your horses are practiced and comfortable loading and hauling before an emergency arrives.

Be Organized for Action in Case of an Emergency Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and it’s in your best interest to be prepared in advance. There are three primary focus areas that can assist you in preparing: build a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. These three practices can …

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Media Barn: Book Review – The Kid’s Guide to Horsemanship and Grooming

Everything You Need to Know to Care for Horses While Staying Safe and Having Fun By Cat Hill & Emma Ford Whether taking their first lessons, handling horses when visiting friends, or enjoying the challenges of first-pony ownership, children need to learn more than how to ride. When it comes …

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New & Noteworthy: Idaho Horse Expo Offers Top Notch Clinicians and Entertainment April 7-9

Photo by Cam Essick

The 37th annual Idaho Horse Expo will be held April 7-9, 2023, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho. If you’re a horse lover of any age, you can’t miss this event. The expo features international and local clinicians and trainers including Ty Evans of Utah. The Idaho …

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Media Barn: Book Review – For the Love of the Horse

By Mark Rashid Looking Back, Looking Forward Over 30 years ago, renowned horseman Mark Rashid’s first book, Considering the Horse, was published. In it he shared his experiences with horses and people, subtly delivering practical lessons in horsemanship and life in a conversational style that resonated with audiences around the world.  …

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Small Farm Makeover – Horizon Structures Presents Series: Fire Safety in the Barn

Photo courtesy of Horizon Structures.

Overlooked Farm Practices Can Be Dangerous Fire safety in the barn often involves common concerns such as moisture content of hay and its storage, providing evacuation plans and emergency services contact numbers, 24/7 illuminated exit signs, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, removal of cobwebs from light fixtures, no smoking signs, keeping …

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