Equine Benefits – Baling Twine to the Rescue
Apr12

Equine Benefits – Baling Twine to the Rescue

“Baling Twine to the Rescue” Inspired by subscriber April Stock from Topanga, California. What do you do when you are at the barn and need a “quick fix” solution? Grab the baling twine. Most barns have plenty extra on hand from all the bales of hay fed everyday. Here are some “go to” uses we found but perhaps April’s is the most unique.  April’s use for baling twine – “When you forget to pack your belt for your post-work ride.” Here are some other uses around the barn –               Hanging a feedbucket                           Submit your uses at equineaddiction1@aol.com and win a gift certificate to Dover Saddlery. Happy...

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How about a little horse on your table…
Apr12

How about a little horse on your table…

Perfect for the equestrian who has everything and likes to set a nice table – English Saddle Pewter Napkin Rings Item #: V4005M – In Stock Collection of napkin rings designed exclusively for the equestrian. Detailed hunt saddle hand-cast in quality pewter from the Vagabond House designs. Mix with the helmet and bit napkin rings for an extraordinary table setting. Gift boxed. • 2″ x 2.75″ x 2.5″ tall. • Purchase in Set of 2 or Set of 4 Our Price: $45.00 – $84.00 http://horseandhound.com...

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How about a little horse…in your dishware?
Mar14

How about a little horse…in your dishware?

How about a little horse in your dishware? Like surrounding yourself with horsey things? We found what we deem as Best in Show  made by Devon and distributed by The Mane Lion. Contact information: Visit their website www.manelion.com. or email...

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Why Horses Matter- Combating Opioid Addiction
Mar06

Why Horses Matter- Combating Opioid Addiction

            Back when then candidate Trump was campaigning, he made a promise to the great state of New Hampshire. He promised he would help them in their battle against opioid addiction. Although New Hampshire went Blue during the election, we hope now President Trump will make good on his promise. Meanwhile, well beyond the idyllic state of NH, there are groups like Stand InBalance, here on the West Coast, who along with their Equine therapists offer a nonconventional treatment approach to substance abuse and addiction. But first we need to look at the opioid epidemic and understand how we got here. Oxycodone was broadly marketed as the drug of choice for chronic pain suffers. Some would argue it hasn’t been successful in pain management at all, but instead has proven to be highly addictive. So much so, that those prescribing it were asked to scale back enormously by insurance companies and health agencies. When the legal prescriptions stopped or were seriously cut back,  some of those addicted to Oxy turned to heroin. So when you see photos of parents strung out in their vehicles, on the side of the highway, with kids strapped in car seats or a mother collapsing in a store while her two year old tries desperately to wake her, this is the opioid crisis in real time. Big Pharma to date has made an estimated 16 billion dollars since Oxy was introduced as the drug of choice for chronic pain. The death toll for opioid overdoses in 2015 has risen to 55,000, almost double from the previous year. For 2016, the numbers are expected to rise yet again. While our current President has already met with Big Pharma CEOs,  we hope he negotiates for pharmaceutical companies to invest in rehab facilities and keep the cost of such life saving drugs as Naloxone, which is administered in overdoses, down! Part of rehabbing those suffering with addiction is offering long-term therapy and follow-up. We are all wired differently and require different treatment lengths as well as therapies. Stand InBalance is one of the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Programs fighting opioid addiction by treating patients that normally don’t respond to conventional approaches. This group has had success in providing follow-up treatment for substance abuse and addiction through their qualified human staff and equine counterparts.  Horses as therapists, to put it simply, cut right to the chase. According to one patient, “This therapy works because horses don’t judge, they don’t scheme, they are not duplicitous, they deal in the here and now and demand you be present with them.” Identifying how you feel and what’s going on with you is a large part of this kind of therapy. “Horses cause you be less preoccupied with yourself...

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THE GOOD HORSE – MARCH ***REPEAT*** for 2017
Mar01

THE GOOD HORSE – MARCH ***REPEAT*** for 2017

PARK PLACE STORM  is once again HOM for March! Storm just turned 28 years strong  and deserves recognition once again after surviving what was likely a small tornado that took out his shelter a few years ago. A large tree toppled the roof of his paddock, trapping the Morgan gelding under the wreckage. He waited patiently for hours until daybreak when barn hands literally cut through twisted, metal pipe to free him.  As some of his human herd gathered to celebrate his 28th birthday, we felt his story from 2014  was worth repeating.  “Storm” Survives  “The Storm” Storm is an accomplished 25-year-old Morgan. Yeah, I know it’s another Morgan, our third in a row! But there’s just something about this breed that just keeps amazing us! Storm is handsome and good-natured and on February 26th, in the early morning hours, this 14.1 hands, gelding would be put to the test. As torrential rains and heavy winds rolled through the valley where Storm is kept, trees were toppled and a good-sized tack shed blew over on it’s side. A large tree fell crushing the roof of Storm’s pipe corral, leaving it totaled and uninhabitable. However, this seasoned vet found a place in his paddock where he was safe. Had Storm been a taller horse, he probably wouldn’t have fared as well but his body type along with his calm, unfettered nature left him unscathed. Standing, yet barely able to move, Storm waiting patiently for the 7:00am feed time when the Barn Manager came to his rescue and safely cut him out of his pen. We are in awe of this horse’s bravery and level-headedness in a terrifying situation. We applaud Storm and appreciate fate for being so kind to him and his owner Michelle.  And that’s why Smart, Savvy Storm is our Horse of the Month for March. Know a horse we should consider for Horse of the Month?  Let us know about your GOOD HORSE by contacting us here....

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