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Get Your Game On: Incorporating Mounted Games

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Horsemanship Level 4: Mounted Games It is possible to progress through our Riding and Horsemanship curricula without ever taking up mounted combat, and some people do this.  However, we think you're missing out on a lot of the fun as well as on the riding skills that mounted games build.  So even though we test mounted games skills for the…

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Rugging up and off

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Horsemanship Level 4: Saddlery pt III Finally (yes, it's been a couple of months!) the last part of the Horsemanship Level 4 requirements is demonstrating how to correctly put on and remove a horse blanket. First take a look at these two videos, the first of Ali & Noah from Help! My Daughter Loves Horses!  and the second from the UK…

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On the Nose: fitting nosebands

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Horsemanship Level 4: Saddlery pt II For Level 4 Horsemanship you will need to be able to fit not just your own tack, but other common parts of saddlery as well.  This week we'll consider nosebands. Why a noseband? The variety of nosebands used today is a relatively modern invention. Mediaeval and early modern riders used either a simple cavesson…

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Saddles: Getting the Right Fit

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Horsemanship Level 4: Saddlery pt I The final checklist item for Horsemanship 4 is: 10. Saddlery. Fit and care of own tack. Identify & fit nosebands, girths & common tack. Put on & remove a blanket. Once more, this is a large topic that we'll break down into several posts, looking at saddle fitting this week. Fitting the Saddle A…

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Home Care for Horses

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Horsemanship Level 4: Vet & First Aid pt III Last week for this topic we looked at discerning emergency versus non-emergency ailments of the horse. This week we'll cover treatments of some minor illnesses and injuries. Thrush Thrush is a foul-smelling infection that occurs in the grooves (sulci) of the hoof on either side of the frog.  It is usually…

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Nursing your Horse

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Horsemanship Level 4: Vet & First Aid pt II The second check box for Level 4 Vet & First Aid is: 9.  Signs of cold, laminitis. Causes of colic. Cause & treatment of thrush, abscess, minor injuries. When to call the vet and what to tell her. Again, you have learned much of this in Level 3, and now you…

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Equine First Aid

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Horsemanship Level 4: Vet & First Aid The Vet & First Aid section of Level 4 Horsemanship is very similar to the Level 3 requirements, the difference being you are expected to know the subject more thoroughly. 8. Vet & First Aid.   T, P, R; Identify minor wounds; cause, care & treatment. Since these topics are covered quite thoroughly in…

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Conditioning: Making it Work

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Horsemanship Level 4: Conditioning pt I The checklist item for Level 4 conditioning read: 7. Work vs. exercise. Warm-up and cooling out, reasons why. This week we will examine fitness, work, and excercise, and then look at warm-up and cool-down next week. Condition [caption id="attachment_13496" align="alignright" width="300"] Activities that require speed and agility also require hard condition to avoid injury[/caption]…

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Conformation and Unsoundness: Pick a Leg, Any Leg

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Horsemanship Level 4: Identifying Lameness When you deepen your study of conformation you will begin to look at its effects on a horse's movement, which can tell you much about its ability, soundness, and scope.  For Level 4 Horsemanship, we ask you to begin sharpening your eye by identifying unsoundness and distinguishing which leg is lame. Sometimes lameness is obvious. …

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Conformation: Built to Work

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Horsemanship Level 4: Conformation & Unsoundness pt II Previously we looked at types of horses, their differing builds and their abilities.  This week we'll examine general conformation, and what to look for when assessing any horse. Over centuries of domestication, selective breeding has created the variety of breeds and types we looked at in the last post.  However, the modern…

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