Why the Mess over Horse Meat Matters

The growing Horse Meat debacle in Europe has elicited a number of responses from us Americans. Sure glad we don’t slaughter horses here. Sure glad we don’t even eat horse meat. It’s easy to dismiss the mess as their problem. But if you dig deeper, […]

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Treatment as Tattoo

I was talking with Chris Lombard the other day about horsemanship. The dictionary calls it the ‘skill of riding horses.’ But we know it as the relationship with the horse and the skills around that relationship. “It’s not only how to handle horses,” said Lombard. […]

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Firework Frenzy

When fireworks became legal in Maine last year, there was an audible ‘@#$%&*” from the horse community. Fireworks tend to freak horses out, especially when combined with darkness and surprise (I’m pretty sure horses don’t have 9pm, July 4th marked on their calendars.). The results […]

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Help for Hayburners

Come winter, horse owners can get in a jam – with no viable pasture, too little hay, and not enough money to buy more. Finding a new home for your beloved horse, for whatever reason, isn’t an option. If you’re struggling, there’s help. It’s often […]

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New Horseman, Old Soul

My friend, Rick, was born and raised in Harpswell, Maine. He started lobstering at the age of 10, when he’d ride down to his skiff with bait bags hanging off the handlebars. After graduating from Mt. Ararat a few years ahead of me, he worked […]

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Carol waves goodbye to MEA

A big thanks to Dr. Dave Jefferson for his assistance with my deworming article on BestHorsePractices. Dr. Jefferson and Maine Equine Associates have been around for several decades. MEA is the oldest continuing equine practice in the state. Just recently, they said goodbye to one […]

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Looking for a Good Time

As a kid, I was pretty clueless about horses and riding. My mom and grandma taught what they could to a stubborn but enthusiastic girl. Mom sent me to English lessons for a while. I can still hear the drone of the instructor’s voice across […]

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Horse Health on Maine’s Mind

Most horse owners are learn-a-holics. They’re interested in improving their horses’ lives. Often it involves the horse and rider partnership. But sometimes the best learning investment can be straight-up science and equine health. The University of Maine is offering what looks to be an excellent […]

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