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  • Treating Lameness

    Managing lameness and rehabilitating an injured horse is something we have all had to consider. Recently two articles appeared in the same national publication that tracked the stories of attempted re-hab of two different high profile performance horses. The stark variance in outcome is something that some would just accept as the luck-of-the-draw. There is…

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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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  • Horse (Human!) Health Care

    Horse riding has physical health, psychological and over-all benefits of happiness and well-being. This is just a reminder for us and the non-horsey around us, who wonder about our level of sanity as we brave the winter weather to get out there and ride. And the research is there! Check out www.bhs.org.uk (study published in…

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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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  • Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

    By Carole Herder Yes, we’ve all been there. Scared. The question is – do we calculate the odds and decide to do it anyway? Or are we so controlled by fear that it actually immobilizes our development. There have been instances where I have been nervous and OK let’s face it – downright scared, but…

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  • Cavallo visits Ireland

    By Carole Herder I’ve recently returned from Ireland – yes, that super little green country full rolling hills, miles of rider friendly trails, magical leprechauns and that black velvety liquid they call Guinness. Among the many friendly Irish, Niamh Fitzpatrick (what a great Irish name!) was in attendance at one of my clinics. Sometimes you…

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  • Ever Heard of the Phrase, A Horse Has Five Hearts?

    By Carole Herder In simplistic terms, the heart pumps blood around the body through arteries. From the arteries, the blood moves away from the heart into capillaries and then into venules and then into veins. Unlike arteries, veins are not elastic and they need muscles to move the blood back towards the heart. Evolution has…

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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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