Zelda gets a hair cut

It was time for Zelda to get a beauty treatment. She’s a pretty girl but the unkempt look wasn’t showing her best side. I love my thinning comb. In just a few minutes Zelda went from shaggy to chic. It’s amazing how much easier this than using the traditional “pulling” technique. I ended up with […]

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The importance of touching your horse.

Last week I read a post at Enlightened Horsemanship Through Touch that really struck home, Routine Tasks with no Inherent Meaning Diminish the Spirit of the Horse. There’s a lot in the post that I agree with. But it was this paragraph that really resonated with me. It refers to how we can motivate our […]

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More equine body art – clipping and quarter marks.

While most of us are still struggling with keeping the lines straight, there are some real body clipping artists out there. I’ve found a few more examples to inspire. The good news is, if you make a mistake you can just take it all off. The person who did this said they were done free […]

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Horse Massage: Will your Horse do This?

I’ve written before about how to massage your horse. I’m a big fan of Jim Masterson’s DVD. But I’ve never before seen a video of a horse massaging a human. I need to teach my boy how to do this!

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Clipping your horse: It’s not too late

Whenever I go out for a hack and run into people walking on the trails the first thing I’m asked is why my horse is two colors. “It’s because I paid extra,” I like to tell them. “The second color costs more.” Of course then I explain that I do what’s called a “trace clip” […]

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The Rapunzel of the Horse World

While some horse owners resort to hair extensions and fake tails, Summer Breeze, an 11 year old paint mare has earned the distinction of holding the World Record for the longest natural equine tail: it’s 12 feet, 5 inches long. Summer Breeze is owned by Crystal Socha and her brother Casey, owners of Hoof Print […]

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Blanketing Doesn’t Keep Horses from Growing Winter Coats

Contrary to what many people think, horses don’t grow winter coats because temperatures drop. Rather, it is a response to the length of the day. As days get shorter, horses’ coats get longer.  This means that some of the “traditional” methods of trying to reduce a horse’s winter coat, such as early blanketing or keeping […]

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