When your horse chokes

Choke is the most common esophageal disorder in horses and occurs when poorly chewed feed gets stuck in your horse’s esophagus and the muscles spasm and hold it in place. Unfortunately, some horses, like Curly, are prone to choke. Her owner, Lindsay, documented the most recent incident. Why does Curly choke? Partially it’s because she […]

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Connecticut declares horses are not naturally mischievous or vicious

For the last eight years, the state of Connecticut has wrestled with the question of whether horses are naturally mischievous or vicious. To the relief of horse owners and handlers of horses, the decision was made that domesticated horses are not wild animals, and as such are not “inherently dangerous.” Whew! The case started in […]

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No rider required: This horse knows its job!

This cutting horse certainly doesn’t need any help from a rider! Cutting horses are impressive. They just intuitively know which way a cow will run and manage to get their first. My impression is that these horse are bred with cow sense — it’s not something you can teach.  

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Radical animal rights group terrorises kids at the American Girl Doll Store

The American Girl Doll store in New York cancelled a planned special event with carriage rides through Central Park after a radical animal rights group held an event at the store. I’m sorry. To me this has crossed the line into absurdity. I understand that it’s a great publicity maker for the anti-carriage horse contingent, […]

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Riding in the rain . . . with glasses

To say that I’m near sighted is an understatement. My vision is so bad that I always travel with at least one spare pair of glasses. I certainly couldn’t drive without them, and riding without them is challenging. Contact lenses? My eyes gave up on those years ago! This has been a hard spring for […]

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Freedom gets acupuncture

This is what an acupuncture needle looks like.

As I mentioned yesterday, Freedom is having acupuncture treatments to see if they will help with the mild hind end lameness that he’s been experiencing. I could see that acupressure massage helped him and acupuncture is supposed to have a more profound effect. Freedom was treated by Carol Gifford, a holistic veterinarian who mostly treats […]

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