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  • Look Who’s Coming Out of the Woodwork

    By Carole Herder Summarizing some of the talks I was giving at various horse events and conferences, turned out to be a 250 page book. I couldn’t stop writing once I started. That was three years ago and every time I thought I was nearing conclusion, something very important demanded to be highlighted. Having never…

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  • Apache’s New Boots

    I am very pleased with Apache’s new Cavallo boots! She wore them on our Back Country Horsemen work project, for 4-5 hours today, on very rocky trails. The boots ended up being easy to slip on. I put them on the opposite feet. My mare never gimped over or avoided rocks on the trails and…

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  • Where does the Problem Originate?

    I came across a very interesting article recently in the American Farriers Journal entitled ‘Where Does the Problem Originate?’ It caught my attention and turned into quite a fascinating read about a pony who not only had scoliosis, but also kyphosis. The piece describes how the farriers gave regular trims but nothing they did stopped…

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  • 5 Ways To Improve Your Riding in 2016

    1.  Get regular riding lessons, or better yet, learn the biomechanics of riding. Biomechanics study how the body moves and rider biomechanics look specifically at issues like your foot slipping out of the stirrup or your knee coming up.  Check out www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk or ‘Equine Biomechanics for Riders: The Key to Balanced Riding’ by Karin Blignault….

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  • All Things Barefoot

    If you are struggling with your horse’s bare feet, don’t give up. It is a huge commitment but it is one of the most worthwhile things you can do – allowing your horse to be free of metal shoes. He may be a little tender in the beginning as he adjusts but stick to your…

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  • Are you Addicted to Horses?

    Welcome to the most rewarding addiction in the world: horses. What is an addiction? “An addiction is a condition that results when a person engages in an activity that can be pleasurable, but the continued act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities.” Sound familiar? I can certainly think of many an…

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  • Travel & Adventure – Costa Rica

    I recently blogged about an idyllic holiday ranch in Spain offering a more natural experience with horses in Andalucia: Barefoot and bitless riding. I have now discovered another place that also sounds out of this world. They were awarded the ‘Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Award’ for receiving the 5-star certificate of excellence 5 times!…

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  • Eavesdropping for the Horse’s Wellness

    By Carole Herder I really don’t intend to listen in, but when I am standing in my booth at a trade show and people have conversations about my favorite topic; short of plugging my ears or leaving my booth, I just overhear them. And at times, it can be pretty interesting. The girl was about…

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  • The Tail Wagging The Dog

    By Carole Herder The rain paused briefly as the Hunt in Roberts Creek kicked off today. Careening through the countryside with 30 horses and riders at top speed is a pretty exciting pastime. Riders from 12 to 80 years old set off bounding along our trails, ponies and drafts, every colour combination imaginable and all…

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