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Fun Times with Laminitis - An Oxymoron?
It’s funny – I find Laminitis is a topic NO ONE wants to talk about – yet everyone wants to hear about! I suppose if you’re talking about it, it might mean you’re having to deal with it. But LISTENING about Laminitis is a whole other story – if you soak up enough info along the way, you’ll simply be able to ACT if it ever happens to your horse – you’ll be ready! So, listen up, this is a fun podcast and I really enjoyed passing along this info to you via Horse Chats Australia!
Listen to the podcast HERE!
The Highlands - Full Film Released by Emma Massingale!
For Emma Massingale, her film “The Island Project” was an adventure of a lifetime. She learned so much during filming, but she was also left with a whole new set of questions. On the island, her horses were completely free with only one restriction….the water surrounding them! She wanted to now know what would happen to a horse-owner relationship if travelling on a journey in the open, at liberty. Could she travel with two horses at liberty across the Scottish highlands? Every step they took would be unknown. if she lost them, they would literally be able to run over thousands of acres!
This film is about her journey. She camped out every night, filmed herself and carried her own kit and equipment. She crossed the Scottish Highlands, coast to coast, with two previously unhandled Highland Ponies.. As you might guess – it was quite an adventure! ENJOY!
Honey's Mini Therapy Adventures Bring CLB to YOUR TV!
Honey’s Mini Therapy Adventures is a non-profit organization in Central Florida. The concept of HMTA is a beautiful thing. The organization is designed around an inclusive therapeutic model. Individuals of all ages, gender and race with physical, cognitive, emotional, developmental and behavioral disabilities find comfort, empowerment, self-esteem, and unconditional love through positive interventions with miniature horses. They serve at multiple facilities across central Florida and their program is expanding rapidly – reaching people in need from all aspects of life.
At Cavallo, we’re very proud to be their sponsor and we look forward to their daily posts about what they get up to in their CLB Bling Boots! Mary Rose Gullet of HMTA was recently interviewed by ABC Tampa’s Morning Blend morning show! Watch here to be part of the action and to watch their CLB Bling sparkle under those studio lights:
Just say "WHOA" to Bullying!
Meet Peaches – a Palomino / Pinto dwarf mare. Peaches is tiny – only 26″ tall!! She inherited a dwarf gene, which causes her to be small and stout. This doesn’t stop her from doing big things! Peaches works hard as a therapy mini at Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses. She takes part in a special program called “Just say Whoa to Bullying”. She goes to schools and events to help children learn about the damage bullying can do, and how they can prevent being bullied…or becoming a bully. Peaches can only do short visits, due to her arthritis in her legs, but she makes an enormous impact on those who are luck enough to meet her.
:CLICK HERE to watch Peaches in action!
What is Merry Wearing on her Feet?
By Sarah Kirk, of Multiple Sclerosis, Merry & Me
A question I’m often asked… “What is Merry wearing on her feet?”
Recently, I’ve received a few comments on my photographs asking about Merry’s boots.
The answer? Cavallo Hoof Boots!
I keep Merry barefoot and it suits our lifestyle perfectly. The most important reason why? Her comfort – and the positive side effect is that she isn’t ripping shoes off with parts of her hoof wall.
Barefoot and No Going Back!
The more I learn about keeping Merry barefoot, the more it confirms barefoot is the right decision for us. Merry is ever so slightly pigeon toed, when she was initially shod she would rip her shoes off and we eventually had more glue than hoof. This was the first reason that I realized shoeing Merry was not right for her. Now she’s barefoot her feet look fantastic.
Merry has been barefoot for 99.9% of the time that I have owned her. When she arrived I had her shod. Her feet were a bit of a mess and I automatically thought having her shod was the answer. I was wrong, and unfortunately it made them worse – a lot worse. My heart would sink when she would walk into the yard, minus a shoe and lots of hoof wall missing.
Looking Hard for the “Cons”…
Over time, I’ve learnt about the anatomy of the hoof, the pros of keeping her barefoot, (I’ve not found any cons I have to admit) and how the foot flexes and absorbs movement. When Merry is ridden regularly over the Summer, her feet condition nicely. However, we continue to use our Cavallo Trek Boots because they offer Merry protection from any terrain or distance – and when we arrive home and untack – we can just take them off. Her feet are checked and trimmed accordingly every 6 – 7 weeks to make sure they’re in good shape and to avoid any flares or cracks occurring – which has never happened.
Merry has hoof boots on all four feet to give her maximum protection whilst hacking, I take extra care of her feet because she has had Laminitis in the past (before I owned her) and we had White Line Separation to overcome when she arrived with us.
It’s About Comfort
I keep Merry as comfortable and natural as I possibly can. Keeping her barefoot is just one way of achieving that. It works brilliantly for us, her feet have never looked so good and we don’t feed any supplements or use any ‘lotions or potions’. It’s down to mother nature with a helping hand from our Cavallo Hoof Boots………
-Sarah Kirk, Blogger at Multiple Sclerosis, Merry & Me
Sarah is a blogger and lives in the UK. To view her Facebook page, please click HERE!
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We Ride Sport & Trail Magazine - Nov. 2019
What an issue!
Actor/Director (and exceptional photographer) Vincent McLean takes us to Mongolia this issue as he covers the Spirit Horseback Archery Tournament – Mongolia Open International, where archers from 17 countries came together for this first annual event. This article was produced in conjunction with Vincent’s documentary film he is currently working on, “Horseback Archery, From War to Sport“. Also in this issue, read about the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol Unit of Delaware, Parelli Professional Nancy Slater, and articles from Jeff Wilson (Western Dressage). Jeff has over 25 years of horse training as well as breeding his beloved Morgans.
YUM - Dinner's READY! The Best of America by Horseback Cookbook
Just in time for Christmas!
“One of the greatest honors to friends and family is to feed them and feed them well.” – Tom Seay
Featuring recipes from Tom and Pat Seay and the Best of America by Horseback Family, this cookbook contains delicious southern dishes, campfire cooking, and crowd-pleasers straight from the kitchens of the Andora Farm cattle drives!