Foal Watching

Have you ever watched young horses? Foals and even yearlings and two year-olds, out in the field as they experience the world? Many natural horsemanship types have written entire books about how the relationship between a young horse and his herd as a basis for creating a relationship with horses and training them. But I'm talking less about herd dynamics and more about watching a young horse learn about himself, develop his personality, and figure out how his massive and powerful body works.

Do You Speak Russian?

We've all heard it. You hear it sitting in the stands at a horse show, standing in line at the local tack shop, or riding along the trail with a group of friends. It's got to be the most repeated phrase in the horse world... "My horse is perfect, except..." Regardless of the 'except,' I have come to see that those imperfections we find in our horse's training and behavior stem from a few basic problems in our horsemanship and our relationship with our horses.

Chickens Around Horses

Dr. Lowder, My friends' 8 year old was recently given about a dozen "pet" chickens that they have let run loose to feed and roost in their horse barn. (For some reason they think this is cute, but that is another story...) I have read and been told that keeping horses and chickens in close proximity like that causes a health risk for horses.