Karin Apfel

Articles by Karin Apfel - 19 results

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Behaviour

Stereotypies

Most experts now agree that confining horses to stalls and feeding them concentrated feeds increases the risk of developing stereotypies.

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Training

Bombproof Your Horse Part 2: Lunging and Long-Lining

Groundwork is an important part of training with many uses. You can lunge for short periods or long-line a horse that is too young or unfit to be ridden.

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Behaviour

Bombproof Your Horse Part 3: Schooling Under Saddle

Learn five strategies to help keep your horse focussed under saddle.

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Nutrition

Cut the Feeding Frenzy

This article explores how some horses can be so hungry at feeding time that you can get squabbling and dangerous fence running occurrences.

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Tack & Equipment

If the Boot Fits

When purchasing a new riding boot, fit (really, really) matters.

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Behaviour

Introducing Predator to Prey

It can be hard initially to predict or control how introducing them to each other will go, and sometimes the first meeting can be pivotal.

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Behaviour

Bombproof Your Horse Part 5: Putting it to the Test

You've done the work, and you and your horse are now a confident, skilled team. So, what's next? Time to take on a challenge - obstacle courses.

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Behaviour

Bombproofing the Rider

Spooky horses can erode our confidence as riders. We get nervous, the horse gets tense and it can derail the most well-planned de-spooking program.

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Behaviour

Bombproofing Your Horse Part 1

'Bomb-proofing' is a popular catch-phrase for what is essentially a systematic process to desensitize horses to frightening objects and situations.

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Health

Deconstructing Deworming, part 1

In order to avoid over-medicating our horses and to prevent resistance to deworming medications, deworming programs are being recommended.