In the classical riding schools, riders begin their education on the lunge line astride well-trained school masters to develop correct and effective positions. In the U.S. however, this is rarely the case. Most riders are trying their very best to make progress with challenging horses, limited financial resources, limited time and limited access to instructors with school masters. This can feel endlessly frustrating. I have prepared four articles to help and encourage you. Continue reading
“My horse would be further along with another rider” is a sentiment I hear all too often from clients and friends. This thought tends to coexist with the belief that their horse would have a better life with a better rider. This grieves me because the truth is, horses don’t care if they’re at training level or FEI so long as their needs are being met and they’re stewarded with love and respect. Through the Lord’s divine providence, He brought you and your horse together to learn, grow and enjoy each other richly. Continue reading
I came across this well done, five part video series, that helps us better identify lameness in our horses. This first video discusses how lameness is diagnosed and the next four videos are actual case studies. Each video is 1.5 to 4.5 minutes in length and was prepared by Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Enjoy! Continue reading
Last week I discussed whether breed shows could benefit your youngster. This week, I will help you prepare for your first show! One month prior:
1. Familiarize yourself with the USEF 2014 rule book (pages 91-100) and the competition prize list.
The prevalence of tickborne diseases in our equine friends is on the rise, with Lyme Disease being the most commonly reported followed by Anaplasmosis and rarely Pirplasmosis. There is disagreement whether Rocky Mountain spotted fever occurs in equine, but a study conducted in Columbia and published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene suggests it does. I created a table (below) describing the characteristics of each disease for easy reference. Continue reading