It looks so peaceful

It looks very peaceful on this late afternoon at the barn (I hate it when it’s dark at 4:45!). But looks can be deceiving. Just a few minutes before, there was pandemonium. I broke one of my rules. Instead of bringing Freedom into the barn to put on his blanket, I threw a halter and […]

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Horses try to swim to safety in Queensland flooding

Harrowing photos and video of the flooding in Queensland, Australia have dominated the news now for days. In addition to the devastating loss of human life, horses, cows and other livestock have been swept away — or stranded in neck high water. Panicked horses are difficult to handle. While some horses managed to swim to […]

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The debate over the safety of eventing continues

On November 15th Dressage Olympian Robert Dover wrote in his blog, Dover’s World, The problem for me is that I am having greater and greater difficulty as I get older, finding a way to legitimize Eventing while horses which have no choice in the matter end up getting killed for the sake of sport. His […]

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Safer Cross Ties and Trailer Ties

It’s no fun to be close to a horse that is panicking and tied — whether it be in a cross tie or a trailer. While some people strongly believe that it’s safer if the horse can’t get break loose, I have been in situations where a quick release mechanism would have been essential. For […]

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