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This is my gift for horse people all over the world.  I realize you are looking for proven techniques to train both your horse and your students.  Now you do!  The Horse and Rider Awareness videos are homemade and follow the training progress of several horses and riders over the years.  They are live films taken in the actual training session so you can see what happens to real horses and riders.  There is no editing and I am filming as I coaching.  These techniques have been tested on 1000's of horses and riders and have also been used in instructor training and certification programs.
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3 Unconventional Ways to Boost Your Facebook Engagement | Social Media Examiner

3 Unconventional Ways to Boost Your Facebook Engagement  | Social Media Examiner | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Boost your brand's profile on Facebook: Learn creative ways to use crowdsourcing techniques to increase engagement on Facebook.
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Are people coming to your FB page and talking to you? If not, you might not be as social as you should be.
 

Do you like these tips? Please like, share and comment on this post and tell us why.

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"Ho, Ho and a Little Snow! The Budweiser Clydesdale's having a snowball fight"

Funny horses have a snow ball fight
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"Ho, Ho and a Little Snow! The Budweiser Clydesdale's having a snowball fight"

It's time for you to have more fun with your marketing! If you
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How to Use Online Video to Enhance your Brand

How to Use Online Video to Enhance your Brand | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
The rise of social media and social networking sites has created new arenas within which brands are competing for the attention of audiences.
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Video marketing has made a big difference in everything that I do.  They really make a difference!  I a small hand held camcorder and record sessions that are all under 10 mins. Most are closer to 5.  I upload them into Youtube and now turn up in the search engines faster than anything! Next, I share the links on Google+.  Those links show up everywhere now!  

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Some thoughts and musings about making things (content) for the web - The Oatmeal

Some thoughts and musings about making things (content) for the web - The Oatmeal | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web.  Content marketing.  

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"Two NEW New Google+ "HorseBiz Hangout" and "Horse, Equestrian, Horse People and MORE! " Come on in and join us Now!

"Two NEW New Google+ "HorseBiz Hangout" and "Horse, Equestrian, Horse People and MORE! " Come on in and join us  Now! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"New Google+ Horse Communities"  

Where we make a difference for each other!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105708024717198441585

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"Check out the NEW Google+ Horse Communities"

 Horse,Horses, Equestrians and MORE!  
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110681468245238079121


For Horse Business owners
HorseBiz Hangout
 https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105708024717198441585

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If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” ~Jonathan Winters

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” ~Jonathan Winters | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” ~Jonathan Winters

Are you ready to step forward into your success?
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Hoof Blog On the Case: Wrapping Up a White Line Disease Rebuild

Hoof Blog On the Case: Wrapping Up a White Line Disease Rebuild | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"The new Southern California Equine Podiatry Center team of lameness-specialist veterinarian Mark Silverman DVM, MS and creative-thinking farrier Ernest Woodward share treatment of a white line disease case using a three-layer Poly/Vectran® update..."

 

@FranJurga writes: You don't usually hear "high tech", "hoof repair" and "economical" in the same sentence, but this article proves that it's possible--and often the horse can end up the winner.

 

No case of white line disease is ever easy but you should know that you don't have to wait until the whole wall is undermined before you look for help.

 

This is the third in a series of "On the Case" stories from Silverman and Woodward, whose new business outside San Diego is taking off.

 

Find out why on the Hoof Blog!

 

Click on the headline or image to go to the story.

 

 


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The 10 Essential Oils I Use Most with Animals

The 10 Essential Oils I Use Most with Animals | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
I call essential oils "Turbo Herbal Medicine."  The powerful remedies have been used at least as far back as Egyptian times and continue to benefit people, animals, and even plants around the world today.  The following is a list of the essential ...
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7 Tips To Avoid High Bounce Rates On Landing Pages

7 Tips To Avoid High Bounce Rates On Landing Pages | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Five years ago, Avinash Kaushik famously described the sequence of the typical unsatisfied website visitor: “I came, I puked, I left.” There is a little less puking these days, but after clicking on an ad, far too many visitors are still squinting, yawning, shrugging their shoulders, or having trouble connecting their needs and wants with the information and offers they’re seeing on landing pages.

Below, I provide seven examples of how to tighten that connection. In today’s fickle world, average online experiences just aren’t good enough.

Before getting started, pages should be in peak form. In general, you want pages to be clear and easily absorb-able so testing and changes are not done in vain. Consider the following about your pages:

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'More than Coffee Chats and Emails': Sustainable Networking Requires Effort, Authenticity - Knowledge@Wharton

'More than Coffee Chats and Emails': Sustainable Networking Requires Effort, Authenticity - Knowledge@Wharton | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
'More than Coffee Chats and Emails': Sustainable Networking Requires Effort, Authenticity by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
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GINGERBREAD PONY™ - Embellished

GINGERBREAD PONY™  - Embellished | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Art for sale by LYNN BEAN ART GALLERY. Internationally published 3-dimensional horse pieces by Trail of Painted Ponies artist, Lynn Bean.

