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The Rein Back

~ Going Backwards to Progress Forwards - By Nikki Alvin-Smith

  • 18 March 2017
  • Author: canpubco
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The Rein Back
Is your horse truly submissive and obedient? Is your horse truly forward and does the action of the rein go through his whole body equally on both sides. If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then the rein back will be easy to achieve and show artistry and engagement. It is an extremely beneficial exercise for the horse when correctly executed as it engages his core, strengthens his top-line and develops strength in the gaskin and suppleness through the hips. It also increases flexion of all joints in the hind end. All these benefits are of immeasurable importance as you develop your horse to piaffe, passage, pirouettes and expressive flying changes (all of which topics are covered in the recent issues of Horse Bits Magazine). The rein back is also used in training other English disciplines and also in Western training.

Out of Chaos Comes Compassion

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

  • 20 February 2017
  • Author: canpubco
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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.

Preparing to Store Your Trailer for Winter

Thourough cleaning before storage can lengthen trailer life.

  • 22 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
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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
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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.

Preparing Your Horse & Barn for the Winter

Begin earlier to winterize the barn.

  • 2 November 2016
  • Author: canpubco
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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
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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: 1784
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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.

Washington International Horse Show

October 25-30 at The Verizon Center in Downton Washington DC

  • 10/18/2016 12:30 AM - 11/16/2016 12:30 AM
  • Author: canpubco
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Washington International Horse Show
Tickets are now available for purchase at the Verizon Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. General admission tickets for daytime performances are $15 (plus applicable service charges), Tuesday through Sunday, with children 12 and under admitted for free. Evening performances, VIP, reserved and general admission tickets are available starting as low as $20. For group discounts, contact Verizon Center Group Sales at 202-661-5061. For more information on tickets and discounts for military, seniors and students, visit www.wihs.org/tickets/.

Endurance Riding

Many Miles and A lot of Fun

  • 3 October 2016
  • Author: canpubco
  • Number of views: 2645
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Endurance Riding

By Sarah Milicia

 Endurance riding is an equestrian sport based on controlled long distance races. There are two main types of long-distance riding: Competitive trail riding and endurance rides. In a competitive trail ride, riders cover a marked trail for a distance usually between 15 and 40 miles per day.

Hunter Pace at Hidden Splendor Farm

Championship Series to Benefit the Tioughnioga Ruritan

  • 3 October 2016
  • Author: canpubco
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Saturday October 8, 2016, Hidden Splendor Farm, 3375 Hughes Road in Morrisville, NY .  For more information call Jill Higgins at 315-480-0383
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