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Media Critique: The Controls of the Horse: A Modern Approach to the Classical Rein and Leg Aids

Beth Benard

Show jumping legend Bernie Traurig will reopen your eyes when it comes to applying the aids to your horse. Review of his DVD. read more

The Right Stallion for Your Mare

Beth Benard

A frank, honest article about how to select the right stallion for your mare and your needs. read more

The Cribbing Controversy

Beth Benard

Call it what you want - cribbing, crib-biting or wind-sucking -we all know it when we see it or hear it. The horse latches onto a horizontal surface with his front teeth, arches his neck, and makes a grunting sound while pulling back. Afflicting an estimated 5 to 10% of horses, you're bound to see one sooner or later. read more

It's Time to Re-Think Early Weaning of Horses

Beth Benard

For the most part, the symbiotic relationship between the domestic horse and humankind works out well. The horse gets immunization from fatal diseases, readily available food and protection from predators . . . but one change that receives little discussion is weaning. read more

Stumbling: The Trip You Don’t Want to Take With Your Horse

Beth Benard

We’re going to investigate those missteps, and we’ll call it “stumbling” if it happens to either such a degree or with enough frequency to set off alarms. The problem should not to be ignored; some of our best riders have suffered permanent disability and even death from a seemingly innocent bobble. read more

Muddy Walkways and Horses

Beth Benard

Lay your carpet at your gates or along horse muddy paths, any high traffic area you’d like to protect. You might want to start with short pieces initially, gradually adding to the length and width. Your equine solid citizens will take a few tentative steps, but soon stride right out. read more

Muddy Walkways

Beth Benard

Want an inexpensive way to stop your walksways from becoming boot-pulling, squishy, wet mudways' Well, visit your local floor-covering store and ask about carpet scraps and remnants.? Long, narrow pieces are usually priced cheaply as there is little demand for them.? (We obtained ours from the dealer?s dumpster, who encouraged us to take all we wanted.)? Try to find a solid color.? Horses may only see in shades of gray, but they're going to get bug-eyed at stripes and patterns on the ground. Lay your carpet at your gates or along muddy paths, any high traffic area you?d like read more

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