I spent a good deal of time on Sunday going through pictures and stuff on my old MacBook, and I found some “Skipper Cam” shots from back when he was still sound enough for me to pony around on. I posted them to Tumblr, along with some more old photos I’d forgotten about. This one is my favorite, from October of 2009. Continue reading
I got my new half chaps! They arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to ride in them tomorrow morning. I’m tempted to ask around and see if anyone has a horse they want ridden today, just so I can use them. They are so soft and comfortable! I tried them on as soon as I got them, and they seem to fit just right.
Timing is everything. Aids don’t have to be strong to be effective.
Have you ever given your horse an aid and got nothing in return?
Perhaps your horse simply didn’t respond? You did it again, and nothing resulted even the second time.
Perhaps your horse gave you an unwanted response – did he pin his ears, scramble forward or even throw out a little buck or kick?
Most of us would then repeat the aid, and expect the horse to “learn” the correct response, because after all, it is the horse that needs to understand what we are doing, and not the other way around!
If you ever find yourself in a vicious cycle with the horse not improving and possibly deteriorating in response, there could be one other variable that you might not have considered – the TIMING of the aid.
The timing of the aid has to do with everything – time it wrong, and you might as well be doing nothing…
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I intended to update this blog more often, but I can’t seem to get into the habit of making regular, meaningful posts. So I’m going to forget about meaningful and just try for regular, in the form of weekly updates. And if nothing interesting happened that week, I’ll try to at least take some halfway decent pictures to share. This should be easy enough. Continue reading
I get lazy when it comes to blogging. I’m a natural procrastinator anyway, and if I’m not in the mood to sit down at my computer and type stuff, I’ll quickly find something else to do that’s all of a sudden way more important. Then I forget that I had a photo to share or something to say, so the blog gets neglected for weeks, months… I need to do a better job keeping up with it. But here’s a rundown of what I’m doing, or no longer doing, and all that.
Good information to keep handy.
Every horse owner should be aware of these before there is an emergency and you have your vet on the other end of the line.
Remember that every horse is different so know what is normal for each horse in your barn.
Check these vital signs when your horse is at rest.
99.5-101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 to 38.5 degrees Celsius)
Thermometers designed for use with livestock have a ring on the top. This ring can be attached to a string and a clip attached to the opposite end of the string. The clip can be clipped to the horse’s tail when you take the horse’s temperature.
12-20 Breaths per Minute
Respiration can be taken by watching the horse’s chest move in and out (an inhale and exhale isone breath)or feeling the air come out of the nostrils.
Pulse: 30-40 Beats per Minute
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Oh, the joys of winter riding. I know, my half chaps are too short. And to let my sock show above them is seriously tacky. But when it comes to staying warm when hacking out on a cold winter morning, I don’t care. Neither does Fairing. Continue reading
Skipper turned 31 years old on February 12th. I meant to make a “Happy Birthday Skipper” post and do something special, but time got away from me, thanks to a high-maintenance abscess and crazy-cold temperatures making everything take longer and be more complicated than usual. Also, I don’t take a lot of photos when I must remove my glove to do so. Dang touch screens. Continue reading