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CanDoCowgirl Courage Page

Lydia is a 16 year old girl who uses the can do approach in every aspect of her life. Lydia has a Traumatic Brain Injury and horses have been the one constant before and after her injury. Her love for riding has helped her overcome many obstacles. She has her beloved Bella who started out as her therapy horse. The doctors were not to thrilled with her wanting to take up riding again but she has shown them that with her courage and determination she has been able to overcome the many challenges they said she would never do. Including walking. She knows she may never receive an award check or hold...

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No Stirrup November

Every fall I try to include “No Stirrup November” on my riding calendar. I have found riding without stirrups has helped me with my balance and to develop a better seat. Please remember I AM NOT A TRAINER and am just sharing my experience, as each and every horse and rider combination is different. I start by riding for 10 minutes with my stirrups crossed in front of my saddle after each ride. Then I gradually add a few minutes each time I ride to reach my goal of riding 30 minutes without my stirrups. I also plan on riding without stirrups at least once a week for the remainder of the year. In...

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AquaPacer: A Great Conditioning Tool

Most people think the AquaPacer, a horse water treadmill, is a therapeutic instrument for horse injuries. But it is also quite effective in conditioning of horses.  Cornerstone, home of the AquaPacer, has had success with many horses including Ruger, owned by Ashley Lembke who shared her story.  “I was looking for an activity to keep my AQHA performance horse, Sir Rey Of Oak, fondly known as Ruger, in shape while I had him home from the trainer. Ruger is an accomplished cow horse with earnings over $15k in the NRCHA and 2013 AQHA World Champion in Amateur Working Cow Horse. While at home,...

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Equine Dentistry: Teeth Floating Explained by Julie Laueux-Parks, DVM

The question of why we worry about horse's teeth is answered by looking at their lifestyle. Horses will forage for 16-20 hours a day to get their daily nutrients and keep their GI tract functioning normally. The average horse needs about 20 pounds of hay each day and all that forage needs to be ground down before it reaches the stomach. This is the primary job of the teeth. In addition, we ask them to perform as athletes: to bend, collect, turn, spin, run and slide. All of these skills require horses to slide their jaws, put pressure on their cheeks, tongue and palate. Improperly aligned teeth...

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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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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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Blending English and Western – “Englern”

Did I tell you about how I dress at the barn? Which costume I wear? Well I dress "Englern."  Which is a perfect blend of English and Western.  I always have on my English breeches but do try to wear my jean ones. Then I sport my Cowgirl boots and BLINGY Western Belt.  See I have found that blending the two makes more fashion sense.  Two sometimes is better than one! Just as I have found mixing the two disciplines at the barn makes for more balanced riders and horses.  I think horses get bored doing the same thing as do the riders.  So take a chance and try something out of the box with...

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