The Escape Artist

Escape artist

There was a recent post on Facebook that postulates that horses don’t have frontal lobes and, therefore, cannot undertake higher mental functions such as reasoning. This would mean that horses cannot plan to be naughty or blamed for bad behavior or poor performance. Well, no one told Zelda. After much thought and planning, Zelda has […]

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Gua Sha for your Horse

Gua Sha

For centuries, the Chinese Gua sha technique has been used to promote healing by scraping muscle tissue to stimulate blood flow, stretch and relax muscles, increase range of motion and reduce pain. You may also have heard it referred to as the Graston technique, named after David Graston who popularized this treatment in the U.S. in the […]

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Strengthening your Ankles

Strengthening your ankle

Your ankle absorbs the action of your horse’s stride with every step they take, something I’m painfully aware of right now. Even riding with a long leg, your ankle flexes and moves both up and down and sideways in ways that are almost impossible to replicate when not on a horse. To help keep my […]

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Medina Spirit Dies after Workout at Santa Anita

Medina Spirit collapsed and died after a workout today at Santa Anita, presumably from a cardiac event. The three-year old colt finished first in this year’s Kentucky Derby, but failed a post-Derby drug test, testing positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid used to treat joint pain in horses. “Near the end of his breeze this […]

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Back in the Saddle

back in the saddle

I’m happily back in the saddle again. Now, Zelda and I are working on getting back into shape. It’s kind of a toss up which one of us is in worse shape. I tried to use an older girth on her today and discovered a solid three inch gap between the billets and the girth. […]

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Heather Moffett Vogue Saddle Review

HM Vogue dressage saddle

In my quest to ride in as many different saddles as possible, my latest acquisition was a Heather Moffett Vogue. This is one of those “neither fish nor fowl” designs. It doesn’t have a typical tree and it isn’t technically a treeless saddle. It is a leather tree, which they call a “SoftTree” and a […]

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Lexington Weathervane expected to bring $35,000 at Auction

Lexington Weathervane

A rare weathervane depicting the thoroughbred stallion Lexington, is expected to bring $35,000 at the ninth annual Sporting Art Auction in Kentucky this weekend. Check out the link to the catalog of items as there are some fabulous paintings and bronzes being auctioned off. The hollow-body Lexington copper weathervane has a cast zinc head is […]

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A Little Bit of Freedom

Horse hair bracelet

Sending Freedom off to Virginia was a bit traumatic — probably more so for me than for him, as he’s settled in quickly and well. When he was about to leave, I received such a thoughtful gift from my co-op partner (Curly’s Mom) — a bracelet made from Freedom’s tail hair. I have really enjoyed […]

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