Then the horse said, “pull my finger”

January 15th, 2020|Categories: Advice, Dear Appy, Fun, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, I'm really good to my horse. Why does she feel the need to fart at the precise moment I'm grooming her tail or giving her a good scratch? Flatulent Filly Mom Dear Mom, Geesh,you humans are so uptight about passing gas. I see you crouching in the corner of the tack room to let [...]

Article on Bush Fire Burn Treatments Offered Free of Charge

January 9th, 2020|Categories: Features, Health & Medical, Horses, Management|Tags: , , |

Equine Veterinary Education (EVE), one of two journals published by the British Equine Veterinary Association, is an online forum which publishes peer reviewed educational articles on diagnosis and treatment for equine injuries. With regard to Australia's fires, the publishers have released, free of charge, an article on treating horses burned in bushfires. The article, penned by [...]

6 Easy New Year Resolutions for Every WARHorse

January 1st, 2020|Categories: Advice, Community, Features, Women Health Wellness|Tags: , , , |

New Years is a time to reflect on the previous year and to wipe the slate clean for the new one. New Year Resolutions are an ancient practice dating back nearly 4000 years. Both ancient Babylonian and Roman cultures used the new year to reaffirm their religious faith. The expectation was that in being better people, [...]

Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts for New and Returning Mid-life Riders

June 4th, 2019|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , |

By Karen McPeak I worked at a tack store a couple of years ago when a customer, probably in her mid-forties, came in to buy only what her trainer told her to buy, right down to the brand. As I remember, she was stressed. She had just bought her first horse—to the tune of $75,000, her [...]

Horse Health: Epiglottic Entrapment Took Out the Derby Favorite

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Advice, Health & Medical, Training|Tags: |

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched just a few days before the big race. Due to a fairly uncommon condition called epiglottic entrapment. The epiglottis is a triangular shaped cartilage at the base of the airway. It acts like a lid, flipping up and down protecting the horse’s airway as it swallows food. Epiglottic entrapment occurs [...]

Safety Tips for Riders Caught in a Lightning Storm

May 24th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |

A single bolt of lightning can be hotter than the surface of the sun reaching 1 billion volts of electricity. Lightning occurs worldwide, most frequently along the equator and more so over land than sea. The United States for example sees an average of 20 million lightning strikes each year. A person’s chance of being struck [...]

WARHorses Easy Guide to Choosing the Right Colors for You and Your Horse

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |

"I told you to get me a Hunter Green blanket!" When your horse disapproves of your color choice, you’ll know it. Choosing colors can be a conundrum--do I want the light blue or indigo pair of jeans? Does this red top go with these orange sandals? There is a great deal of pressure [...]

WARHorses Guide to Adopting a Wild Horse or Burro

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

The US government has approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will allow the government operational funds through September. The budget was approved sans a particular proposal that had America’s horse lovers up in arms.  The proposed bill would have allowed the culling the tens of thousands of mustangs and burros held in government funded corrals [...]

Horse Treats 101 – Good Choices for Your Good Horse

June 14th, 2017|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , |

This past Sunday I worked in the yard. I mowed, weeded, transplanted bee balm, cleaned the barn, scoured the water tub and brushed the horses. I did a lot and by golly, I deserved a treat. I went to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and enjoyed a double scoop,  orange sherbet waffle cone for dinner. We all [...]

Advice for WARHorses Interested in Buying a Horse

March 28th, 2017|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , , |

Alice MacGillivray, PhD, is author of “Riding Horseback in Purple” written for “women of age” who maybe considering horse ownership – first timers and re-riders alike.  Alice guides readers through scenarios that help dissect the reality of horse ownership from our childhood fantasies. An expert in adult learning, Alice explores ways we connect with horses as [...]