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Guest Blog: by Heather Gentles

  

Leadership

 

Does your horse invade your personal space, push you around, toss his head or nip you? These are all signs of disrespect, signs your horse does not see you as his leader.

My older horse…

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Safety First

 Fourth Line Frolics - Safety First

According to a report from Britain’s Department of Trade & Industry, injuries in the U.K. last year included 36 people injured by teapot covers.  Even more dangerous, placemats were responsible for injuring 165.  And…

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Foaling Phase Two

She should break her water anytime now as she enters the second stage of labour, and the first thing you need to do when she does is check your watch! The whole delivery, from water breaking to foal out, should…Read more
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Foaling Phase One

 What to Expect When She’s Expecting

 (Copyright 2011 K. Dallimore. Please do not reproduce without permission.)

(This first appeared in TROT magazine several years ago, and since I'm waiting for my mare to foal I dug it…

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Horse at Work

My horse is not my friend. He’s not my dog; he’s not the boss. He’s not my dinner either, although I do respect his concern about that.
He’s my employee.
I would like to think he’s an honest…Read more
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Are Horses Born or Made?

  

Are horses born or made?

Both, actually. Good behaviour starts with good genetics and but it can also be encouraged by good handling and management.

The roots of behaviour can be tied to breed differences. In dogs…

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Got a Flat?

Who knew it would be so easy to change a trailer tire? Tim Togeretz made it all seem pretty straightforward at the Horse Basics Trailer Safety Demo Clinic. 

Chances are you won't easily get roadside assistance with a…

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Horse Years

I had someone ask me today what is a horse's equivalent human age for  intelligence? Would they be considered as smart as say, a two-year old child? I had to really think about that.  I'd never had the question phrased…Read more
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What's in a word?

There are certain words that carry a lot of emotion and can unknowingly take away our control of a situation.

Take the word “panic”, for example. It is usually used by stock traders to describe the market. Unfortunately…

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Read My Butt

The thought of talking to my horse through my butt just makes me giggle. 

I’m reading George H. Morris’ classic book Hunter Seat Equitation and it made me laugh: “The seat, therefore, not only is a base of support,…

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What are you trying to say?

It may seem unusual to some that I have two careers. For me, I feel fortunate enough to have two passions. I have the opportunity to balance writing and horses while drawing from each to be a “horseback writer”.

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Welcome!

Welcome to The Whinny! You may remember the newsletter I would distribute around the Rockwood area several years ago? It's back! Now it's so much easier to reach you through a blog without stuffing paper into mailboxes! I hope you…Read more