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This is the time of year that people are asking, “Is my mini too fat?”

Over the years I have done my fair share of rescuing. And though I have rescued some ponies that foundered from too much grass, many of the minis I rescued were actually too thin.

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Easyboot Mini Hoof Boot

 

 

 

The two girls and I have been walking about 4-5 times a week together for nearly two months. At the beginning I noticed that Sky was wearing her toes off a bit on the gravel road. She was a little tender on the rocks and as her toe wore down more she got more tender. I started looking into the Easyboot Mini Hoof Boot. I wasn’t sure about them. They look so thick and heavy and awkward…

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I saw Crytpo Aero on Facebook and started to look into it. The words, Wholefood Horse Feed jumped out at me and I knew I had to know more!

I went to their website and read about the ingredients:

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I do not have a big budget for a saddle. Actually I don’t have a saddle budget at all, so when I went out shopping I knew I was going to have to pinch my pennies. Luckily my mom gave me her old saddle to sell and that started my saddle fund!

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When I first got my treeless saddle I was so excited to give it a try!  We had been struggling along with the Wintec Wide, neither myself, Billy or Chloe had enjoyed it much. We were ready for something different.

Boy oh boy was treeless different!

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After playing with Billy the other day and noticing that he was having a hard time cantering on a small circle, I decided to give him a spa day today.

It started with a little Masterson Method, The Bladder Meridian Technique, to help him release any tension he may be carrying.

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It’s important to remember the difference between conformation and posture when evaluating your horse. Conformation is the skeletal make up of your horse. For instance if your horse is butt high (butt is higher than the withers) that is a conformation detail that you must take into consideration.

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Not too long ago I was turned onto the powerful natural medicine, Turmeric. As some of you know, Billy has struggled with itchy skin for as long as I’ve had him. I reached out to other curly horse owners and breeders asking if this was a normal plight of the curly horse, only to be told that they do indeed tend to have a more itchy skin type …

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I am often alone when playing with my horses and have had to get creative over the years when taking photos. I have all kinds of little tricks to get my horses to LOOK, ears up and eyes bright. Usually I make funny sounds, meow like a kitty, bark like a dog, quack like a duck… you get the idea. Basically I make myself look like an idiot to get that special, whimsical shot! I don’t mind. The photos are usually worth it!

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How to take a good picture of your horse!

 

 

Note the title of this post: “How to Take a Good Picture of Your Horse” NOT “How to Take a GREAT Picture of Your Horse” nor is it “How to Take a Professional Picture of Your Horse.”

I have noticed that many many people post photos of their horses that are just not flattering. I’m not talking about those cutesy photos that show the horse’s personality. The close ups of their nose or ears. Fun angles, horses smiling… Those photos are not what this blog is about.

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My Driving Book - www.theessentialhorse.com

Years ago I wrote a book. I had people asking me lots of questions about my driving training program and figured a book was the best way to help people! Two years ago I re-wrote my book and added more photos and ground work information. I am very proud of my little book!!

Now I have had Sky for a year, got her physically healthy and sound and restarted her in cart. It’s been quite a few years since she’s been driven, but we started her using my step-by-step process all those years ago, and since she is so smart, she took to being hitched and driven again like a fish to water! I am so so proud of her. She is a shining example of my training program for driving horses!!

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