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October 21, 2020
Practice Preparedness and Prevention – Resources on Barn Fire Prevention from Equine Guelph

Waiting until the wildfire approaches dangerously close is no time to draw up a disaster preparedness plan.  Learning the hazards of storing hay is too late after the barn is reduced to ashes and all is lost.  It is not a scenario that one fathoms will ever happen to them, until it does.  Equine Guelph’s […]

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October 14, 2020
Clean It Up! Equine Respiratory Safety

Environmental modifications are the top tip for protecting equine respiratory safety.             by Kim F Miller             The safety of the equine respiratory system has been a hot topic amidst the terrible fires throughout the West. Horse owners in and beyond the region have had a crash course in "particulate matter," "air quality index," "inflammatory […]

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August 8, 2020
Hidden Danger in the Woods ~ Bee Careful!

They’re very small, nearly invisible. They hide in tree stumps, in trees, near trails, even on or under the trail. If you’ve ever encountered bees on a trail ride it cannot only be terrifying, but dangerous. I’ve only run across bees twice on a trail ride. Both times could have been devastating. The first time […]

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July 19, 2020
Successful Rides Start With Groundwork

Smart riders do groundwork before getting in the saddle to make sure their horses are tuned in to them and using the thinking side of their brain. On average, during a routine training session, I’ll do 30 to 45 minutes of groundwork and then 45 minutes to an hour of riding. Once the horse is […]

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June 26, 2020
Cart Accident Leaves Deep Impression On Ever Driving Again

Driving horses seemed to be the perfect alternative to riding when my mare, April, became too lame to ride much. I myself, suffering from a hip injury decided it was the perfect thing to do until I could resolve the painful issue of mounting and dismounting. I had a miniature horse so decided to put […]

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June 4, 2020
What’s the Best Age to Start Horseback Riding Lessons?

For serious equestrians, riding horses is more than a casual sport or leisurely pastime. Riding is an art and a passion. Like other pursuits of this nature, horseback riding is not something you learn to do well in a few months—or even a few years.  Leading to an important question for parents - what's the […]

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May 28, 2020
Horse Saddle Safety - Guide for Beginners

Whether you are new to the equestrian world or an experienced veteran that has practically lived your life in a saddle, there are some things that must be remembered. Saddles are not something that can be skimped on and knowing what kind of saddle you need is one of the keys to success.  But what […]

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April 11, 2020
The Danger When Turning Horses Out

Springtime always makes me think of fresh grass and fresh horses. A little sunshine, a little taste of the luscious green Pacific Northwest grass, and the horses are feeling good! Perhaps feeling a little too good! The danger when turning horses out comes at the gate: Two things can happen; 1) Your horse rips away […]

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April 10, 2020
Q&A - Horse Injury from Nail on Post

How long after the injury did you administer first aid? I was away on a trip and the caretakers at the boarding facility didn’t notice it for two to three days according to the veterinarian (based on tissue damage) What caused the injury? A nail sticking out about an inch from a post on fencing […]

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April 4, 2020
Understanding Safety in the Horse-Human Relationship

Avoid an Accident by Gaining Knowledge Saddened by the loss of a 12-year-old barrel racer and heading into the busy lesson and clinic season, safety has been heavy on my mind. Becoming a parent brought a heightened awareness for my children’s safety with horses, as well as my own. This brought a screeching halt to […]

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