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March 29, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Horse Balls…, Couldn’t They Have Come Up With A Better Name?

This is a great idea for a pasture pal!

I got to get me a couple balls!

Actually I can see yearlings enjoying the heck out of these, but my horses are ten and five years this year.  I can see Willow worrying a horse ball some.  But young Frilly would probably think it was childish and not bother, at least not after all the spookiness went away.  Gimme a Dream would probably stick his head high in the air and his body would shake itself silly.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giddy Up Pony Camp, A Place For Every Child!

Giddy Up Pony Camp is an excellent adventure riding camp where young riders learn to ride and take care of a horse, learn English as a second language, spend the summer romping around the beaches and having a great time on Prince Edward Island, in Canada. They learn to have confidence in themselves.

Riders ages 7-16 get to stay at the prestigeous 4 star B&B, Ar Dachaidh, in Orwell Cove or they can be day students, which ever best suits the child.  On site instruction in English as a Second Language, with a qualified experienced teacher, is offered for those requesting the ESL package. Youth riders from France, Thailand and Japan have registered for fun filled camps in the past. They have joined young riders from PEI, Connecticut, Quebec and New Brunswick making friends for life.

Mission Statement

We strive to provide each and every young rider with a wonderful riding experience based upon mutual respect, safety and fun.

Amanda Currie-Poirier

Amanda has owned and operated the hugely popular Giddy Up Pony Camp since 2001.  She had her first pony when she was two and has not stopped riding since.  This energetic young woman comes from a family of experienced horse lovers on both sides of her family.


Prior to opening her own business, Amanda has helped operate pony camps and taught lessons at Amberlea Meadows in Leduc, Alberta and at the prestigeous National Equestrian Center in Canberra, Australia and more recently she spent a year training and working with, Cindy Matheson, an FEI coach and owner of Tea Hill Stables in Tea Hill, PEI. Amanda is a competitor in both the English and Western arenas with numerous first and second place awards and ribbons to her credit.


March 23, 2009 Posted by | Giddy Up Pony Camp | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Is There An Escape Artist In Every Herd?

In every herd there is always an escape artist! Is that my imagination? 


Willow Breeze - The Escape Artist

Willow Breeze - The Escape Artist

This is mine!  Little Willow Breeze seems to be able to get out of every fence, whenever the mood strikes her.  Whenever the grass is greener on the other side.  Whenever some of the hay has blown to the other side of the fence.  Whenever Gimme A Dream picks on her and she feels unloved by the herd.  

Willow is a Canadian horse! Truthfully, I have never seen a horse more capable of making a fool out of me, then she is.  Willow is a problem-solver.  She has learned quickly how to open gates, lift bars over posts, untie knots in any rope fence or tied door.  Canadians are well know for their problem-solving capabilities and this little one is no exception. The only thing about her that doesn’t remind me of a Canadian is her incredible stubbornness.  I don’t know if it is bred into her or if it is a learned trait but my Willow is more mule, in that one respect!

Three times yesterday and first thing this morning, I had to open a hole in the fence to let her back in.  I always put their hay inside but away from the fence so that it is more advantagious for her to go back in.  Then I cut a hole in the fence because the gate is always at the other end.  Come spring, I’m getting a new gate placed at this end.

Fortunately, little Willow has a severe case of separation anxiety and won’t leave the fence more than ten feet.  Also, it is fortunate that the other two don’t go to the other side of the paddock, where Willow would be within distance of the main highway.  Because I have an escape artist in the field, I tend to always feed and water the horses at the farthest distance from the road, so the beasties tend to stay together, where they know the food is going to be.

At least I now know how she is escaping.  The snow prints have shown me everything. Last fall when she was getting out, I searched in vain for her escape route.  I actually thought she was getting down and rolling under the fence in one area, where the land took a dip in the forest and the fence was a couple of feet above the ground.  I’m still not ruling that area out though, only that it is not the place she weaseled her way out of, this winter.  And then only because of the snowdrifts in the woods make it impossible for her to get near the fence, in that area.

March 17, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Update in the Post, “What Do You Do With Miles of Baling Twine?”

In an earlier entry, on February 22, 09, I asked the question, “What do you do with miles of baling twine?” Then I gave suggestions and examples of what I do to recycle all this needless wasted twine.  The twine is very strong and mostly a manufactured synthetic raffia.  It comes in a variety of colors on the large round, 800 lb bales of hay.

I have shown a halter that I made last year and a bitless bridle that I made this in the above link.   I’ve also made several horse lead ropes, winter blanket straps and a number of smaller useful straps and collars.


I made a martingale dog leash for special dog training methods. The martingale is used in place of the chain collar for control and to make training to heel easier, more fun and less abusive for the dog, then using a training chain.

The leash began with baling twine. I cut it into 4 – 64 foot lengths and doubled each length.  I knotted the leash eight feet long.  I “sewed” a one foot handle on the end and a one foot martingale at the hook end. The hook is a regular stainless steel bolt snap with a round eye.  The overall finished length of the leash is approximately six feet.

Note: most baling twines ARE NOT biodegradable and many tons of it end up in landfill sites, each year. It will stay there many hundreds or even thousands of years.  This is one green method of recycling and re-using that which we already have.

This leash has been sold!

March 11, 2009 Posted by | tack | , , , | 4 Comments

Can You Find The Seven Horses?

Perhaps we have all seen the amazing art of Jim Warren, even though we haven’t paid enough attention to the artist himself.  Warren has painted many of the stunning pictures that circulate the internet and this is but one of them. He has created a series of ‘find the hidden objects’ paintings with animal and marine life.

