Horses and Fear

July 2014

Part 2: Common Causes and Solutions for Fear by Allison Trimble, Willfully Guided Horsemanship   It is important to understand that horseback riding is considered an extreme sport. If you don’t ever want to take a risk, break a sweat, or get dirty, find another hobby. We concluded last month that …

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Breathe Life into Your Riding

Pt. 4: Breathe into Your Transitions by Jenny Rolfe   This month we’re going to cover breathing as an aid to better transitions. As described in my last article, take a few moments to check your posture from ‘top-to-toe.’ Focus on your core breathing and feel the building of stability …

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CPR for the Newborn Foal

What to Do with a Non-responsive Foal by Joanne Fehr, DVM, DACVS, Emergency Clinician   While awaiting the arrival of a new foal, no one wants to anticipate problems. However, early recognition and appropriate response is imperative in emergency situations. If faced with a difficult delivery or non-responsive foal there …

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Three Things Almost Dying Taught Me About Living

My Extreme Journey to the Mustang Makeover Challenge by Matt Zimmerman     Sometimes, a brush with death teaches you things about living you might not have learned otherwise. This is the story of how an extreme injury birthed an extreme dream…  August 8, 2011, was a normal day of …

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Out of the Darkness

Learning to Celebrate the Rain by Karen Pickering   It’s a typical northwest winter morning. It’s still dark at 5:30, the wind is blowing and rain is coming down sideways as I step out the back door to do my chores. Welcome to the special challenges of winter/spring horse management …

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Fixed

In This Race to the Winners Circle, the Fix May be a Fatal One by Paddy Head     Some jockeys ride for the pay-off, Andy Crowley rides because she can’t imagine any other life. On her way to becoming New York’s most acclaimed female jockey, she’s forced to move …

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Slow the Flow

Dealing with Drainage Issues in the Pacific Northwest by Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water   Managing the wet environment in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging. During winter excessive rain fall makes mud, an especially unpleasant reality for many horse owners. Mud is not just a nuisance; it creates …

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The Allure of the Backcountry

The Trail Rider’s Lament by Robert Eversole   Keeping a trail horse is expensive—the feed, fuel to travel (even worse) and tack, well we’ll just avoid the subject of how much good equipment costs. So why do we ride? And, more to the point, why do we trail ride over …

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Youth Helping Youth

WSQHA Emerald Queen Payton Anderson Promotes Community During Coat Drive     Payton Anderson, age 16, is currently serving a one year term as Emerald Queen for the Washington State Quarter Horse Association. As Queen, Payton worked diligently with WSQHA to organize a state wide winter-wear (coat, hat, and glove) …

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Washington State Animal Response Team – Northwest Volunteers Making a Difference

Northwest Volunteers Making a Difference for Horses in Need by Michaela Eaves     It’s not every day a county needs a large team of trained volunteers to help support a large herd of neglected horses while their owner awaits trial. When Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson needed help, she …

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