Hoof beats to Healing - Autism Therapeutic Horses

Friday, December 4, 2009

Free Horse Gift Give Away Build your List Fast!

I was invited to be part of a great JV with a TON of equestrian and equine ebooks, audios and other digital goodies.

I'm expecting to add a few thousand subscribers to my email list over the next few days.

The promotion will have over 10,000 visitors in just a few days, so the exposure is going to be pretty good.

The promoter, Patricia Reszetylo has asked me if I knew anyone that would want to participate in this venture...

DO YOU also have a site that might work with this? If so, I am extending this invitation to you. I think you'll really like what they are doing here and I know you will jump on board like I did ASAP.

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Use the Contributor Invite Code displayed above.

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Terry Loving
Small Business Web Solutions

Monday, September 7, 2009

Win More Dressage

Talking about Horses - Dressage

"But the only way to win here in (my location) is to schmooze the judges." I really hate to say how many times through the years I've heard that comment, in whatever form it takes.

Other variations: "Oh, she's an Arab/QH/Paint/Hannoverian/Warmblood/(insert breed name here) person - you can only win if you have that kind of horse."

"Schmoozing" is a pretty serious offense in dressage. Judges work extremely hard to earn their letter designations, and the USEF is happy to investigate each and every accusation of "schmoozing". Equestrians can easily file complaints, even anonymously, so judges work hard to stay straight, so they can keep their designation. Judges found guilty face suspension or worse of their credentials, so it's not often that "schmoozing" is really the case.

If you feel it's justified, you can file anonymously, as I said. You need the show name, location and date, what kind of show it is, and other related info.

It might not be a case of schmoozing, but perhaps a case of not enough prep time for competing. You and your horse have to be ultra prepared, have all kinds of contingencies planned for and solved ahead of time, and well, both trained well enough. Nerves can take their toll - it's easy to not ride as well in competition as you do schooling.

You must take that into consideration.

There's always somebody offering up excuses for not performing well. You don't have to be that person - get your copy of "12 Secrets to Winning More Ribbons In Dressage", and find how to retire your excuses once and for all.

Happy Trails!
Patricia Reszetylo


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Talking About Horses: Urban Cowgirls

Horse lovers don’t all live in the country. In fact, a lot of horse lovers live in big cities in addition to small towns. Many folks happen to live in the suburbs…definitely an odd in-between place when it comes to horseback riding!

Unlike large cities, there are no huge parks with stables and riding trails and the suburbs don’t have the open spaces of the country. —Many folks live in a vast sea of houses with small yards (too small for horses at least) and no town edges where stables might exist.

Instead, to pursue the horse experience, it is necessary to drive quite some distance to get to the stables. Before young horse enthusiasts have a drivers’ license, mothers are charged with the duty of getting their children back and forth for lessons and pleasure riding. If you are fortunate, you may have a good friend who was also horse crazy so both mothers can take turns with chauffeur duties. Otherwise those youthful passions for horse riding might be severely curtailed! Metro buses just don’t seem to go where you want to go in the suburbs.

As soon as the driver’s license was obtained by one or the other, we would be with the horses as often as possible. Arriving at sun up and not leaving until we were kicked out because it was getting dark! These were some of the best days of our youth.

Some of our friends let the distance to the stable discourage them. It required a deep level of commitment to get there on a regular basis. Distance and easy of transportation is definitely something to consider, especially if you are looking to buy a horse as opposed to riding the trails now and then. Taking all things into consideration, it was just a few making the regular trek to the stables from the challenging distance of the suburbs.

This experience satisfied dreams of youth -riding bareback, western and English. Urban cowgirls spent most long Saturdays on the trails… sometimes just hanging out in the upper pastures, or in “secret” spots found off the beaten path. With lunches and water packed for the day it was easy to pretend that these were our horses and we were “real” cowgirls.

Living in the "burbs" and horses can work—you just have to decide that you want it enough and be a good negotiator with parents about transportation. Whether you own a horse or ride by the hour, keep in mind the time it takes to get to the stable. There seems nothing sadder than to see horses in stalls who only get to see their people on weekends.

Like anyone with a time consuming passion, you may be separated from friends because they don’t get “the horse thing”. Your friends will become those who love horses as well. And one last thing - be prepared for - laundry…loads and loads of laundry!