The inspiration for me to place this painting here, at this time, came from TrotonTV’s blog at blogspot, where he had placed an image of another seven horses.  He had created quite a stir.

Because of Jim Warren’s amazing abilities, I will be looking further into his work to see what other goodies he has painted. There are Seven Horses in this picture.  Not all of them are easy to see. Can you find them?



The artist, Jim Warren, had this to say about this painting”

“As a kid, I always enjoyed those drawings in activity books with the faces and animals hidden in it. But they were often too easy, even for your average half-witted 10 year old such as myself. So I painted “Seven Horses”, where each horse is a little harder than the next to find, until the seventh, which is almost impossible unless you’re Einstein, who is not alive. So if you find six, here is a hint for the seventh:  “


March 9, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Little Johnny Is At It Again!

Little Johnny attended a horse auction with his father.  He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse’s legs and rump, and chest.

After a few minutes, Johnny asked, “Dad, why are you doing that?”

His father replied, “Because when I’m buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy.”

Johnny, looking worried, said, “Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom .”

March 4, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , | Leave a comment

Equine Breathing As An Holistic Training Method – Does It Work?

I pay my psycologist with hay and potatoes…, and he stands there, the entire day, everyday, if necessary, listening to me rant and rave.  Not once have I heard him whine about how hard his day has been…, LOL! – Me!

Tip #8

Gimme A Dream is a nervous horse. All his nervous energy goes inside himself and it makes him sick. In most ways, he is a wonderful animal to be around. But when he becomes nervous, he will stand still and shake the weight right off his bones.

Gimme A Dream

Gimme A Dream

Last year was a reasonably nervous year for Dream.  Even though I owned him for quite a while, it was 2008 before he was moved to the islands. He was uptight about everything, particularly the beach. I owned Frilly by this time, but she was young and not on the islands.  So I thought I’d buy Willow, who was a rescue, to get both Dream and Frilly, when she arrived, ready for the beach.  I thought an older horse would help calm things down.

Instead of helping, little Willow put the heels to Dream, splitting an artery in his chest and sending us all into a panic.  A month later, I bought baby Sammy (Sam’s Pride) and brought both her and Frilly home at the same time.  Dream went spiraling down into a state of nervous depression and we spent our nights walking him because of signs of colic. 

Sammy was sick, but I didn’t know it.  However, Willow knew and didn’t want her around.  She passed this nervousness on to Dream, who continued to lose weight and have regular bouts of diarrhea.  When Sammy died, Dream knew it.  He could smell her death, even though I kept the horses away from the building.  He spent weeks reaching his head high into the air, sniffing and he continued to loose weight.  I would say, my Dream Boy had the equivalent of a nervous breakdown.

Summer came and the horses were put out on to the fresh pasture.  Just the change of locations made him nervous and he lost more weight.  I made arrangements to send him away, because he wasn’t settling in, even though he was wonderful to ride. 

In the end though, I kept him with the mares and myself, thinking another change wouldn’t be good for him.

I did a lot of research on the internet and found a sight which brought me to learning how to breathe properly.  The site had a link to equine breathing.  Of course I had to check it out.  There I found a lot of information on horse behaviour and much of it described my Gimme A Dream.  So I studied every word that the site had to say.  I watched every video and listened to all the audios, followed all the links.

Then I tried the techniques on Dream and you know…, this winter he finally started to gain the weight he had lost.  I started very slowly, only placing my hand over his nostril for a couple of seconds.  When he chose to stop, I stopped.  You know…, I think he gained all the weight back and then some.  He has had next to no nervous bouts.  I’m certainly pleased!

But to answer the question, does the holistic training method for equine breathing, actually work? I don’t know the answer.  There are far too many variables to work with, in our environment.  Maybe Dream is better because he is a year older.  Or, maybe it is because he has had no serious changes in his environment for four months.  I’m just thankful that he is not keeping me up at night, anymore.

Equine Breathing is an holistic training method that enables you to help your horses in their recovery from chronic ailments and behaviour problems. 

The idea behind Equine Breathing is that, for many different reasons, some horses start to breathe badly and the biochemical imbalances that arise can result in symptoms and behavioural problems. This idea has its origins in scientific studies of human respiration physiology and while equivalent scientific studies on horses have not yet been carried out trials by interested horse owners support its applicability to horses.nes_student_1n-3

Equine Breathing is a way of reminding and re-training the horse how to breathe correctly.  In horses that chronically over breathe, it is thought that carbon dioxide levels fall which can cause cell damage and eventually ill health.

Damage caused by low levels of carbon dioxide is reversible. So increasing carbon dioxide levels by re training and correcting the breathing encourages healing, and symptoms can diminish and disappear.  Equine Breathing training reduces the amount of air breathed in to a more natural and beneficial level which helps healing.

A simple way to reduce air intake is to cover one nostril at a time with your hand.  This is called the ‘one nostril’ or 1N technique.  Almost anyone can do one nostril Equine Breathing. 
    * It is easy to learn,
    * requires no equipment, 
    * horses enjoy it
    * and people find it relaxing and calming.
Equine Breathing enables horse owners to help their horses in their recovery from a wide range of chronic conditions, through their own efforts ! 
However if you have any concerns its wise to ask your vet before starting Equine Breathing so that she/he can advise if its suitable for your horse. While Equine Breathing may reduce the need for ongoing treatment do not change any treatments advised by your vet without first consulting him or her.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | health | , , , , , | Leave a comment