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20-Meter Circles in My Sleep

It used to be that I'd say, "I dread the day when that horse leaves us." I've had nightmares about it over the years, actually, not ever really being able to imagine what life would be like without him. Well, today is that day. And while I'm finding the day wasn't necessarily something to fear, a heavy numbness has set in that I know will give way to true sadness at some point. (How do those stages...

A Year of Innovation

"New year ... new you!" Shouting at you from the newsstand in the grocery checkout line are loud January cliches, beckoning you to organize, save, trim, focus, run/lift/stretch, accomplish, and lose like never before. I guess it's not so different in your horse-owning life: As you reflect on 2010, the memories of time spent with your horses quickly accumulate--all the things you accomplished and learned...

Reflections and Resolutions

Three hundred sixty-five days. They stretch out before us not unlike the snow many of us woke up to on Christmas on this side of the country--clean, undisturbed, quiet, and full of fun possibilities. (You just want to go careening through it, celebrating its trademark "squeak," right? Or turn the horses out and watch them play.) Then suddenly it's December 30 and you're wondering where the last 363...

Ambassadors for the Horse

A few weekends ago I did something I'm not sure I've done before—I helped set a record. More than 50,800 people flocked to the 1,224-acre Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 2 to watch cross-country competition, browse exhibits and a trade fair, witness famous trainers' demonstrations, and soak in the wonder that was the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). That was the highest one-day attendence...

A Safe Place to Land

Last weekend I received an e-mail from a veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania that warmed my heart and, quite frankly, got me a little teary-eyed. Keep in mind that much of my correspondence with veterinarians involves clarifying 18-syllable words having to do with equine physiology and planning for upcoming coverage. I find these more clinical-type situations all very stimulating (I'm not...

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Avoiding Equine Disease Outbreaks

One of the remarkable things about caring for horses is that we can sometimes prevent the Really Bad Stuff from happening, horse-health-wise, with some responsible practices. The importance of sound biosecurity comes to my attention on a fairly regular basis, just because there are so many little nasty bugs rolling around, waiting to take hold in our horses. If our horses rarely leave the farm, and...

Choose My Adventure

Choose Your Own My Adventure All work and no play. You know how the saying goes. Same applies to horses—all work and no play does make you dull—whether you’re talking about too much time in the arena or many hours at the desk and not out at the barn. I’m more likely to fit in the second category right now. Confession: I haven’t touched a horse in almost a month. Since I don’t have my own horse at the...

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Resources for Injured Riders

If you spend enough hours in the saddle, it’s likely you’ll one day have an unfortunate rendezvous with gravity and sustain an injury that at the very least makes you realize that you don’t “bounce back” as quickly from falls as you did as a child or teenager. At worst, it could rock your confidence enough that you get a little jittery about certain maneuvers on horseback, or you might struggle to...

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About This Blog

Here's a chance to interface with the editorial team of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care/TheHorse.com. Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief of The Horse, posts items here that are relevant to horse health and issues in the industry that affect the equine animals we love. Whether you agree or disagree with the concepts she discusses, please keep your comments in good taste--that's all we ask! Also please remember that we cannot provide veterinary advice and will defer specific veterinary questions to your chosen equine practitioner.