July 6 – 12

Skipper Cam October 2009Well, it was fairly busy week.

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

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June 29 – July 5

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.

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Do You Make This Timing Mistake When Riding Your Horse?

Timing is everything. Aids don’t have to be strong to be effective.

Horse Listening

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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Weekly Update Idea

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

Gelding Maintenance

Some experts say sheath cleaning is unnecessary, and there’s no way a smegma bean could ever obstruct a horse’s urinary flow. Maybe they’re right. I hope so for the geldings out there who don’t get their sheaths cleaned on a regular basis. Continue reading

Summer Reading

If you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter then you probably already know about the two books I bought on sale a few months when our local tack store had everything in the shop marked down. I bought Denny Emerson’s How Good Riders Get Good and Jim Wofford’s Modern Gymnastics. Continue reading

Update on Everything Because I’m Way Behind

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.

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NORMAL ADULT HORSE VITAL SIGNS

Good information to keep handy.

EcoEquine

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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.

Temperature: 

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.

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Respiratory Rate:

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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Equestrian Turn Out Faux Pas

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’s Birthday

Skipper's CupcakeSkipper 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