Horse Boarding Hastings MN

Ride Aside: Side Saddle Explained by Amber Asbell

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Aiken, South Carolina. If you are not familiar with Aiken, it is a horse paradise. Almost every discipline can be found there. I was fortunate enough to hook up with Amber Asbell, a sidesaddle professional. I asked her to share her Side Saddle story. "I don’t see how you do it." That’s what they always say. But I say, ”it’s not that hard, it really isn’t.” Imagine the ladies that rode 100 years ago. They generally weren't that strong, and they stayed on! It’s all about body mechanics. Once you learn where your anchor is, you can ride...

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Tendons & Ligaments: Anatomy and Injuries Explained by Melissa Johnson, DVM

The equine lower limb is an arrangement of bones, tendons and ligaments that give the horse its speed, power, and ability to sleep while standing. The horse’s massive size and athleticism can lead to injuries of these structures that can limit performance.  It is important to understand the structures of your horse’s legs so you can better recognize what can lead to injury and how to recognize injury.A tendon connects muscle to bone to allow the contraction of a muscle to elicit movement in a bone or joint. A ligament connects bone to bone or cartilage to bone and functions in stabilizing...

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Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center at CHC

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Training Center offers dressage riding instruction and training from Training Level through FEI. She welcomes both young and experienced horses and riders. Price has earned a USDF Bronze and Silver medal and many national, regional and state championships at all levels of dressage and offers more than 25 years of training experience. Additionally she has coached several students to their bronze medal and her assistant trainer Ginger Coleman to her silver. Price utilizes classical methods that adhere to the training scale and take care to work each horses' individual...

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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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Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show Rocks Cornerstone Horse Complex

Mon Cheval Training Center held a Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show at Cornerstone Horse Complex, on February 16, 2014. There was a large turnout of riders and 100 plus spectators. With more than 50 rides and 8 flat classes, it was a huge success! The show featured Dressage, Western Dressage, English/Western Dressage Suitability and English/Western Dressage Equitation classes. Mindy Price, trainer for Mon Cheval Training Center, was very pleased with the level of competition. Cindy Anderson was the judge and Karen Otto scribed, both did a wonderful job. Leah Lombardo, riding Pharaoh, won the Champion...

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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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Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter

Exercising your horse during Minnesota winters can be difficult.  Usually you have the challenge of a horse with a heavy winter coat and unpredictable temperatures.  Some people choose to body clip their horse, which makes the cooling down process quicker, but others do not have this option.  After a good work out horses need to be properly cooled down before putting them back outside or trailering them home.  If they are not properly cooled down they risk the chance of catching a chill, which can make them more susceptible to infections or other problems. Misty Caston, owner of Wiksmart...

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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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