Himalayan Horse Salt

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Talking About Wild Horses

Wild Horse Rescue

In the US, wild horses do still run the plains and the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management runs the National Wild Horse and Burro Program. It is the responsibility of the BLM to manage, protect and control the wild horses and burros that roam our country. They are charged with the duty of ensuring healthy herds and healthy rangelands.

Since most of the natural predators of horses are gone their numbers are not kept in check by nature--herds can double in size in just four years. It is estimated that 33,000 wild horses and burros roam the lands that are managed by the BLM…a range covering 10 states. The number that the BLM gives as sustainable is closer to 27,000 horses and burros although drought and wildfires can reduce that number in any given year.

To keep their mandate the BLM holds roundups to prevent these beautiful herds from becoming too large which could lead to extensive over grazing of the land and horses dying from starvation.
Thousands of these animals are rounded up and offered for adoption or sale. Adoption events are held at BLM locations throughout the US. Since 1971, the BLM has placed over 230,000 horses and burros into adoption.

Groups and individuals may acquire the horses as long as they will provide long-term, humane care. An adopter does not become the official owner of the horse until they have cared for the animal for a year.

Since 2001, the BLM has rounded up approximately 80,000 wild horse and burros. Most have been adopted but about 30,000 remain at BLM facilities and the cost of their care is going over budget.

While the agency has the legal authority to euthanize wild horses that it cannot afford to manage, they have not been taking that course. Now with the budget spiraling, they are looking seriously at that option. (See related information to save the horses Email your vote.)

Madeleine Pickens made headlines when she announced she would create the National Wild Horse Foundation to create and maintain a sanctuary for these wild horses. Hers is not the only sanctuary, but her power and influence brought more attention to this issue.

In addition to creating sanctuaries, many organizations are promoting the use of contraceptive vaccines to help control the horse population. The first trials of using contraception on the wild horses began almost 25 years ago. This is an option that has been at least partially explored by the BLM, but has its own cost ramifications.

You can help the wild horses, even if you can’t run a sanctuary like Madeleine Pickens and can’t adopt a wild horse directly from the BLM. There are adoption centers around the country that have adopted or purchased horses from the BLM and then taken on the job of gentling, or breaking the horses. You can typically adopt wild horses that have been fully or partially broken from these centers for a modest fee.

Additional information Wild Horses Blog and PR-USA.net

Himalayan Horse Salt

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Talking About Horses: Therapy Horses

Therapy Horses Serve Physically and Emotionally Challenged continued
Part 2

Emotional and mental disorders

Horses react well to people who are quiet and make requests of them—as opposed to demanding something of them. This makes them great for working with children with a variety of behavioral issues. Children, and adults, can learn that they can get this immense animal to do what they want, by behaving in a calm and direct way.

Horses also look for a leader…someone who can give clear and simple commands…with a little training people with emotional and mental disorders can give the appropriate commands and quickly see results. The focus for this therapy is not on behavior modification but on communication skills, self-confidence, trust and discipline.

Physical challenges

Getting on a horse provides a lot of benefits for people with physical difficulties. The swaying motion frontwards, backwards and side to side that is inherent in horseback riding has a rhythm that all by itself seems to be beneficial. Children are able to focus more.

This motion also exercises muscles that might not otherwise get exercise. This gives strength and control over the body—especially the core and the legs. Parents often report that children with severe physical challenges are able to move more and have more control when they are out of the saddle as well.

Besides their warm nature, horses also a variety of textures—providing sensory stimulation just by touching the mane or tail, then the neck or body of the horse…and feeling the soft nose.

Therapy horses provide a unique way for horses to promote healing for many different challenges. When combined with trainers at an accredited facility, horse therapy can build social skills, increase muscle strength, improve motor skills, provide physical freedom and build confidence…all in a safe manner that is tailored to the individual.

Let me point you to the Twitter Twibe Horse group.
There is a direct link on the right side of the blog page.

Many of the Twibes Horses group members have organizations that use horses in therapy.

Join us as we twitter about horses.

Himalayan Horse Salt

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Himalayan Salt - Good enough for humans!

This amazing salt is of such a high quality that even humans are fascinated with it! You may have seen other products in your local stores created with the erie pink rock. I like this idea personally!

Check out the gourmet use shown on the blog http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com.

Now I am wondering just how to enhance the Himalayan Salt experience for your horse! They do deserve the very best you know! And your horses nutrition is a key piece. The shape of the product makes is convenient and easy to transport - easily accessible as a "comfort" when on the road or being trailered.

Himalayan Salt