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The Ancient Elegance Of Arabian Horses In The Modern World

As an avid Arabian lover I am blessed with 2 arab geldings who make every day special. Their loving attitudes, expressive eyes and forgiving natures inspire me to constantly learn more.

Here is a brief introduction to my 2 boys…

Champ

Champ

Copper chestnut with 4 white socks and a blaze, I also suspect he has the Sabino gene since he will periodically sprout thrick white streaks in his mane, or spots on his body that start out the size of pennies and end up the size of toonies.  Read the rest of this entry »

New YouTube Channel!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjOxS6kLG64[/youtube]Hello Everyone!

I just created a Passion for Horses YouTube channel and can now start loading all my edited horse videos so that I can share them with you.

Today I have my first video ‘My Life With Horses’ which is a kind of ‘trailer’ if you will, of my horses and a few of the horses I am blessed to work with everyday.

As I have time I will be creating all kinds of Natural Horsemanship videos about everything from riding, training, trails, trailering, horseplay, horsecare etc.

So as a starter, enjoy the video above! It is a somewhat humorous look at the non-stop action that these horses bring to my life.

Beating Winter Weight Loss

Alexa Linton, Equine Sport Therapist, BSc. KIn

Where does the time go?  Summer is quickly fading, autumn is upon us, and it’s not long before we embark upon another winter season.  As horse owners, this changing of seasons has special significance. 

Not only does it signal the return to blankets, rainy rides and thrush, but many of us are already thinking about how we can keep the weight on our hard-keepers this winter season.   

The summer months on the island are generally good to our horses, with hay aplenty, lush grass, and sunny days that seem to stretch into infinity.  Usually it is all we can do to keep the weight off our horses during the summer months. 

Winter, however, brings cold weather, and although horses are naturally able to tolerate very low temperatures, it is important for you, as the horse owner to be prepared for increased energy use and stress levels, often leading to weight loss.  Read the rest of this entry »

TUNKWA LAKE- Horse Campsite

Today I woke up at 7am to the sound of pouring rain…a sound that made my heart sink! Here I am planning a weekend away camping with my horses and it looks like Fall is pulling a fast one on me…But who knows, this is Beautiful British Columbia…the province of 4 seasons in one week, so by Friday we could be having another heat wave…fingers crossed!!

But apart from the rain, Fall can be a great time to take your horses camping- the heat is subsiding, and the with the fall colours, the countryside will soon be looking beautiful dressed in its red & gold colours.

So as the last day of August draws to a close, here is the last post about trail riding and camping with horses…

(All info below is from www.campingandhorses.com an excellent website with info on trail rides and camping with horses)

TUNKWA LAKE

July 2008– Kamloops Chapter of Back Country Horsemen BC just completed 10 new Corrals Read the rest of this entry »

Trail Riding & Horse Camping Tips- PART 2

This is Part 2 of a great article from  www.ustrailride.org. Some excellent tips & ideas.

ENJOY!

 

4.  Tips for camping with a horse:

Horse:

A horse is like camping with a three-year old child.  A horse does not help, does not work, demands constant attention, makes messes and will run away given half a chance and gets into trouble anyway possible.  You should learn to walk before running when camping with horse.  Go with an experienced group to a few places first before attempting it on your own. Read the rest of this entry »

Trail Riding & Horse Camping Tips- Part 1

This is PART 1 of a great article on from  www.ustrailride.org. Some excellent tips & ideas. Part 2 will be posted on Wednesday and will contain handy tips on camping with your horses…

ENJOY!

 

Trail Riding & Horse Camping Tips

 These tips have been assembled over time apply to trail riding and navigation are from the experiences of many riders, some of whom have been lost, cold and wet.

Tips for items to carry when riding trail riding a horse: 

We cannot predict when an emergency may occur when riding a horse.  The emergency could occur in the first mile or 20th mile.  The following general tips are intended for riders regardless of the length or duration of the planned ride. Read the rest of this entry »

TRAIL REVIEW- Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake Reservoir is one of the most popular BC Hydro recreation sites in the province & serves not only as a source of hydroelectric power but also as an attractive recreation area for public enjoyment.

Buntzen Lake’s amazing setting, adjacent hiking trails and cooling waters make it a popular destination year round.

Whether you are planning a short ride through a coastal lowland rain forest or a more adventurous ride into the surrounding mountains or a day of mountain biking, the Buntzen Lake area offers a trail to suit you. Read the rest of this entry »

TRAIL RIDING- Quick Release Knots & High Lining

QUICK RELEASE KNOT:

This is super important to learn, whether you are tie-ing your horse up inside the trailer on the way to the trails, or on a hitching post or tree on the trail. In the event that your horse panics, there is danger or for whatever reason, this is a knot you can release with one tug. There are several variations of the quick release knot, but the one below it  a fast and easy one to learn.

Since the easiest way to learn how to tie a knot is by looking at it, here are the 3 steps to tying a quick release knot…

Step 1. Loop the tail end of the lead rope over a hitching rail, around a sturdy post or through a tie ring. Let's call the end of the rope hooked to the horse A and the tail end of the rope B. Step 2. Pinch A and B together in your right hand. Step 3. With your left hand, make a loop with B. Step 4. Push the tail end of B around the pinched-together portions of A and B. Creating a second loop with the tail end of B, now pull the new loop through the original loop. Step 5. Tighten the knot by pulling on the end that hooks to the halter.

HIGH LINING

Should you decide to take your horse on an overnight camping trip, and you end up camping in a spot where there are no corrals, you will need to know how to highline (hightie) you horse. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Items to Take on a Trail Ride

Whether you are riding local trails or in the back country, there are a few essential items you should ALWAYS have with you. One of the easiest ways to carry these items is in a saddle bag.

1  Cellphone– you should keep this on you and not on your horse, in case you get separated (ie fall off!)

Halter & lead rope– so that if you stop you can take off the bridle and allow your horse to graze. Also, this halter/rope combo can be used as a backup bridle should your bridle break.

A first aid kit is an essential piece of equipment to include. It should contain Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to the Launch of our New Website and Blog!

The vision for our website and blog is to connect each of you with the information you want to help your horse(s) live an extraordinary life. 

This website and blog was inspired by the passing of my beautiful mare, Melody Joy, A Song of the Soul who left the earth on January 21, 2010.  She asked us to help each of you who provides love and care to her herdmates, and so this site has now come alive!

It is our goal to give you timely information, recommendations on holistic healing methods, and put you in touch with natural horsecare practitioners who can answer your questions.  We will publish articles, conduct interviews, research various healing methods and share some of our own experiences in horse health and wellness.

Our founders, Linda-Ann and Faye will continue to search out the latest and greatest ways of giving our horses the lives they deserve.

In the meantime, please do click on the link for your fr*e gift, and subscribe to our blog.  That way you won’t miss out on any of the words of wisdom that this site will publish.  Your fr*e gift was provided by working with many horses over the past few years.  This is what they truly want you to know, and to begin to practice with each of them. 

We are VERY excited about launching this site.  Please keep in touch with us and let us know what you want to see us research and provide to you and your horse!

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