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Helmet Safety – Always Wear Your Helmet

In honor of Riders4Hlemts International Horse Helmet Awareness Day, July 12, I thought I would remind everybody to WEAR YOUR HELMET when mounted on a horse. Personally I have found lots reasons not to wear a helmet: helmet hair, hot, uncomfortable, doesn’t look cool, others are not wearing, and the list goes on. BUT there is one COMPELLING REASON TO WEAR A HELMET: YOUR SAFETY. Now that I am a mother, I feel it is even more important to set an example for my daughter and her friends. I also have been fortunate enough to have been wearing a helmet the times I have fallen, and I am so glad...

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Andy Marlett Professional Morgan & Saddlebred Horse Trainer at CHC

  Andy Marlett is a professional horse trainer who specializes in Morgans and Saddlebreds. Marlett has won numerous Regional, National and World Championships across multiple disciplines. With more than 20 years of experience to his name, he offers expertise in English, Western, Park, Hunt Seat, Harness and In-hand. Spending time with Andy Marlett really makes one appreciate the special talents that are required to be a professional horse trainer.  He has a calm, confident and effective way of communicating with both his horses and riders. Marlett grew up in Northern Minnesota near Bemidji....

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A Day with a Sleigh

John Dusek III, owner of Cornerstone Horse Complex, recently surprised his wife Barb with a Valentine’s Day sleigh ride.  He planned this with the help of Sue Lockling who offered the use of her horses Trixie and Hogan. Thankfully it was a beautiful and sunny day with plenty of fresh snow.   John’s wife Barb, dressed warmly and she was happily surprised to discover a horse and sleigh waiting for her when she arrived at Cornerstone.  John even brought their dog Axel, who was also dressed for the occasion. Barb and John were in a Red Cutter driven by Trixie, while Sue followed with her pony...

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AquaPacer and Hally Make Winning Combination

When BMQ Hally Berry, a 4-year-old AQHA, caught her leg in a fence this past summer, she required 30 stitches on her hind left hock and had to be on stall rest for 6 weeks. Her leg had to be completely immobilized and the bandage changed daily for the first 4 weeks. It was a lot of work for her owner Rachel Lueth, who began the slow rehabilitation process with Hally. She started with hand walking, lunging and eventually riding her after two months. Lueth’s chiropractor, Alana Altnow, saw Hally recovering slowly and was concerned about her range of motion.  Altnow had heard somewhere in Hastings...

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Winter Sleigh Rallies with Sue Lockling

  We have the fortune of living in Minnesota during the winter and enjoying the horse drawn sleigh, a true benefit of winter.  Sleighs can be pulled by a variety of horses, from tiny miniatures to giant Clydesdales.  Remember the famous Budweiser commercials?  Because sleighs are so popular during the winter, Sleigh Rallies have developed and are usually open to the public. They often last one day, but sometimes have a second fun day or skijoring. They are judged just like horse shows and the sleighs must be hooked up safely and correctly.   There are several types of sleighs. ...

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Remember the Hot Summer?

Living in Minnesota is not for the light hearted, especially with our weather. It can change more than 40 degrees in one day.  I have heard a lot of complaining recently with the cold spells we have been enduring, and I reflected back on our hot summer.  Interestingly enough a lot of the same principles for taking care of your horse in extreme weather apply: lots of water, electrolytes and to be careful when riding or trailering.  So here is a reminder from my August 18 posting on how to beat the heat. With the recent dangerously high temperatures it might be useful to republish two very helpful...

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Horse Care Winter Tips

We are in the middle of a very brutal winter, so I wanted to explore the best way to protect my horse from these dangerously cold temperatures.  This is particularly important for those horses living outside.  Cleary Lake Veterinary Hospital recommends “Making sure your horses have water and LOTS of hay!  Hay digestion produces heat and keeps them warm.  It can help to add a teaspoon of salt to your horse’s grain to encourage water consumption too.  And make sure they have shelter from these ridiculous wind chills!” I also found a couple of interesting links:  http://www.discoverhorses.com/all-about-horses/horses-in-cold-weather/ http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33140/horses-require-extra-attention-when-temperatures-plummet http://equestrian.livejournal.com/4368045.html The...

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Happy New Year!

Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, saving money and eating healthful foods. I have found that horseback riding can meet all of the above resolutions. I seem to burn a lot of calories while riding and doing barn chores, thus helping me lose weight and stay fit.  I save money since I am at the barn instead of the mall; I usually get hungry after riding, so I snack on my horse’s carrots and apples, resulting in eating healthful foods. It seems of all the New Year’s resolutions, losing weight is the most popular; barn chores and riding are effective...

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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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