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Skin Conditions & Home Made Anti-Itch/Fungus Cream

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Skin Conditions & Home Made Anti-Itch/Fungus Cream

January 17, 2018

By Maribeth Dunlap

I have lived and kept my horses on my farm in Pennsyvania for most of my life.  We had to endure a mud season in spring where "scratches" were common around the pasterns and fetlocks of our horses. The opportunity to train in Florida during the winter gave me a another experience in fungus prevention. Fungus prevention in Flor...

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Home Made Fly Sprays

Posted on January 9, 2018 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Home Made Fly Sprays

Avon Skin So Soft Fly Spray

4 oz Avon Skin So Soft

1 oz Citronella Oil (essential oil)

12 oz White Vinegar

12 oz Water

Mix together in a spray bottle.  Shake well before each use.

Baby & Essential Oils Fly Spray

2 cups White Vinegar

4 capfulls of Baby Oil

10 drops each of essential oils:  L...

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The FEI Rule

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM

FEI Rule

Chapter I Dressage


1. The object of Dressage is the development of the Horse into a happy Athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the Horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the Athlete.

These qualities are demonstrated by:

• The freed...

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Suggested Reading List

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Suggested Reading List

Updated 2011

In Alphabetical Order:

ALBRECHT, KURT (1981; translation by Nicole Bartle 1993), Principles of Dressage, J.A.Allen, London.

BALLOU, JEC ARISTOTLE, (2005), 101 Dressage Exercises, Versa Press, USA.

BELASIK, PAUL (1990), Riding towards the light. An apprenticeship in the art of dressage riding, J.A.Allen, London.

BELASIK, PAUL (1994), Exploring Dressage Te...

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Posted on January 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Dressage Terminology

Compiled By Maribeth Dunlap

January 2010

Above The Bit – When the horse avoids contact by putting its muzzle forwards and upwards. The back is usually dropped and there is loss of engagement of the hindquarters.

Activity – Refers to the activity, energy, vigor and liveliness of the hind legs.

Against The Bit – When the horse avoids a soft conta...

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USDF Glossary of Judging Terms

Posted on September 1, 2007 at 9:30 AM

USDF Glossary of Judging Terms

(This is not the complete list; only those terms most related to the horse score in vaulting are listed here.)

Acceptance - Lack of evasion, resistance, or protest; acquiescence. Used in reference to the horse's unresistant willingness to allow the maintenance of a steady contact, the application of aids, and/or the placement of the rider's weight.

Activity Energy, vigor, liveliness - re...

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Equine First Aid Kit

Posted on April 1, 2003 at 12:00 PM

Equine First Aid Kit

Compiled By Maribeth Dunlap

April 2003

  • Absorbent Cotton
  • Gambgee Non Stick Roll
  • Gauze Roll, stretch type at least 2 inches wide
  • Brown Gauze Roll at least 4 inches wide
  • Vetrap or similar type
  • Sterile Non-stick Gauze Dressings, 4 x 4 inches
  • Sterile Gauze for cleaning wounds, the smaller ones
  • Adhesive Tape, at least 1” wide
  • Pressure Pads (non-deodo...

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