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5 Great Equestrian Instagram Accounts to Follow - Equitrekking

5 Great Equestrian Instagram Accounts to Follow - Equitrekking | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Equitrekking picks five inspirational equestrian Instagram accounts that are perfect for horse lovers.

Via Susie Blackmon
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These 5 Instagram sites have beautiful photos of horses. Enjoy!
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Sapphire Passes Away From Colic | The Chronicle of the Horse

Sapphire Passes Away From Colic | The Chronicle of the Horse | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
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What a shame. Sapphire was an incredible mare and her partnership with McLain Ward was second to none.

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Caring for Horses Eases Symptoms of Dementia | News Room - The Ohio State University

Caring for Horses Eases Symptoms of Dementia | News Room - The Ohio State University | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
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In the first study of its kind, researchers have determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.

 

This is yet another positive benefit from the wonderful world of horses!

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Birthday gift horse that won £200,000 at Cheltenham

Birthday gift horse that won £200,000 at Cheltenham | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Yesterday the horse of businessman Steve Preston (pictured with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall) won the main race of the day at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!!

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LED horse sculpture goes on display in British park - Focus - Horsetalk.co.nz

LED horse sculpture goes on display in British park - Focus - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Iconic work reinvents classical equestrian sculptures.
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Pretty awesome> I wonder what it looks galloping on a foggy day!

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Who Speaks for the Carriage Horses?

Who Speaks for the Carriage Horses? | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
In the fight over the future of the city’s carriage horse trade, two sides say they want what is best for the animals.

Via Susie Blackmon
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This is a tricky subject. Where do you stand in the fight about the future of carriage horses in cities?

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 18, 6:14 AM

The fate of the New York Carriage horses is now being debated.  Both sides have their point of view.  What do you think?

Norah Dombrowski's curator insight, January 30, 9:09 AM

Is it about the horses or real-estate? 

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Why You Don't Need to Force Your Heels Down in Horseback Riding

Why You Don't Need to Force Your Heels Down in Horseback Riding | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Everywhere we go, people focus on the one position fault that is easiest to identify: the heels. In general, it is perfectly obvious if the heels are up, level or down. I know that everyone has alw...
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This post contains some very useful clues to helping with your heels.

 

I hope everyone has good rides in 2014!

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Diana Shaffner's curator insight, January 27, 11:36 AM

This is a great article that should encourage riderss to cross-train their bodies. If the leg is supple and all ligaments able to stretch freely, the heel will "sink" down on its own. It should not be forced or pushed down as this will only tighten muscles in other areas where they in turn will interfere with your much needed "looseness". Riders with muscles tightened in order to force the appearance of a proper riding position are often bouncy and rigid riders who are hard for a horse to carry. Instead of forcing your heels down spend some time in the saddle at the halt or walk and just observe your body. How far will your heels "sink" on their own? Whatever the answer try then during non-riding times to find opportunities for stretching the back of your leg. As the article mentions, stairs are a good place to do this. Riding WELL is an athletic thing to do. Your riding will benefit greatly from a cross-trained and flexible body. Your horse will thank you as well.

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Ten Habits of Competent Riders

Ten Habits of Competent Riders | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
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Excellent article that describes the characteristics that good horse people have in common. Definitely worth the read!

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:25 AM

Which of these habits do you possess?

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Grim Horse Toll in South Dakota Blizzard

Grim Horse Toll in South Dakota Blizzard | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Source: HorseTalk "The fate of former wild horses being held captive by BLM contractors in long term SD holding remains uncertain.  We will issue an update when information is made available." ~ R....
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So, so sad. My heart breaks over this grim tragedy.

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Navajo Nation agrees to end horse roundups for slaughter

Navajo Nation agrees to end horse roundups for slaughter | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE — The Navajo Nation says it will end its wild horse roundups and reverse its public support for a return to domestic horse slaughter following talks with former New Mexico Gov.

Via Susie Blackmon
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Great news! Thank you Navajo Nation for stopping this travesty.

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Gut bacteria probed for clues about laminitis and colic - Focus, Health, Research - Horsetalk.co.nz

Gut bacteria probed for clues about laminitis and colic - Focus, Health, Research - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Beneficial bacteria identified which could lead to preventative probiotics.
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Every horse person's dream - to find a way to avoid colic and laminitis!

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, November 3, 2013 2:07 PM

Hopefully one step closer to understanding these two terrible  conditions. Fingers crossed.

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Commercial shows a very different horse world - Featured, Focus - Horsetalk.co.nz

Commercial shows a very different horse world - Featured, Focus - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Swedish commercial paints a vastly different picture of the human-horse relationship.
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Do you know your horses? A fun if not a little zanny ad for Sweden’s state-owned race-betting agency.

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Horse from Middle Ages melts from glacier - News - Horsetalk.co.nz

Horse from Middle Ages melts from glacier - News - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Horse preserved in Norwegian ice may have been used to carry reindeer carcases.
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The remains of a probable packhorse dating back nearly 1000 years have emerged from a melting glacier in Norway.

