FEI World Cup™ Dressage: #TwoHearts put on their dancing shoes

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignright" width="250"] Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt enjoy a #TwoHearts moment after claiming the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 title at Gothenburg (SWE) last March.[/caption] Since the FEI’s successful #TwoHearts campaign was launched in the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the concept of horse and rider as a single athletic entity has captivated and inspired competitors and fans and, in the discipline of Dressage, that singularity of body and mind is particularly evident. So there is great anticipation ahead of the first leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European...

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Everything You Need To Know About a Digital Pulse in Your Horse

What is an Equine Digital Pulse? An equine digital pulse is a very useful tool for horse owners in determining if there is pain or inflammation in the hoof (or hooves) of your horse. The digital pulse is the bloodflow through the main artery going into the hooves. A digital pulse is typically hard to find/feel, this is due to the fact that there is no restriction of the blood flow into the hoof of the horse. The more restriction (inflammation) there is going into the hoof, the easier it will be to find. If you are not familiar with...

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EQUIOXX® Now Available For Horses in Tablet Form

EQUIOXX® (firocoxib) Tablets received FDA approval in July, and now this new 57mg chewable tablet formulation of the only equine coxib non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is available for purchase with a prescription. EQUIOXX is now available in three formulations - injection, paste and tablet. It is a once-daily treatment to control pain and inflammation associated with equine osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease.1 All three EQUIOXX formulations allow for consistent therapy with the same active ingredient. It has a proven safety profile and spares COX-1 inhibition while inhibiting COX-2 prostaglandin production.* “EQUIOXX Tablets are chewable and easy to administer to...

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About the Quarter Horse

[caption id="attachment_190" align="alignright" width="235"] American Quarter Horse - Playin Attraction from The Four Sixes Ranch[/caption] The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is the breed registry for the Quarter Horse (QH) in the United States. The AQHA is the world's largest breed registry and membership organization. The American Quarter Horse can be traced to early America where settlers bred Spanish and English horses to produce short, stocky, good-minded horses. Ranchers and Cattlemen preferred (and still prefer) these horses. They had served as companions in war, work partners on the ranch and wild frontier, and athletes on the race track in early colonial settlements....

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Aging Horses: How to Care for a Senior Horse

An unfortunate part of horse ownership is that our horses age. And senior horses require a little extra care to ensure they are happy and comfortable in their upper years. As in humans, horses strength and overall body condition diminishes. This does not mean you can't have a healthy senior horse though! You will want to know your horse's Baseline TPR (Temperature, Pulse, & Respiratory Rate) and have that information handy for your use or your veterinarian's use in case of concern. Make sure your elderly equine friend gets an annual checkup by your vet including a full oral exam...

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International Helmet Awareness Day & Helmet Sales

Did you know that September 17 is International Helmet Awareness Day? Many of us wear a helmet in our everyday riding, but we don't pay much attention to the helmet we are using. International Helmet Awareness Day is here to help with that! Did you know that helmet manufacturers recommend that you replace your helmet every four to five years? Well, they do. Everytime you ride (and sweat or get dirt in your helmet) you are effectively breaking down the Styrofoam inside the helmet that aids in shock absorption. Therefore it is not going to protect you as it should if...

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10 Rules to Live by in Evacuations with Horses (Fire/Tornado/Etc)

10 Rules to Live by in Evacuations with Horses (Fire/Tornado/Etc) By:  CTB-Animal Control/Animal Evacuator 1. TEACH YOUR HORSE TO LOAD (and tie)! And I mean immediately step into a trailer. 2. Take at least one bale of hay and a BUCKET, you never know where your horse is going to end up. 3. No matter what, if you take your horses or not, MAKE SURE you take your proof of ownership/BRAND INSPECTIONS! This will help you prove the horses are yours later on! (Photos work in non brand inspection areas!) 4. If you CANNOT TAKE your horse, TURN THEM LOOSE!...

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A Guide to Volunteering During Fires

A Guide to Volunteering During Fires By: Carrie Terroux-Barrett Wildfire season is upon us. That was made brutally clear yesterday when much of Colorado erupted into a firestorm in just hours, several large, structure threatening fires and a few smaller ones included. Colorado is no stranger to wild fires, and few words strike fear into the hearts of Coloradoans more than fire. The best part about this state though, is it's people. Every time there's a disaster the great folks here go out of their way to volunteer to help in any way they can. Being in the horse community,...

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An Ode To Our Barn Hands

Not enough attention gets paid to the person/people taking care of our horses! Whether you call them barn hands, barn manager, facility manager, barn owner, or something else. They are IMPORTANT PEOPLE! Rain, snow, miserable heat, sickness, health or any other occasion cannot deter them from their job. Without them, our horses go without water, food, clean stalls, blankets, groomed arenas and many of the other things that MANY take for granted. Unfortunately at a past boarding situation one of the barn hands where I boarded left, leaving one remaining. Because of this he had been working 7 days a week...

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How to get back in the saddle after a fall?

[caption id="attachment_59" align="alignright" width="300"] This shot was taken at the Pendleton RoundUp of a good friend Terry Simpson mid-flight is getting bucked off his bronc.[/caption] How many times have we heard the phrase, "you're not really a rider until you've fallen off 7 times"? When riding horses, it's a situation we all face eventually. You are not a failure, your horse is not a failure, and you shouldn't give it up if it's something you truly love to do. And you will probably fall off a horse again some day. But after you've fallen off, what is the best way...

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