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Merry Christmas horse!

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Tennessee's Whistle-Blowing Anti-Soring Journalist Honored by HSUS as Champion of Walking Horse Welfare

Tennessee's Whistle-Blowing Anti-Soring Journalist Honored by HSUS as Champion of Walking Horse Welfare | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Photo: Tennessee journalist Roy Exum, who has used his column in The Chattanoogan to call for reform in the ongoing soring of Tennessee Walking Horses in his home state.


A press release from The Humane Society of the United States reads:

 

(Dec. 3, 2012)—The Humane Society of the United States has named Roy Exum the 2012 Humane Horseman of the Year. Each year, this award is given to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s Horses.

 

The HSUS chose Exum as this year’s recipient because of his unwavering commitment to exposing the cruel reality of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. In his opinion column in The Chattanoogan, Exum shined a light on the corruption and abuse behind the celebrated “Big Lick” gait, which is achieved by torturing horses through a practice known as “soring.” Exum reported on The HSUS’ undercover investigation into the industry and closely monitored the industry’s biggest competition, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

 

“The Humane Society of the United States applauds Roy Exum for his perseverance in the months leading up to the Celebration,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The HSUS. “Roy helped The HSUS lay bare the torture these horses endure, and he advocated that they be treated with kindness and respect. His newspaper columns played a key role in exposing and publicizing of the mistreatment of these beautiful creatures and greatly helped The HSUS in its mission to put an end to the cruelty.”

 

In nearly 20 columns and counting on the topic, Exum held nothing back when criticizing the Tennessee walking horse industry. In response to the federal sentencing of Jackie McConnell for Horse Protection Act violations, Exum wrote: “The ruling, although just, dashed the hopes of ‘many, many hundreds’ who had written Judge Mattice to ask for stronger justice. But because of woefully-inadequate federal laws against the depravity that has plagued the walking horse industry for well over half a century, the Horse Protection Act has been as lame as the horses it meant to protect and a plea arrangement was deemed at the very onset as the best ‘legal solution.’”

 

In a column praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new regulations to crack down on soring, Exum opined, “Call me callused or a cynic but when the top 20 trainers in the fabled Rider’s Cup standings have a total of 161 violations in the past two years and eight of the last 10 ‘Trainers of the Year’ have violated the Horse Protection Act, the only thing that will ever make a difference is placing anyone who would purposely injure a horse in the dark and dank basement of a jail.”

 

In response to public outcry about the cruel treatment of Tennessee walking horses for the show ring, Congress has introduced H.R. 6388, the Horse Protection Act Amendments of 2012. The bill will significantly strengthen the Horse Protection Act, originally passed in 1970 to stop the cruel practice of “soring” – the deliberate infliction of pain to Tennessee walking horses’ hooves and legs in order to produce a high-stepping gait and gain unfair competitive advantage at horse shows.

 

H.R. 6388 would end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of certain devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and hold accountable all those involved in this cruel practice. H.R. 6388 is a necessary step to strengthen the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement capabilities and end this torture for good. In a recent column,

 

Exum expressed his support for the bill, writing, “The amendments are badly needed since there has been continued and rampant abuse of soring in the Tennessee walking horse industry this year.”


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7 Key Habits of Super Networkers

7 Key Habits of Super Networkers | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

The ability to network successfully can be one of the greatest assets in business. It allows some people to find incredible opportunities, while others just watch from the sidelines.

 

Here are seven of the most important habits to develop:

 

1. Ask insightful questions.
Before attending networking events, get the names of the people who are expected to attend and search social media sites like LinkedIn to figure out which topics they're probably most interested in.

 

2. Add value.
One of the most powerful networking practices is to provide immediate value to a new connection.

 

3. Learn their 'story.'
Ask successful entrepreneurs to tell you how they got where they are. Most people think of this as an exercise in rapport building, but hearing these stories can tell you a lot about a person's approach to business.

 

4. Share a memorable fact.

Mention something personal that defines who you really are.

 

5. Keep a list.

Lists give you something to reference in conversation the next time you meet.

 

6. Make small promises and keep them.

No matter how small a promise you make -- such as sending an email or returning a phone call -- delivering on that promise reflects on your character.

 

7. Reward your 'power' contacts.

Keep a list of your top five to 10 networking partners and do something each week to add value to one person's life or business.

 

by Lewis Howes at http://bit.ly/TK9wBF

 


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Great list! Love #4. 

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"How to Keep a Riders Inside Seatbone Over Their Inside Leg On Curves at the Canter Part #3

A horse is balanced when we have the feeling that it is "balanced" when we can keep it on our outside rein and leg, expecially on curve where we can really t...
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How to Keep a Riders Inside Seatbone Over Their Inside Leg On Curves #3 Canter"

A horse is balanced when we have the feeling that it is "balanced" when we can keep it on our outside rein and leg, expecially on curve where we can really tell. What many do not realize, is that to do this, the rider needs to be anchored down their inside leg with their inside seatbone over it. Easier said than done! Of course, once a rider feels it, they know why it is important. Watch as I show Camille Beatty what she can do to isolate that feeling. Next, I ask Camille to her weight on her inside seat bone and down into the inside leg at the canter. This is the hardest gait for most people to keep connected on. Especially going to their weaker side.

