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Beezie Madden jumps into her 4th Olympic Games with Cortes.

  • 29 July 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1349
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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with Beezie Madden, who will be competing for the United States on the Olympic Equestrian Show Jumping team in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Beezie and her husband John are currently residing in the Netherlands where they’re training several of their horses for the upcoming games.

From Hoof to Heart

Bridging Gaps Between Horses and People

  • 22 July 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1192
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Man’s relationship with horses dates back millennia. The progress of humanity and of industry is, in large part, due to the sweat and toil of these magnificent animals.

Even today, the world is torn between animal welfare and human desires. It’s sufficed to say that the word “relationship” is somewhat of an overstatement when classifying the co-existence of man and horse.

For your horse’s sake: Salt needs more attention during hot months

  • 20 July 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 3384
  • 0 Comments

Your horse sweats more during the summer, making electrolyte supplementation worth considering. But electrolytes alone will not protect against dehydration. Your horse needs to have enough sodium (salt). One ounce per day (two tablespoons) is adequate for maintenance during cool months, but hot, humid weather calls for at least two ounces per day, and more if your horse is in work of any kind.

Article by By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

One Simple Truth That Leads to Softness between Horse and Human

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1222
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“It’s not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness,” says renowned horseman Mark Rashid, “but rather, it’s what we don’t do.”

USRider: Traveling with a Horse? Blanket or No Blanket?

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1273
  • 0 Comments
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2015) – With winter making its grand entrance in many states and across Canada, having confidence your four-legged companion is comfortable during travel is essential. While horses are very comfortable in cold conditions, and most travel well in the winter, it is still a big question as to whether you should be throwing on a blanket or leaving it at the barn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before you hit the road.

Senior Horse Challenge Sharpens Skills

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1215
  • 0 Comments
What differentiates Equine Metabolic Syndrome from PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or “Cushings”)?

1) Laminitis
2) Obesity or regional adiposity ("fat pads")
3) Delayed shedding

Retired Racehorse Project Seeks 500 Trainers for $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1093
  • 0 Comments
Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit organization that promotes off-track Thoroughbreds for multiple equestrian sports, today opened an online application for participation in the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover.

What Every Horse Needs, Period.

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1403
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The horse world is cluttered with feeds, supplements, and remedies all promising a better, “new and improved” horse. While many such products do in fact improve horses’ health and condition, there are certain basics that every horse needs, regardless of breed, age, condition, or purpose. Even seasonal or regional changes do not alter these foundational principles. Water is the most important nutrient.

7 Tips for Overcoming Fear

  • 26 April 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1363
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"Your horse is normal”, I said. My client explained, “I’m scared when she runs around loose in the arena and throws a buck.” I responded, “So maybe she wants to run around a bit, go ahead and let her free-school. It’s okay if she throws a few bucks, it’s healthy and normal.”
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Retired Racehorse Project Seeks 500 Trainers for $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1093
  • 0 Comments
Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit organization that promotes off-track Thoroughbreds for multiple equestrian sports, today opened an online application for participation in the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover.

Senior Horse Challenge Sharpens Skills

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1215
  • 0 Comments
What differentiates Equine Metabolic Syndrome from PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or “Cushings”)?

1) Laminitis
2) Obesity or regional adiposity ("fat pads")
3) Delayed shedding

USRider: Traveling with a Horse? Blanket or No Blanket?

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1273
  • 0 Comments
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2015) – With winter making its grand entrance in many states and across Canada, having confidence your four-legged companion is comfortable during travel is essential. While horses are very comfortable in cold conditions, and most travel well in the winter, it is still a big question as to whether you should be throwing on a blanket or leaving it at the barn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before you hit the road.

One Simple Truth That Leads to Softness between Horse and Human

  • 5 May 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 1222
  • 0 Comments
“It’s not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness,” says renowned horseman Mark Rashid, “but rather, it’s what we don’t do.”

For your horse’s sake: Salt needs more attention during hot months

  • 20 July 2016
  • Author: Wendy Emerson
  • Number of views: 3384
  • 0 Comments

Your horse sweats more during the summer, making electrolyte supplementation worth considering. But electrolytes alone will not protect against dehydration. Your horse needs to have enough sodium (salt). One ounce per day (two tablespoons) is adequate for maintenance during cool months, but hot, humid weather calls for at least two ounces per day, and more if your horse is in work of any kind.

Article by By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.

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