Category Archives: Tips of the Day

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Lead your Horse’s Body with Your Mind

  Yep — paraphrased from this simple Aikido principle: Lead your body with your mind. If you cut something with your mind first, it makes it tremendously easier for your…

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Equine Conformation

  “When examining horses for conformation, either when considering a purchase or competing in horse judging contests, it is important to break things down into key principles to avoid becoming…

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Massage Oil for Strenuous Workout

Almost FREE! Juniper oil extracts (obtained through distillation) are used as an external application for bone-joint difficulties, but herbalist John Lust warns “…the pure oil is irritating and in large…

  A great resource for FLOWER REMEDIES to use in situations with any horse or pet. Common Pet Ailments and the Original Bach Flower Remedies to Treat Them  

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Hempfling’s Signal Weight Riding

SIGNAL WEIGHT RIDING Great tips for ANY discipline! 

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FREEDOM

Horses are never misled like humans into believing that they are completely safe from all danger. They always need someone to whom they can turn to in a strange or…

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STOP!

“Wherever we focus our attention the energy flows.” –gbs Stop. Right now. Right here. Just stop. Where are you? Where is your mind? Where is your attention? Wherever you focus…

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Tip #12: Toes UP!

So many times we hear, “Keep your heels down!” … this is to, theoretically, help us stay secure in our seat on the back of the horse. Many find it…

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Tip #10: HURRICANE!

What to do? What to DO!?!?  There’s a Hurricane headed your way. What ARE you going to do about your horses? The following is directly from the Sunshine State Horse…

Tip #9: You are Who You Perceive …

The great Taoist master Chuang Tzu once dreamt that he was a butterfly fluttering here and there. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person….

Tip #8: Abscess!

This Nov. 8, 2011 photograph provided by the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine shows a horse with “pigeon fever,” a bacterial infection named for the “pigeon-breasted” appearance given…

TIP #7: Does Your Horse Suffer from Ulcers?

This video made by Mark DePaolo, DVM illustrates a non-invasive way you can determine if YOUR horse is suffering from Ulcers. Ulcers can cause a variety of behavioral issues which all…

HOW THICK IS THE SOLE & WHERE IS THE P3?

HOW THICK IS THE SOLE & WHERE IN THE HOOF IS THE P3? A simple way to pretty accurately guestimate how thick your horse’s sole is and where in the…

Tip #6: Did you Know That …?

Sole depth is routinely measured at the distal tip, or apex, of PIII (Fig. 8). A normal, healthy foot has a sole depth of at least 15 mm. Based on…

Tip #5: On Trailering the Horse

  The circumstances of loading a horse vary, but the following methods are given in order of preference: Train the horse so it can be sent into the trailer at…

TIP #4: Know Your Horse’s Baseline Vital Signs

When something “goes wrong” and your horse appears to be “off” it’s important to know what his BASE vital signs are. The BASE vitals signs are pulse, respiration, temperature and…

Tip #3: Pesky Mosquitoes

A great tip from Horse In The South.com:  So you don’t like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the potential to carry the West Nile Virus? Here’s a tip…

Tip #2: Balance and Transitions

To improve the balance of a horse, the rider can repeatedly ask the horse for up and down transitions, every 5 strides. — Walk-Trot-Walk-Trot-Walk-Trot. — This teaches the horse to…