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Swamp Cancer Dooms Seven Chincoteague Ponies

February 12th, 2019|Categories: Features, Science & History, Training|Tags: |

The name itself conjures horrific images that are not far off the mark. “Swamp Cancer” has made a deadly impression upon the 150 wild ponies of Chincoteague Island. Seven infected ponies were recently humanely euthanized; Shadow, Lightning, Calceti’n, Elusive Star, Essie, RainDancer and Lyra. Photo Credit: DVM Kenneth Marcella “Swamp Cancer” is not cancer [...]

You’re Fired! UK’s First Guide Horse Loses Job

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Breeds, Features, Horses|Tags: , |

Digby, an American Miniature horse, is Britain’s first recognized guide horse (WARHorses has written about Digby before). Trained by Katy Smith, 58, KL Pony Therapy, he was placed with BBC journalist Mohammed Salin Patel last year. All was going well until Digby experienced an unexpected growth spurt. He became too large to maneuver around Patel’s office [...]

WARHorses Book Review – “Ephemeral”

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Features, Opinion, Product Reviews, Products|Tags: |

Ephemeral By Andie Andrews Copyright 2017, Andie Andrews Published by Flying Chestnut Press ISBN: 0692936629 Ephemeral is “one part romance novel, one part literary fiction, one part love-affair-with-horses,” told from the viewpoint of a former rodeo horse. Set in New Jersey’s toney horse country, the novel revolves around 40-something Clarissa Stamos, a romance writer in [...]

Why I’m So Thankful for This Ugly, Old Sweatshirt

November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community, Features, People, Women Health Wellness|Tags: |

By Melanie Eberhardt I still don’t know why she gave me this sweatshirt. I’d seen her wear it a number of times but don’t recall ever making a comment about it. We had spent the afternoon in front of her wood burning stove watching old black and white movies and sipping hot tea with honey. It [...]

Focus on This and Your Riding Will Improve

November 17th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , |

Often riders rely on physical/core strength to ride. Yet, is more muscle really what is needed to ride effortlessly? Or rather, is it the coordination of the right amount of muscle that brings fluid, effective riding? Muscle memory is a commonly used term, but an odd term because muscles have no memory – they just do [...]

How Mindful We Are – NOT

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , |

It was possible, I thought, that such distractedness arose from some evolutionary necessity. But I could not figure out how such fractured focus would have served us in the wild. In any case, it never fails amazing me how often during a 20-meter circle we riders drift off purpose. It seems like a small, clear task [...]

Ride and Breathe at the Same Time

September 11th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons for the breath to be free while riding. One is that you stay connected to your parasympathic nervous system – that is where calm lives – so not only will you stay in a good place emotionally, but your horse will sense this and stay calm too. Another is that breathing keeps [...]

This WARHorses’ Childhood Dream Comes True

September 7th, 2018|Categories: Community, Events, Features, People|Tags: , , , , |

From the time she was 11, Angela Wood dreamed of riding a horse across America. Over the next few decades, life offered its distractions but the dream was always in the back of her mind. A few weeks ago, Angela’s dream finally came true. At age 50, Angela set out on a 2-year nationwide trek, driving [...]

What Did You Call My Horse?

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Training|Tags: , |

Our barn visitor offered her comments good-naturedly, but still I bristled. She had chuckled at one or another of Corazon’s antics and then called him a male diva. A what? I didn’t share her chuckle, puzzled as I was that anyone could see this leggy Andalusian as anything but majestic and regal, maybe even brawny. Her [...]

WARHorses’ Interview with endurance rider Joyce Sousa and LV Integrity

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Features, Interviews|Tags: , , |

He was tied alongside a trailer at an endurance ride, offered for sale. Covered with sweat, he frantically paced back and forth along on the tie. His selling points was singular and not impressive - he bucked off every person who ever tried to ride him. By the end of the day, there were no takers. [...]