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Happy Halloween!

When I was growing up my favorite holiday was Halloween.  I loved dressing up and getting candy, hard to say which I preferred.  Actually it is not, I liked the candy more!   Now I am finding it is also fun to dress up my horse.  I reached out and many of you submitted your Halloween photos.  Many thanks to everybody for sharing them. Please feel free to post any additions on our Facebook page as it is always fun to see these photos.  See below for some Fun Halloween photos! Who is this Zebra? I will give you some hints: he is BEAUTIFUL, BLACK, a magnificent mover and at our barn.  You...

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AquaPacer Puts Impulsive Back on Winning Track

Impulsive, an 18 year-old Dutch Bred gelding, had a very successful show jumping career when a ligament injury sent him to pasture where he lost muscle and gained weight. His owner and trainer, Scott Lenkart, discovered the AquaPacer at Cornerstone Horse Complex with the help of Kelle Myers who was caring for Impulsive during his layup. Lenkart did not waste any time starting Impulsive on the road to recovery, after all he had won 28 Grandprixs, 17 of which were on Impulsive. John Dusek III, the owner of Cornerstone Horse Complex, started Impulsive on a 3 day-a-week routine which showed progress...

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Blanketing Your Horse

Deciding to blanket your horse can be a big decision and usually needs to be decided before the onset of winter on a horse by horse basis.  For the past few winters I have not blanketed my horse on a regular basis as he is a draft cross with a heavy winter coat and my thinking was that mother nature gave him enough protection.  With my previous horse, a Thoroughbred, I chose to blanket him as mother nature did not seem so generous. Many articles have been written on horse blanketing and I encourage you to do your own research before making your decision but hopefully my experiences will be helpful....

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Body Clipping Your Horse

With the onset of winter and having recently moving to a heated facility, I started thinking about body clipping my horse.  I was advised to consider several factors before deciding to clip him such as: how much am I working him, does he live inside or out, is the barn heated, are blankets taken on and off, how much time do I spend cooling him out? Horses that stay in stalls overnight generally can have more clipped than horses that live outside 24/7. "There are different types of clips available: full clip, hunter clip, trace clip, hunter/chase clip, Irish Clip, Blanket clip and Bib clip, just...

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Western Dressage by James Hatch

James Hatch has been a dressage enthusiast for more than 40 years including teaching basic dressage for 25 years and judging dressage schooling shows since 1990.  In the last year he has done work for the Western Dressage Association of America and became fascinated with the idea of applying dressage principles to the training of a western horse.  He has shared this blog featuring western dressage. Western Dressage is a comparatively new sport that incorporates the time tested practices of classical dressage in the development of western horses.  It introduces us to the language that our horses...

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