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Sound Horsemanship Clinic Near Boston Saturday

January 21, 2015

Sound Horsemanship ClinicsI’m up on the latest greatest! This Saturday I'll expand on winter, soundness, handling, bandaging and braiding information...

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Maintaining Arena Footing

January 14, 2015

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Heritage Farm's Gerardo Escalera shares best practices for maintaining arenas.  Good footing is pivotal to keeping horses sound. Twenty years running one of the most successful show stables of all time has revealed some surprises...

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Bathing Alternatives

October 26, 2014

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Cold backs and muscles make horses prone to soundness problems. Soap MUST be rinsed well, or skin irritations will ensue.  So, without warm running water, bathing is not a wise option. YET, those competing or getting clipped need to be clean. There are two very viable options for bathing without wetting horses.

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Horse Resists Clipping?

October 22, 2014

Clipping can be comfy. Many people inadvertently teach horses to dislike being body clipped. Horses get burned by hot blades. So, make sure yours stay cool.   Tune into the temp.  Keeping blades clean and well lubricated is key.  Clean the blades by using a soft brush parallel to the teeth, so as not to dull them.  Keep the teeth well oiled as well. Periodically let blades cool off or switch out machines. If your horse does not like clippers, you can turn the tide by desensitizing him. Start by "using" the clippers without turning them on. Do that until the worry is gone. Then, add your own verbal buzzing. Eventually, you can turn on the blades. Only use them...

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