EQUINE BENEFITS – Come Celebrate THE DAY OF THE HORSE
May18

EQUINE BENEFITS – Come Celebrate THE DAY OF THE HORSE

  Day of the Horse Don’t miss this great tradition celebrating the history and culture of our vibrant equestrian community in the Conejo Valley. Day of the Horse is an annual event that is open to the public that is full of fun activities aimed to educate and spread knowledge about horses. This event celebrates fun, food and entertainment on our beautiful 30-acre equestrian park.  Our goal is to host a family oriented event that brings our residents and businesses together for an enjoyable day!   We welcome vendors! To reserve booth space, please complete our registration form www.eticorral37.org/events You may visit our website for event updates at www.eticorral37.org or Email at eticorral37@yahoo.com   Event Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm ·      Horse Demonstrations ·      Kids Corner ·      Shave-It Truck Exhibitors: ·      Foxfield Drill Team ·      Valley View Vaulters ·      Chemaine Hurtado, Symphony Dressage Vendors: ·      Animal Guardians Horse Rescue ·      Bright Star Saddlery ·      Greater LA Paint Horse Club ·      DAC Horse Vitamins & Supplements ·      Two Bit Woodworks ·      Created by Ken ·      Wrapped N Ribbons   Conejo Creek Equestrian Park 1350 E Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 www.eticorral37.org...

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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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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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Equine Benefits – What’s Good for the Runner, is Good for the Rider Too!
Feb01

Equine Benefits – What’s Good for the Runner, is Good for the Rider Too!

All too often I find myself getting the horses out late.  Starting out around the “Magic Hour,” and coming home in the dark.  I am usally riding one and ponying the other and I am almost always on my own. Some of the time is spent on bridal paths and some on more quieter, neighborhood streets. That said, I am always searching  for reflective gear that is both functional and offers easily “visible” benefits. Recently, I found these reflective running tights by Shape and like some equestrian tights, they don’t have a full seat nor knee patches. But they fit well and have a reflective pattern that runs through them. I wear them with boots and half chaps for better staying power in the saddle and my saddle has a suede seat, which also helps. I am not crazy about head lamps as I have ridden with them for years and struggle to turn them off and on. Although they may be great for me, not so great for the horses.  Most horses’ night vision is superior and the light tends to interfere with their ability to see at a greater distance.  I stumbled upon these gloves with LED lights that fit into a flap over the top of your hand, near your knuckles. (sold separately on Amazon.com). They are easy to turn on and off with light pressure and since I always ride with gloves anyway, these work.  These LED gloves are especially useful at night when doing barn chores such as leading two horses to stalls and not having to fumble with a flash light. Also, great when you are loading feed bags in the dark and can do so hands free with a handy light, literally, at your disposal.  Happy Trails! Alice...

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Equine Benefits – Ruth Gerson receives Life Time Achievement Award
Dec01

Equine Benefits – Ruth Gerson receives Life Time Achievement Award

  Editor’s Note – I remember years ago being admonished by a postal worker after I criticized stamps with Richard Nixon’s face on them. “Your generation didn’t build the roads, you didn’t build the dams, and you didn’t fight the wars, what have you done?” I looked at her blankly and politely picked up my mail as I tiptoed away. Now that I am older, I know what the gal at the Post Office was talking about. When it comes to the Santa Monica Mountains, almost every trail I ride my horse on was either found, cleared, or to this day, along with the Trails Council, State and Federal Parks, maintained by equestrian/activist Ruth Gerson. So it came as no surprise when Ruth Gerson was honored last month at  The Calamigos Ranch. Ruth’s cohort Howard Cohen reports,       “It was a great night honoring Ruth Gerson as the driving force for the preservation and maintenance of the trails throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. She spent over 40 years on the Trails Council to date and is still an active contributor to the vision and mission of the Trails Council.  She was honored by Fran Pavley’s office through a presentation by Craig Sap for California State Parks.  She also received a commendation from the President of the United States as a distinguished volunteer, which was presented by NPS Superintendent David Szymanski. Additionally, Jeanne Wallace honored Ruth with a commemorative plaque from the Trails Council. (Jeanne was Ruth’s equestrian partner on many trail rides exploring routes and finding connections to other bridle paths over a 40-year span. Recently, the pair trekked the Backbone Trail to commemorate the same ride they took so many years ago.)  Likewise, MRCA honored Ruth as well with a speech and a gift presented by Rourie Skei. The Calamigos Ranch hosted the event providing a great atmosphere for presenting Ruth with the Lifetime Achievement award.”...

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Equine Benefits – Ocean Trail Riding
Oct01

Equine Benefits – Ocean Trail Riding

       Surf and Turf Riding Holiday By Author/Subscriber and Contributor Linda Ballou “Shorten your rein, grab mane, prepare to canter,” came from plucky Lari Shea, owner of Ricochet Ridge Ranch. Mounted on a Black Beauty double named Rascal, this petite lady has led countless horse treks through the primordial redwood forests of Northern California. I tried not to think too much about the turkey vultures wheeling overhead, or the growing chasm between me and a soft landing and focused on the footing of the trail as the white-fringed Pacific fell away. The brisk canter took us through a frilly fern forest, splashing through a gurgling creek to a grand vista that is best reached on horseback. Horseback riding allows me to get into the scenery, away from police sirens or cell phones, and to get in tune with the rhythms of nature. So, when I found one of the last best riding opportunities in California on the internet and saw that Lari offers everything from slow ambles though gorgeous scenery for the novice, to week long “real deal” rides on fit endurance horses for experienced riders, I was eager to get on board. After a leisure rise and a hearty country breakfast, I began my full day ride through a shady draw beneath towering redwoods. Our energetic horses charged up a steep slope thick with devils club then sashayed into a dell where a creek whispered to us from a moss-laden ravine. This is the home of a 1500-year old giant that towers over the forest gilded with columns of light. This granddaddy of all the trees on the mountain was here when Columbus landed in the Americas and with luck will be spared the logger’s axe and continue to live for another 1000 years.  Another climb brought us back into the sun and a view of the blue pacific wearing a lacy white skirt. We trammeled through knee-high velvet grass meadows spiked with white daisies and red columbine. The crystalline air and endless blue sky livened horse and rider alike. Our group of seven, a mother and daughter team, two guides in training, Lari, her husband Harvey and I, moved briskly through tree tunnels shrouded in wild cucumber vines. Mats of sorrel, trillium and miner’s lettuce thrive on the cool forest floor beneath the canopy of Bishop pine, Douglas fir, spruce, and coastal redwood. A majestic stag standing in a shaft of sunlight upon a ledge above us was completely unmoved by our caravan. This ride is on private land where he remains Lord of the Forest. “It’s so great to ride the trails in an English...

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