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Selecting Rubber Mats

Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to stand on an uneven or hard concrete floor for hours on end. The strain it would cause to your body’s joints is similar in horses. Some horses spend much of their time standing in their stalls or barn and it is important for their health that they have […]
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Hula-Hoops and Horses

About a week ago I thought, “I wonder if the horses can learn to pick up a hula-hoop and place it over a pylon.” They’ve certainly seen us throw them at pylons many times from the ground and while mounted. I started with Zelador. I chose a medium sized orange cone and a pink hula […]
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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 2

Expanding Clicker Training Through the People Who Use It I have always said clicker training benefits the most from two groups. The first are the experienced horse trainers who bring their horse handling skills and knowledge into the community. We need people who know what a piaffe feels like and how it is traditionally trained. […]
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Moderately Better Beastie

After last week’s ‘episode’ of bad behaviour, I was really hoping for a nice easy ride this week, but as usual, Luc had other plans. The giant grey giraffe unfortunately reared its very tall head for most of the ride, gawking every which way at every single thing within sight of the sand ring. I […]
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Horseplay Sanctuary Fall Fundraiser

We’re practicing like crazy for our fall fundraiser in support of Horseplay Sanctuary this Sunday. Our vizsla, Trooper, just might make it into the fundraiser! You never know!!!! Here’s our flyer. Pre-registration is necessary. Hope you can come!
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The Trip Home

As you have likely heard, all of the Canadians were pulled from the Endurance race at WEG. Disappointing, but understandable in the very tough conditions where only 35 riders completed out of 161 entries. I believe the time cut offs and trail conditions were instrumental in this. We packed up all of the gear and […]
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For the Love of Spring Song

The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is six months long. It started April first and is ending at the finals in Oklahoma October 3,4,5. At the beginning of July I researched trailering Spring Song to the finals. That’s the first time I started wondering, “Am I out of my mind?!” The trip will take over 40 hours […]
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Choosing the Right Stall

When looking for a durable and dependable stall system for your equine friends, you must consider a number of factors: What features do I require…posts or no posts? What is my budget? What does the stall package include? What type of finish is on the stall system? How much labour am I going to have […]
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Bill’s Homecoming

I brought Bill home from the hospital on Sept 26th. Within hours the PhD Physicist’s brain was at work, leaving bits and pieces of evidence around the house. His mode of transportation was a walker with wheels on the front, but not on the back. He attached a shopping bag to one side. Bill’s biggest […]
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Bad Beastie

Well as you might be able to guess from the title of this week’s blog, my ride on Luc was not one of our better ones. In fact, I experienced some of the worst behaviour from him ever with me in the saddle, with perhaps the exception of that disaster of a first attempt at […]