Saturday, May 14, 2016

Your horse can read your emotions

Filed under "Stuff horse people already knew," comes this study:

Horses can recognise human emotion, new study shows

The scientists report in the journal Biology Letters that they made high quality, large size colour prints of the same male human smiling and baring his teeth, and frowning and baring his teeth: expressions of positive and negative emotions from a stranger. Volunteers – who did not themselves know what the photograph revealed – showed them to 28 horses from five riding or livery stables in Sussex and Surrey. And the horses could tell the difference.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Old horses deserve love, too

You know the kind of horse I mean: The old ones that are left at the barn, forgotten, because their owners are no longer interested now that they can't do what they used to.  Or maybe the ones that you see listed on Craigslist, being given away as "companion horses" because they're old or lame or otherwise unrideable.

A barn in Florida has come up with a great solution for these old, ignored horses: horse-crazy little girls.

Young riders adopt aging horses
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Friday, May 6, 2016

"I love you." -Your horse

Happy Friday!  Today I just wanted to share a super-sweet post about the ways a horse shows love.

Every horse owner knows that horses can be affectionate with the people they see every day.  Not every horse shows it the same way, though.  Rondo has always been scent-oriented (he likes to smell me and my breath, and same with his leaser, H.) and snuggly with his nose and head.  I also taught him to "give kisses" and put his muzzle on your face when asked for a kiss, which he seems to enjoy doing.

Panama, on the other hand, tends to be too hyper to stand still and be snuggled, but is super vocal -- he nickers at me when I approach, whinnies to me to demand that I get him out of the corral and spend some time with him, and is always waiting at the gate if he thinks there is even a remote chance that I'm going to get him out.  He'll snuggle with me if I insist, but he's not a big fan of it, being a little head shy.

What about you?  How do your horses show their affection with you?


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Warming up

After yet another storm, in which it rained and snowed for days but nothing ever accumulated, it seems like the weather is finally warming up again.  I spent yesterday in a tank top at the barn (and got a little toasted, too).

The plan is to take advantage of the weather, and start spending more time with my horses, especially riding time.  Panama needs regular riding, and I need to start riding Rondo more often too, so that he doesn't totally forget how to work with me.

I didn't ride yesterday, but I did turn both of my horses out together.  They were both feeling pretty saucy, and I got a lot of great pictures of them running and playing.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Springtime in Colorado

This spring Colorado has reminded us how weird our weather can be here.  In February we had weeks of dry, sunny, 60-degree weather, and then in late March we started getting slammed with snow.  We've now had several blizzards and probably gotten about four total feet of snow in the last month.

This was my patio on the first of our blizzards, about a month ago.  And it wasn't even finished snowing at this point!

Luckily, this is Colorado, so it does all melt quickly.
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Our new equine chiropractor

This past week, we used a new equine chiropractor for the first time in several years.

Both Panama and I loved our former chiropractor -- Rondo only needed to be adjusted once or twice, but Panama has had a recurring issue in his hip and TMJ for several years now, and has needed to be adjusted about every six months.
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Another ride and a new chiropractor

Last weekend and this week have been crazy, and as a result I haven't been able to ride as much as I wanted.  V. ended up canceling on me last Friday, so we didn't ride as planned.  I didn't ride again until Monday evening, and then it was a spur-of-the-moment thing.  I'm glad I did, though, since I haven't had a chance to ride since.

I didn't ride hard Monday evening, knowing we had an appointment with a new chiropractor the next day.  I didn't want to make Panama sore for the chiropractor, but I did want to canter so that I could tell the new chiropractor whether he was having his usual trouble when an adjustment is needed.

The other reason I decided to ride was complete happenstance: When I got to the barn, one of my fellow boarders was getting ready to ride.  I decided to go ahead and ride with her while we had the opportunity.
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