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Flies or No Flies!

Decisions, decisions, decisions...especially when it comes to fly spray.  On one hand it is great to have so many choices yet on the other it can be overwhelming.  Is all natural better?  Have you ever made your own fly spray?  Well I will briefly cover 3 options and some recipes. Option 1 – Ready To Use Fly Repellents: The most popular fly repellent I have observed is Pyranha which comes in both an oil-based and water-based spray.  Other popular brands include Absorbine Ultra Shield, Farnam Endure and my new favorite is Farnam Centaura which is good for both horse and rider and repels...

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Offensive and Defensive Riding

Recently I was asked for advice by a first-time horse buyer regarding purchasing her first horse.  I immediately thought of my first horse Rudy, and while he was wonderful he unfortunately had a large “go” button and I became a very defensive rider.  Of course I did not realize this until years later while taking a lesson and the instructor explained I was bracing.  Now maybe my first horse had nothing to do with this and I just was a defensive rider that felt comfortable bracing on a horse.  But had I had a calmer horse like I currently ride, I might have become a more confident and offensive...

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Helmet Safety

When I had my first horse Rudy I often rode him without a helmet.  I had him for so many years I just felt comfortable.  And why did I ride without a helmet?  I thought about it for a long time and it was for two reasons:  I did not have a comfortable one and I hated helmet hair.  With Nico I have smartened up and always wear one as I often ride him with my daughter and want to set a good example.   I have since purchased a Tipperary Sportage helmet.  I do suggest going to a local tack store and let them help you with the fitting.  A properly fitted helmet is very important and there...

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Setting Short and Long-Term Riding Goals

  When I go to the gym I have a standard routine which includes the elliptical machine for 30 minutes and then onto 20 minutes of weight training.   I alternate upper and lower body machines.  I have a set purpose with my exercise program. --> When I go to the gym I have a standard routine which includes the elliptical machine for 30 minutes and then onto 20 minutes of weight training.   I alternate upper and lower body machines.  I have a set purpose with my exercise program. But often when I ride I have no purpose.   I think Nico has learned this and tries to avoid hard work. ...

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Who am I anyway?

  I started writing these blogs last month and never formerly introduced myself.  My name is Joyce and I purchased my first horse at age 28 and as you know he was an off the track Thoroughbred.   Before purchasing Rudy I took lessons and leased several horses which enabled me to try different breeds and riding disciplines.  I leased an Arab, Saddlebred, Paint (named Shadow because he was afraid of his own shadow) and a Thoroughbred.  I also had the opportunity to try saddle seat, hunt seat and western riding lessons before deciding on hunt seat and later jumping.  After five years...

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