Setting Goals for Better Barrel Racing

You have decided you want to start barrel racing, you are having problems, or just need some help keeping your objectives straight and being motivated. All of this can be straightened out with goal setting. When you set goals you have to take in the level your horse is able to compete at and the […]

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Long Haul Plus Big Show Equals Equine and Human Stress

Long distance hauling, more than 8 hours on the road with a major, multi-day competition upon arrival, is a serious source of human and equine stress. Some horses may be facing this situation frequently and may be on the road occasionally throughout the year or they may be on the road several months of the […]

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Instructor Responsibility: What about the Horse Show?

Where does the instructor’s responsibility begin and end?  We are all familiar with the issues at the home barn. We have to provide a safe facility, reasonably safe school horses, well-planned lessons, and we cannot pass the responsibility to anyone else without adequate training. Adequate usually includes documentation of some kind. The responsibility of the […]

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Horse Show Safety

"These are show horses and they are used to all sorts of distractions."  "These people have come to a horse show and you can expect them to be experienced." Are these valid statements?  Are they statements that one can rely on when deciding either how to run a show or what to do with horses […]

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Games People Play

Close up, horse shows look like serious business. They’re certainly business because their economics affect an awful lot of different people in a lot of different ways. For breeders and trainers and show managers and hamburger slingers and farriers and lots of other people, horse shows are a big investment both literally and figuratively. They’re […]

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Forbidden Substance – But Who Knows the Rules

The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure”, is certainly applicable to the issue of equine medications.  Understanding the basic rules, and applying an overabundance of caution regarding disclosure reports, can save most owners and trainers from the pain and suffering of whispered reports of drug violations, not to mention […]

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