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Merry Christmas!

 “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent with family and friends,” Margaret Thatcher Our family had some Christmas traditions when I was growing up, now I have added a few new ones. Besides going to church and exchanging presents, we like to make a fresh batch of horse treats to share with our horse and his friends. I thought it might be fun to reach out and ask what horse traditions you have for Christmas; I had some interesting traditions shared: “We go on a sleigh ride.” “I love to ride in the snow.” “We take our Christmas family photo in the barn...

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Embrace Winter Horseback Riding

Winter has finally hit Minnesota. It is very important that you keep warm and safe during winter riding. I found several articles on this topic and am including a few.  I highly recommend you read these before riding during these dangerously cold temperatures.  Please remember I am not a veterinarian or horse professional, simply a recreational rider and one that prefers to stay warm. http://voices.yahoo.com/10-tips-horseback-riding-safely-winter-5469945.html http://bangordailynews.com/2011/11/18/outdoors/winter-horseback-riding-can-be-fun-but-special-care-is-needed/ http://horses.about.com/od/seasonalcare/qt/winteridingtips.htm As...

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Massage Magic

Professional and recreational horse owners often use Equine Massage Therapy to prevent and relieve stress, aid in recovery of injuries, increase circulation, mobility and range of motion and improve performance. Monique Anderson of HorsEASE.com says “massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body in order to achieve specific goals of drainage, relaxation or stimulation and of releasing muscle-related problems such as trigger points and stress points. It contributes to the overall economy of the body and promoting a good supply of nutrients to the muscle groups.” “A...

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Horse Chiropractic Care

Recently we had the opportunity to have a Horse Chiropractor visit our barn.   "Veterinary chiropractic, also known as animal chiropractic, is the practice of spinal manipulation or manual therapy for animals. Proposed benefits of veterinary chiropractic include enhanced performance and improved quality of life,” according to Wikipedia. “Chiropractic care looks at the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. Animal chiropractors diagnose and treat vertebral subluxation complexes as well as subluxation...

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