New thoughts on treatment for Navicular

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 3.45.57 PMHere’s an interesting article from Dr. David Ramey on the use of Isoxsuprine as a a treatment for navicular disease, or really as a treatment for anything. I haven’t personally given it to any of my horses, but it definitely was part of the protocol for treating a pony in our barn that foundered.

I suspect there are many treatments that we still use for our horses (and ourselves) that have no scientific basis for working, but which we continue to do because after giving them in the past, our horse seemed better. Even if the drug has nothing to do with it.

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NYC Carousel

The New York City Carousel in Central Park was one of my earliest and most favorite riding experiences! The current carousel is the fourth to stand in the park after carousels two and three were destroyed by fire. The vintage carousel was discovered by the Parks Dept abandoned in a trolley terminal on Coney Island! Each year the 57 horses carry almost 25,000 riders. It is one of the largest carousels in the U.S.

Hard to believe that it’s Labor Day weekend already! But it means it’s time for all Equestrian Bloggers to submit their favorite posts to our upcoming Blog Carnival. Equine Ink will host the Carnival on September 3rd. You can submit your posts here.

The Blog Carnival of Horses is a monthly collection of posts from equestrian-related blogs around the world. It’s a great way for bloggers to get more exposure and for readers to find new blogs to read. I always enjoy reading the entries when I put it together!

If you are lucky enough to enjoy beautiful late summer weather this weekend, make sure you go ride!

Horse riding becomes life when…

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 8.15.46 PMI love this article at Horse Listening: 20 Ways Horse Riding Becomes Life Itself.

There are many lessons that I take away from my equestrian activities — one of the most important is that progress is incremental, but sticking to it achieves results. Not just in your riding, but in every aspect of your life. It’s just easier to see when you finally achieve your riding goals.

My horses also constantly remind me to forgive — they forgive many bad rides and confusing aids.

They also help me live in the moment and give me some respite from regrets over what happened in the past and worry over what might happen in the future.

How does your work with horses mirror your life?

Let’s play poker

Poker Ride

This was our ride today — 15.81 miles. That’s the longest ride I’ve done for a long time. I loaned Zelda to a friend for the ride so both horses got a great workout.

Today was our hunt club’s Poker Ride. For those of you who haven’t participated in this type of riding event, a Poker Ride is like a Hunter Pace where you are not timed (you can ride at any pace) and you pick up chips along the way. At the end of the ride you trade them in for cards and the team with the best hand wins.

Poker Rides are great for the summer, when riding at a hunting pace may cause heat exhaustion. They are mostly a good excuse to get out and ride a nicely marked route and catch up with your friends.

Today’s ride was in the town next to mine. I’d heard that the ride itself would be relatively short — the estimate was 5-6 miles. I was riding over with two friends so we decided to hack over to the start. It’s was a bit over three miles each way so we were anticipating riding about 11 miles . . .

The course, however, proved to be nine miles, so we ended up riding 15.8 miles! It was a beautiful day — mid 70s, low humidity — but when we got back to the barn, horses and riders were all pretty tired.  But what a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Do you know what Cavaletti means?

Thanks to Denny Emerson’s Facebook feed, I do! And you should subscribe, too. He posts a wealth of information.

My tip for the day - Subscribe to Denny Emerson's Tamarack Hill Farm Facebook feed. He always posts interesting stuff. Click on the photo to go to his page.

My tip for the day – Subscribe to Denny Emerson’s Tamarack Hill Farm Facebook feed. He always posts interesting stuff. Click on the photo to go to his page.

The word “cavaletti” has the same roots as the word “cavalry” and “cavallo”, Italian for “horse”.

And although we trot horses over cavaletti, the name has nothing to do with actual horses.

It`s a diminutive term, meaning “little sawhorse.”