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Training Myth Understandings: Whips & Spurs and All That Excitement

by Ron Meredith, President, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre

  • 15 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Training Myth Understandings: Whips & Spurs and All That Excitement
As the horse moves along through his training, you go from showing him what you want to asking him for it and finally he knows what you want well enough that you can just tell him.

CAMELINA OIL ever heard of it?

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

  • 15 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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CAMELINA OIL ever heard of it?
Sometimes your horse will need additional calories to sustain high energy needs for work/performance, or to help with weight gain. In such a case, oil can be safely added to your horse's diet. Horses with metabolic conditions requiring reduction of dietary sugar and starch can also be fed oils to provide extra calories. Start slowly, building up to no more than one cup per day, depending on the intensity of activity.

Staying In Control

By Lynn Palm

  • 15 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Staying In Control
Riders frequently ask how to stay in control in new situations. In fact, the most common question I am asked at clinics and featured appearances relates to training and riding outside of the horse’s normal environment. Riders are concerned about losing control and what to do if the horse is disobedient, bucks, or rears. These responses from the horse usually cause the rider to become fearful and apprehensive about getting hurt.

Common Deficits in Safety Knowledge

Instructors Seeking CHA Certification, By Polly Haselton Barger

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Common Deficits in Safety Knowledge
There are many areas of concern in the equestrian world in terms of safety, but perhaps none so important and far reaching as that of the safety skills of riding instructors. Any deficit in the knowledge of safety rules and procedures on the part of the instructor has an exponential effect as students and clients continue to proceed with ill advised safety protocol in their interactions with horses.

Monroe County 4-H Members NYS Fair Horse Experience

Hippology, Horse Judging, Gymkhana, and more at the 2019 New York State Fair

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Monroe County 4-H Members NYS Fair Horse Experience
Monroe County 4-H members participated in multiple horse related activities at the 2019 New York State Fair this year. Everyone worked hard, always had a smile, and supported other 4-H youth from across the state while learning and sharing.

A fantastic group of 4-H members represented the Region 2 Horse Program and participated in the Hippology contest at the state fair. They started at 8:00 AM with horse judging and kept going for 5 hours while working together to give oral presentations and take written tests. Topics included anatomy, breeds, knot tying, farrier tools, and more!

Dealing with a Horse that Pins His Ears

By Lynn Palm

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Dealing with a Horse that Pins His Ears
If you have spent much time in the saddle, chances are you have come across a horse that pins its ears. Whether you are riding such a horse, or you are riding in a group that includes this kind of horse, you know how unpleasant it can be. More importantly, the aggressive, ear-pinning horse can be dangerous.

Who's JEB?

By: Morgan Hulbert

  • 22 March 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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Who's JEB?

Growing up on a small Belgian farm in upstate New York, there were many things I looked forward to each year with the horses: logging, trail rides, wagon rides and hooking up the sleigh in the winter.  However, there was one time of the year that was most exciting- foaling season.  As I grew older (and started paying attention to more things), I realized if we had had a stud colt born that year, there was talk of “Jeb”. For the longest time, my younger self always thought that it was a possible name for our foal. But that was definitely not the case. From there, I found out that it was a deadly condition, and the intention was to minimize it, if not erase it, from the Belgian bloodline. But that is where my knowledge ended, so recently I did some digging…

Cornell University Equestrian Team - Region 1 Champions

  • 22 March 2019
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Cornell University Equestrian Team - Region 1 Champions
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell equestrian team was named the Zone 2 Region 1 Regional Champion at the Regional Show Sunday at the Oxley Equestrian Center. The team earned the distinction based on the points it has collected throughout the entire season.

The Most Important Routine

By Ron Meredith

  • 22 March 2019
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The Most Important Routine
Some time ago I was in a grocery store during a big thunderstorm. The lady in front of me at the cash register line was nervously patting her toddler while saying “don’t be afraid” over and over. I’m sure her intention was to reassure the child (or maybe herself). I’m also sure that the youngster got the message loud and clear that thunderstorms were something scary because they made mom really jumpy and anxious.

LeMoyne Equestrian Team Off to a Great Start

The 2018-2019 IHSA season for the LeMoyne Equestrian Team has started out as a great one.

  • 15 March 2019
  • Author: canpubco
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LeMoyne Equestrian Team Off to a Great Start
Our riders vary from freshman to seniors and from experience to non-experienced. Most of the riders are from New York along with a few from other states.  The Team competes and trains at Galemont Equestrian in Baldwinsville, NY under coach Brenda Peck. 
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