Since "buying season" has begun, here's some things to consider. Enjoy

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The answer may surprise you, according to a veterinarian who has investigated how physical or mental discomfort can leave a horse sleep deprived and too tired to stay on his feet.
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Protect The Harvest

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened a comment period ...regarding an exemption request for small businesses. We encourage everyone the ELD Mandate will impact to take advantage of this opportunity to voice their concerns.

The comment period was opened due to an exemption request submitted to the FMCSA by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). The OOIDA is seeking a five-year exemption for the compliance with the ELD mandate for small trucking companies. This exemption would apply to small businesses that show less than $27.5 million in yearly revenue. According to the information on the FMCSA website, the OOIDA asserts that this exemption, “…would allow small business motor carriers to maintain their current practices that have resulted in a proven safety record. The term of the requested exemption, if granted, is for five years, subject to renewal upon application.”

The OOIDA is one group of a long list that have spoken out against the ELD Mandate. We have compiled a list of the variety of groups, lawmakers and public officials that have voiced their concerns and sent letters. That list can be found on our website here (bottom of the article):…/giant-step-back-animal-welf…/

For information about the ELD Mandate and how it will impact the Horse Industry:…/eld-mandate-will-impact-the…/


The comment period ends on February 1st, 2018.

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Walter Mantler

Taken from an original 1906 Sears Robuck Catalogue. How cool is that?

Samantha Harvey

Thought for the day...

If your car had a flat tire, door that wouldn't open easily, a steering wheel that turned but did not affect the tires, brakes that only... sometimes worked and a gas pedal that would occasionally get "stuck" in the accelerate position, how much/often/fast would you drive that car?

Let's use the above example to compare to our horses; what if our horse was sort of sound, sort of lets you get on, has inconsistent steering (depending on what he is distracted by), not a lot of whoa and often too much go, why do we not address these "little" issues before they continue to evolve???

(This is all said with a smile, a bit of sarcasm and a whole lot of truth.) Have a great night!

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At the most recent Clinic the discussion of facial expressions in both humans and horses came up. Many times I talk about, as do many other trainers, the horse tends to be a reflection of the human and their emotions. What is interesting is the following study that was recently shared with me about how horses can read humans facial expressions. Something to consider...
Horses understand human facial expressions
By Virginia MorellFeb. 9, 2016 , 7:15 PM
Like fearful humans, raise the inner brow of their eyes when threatened or surprised. Altogether their faces can convey 17 emotions (ours express 27), and they readily recognize the expressions on their fellow equines. But can they read our facial cues? To find out, researchers tested 28 horses, including 21 geldings and seven mares, from stables in the United Kingdom. Each horse was led by his/her halter rope to a position in the stable, and then presented with a life-size color photograph of the face of a man. The man was either smiling or frowning angrily. The scientists recorded the animals’ reactions, and measured their heart rates. Other studies have shown that stressed horses’ heart rates fluctuate, and when the horses looked at the angry man, their hearts reached a maximum heart rate more quickly than when they viewed the smiling image. When shown the angry face, 20 of the horses also turned their heads so that they could look at it with their left eye—a response that suggests they understood the expression, the scientists report online today in Biology Letters, because the right hemisphere of the brain is specialized for processing negative emotions. Dogs, too, have this “left-gaze bias” when confronting angry faces. Also, like dogs, the horses showed no such bias, such as moving their heads to look with the right eye, when viewing the happy faces—perhaps because the animals don’t need to respond to nonthreatening cues. But an angry expression carries a warning—the person may be about to strike. The discovery that horses as well as dogs—the only two animals this has been tested in—can read our facial expressions spontaneously and without training suggests one of two things: Either these domesticated species devote a lot of time to learning our facial cues, or the ability is innate and more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought.
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My goal is to create mental, emotional and physical availability in a horse by offering clear communication. The information provided on this site will help raise your level of awareness, increase your ability to assess, offer ideas on correct usage of aids (how, when and why,) to improve your timin...

Wish we had more folks doing this, and a society that slowed down to support it. A pic can say a thousand words... the time, effort and energy spent educating these horses, so that these horses could "keep it boring" as I say, even among the chaos of a Walmart paring lot.

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Kathy Ellis Eblen

My cousin-in-law took this at my hometown (Bonham, TX)

Smile for the day. Finally we're having some hotter days... Here's what one horse thinks of it. Enjoy!

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Horse Tribute

it's so funny 😂

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Spring time considerations- all things horse

Free horse training ideas and horsemanship philosophies with international equine clinician Sam Harvey.
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Alternative Horsemanship with Samantha Harvey added 3 new photos.

FYI traveling to/through CA there's been lots of unclear statements. These rules were recently shared with me, please inform yourself:

Assessing Hay

Whether grass or legume, the right hay for your horse is an important part of his nutrition. Here are some tips from the American Association of Equine Practitioners on choosing the best hay for your horse.