Can Horseback Riding Make you Smarter?

We all know that horseback riding makes you happier, but now a study from Tokyo University of Agriculture shows that riding may help children learn. It turns out that the vibrations that occur when horses are ridden, activate the brain’s sympathetic nervous system. The study, published in Frontiers in Public Health, involved asking children to […]

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A very young rider

This photo shows that my addiction to horses started when I was two. And it’s all my father’s fault. Although my father was not a rider, he took me riding several times at a place where you could rent a horse and ride in the field next to the barn. I must have asked him […]

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Snow can be Your Friend

Between bitterly cold weather and work and family obligations the chances to ride lately have been few and far between. We’ve had beautiful snow just inviting me to ride through it since Sunday. Finally, today I was able to sneak in a half hour. It was a picture perfect riding day: 30 degrees, no wind […]

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Feet Looking Good!

Four weeks into the mission of “regrow hooves”, my big Trakehner Kroni is finally feeling pretty good. We had torrential rain yesterday, so I booted him up and took him out for a hack figuring the footing would be nice and soft. He was eager to go and showed none of the soreness that had […]

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When did the Ground get so much Harder?

Last week I fell off my horse. Luckily, it’s not something I make a practice of doing. In fact, it’s been several years since I made an unscheduled dismount. What I can report is that the closer you get to age 50, the harder the ground gets! I can only imagine the damage it can […]

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Lasik Surgery – FDA Investigates Complaints

Several weeks ago I wrote about the relative risks of Lasik surgery in regards to riding. Every time I foxhunt I think about it. Every time I read more about it, I change my mind. Today the following press release was issued over the AP Newswire. FDA takes closer look at complaints from Lasik customers […]

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