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  • Good Horsemanship – Asking Questions and Trusting Your Intuition

    By Carole Herder One aspect of good horsemanship: ask questions. If we didn’t ask questions we would never learn, never invent, never progress. For me, the ‘what’ questions are the most important. What can I do to make life better for the horse? What can I do to improve his well-being? What can I do…

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  • A Balanced Diet Creates a Healthy Hoof

    By Carole Herder “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny lies in keeping them ignorant” – Maximilien Robespierre Perhaps a little dramatic, but, in a way, totally accurate. I often speak about the power of knowledge and education and believe that the more we learn and the more we…

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  • Worming in the New Millennium

    By Carole Herder Worms, worms, worms. Not a nice topic for discussion but nonetheless much talked about, particularly in the equine world. Do you worm every 6-8 weeks, as recommended by the product manufacturers? Do you worm the ‘standard’ three months, using a rotating list of commercial brand products? Do you not worm at all,…

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  • Hoof Moisture Balance – A Natural Approach

    By Carole Herder Do you oil or condition?? Did you know that 90% of the moisture required for the hoof wall comes from within the blood and lymph vessels?  Moisture balance is extremely important to healthy hooves. It is the moisture, made up of water and salts and electrolytes, which ensures that the tubules (hollow…

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  • Humanizing Your Horse

    By Carole Herder It has been said that we should not use anthropomorphism on our horses – do not put human emotions, behavior, or personalities onto our horses. We differ so much from these creatures that are such a huge part of our lives. We are predatory, they are prey. We rationalize and analyze and…

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  • What Has Your Horse Taught You?

    By Carole Herder What is the number one thing you have learned from horses? For me, my top lesson is definitely patience. More horses have taught me this than any other thing. Yes, some school masters will allow you to rush around and hurry things up but ultimately, you will still end up getting something…

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  • Cavallo Tucker Saddle Pad

      My short back Tennessee Walker/Spotted Saddle horse had been experiencing rub marks on his hind quarters even though I have used several different saddles and pads trying to alleviate the problem. The latest is a Tucker Gen II with Tucker pad. Nothing worked so I dug out my old Cavallo pad and started using…

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