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Riding as a way to cultivate the soul. Dom Duarte and the remedies against fear.

Riding as a way to cultivate the soul. Dom Duarte and the remedies against fear. | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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Anyone who rides understands the combination of fascination and fear that horses evoke. There is nothing like developing relationships with horses. Such a meaningful yet humbling experience!

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Anti-slaughter amendment backed by Senate committee - News - Horsetalk.co.nz

Anti-slaughter amendment backed by Senate committee - News - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
"Many more legislators now realize horse slaughter has run its course."
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This is a huge step in the right direction. We need passage of a federal bill to permanently ban horse slaughter in the US while ensuring horses are not exported to other countries for slaughter.

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Breed personalities linked to genetic differences - Horse Breeds, News, Research - Horsetalk.co.nz

Breed personalities linked to genetic differences - Horse Breeds, News, Research - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Japanese researchers find breed differences with a role in personality traits.
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What I find most fascinating is the different personality traits in warm blood/thoroughbred horses. How many of you have noticed different personality traits in different breeds?

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Finding the Magic of the Inside Rein

Finding the Magic of the Inside Rein | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Well,  I have to confess that it isn't really magic at all. In fact, it's purely physiological and once learned, the results can be duplicated over and over again. But when you "find" that feel the...
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I remember the time when I finally felt the magic of using my inside rein properly. Now I've no excuse when I move through a circle and throw my horse off balance, even if it is ever so slightly.

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The Year of the Horse gallops on to global stage - News - Horsetalk.co.nz

The Year of the Horse gallops on to global stage - News - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Horse-themed merchandise sure to be popular in auspicious Chinese year.
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Today is the start of the Year of the Horse! The Year of the Horse is characterized by the animal’s grace, hard work and dedication.

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5 Ways to Amp Up Your Warm Up in Horse Riding

5 Ways to Amp Up Your Warm Up in Horse Riding | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
It happens all the time. Horse and rider stroll into the arena, all set to get started on their ride. You can see it from the moment they enter: the rider is walking nonchalantly to the mounting bl...
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Some good suggestions for getting the most out of your warm-up when you first start riding.

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, January 19, 6:49 AM

Need some ideas to get inspiration for your warm up? Here are 5 good ways to get the most out of your warm up-and then your following schooling ride.

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20 Ways Horse Riding Becomes Life Itself

20 Ways Horse Riding Becomes Life Itself | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
At first, horse riding is just like any other skill you want to learn. You put some effort in and eventually become more effective as time goes on. At some point, things begin to change. Somehow, w...
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A must read post about the effects of riding on your life!

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Norah Dombrowski's curator insight, January 9, 7:58 AM

Ahhhh - The Horse Life!

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Watch horses pull a tanker truck out of snow

Watch horses pull a tanker truck out of snow | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Joel Appleman was driving to work in Central Pennsylvania when he came upon an Amish horse team pulling a tanker truck safely out of the snow. Fortunately, he had his camera and captured the conquest of old technology over new.
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Makes me smile!

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OTTB therapy horse named Thoroughbred of the Year - Just Briefly - Horsetalk.co.nz

OTTB therapy horse named Thoroughbred of the Year - Just Briefly - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Loveable Rascal is excelling as a therapy horse after his racing days.
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How great is this?! - Retrained thoroughbred Loveable Rascal has proven a winner in the real world, and has been named as 2013′s Thoroughbred of the Year by the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

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Troubled Paris Jackson having 'horse therapy' - Parentdish UK

Troubled Paris Jackson having 'horse therapy' - Parentdish UK | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Troubled teenager Paris Jackson is having 'horse therapy' to help her deal with her demons following her father Michael Jackson's death.
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Horses have such heart and healing powers for all!

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Behavior research: Wild horses on Canada’s Sable Island waste time “shopping” for grazing space

Behavior research: Wild horses on Canada’s Sable Island waste time “shopping” for grazing space | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it

"Things are getting crowded on remote Sable Island off Canada's eastern coast. The famous wild ponies on the island have increased by 40 percent since 2008. It's starting to affect their behavior in some oddly recognizable ways, according to researcher Philip McLoughlin." (Photo courtesy of Philip McLoughlin)


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Interesting article on how these wild ponies adjust their preference for vegetation types to equalize what is eaten when more horses moved into the area.

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Navajo elders voice opposition to horse slaughter - News - Horsetalk.co.nz

Navajo elders voice opposition to horse slaughter - News - Horsetalk.co.nz | The wonderful world of horses | Scoop.it
Horses sacred to Navajo nation's culture and tradition, say elders.
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Elders and medicine people of the Navajo Nation have voiced their opposition to horse slaughter. “While it is important for protecting the horse within the Navajo Nation, a national bill is critical to ensure there is no incentive for horses to be taken from our lands or elsewhere in the United States for slaughter.”

 

I wish everyone felt this way.

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