What do you see happening?

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Laser Therapy in Equine Practice

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I have witnessed therapeutic lasers being used on the equine athlete since the 1970s.

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Laser Therapy has been around for a long time, or so it seems.  This shows that it must work.   How does it work?  Could it make a difference for your horse?

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"How to Keep a Riders Inside Seatbone Over Their Inside Leg On Curves #1

A horse is balanced when we have the feeling that it is "balanced" on the outside rein and let. What many do not realize, is that to do this, the rider needs...
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This is an issue that almost every rider has.  How can they stay in balance as they are riding?  How can a riding instructor teach this?

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Mud fever rampant in Britain as deluge continues - Horse & Hound

Mud fever rampant in Britain  as deluge continues - Horse & Hound | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"With sodden conditions across most of the country (of Great Britain), vets (there) are reporting a high incidence of mud fever this winter.


“There have certainly been more cases than normal,” British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) president Keith Chandler told H&H. “Especially in the south-west and Gloucestershire.”

 

@Hoofcarejournal writes: Hang on a minute: mud fever (scratches, dew poisoning, etc.) is usually a problem from mid-winter on. The calendar is turned inside out this year.

 

I'm sure horse owners know that things can only go from bad to worse unless things dry out and their horses' infections can be treated effectively.

 

What's your best remedy for scratches? There are lots of new products on the market; they'll be tested under this latest outbreak.


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First Aid for Colic - Health - Horsetalk.co.nz - horse health help

First Aid for Colic - Health - Horsetalk.co.nz - horse health help | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
What to do if you suspect your horse is suffering from a case of colic.

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First Aid for Colic
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"We all love the Budweiser Clydesdale's. Rare training footage"

"We all love the Budweiser Clydesdale's. Rare training footage" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
"We all love the Budweiser Clydesdales. Now see them in training!"

You are going to LOVE this video. What Budweiser has done for it's marketing program with them is an inspiration to all of us.

Please like, share and add a comment. What do you think of their marketing program?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si7p23Nex-g&feature=g-high-rec
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Would you like to see how they are training the famous Budwieser Clydesdales?  Check out this video!

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Training Level Class. Leg Yield #1 Can you stay connected with your horse?

This is Susan Faulkner Evans on Beau and Trudy Adams on Beau. In this video the Training Level Class is working on the leg yield from a 10 meter circle. We start at the walk and move up into the trot. Today, they both started crossing their legs (the horses) Could it be because we focused on the riders staying connected through their lower legs?
 

This video is brought to you by Randi Thompson and Horse and Rider Awareness. Please "like" it, save it to your favorites, add a comment, and of course, subscribe to this Youtube channel at:http://www.youtube.com/user/randithompsonlive for more Horse and Rider Do it Yourself Videos now.
 

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Recorded on November 20, 2009 

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7 Fun Ways to Inject Holiday Spirit into Your Social Media Campaign

7 Fun Ways to Inject Holiday Spirit into Your Social Media Campaign | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
In the coming weeks consumers are bound to spend more time online looking for gift ideas, decoration motifs, and other holiday-themed information.
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"Showing a New Rider How to Connect from the Elbow to the Seat... to their Lower Leg"

"Showing a New Rider How to Connect from the Elbow to the Seat... to their Lower Leg"

This is Evan Pelham.  In this video you will see how to connect a riders to a horse through their riding position.  This is what I do with all new riders (to me) so that I can see if they are riding from their seat and lower leg.  To do this, they need to feel the connection from their elbow to their lower legs. 

 This video is brought to you by Randi Thompson and Horse and Rider Awareness. Please "like" it, save it to your favorites, add a comment, and of course, subscribe to this Youtube channel at:http://www.youtube.com/user/randithompsonlive for more Horse and Rider Do it Yourself Videos now.

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What really happens to a horse in the half halt?

What really happens to a horse in the half halt?


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Driving Montage - Best Driving Video Ever! - Barnmice Equestrian Social Community

Driving Montage - Best Driving Video Ever! - Barnmice Equestrian Social Community | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Here is a slo-mo driving montage from various events set to Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. Enjoy!
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"Where should my hands be to help my horse balance?" Part #1

 "Where should my hands be to help my horses balance?"   In this series we focus on connecting two riders with their horses. This is Ale Brown on Texas Ale, like many riders, has a tendency to drop her hands below the withers. In this vide o I show her where they need be. At first, you will notice that they are both disconnected from each other. By the time we finish this video (7 min) you will see that both Ale and Texas have come to a different level.   For this series, I choose horses and riders that are like what most of us have to work with. They are not perfect, but you will see what you can do with YOUR horse as a result  

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