Horses

November & December 2017: Taking Care of His Riders

  Being a guest ranch pony is a lot like being a host in a very popular family restaurant. If you want everyone to have a great time and a delicious meal, you have to be gracious, tolerant, decisive, willing, adaptive, forgiving, and patient. You need to be a problem solver and anticipate issues before…

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November & December 2017: Remembering Cool Dude

Physically, Cool Dude exemplified the leopard color phase of his breed, Pony of America. He was sturdy and stout, measuring slightly less than 14 hands. His muzzle was mottled with pigmented and un-pigmented patches. He had a heavy coat of white with numerous dark spots, and his hooves showed dark stripes. Like others of his…

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November & December 2017: Dancing with Canner

  Dancing with Canner by Mackenzie Cole – Photos by Mackenzie Cole Many trainers talk about working with animals as a kind of dance. In a training relationship, timing, motion, and our presence with another being are all important. Just as they are in dance. Of course, there are dog-training sports like Freestyle that capitalize…

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November & December 2017: Crazy Horse People

Crazy Horse People by Kelli Kozak   The Santa Ana winds still blow in my hometown of Los Angeles, goading fires to even more death and destruction throughout the horse community. Had I still lived there, my horse Doc and I would have been forced to evacuate with scores and scores of others. Our last…

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November and December 2017: Dancing with Canner

Many trainers talk about working with animals as a kind of dance. In a training relationship, timing, motion, and our presence with another being are all important. Just as they are in dance. Of course, there are dog-training sports like Freestyle that capitalize on the similarities. For example, take a look at this amazing video:…

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September & October 2017: Letting Others Lead

It seems just when I personally need a life lesson, one of my animals is right there to teach it to me. The past five years of my life have brought many unwelcomed changes to my physical abilities, and frankly, to my husband’s as well. Neither of us has the energy we did just five…

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September & October 2017: The Dunrovin Brand

A recent viewer’s comment saying she was appalled by our inflicting pain on our horses with a hot branding iron caught me by surprise, because that’s not what we do. We use the pain-free method of freeze branding, and I am happy to explain the process and the reasons I believe it to be in…

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September & October 2017: Moon Blindness

  Moon blindness is the layman’s term for equine recurrent uveitis (ERU). It is the leading cause of blindness in horses and has been known to man since the time of Alexander the Great, when they believed it to be associated with the lunar cycles, giving it the name still being commonly used today. Basically, the eye gets…

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