Equine therapy programs are increasing in popularity across the U.S; and they are being used to help everyone from children with disabilities to veterans returning home who are having challenges readjusting to civilian life. For those running or volunteering at equine therapy programs, the amount of training and skills needed can be, at times, overwhelming.
Located in the "Colorado Sunbelt" only 35 miles north of the New Mexico border is Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Area trail elevations range from 8,000 feet to over 13,000 feet of varied terrain. Some of the trails lead into areas that are Congressionally designated components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. They are the Weminuche (pronounced Wem-in-ooch) Wilderness Area, one of the largest in the contiguous 48 states, and the South San Juan Wilderness Area. Congress has also designated the Piedra Area for potential inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. All possess breathtaking natural beauty that provides an endless feast for the eyes - one trip to the area won't be enough.
By Don Blazer
When it comes to “tying-up” in horses, we may have information overload. Too many names, too much information and no “authoritative” solutions! (I have a “it hasn’t failed me yet” solution; not authoritative, but effective.) Tying-up is characterized by muscle stiffness, especially in the hindquarters and loin, at times profuse sweating, reddish brown to almost black urine and obvious signs of severe pain.
Now that Tag is home from the trainer, Jenn and I have really been getting more arena work in with a short trail ride before or after. I very rarely do strictly arena work. (especially now that we have a 1/4 mile ride down to the arena on the new property)
West Coast Olympic Season Gets Underway This Week at California Dreaming Productions’ LA Winter Dressage CDI-W
With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, the West Coast's top dressage prospects are getting a head start on qualifying for the U.S. Team during this week’s Los Angeles Winter Dressage CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held January 28-31 in Burbank, Calif.
Over the years, people have often asked questions about specific problems they were encountering with their horses and we've tried our best to provide them with the answers they sought. More importantly, however, we try to encourage people to change the way they think about horses in general. Yes, there are specific fixes to specific problems, but a better solution is a "fix" to all our problems. The magic fix is to build a real partnership with our horse.
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