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Jess Becomes an AHA Barefoot Trimmer

It’s been a long winter, and a long time since I did a blog post! I want to kick start spring by sharing some exciting news. I spent many hours over the last year preparing my application to join The American Hoof Association. The AHA is an educat...

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Barn Safety Part 2: Tying

In my last blog,  we covered a few simple concepts related to safety around other horses in the barn. Standing tied is also an important aspect to barn safety. Many horses feel restricted due to their natural claustrophobia when they are tied. The ...

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Barn Safety Part 1

The barn aisle is a handy place to carry out many tasks with your horse. Professionals who visit such as your vet, farrier, chiropractor or massage therapist all appreciate a horse who can stand relaxed in the barn while they work. Most of us also gr...

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Helping the Herd Bound Horse

The herd provides company and safety. Belonging to a herd assures each member that they will follow a matriarch to food and water. There is also ample opportunity to rest easy and catch a nap because other members of the herd will look after the slee...

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Healthier Hooves Between Farrier Visits

Have you ever racked your brain about how to get rid of that crack that never seems to grow out of your horse’s hoof? A toe crack that sticks around for months or years is a sign that something is not functioning properly in the hoof. Then there’...

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I Have Joined a Special Kind of Mom Club

Horses are a passion of mine, a unique pulse that runs through my blood that I find difficult to explain. In June, I joined the Mom club, but not just any Mom club. This club is for the crazy women who manage to find the balance between their love of...

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6 Ways to Develop a Connection with Your Horse

There is a connection between those of us who spend time with horses, whether it be for sport or pleasure. We have been inspired by their majesty, strength and powerful presence. Owning a horse, paying his board, feeding him and grooming him, does no...

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Cheat Sheet to Better Horse Health

Many riders are aware of when their horse is feeling a little under the weather. The obvious signs can be easy to see, but I am going to outline a few simple, perhaps less obvious factors that I keep in mind when I assess a horse before deciding to t...

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Watch and Learn from Your Trainer

Many riders who love their horses realize that they do not have enough time, enough knowledge or experience to help their horse develop to the level that the rider is seeking. Sometimes the best way to set both the horse and rider up for the most suc...

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Back Into Shape for Spring

Spring is around the corner. The frigid temperatures will be easing off, and the thought of riding without toes frozen to the stirrups is refreshing! Some of our horses have become couch potatoes through the winter. The last thing these horses are th...

By: Free Rein