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Hoof form and Conformation

Jul 13, 2019

Is it possible?  Can foot form affect a horse’s conformation? 

Yes, it can, and does – in fact it affects much more than that!  The condition, overall shape and functioning of your horse’s feet influence not only his posture, stance, attitude, personality and movement, but also his innate and biological bodily functions such as circulation, lymph function, digestion and muscle development. We will even go so far to say that foot form and function have a great influence on your horse’s 'trainability'...

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Her name was Dancer ...

Jul 09, 2019

It was July 2012 when I first saw her. I sent love to her immediately.  She was most obviously an old soul.  She was very skinny (like a 0 to 1 on the condition scale)  I wondered about her and her condition...   Whats the condition scale?

I moved to a small acreage in a new community. Being a compulsive observer and a perpetual student of the horse, I looked for her patterns of behaviour as I had to drive by her several times a day.  

She appeared to be grazing regularly, I saw her at the ‘water...

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Industry of Death: Equine Slaughter houses

Jul 08, 2019

 

It is estimated that 98% of domestic horses that arrive at the slaughterhouses (and are not bred for meat) do so for musculoskeletal problems easily preventable if we improve the conditions in which they live. 

 

The horses need more than prayers! Click this link which shows how different parts of the world view North American slaughter houses, in particular in Alberta Canada!

The reasons that horses end up in slaughter houses  have not changed one bit over the decades.  

Several times during the past 20...

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CAN YOUR HORSE GET NAVICULAR?

Jul 06, 2019

Can YOUR horse get navicular?

     A few years ago I met a friend at a boarding facility where I saw a jumper mare being ridden in the indoor arena. She was being cantered around the large space, jumping two fences on one long side and repeating the mundane line over and over again in an obedient but almost robotic way. She was a beautiful big mare, but I couldn't help seeing the obvious tightness in her body, her toe-first landings, the stoic 'try',  and  felt a loss of participation and joy from her. ...

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Breaking Traditions: by Tomas Teskey DVM (2004)

Aug 11, 2018
 

 I've been searching through the EQ files as we get ready to launch a new website with community support and online learning and ran across a printed version of this article written by Tomas Teskey DVM in 2004 and EQ published it with permission and inserted EQ pictures.  

Because of technology rapidly changing the programs and computer I used to make this version are obsolete.  Soooo,  I took pictures with my iPhone of the original printed version and posted them here.  The words need to be heard and read still even...

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I have been doing my work.

Jul 01, 2018
 


Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work...Sacredly, Secretly and Silently...
and those with 'eyes to see and ears to hear' will respond.

I have been doing my work.

I tried the kicking and screaming approach in my early ‘barefoot is best’ days. Once I realized the gravity and the depths of the belief systems passed on from one manly generation to another, I slightly backed off and could only speak to those who cared to hear.

I did manage to get a few people...

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Sham's Story - or My Barefoot Beginnings

Apr 28, 2018

I wrote this article over a decade ago. It still reflects so many other horse owners' experiences.

          I had an Arabian horse named Sham. He was ready to retire and I was looking for a second horse. I surfed ads for half-Friesians and found a website called Equinextion with some beautiful horses for sale … and some different stuff about ‘Barefoot and Natural’.

          When I’d bought Sham, with his super tall coke-can...

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