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Out of Chaos Comes Compassion

From Tragedy to Tenderness an Equine Rescue is Born in Cazenovia, N.Y.

  • 20 February 2017
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1550
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Out of Chaos Comes Compassion
by Elizabeth J. Dana

Whether you believe in fate or miracles, out of chaos and tragedy rose the birth of compassion. It began, as all tragedies seem to do with a phone call, three years ago from the Central New York SPCA, detailing the discovery of 14 wild, starving ponies abandoned in a snowy field, with no access to food or water and many horses from the herd already dead.

Successful Stallion Selection Starts Here

By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 17 January 2017
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 1218
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Successful Stallion Selection Starts Here
January and February are the prime months for stallion selection in the horse breeding world. Thoroughbred farms are busy with foals hitting the floor already and the other breeds are not far behind.

Horse Communication

Beyond Action & Words

  • 20 December 2016
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 1613
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Horse Communication
I think we can all agree that communication between one another, human to human is complicated right?  Now add inter-species communication, human to horse, we quickly discover our good intentions are not enough to be safe around a 1,000+ lb horse. 

DIY Horse Wreath

by Garden Answer

  • 15 December 2016
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 1284
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DIY Horse Wreath
Create you own wreath made with fresh cuttings of pine and balsam fir. The base is a metal candy cane form (Oregon Wire Works) The following is a link to the YouTube instructional video DIY Horse Wreath

Preparing to Store Your Trailer for Winter

Thourough cleaning before storage can lengthen trailer life.

  • 22 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1165
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Preparing to Store Your Trailer for Winter
Another hot summer has come to an end; another show season for the books. It may be hard to imagine those snow-covered roads, and depending on where you live, they could be just weeks away. Some of us show horses year-round, but for others it’s that time to prep the trailer for winter storage and perform preventative maintenance so your rig is as ready as you are come spring! 

Exercise Benefits Older Horses

Regular Exercise crucial for keeping youir mature horse sound.

  • 17 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1207
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Exercise  Benefits Older Horses
Unsoundness and other frailties of old age often call for horses to be relieved of day-to-day performance requirements, but regular exercise remains important for older horses. Exercise comes in many forms—it can be as simple as encouraging aged horses to walk from one end of a field to the other for feed and water, or walk-only lessons or lazy strolls.

State police still looking for woman who stole saddles at NYS Fairgrounds horse show

Saddle theft occured Sept. 15 during the Morgan Horse Show in Geddes

  • 17 November 2016
  • Author: Horsebits
  • Number of views: 1315
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State police still looking for woman who stole saddles at NYS Fairgrounds horse show
GEDDES, N.Y. -- State police are looking for a woman they believe stole two horse saddles during the Morgan Horse Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in September.

Preparing Your Horse & Barn for the Winter

Begin earlier to winterize the barn.

  • 2 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1215
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Preparing Your Horse  & Barn for the Winter
Once the leaves start to fall, it means winter is around the corner. And in many parts of the country, that means below-freezing temperatures; snow and ice, slush and mud will be very present. To get started on winter preparations for your horse and barn, the earlier you begin to “winterize” the better.

Ammonia: The Hidden Danger in the Barn

How ammonia vapers can affect your horse, adults, and children

  • 2 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1505
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Ammonia: The Hidden Danger in the Barn

Written by Jennifer Roberts
We all like to think of the barn as a place to unwind and relax, but did you know that there may be a hidden danger to you lurking in your horse’s stall?

When you open the stall door, pitchfork in hand, are you hit with an acrid burning of the nose, lungs and throat? That my friend, is the signature trademark of ammonia

My Horse is Afraid of Me

How to gain your horse's trust

  • 19 October 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 1698
  • 1 Comments
My Horse is Afraid of Me
An Arab mare arrived for retraining with a disturbingly common problem of fear and distrust of people.   My barn is often the last stop for horses before being sent to auction or euthanized due to dangerous behavior, and this mare was facing the same fate if I failed at connecting and retraining her.  The owner of this beautiful horse was grief stricken and disillusioned after bringing her once sweet, trusting mare home from a six month stint with a professional trainer.  She now has a dangerous horse that spooks, bolts and is afraid of her owner and people in general.
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Retired Racehorse Project Seeks 500 Trainers for $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 1254
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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit organization that promotes off-track Thoroughbreds for multiple equestrian sports, today opened an online application for participation in the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover.

Senior Horse Challenge Sharpens Skills

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 1353
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What differentiates Equine Metabolic Syndrome from PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or “Cushings”)?

1) Laminitis
2) Obesity or regional adiposity ("fat pads")
3) Delayed shedding

USRider: Traveling with a Horse? Blanket or No Blanket?

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 1433
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2015) – With winter making its grand entrance in many states and across Canada, having confidence your four-legged companion is comfortable during travel is essential. While horses are very comfortable in cold conditions, and most travel well in the winter, it is still a big question as to whether you should be throwing on a blanket or leaving it at the barn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before you hit the road.

One Simple Truth That Leads to Softness between Horse and Human

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 1376
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“It’s not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness,” says renowned horseman Mark Rashid, “but rather, it’s what we don’t do.”

For your horse’s sake: Salt needs more attention during hot months

  • 20 July 2016
  • Author: Anonym
  • Number of views: 3813
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Your horse sweats more during the summer, making electrolyte supplementation worth considering. But electrolytes alone will not protect against dehydration. Your horse needs to have enough sodium (salt). One ounce per day (two tablespoons) is adequate for maintenance during cool months, but hot, humid weather calls for at least two ounces per day, and more if your horse is in work of any kind.

Article by By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

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