8 Ways to Feel Closer and More Connected to Your Horse

Horses are extremely intelligent animals and connect in the same way we, as humans, do. They respond to body language and touch, and build a connection through trust and mutual respect. Respect. Respect is vital when connecting with your horse. You must first respect your horse before he will respect you. Respect you does not mean fear you. A lot of humans make this mistake and sadly the horse follows instructions out of fear instead of respect. Fear will establish …

What is a Gymhkana (jimˈkänə)?

Gymkhana – a noun, formally defined as a field day held for equestrians, consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship and much pageantry. As quoted from the Meriam-Webster dictionary.com; “Both the word gymkhana and the event it describes originated in 19th-century India. The word is probably an alteration of the Hindi word “gedkhana,” which describes a ball- playing area similar to a racket ball court, with the first syllable influenced by our word gymnasium. The first gymkhanas were displays of athletics and …

Lameness in Horses: Symptoms, Discovery and Recovery

Lameness is a very common cause of loss of use in horses. A lame horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally. It can be caused by problems in a horse’s bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, brain, circulation, or metabolism. Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these issues but if you are keep reading. The most common causes of lameness are injury, metabolic issues and stabling environment. The difficulty with lameness is that it can be …