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Anatomy & Movement - Human
Who's Best Built to
Ride? by Dr. Deb
Recognizing the Anatomical Differences
Between Men and Women and Revising Traditional Teaching Techniques May Make Better Riders
of Both Genders
EquiBalance Part 3 by Julie Leiken
Use the idea of two sets of bolts to
help you learn to sit evenly in the saddle.
Comparable Parts – You are more like your horse than you think! by Wendy Murdoch
A Rider's Success Starts with the Hip Joint by Mary Midkiff
The Psoas Muscles
The Psoas Muscle And Its Importance in Riding by Karen Gunn
The psoas are the link between the upper and lower girdles of the body and enable experienced riders to influence their horses with their seats and legs.
Muscle Use In Riding - by Sue Morris
Basic Spiral Seat: Independence of Seat and Hands by Nancy Nicholson
The Secret to Riding – Engaging Your Psoas from Centered Riding
Why Do I Get a Backache When I Ride? by Peggy Cummings
The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul
Anatomy & Movement - Equine
What Being On the Forehand Means to the Horse by Kathy Farrokhzad, HorseListening blog
The Ring of Muscles Revisited by Dr. Deb
Good Movement: Getting the Best from Your Horse by Susan E. Harris
Riding & Dressage: A Rider's Atlas by Dr.
Nancy L. Nicholson
Thoughtful and interesting text and illustrations detailing such issues as contact, bend,
straightness and elevation.
Making Sense of Movement: Maximizing Performance & Minimizing Injury by Katrina Woollatt
What would you say if I suggested that both we and our horses are better served by placing greater emphasis on nurturing suppleness and flexibility than on strength training?
Comparable Parts #2 – What do you know, it’s only my toe! by Wendy Murdoch
The Psoas Muscle Group as a Source of Performance Problems by K.J. Ridgway
Horses Inside Out - Articles by and about anatomy and biomechanics expert Gillian Higgins
The potential consequences of starting a horse under saddle too young
Why People Start Horses Too Hard, Too Young
The Horse's Head and Neck in Relation to Balance - by Tonja Dausend
Interesting animated illustrations to help you visualize the mechanics of a horse's movement.
The 5 F’s - Flight, Fight, Freeze, Fidget, Faint by Robyn Hood
One of the main principles of the TTEAM work is to teach a horse to override the flight or fight reflex. We teach the horse to stop and evaluate a situation by thinking rather than by responding instinctively.
BIOMECHANICS OF ROLLKUR
The Alexander Technique: How it
Helps Horseback Riders
by Adam Bailey
Release tension and achieve "self-carriage" in your body to help your horse
achieve it in his
Suggestions for Clinic Organizers -- veteran clinician Jessica Jahiel provides common sense advice for choosing and booking a clinician, sorting out the finances, advertising and more.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ):
More than a pain in the mouth! by Joanna Robson, DVM
The TMJ is the “Master Link” by Dr. Heather Mack
Why Equine Dentistry?
What Every Rider Needs to Know About Equine Dentistry by Nancy Camp
Equine Tooth Problems & Dental Care
Common Equine Dental Malocclusions - illustrated glossary of common dental issues
Equine Dentistry - illustrations of some common dental issues
Check Your Horse's Mouth - an efficient and thorough system that lets you assess almost everything oral from the outside of your horse’s lips to the rearmost premolar
Year by Year, Tooth by Tooth from The Horse (free subscription)
What is Equine Osteopathy?
Equine Raindrop Therapy by Dr. Heather Mack
Feet and Farrier Info.
Anatomy of the Inner Hoof Wall
The Farrier and Hoofcare Resource Center -- Find a wealth of information on hoof care issues, written for both horse owners and professional farriers.
Natural Balance Hoof Care
Treating Founder (Chronic Laminitis) without Horseshoes
Frog Management by Pete Ramey
Groundwork -- Peggy Cummings' Connected Groundwork® exercises not only loosen, reeducate and strengthen your horses body, they also give
you assessment tools that tell you a great deal about the state of your horses mind
Study: How horses and people connect
A horse's heart rhythms reflect their emotional state and can respond to the emotional state of a nearby human, according to a pilot study conducted by Alliant International University Professor Ellen Gehrke and the Institute of HeartMath.
New Meaning of "Horse Sense" - more on the HeartMath study.
Heart to Heart: A
Ellen Kaye Gehrke, Ph.D, a consultant
and professor of international business
and management, and
her research team engage in a series of
scientific studies to measure the presence
of emotional coherence and incoherence
between horses/horses and horses
The Use of Herbs as an Additive to Horse Feed -- by Joyce Harman, DVM
Despite the increasing use of drugs in our society, chronic disease continues to be a problem, and is in fact an increasing problem. Herbal medicine offers a broad spectrum of choices for treatment.
Homeopathy and First Aid for Horses by Madalyn Ward, DVM
Horse Homeopathy - What to have in your homeopathic first-aid kit
Natural Remedies To Relieve Colic In Horses - homepathic remedies for various types of colic
Nosodes: Alternative to Traditional Vaccines -- Horse owners can use homeopathic nosodes for West Nile, Rabies and more. Also for your companion animals ...
Nosodes for Treatment and Building a Strong Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Field (EMF) to Protect Against Infective Agents -- by Gloria Dodd, DVM
The Materia Medica of the Nosodes -- by Dr Robert Séror
Role Of Nosodes -- From the National Journal of Homoeopathy
Homeopathic First Aid Medicines -- from the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons
How do I give a remedy to a horse? - answers to basic questions about homopathy for horses
Just for Fun
Hoofbeats: Gaits and Footfalls - A series of "natural" movements many horses perform enthusiastically with no training, and often in spite of their riders' best efforts! Have you ever ridden "The Omigod" or "The Boink?"
French and Saunders: Ponies -- hilarious comedy from Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders
Men Doing Dressage
Beet Pulp Safety Warning
a.k.a. The Famous Squirrel Story
A Horse's View of Natural Horsemanship -- A horse tells about his owner, the clinic junkie
Words of Wisdom From a Horse
The Cat Alarm
Doggie Dressage -- canine musical freestyle
The Horse Quartet
Printable Equine Massage Study Guide from the National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage
Grandma's Home Remedies: Home Remedies for Horses
Make sense of the measurements ppm/g/mg/oz
Mineral Ratios and Deficiencies/Excesses
Which minerals interact and compete with one another for absorption in the horse.
Holistic Equine Nutrition -- by Joyce Harman, DVM
When it comes to equine nutrition from a holistic perspective, virtually nothing has been published and very little research has been performed.
Feeding the Hoof by Pete Ramey
Fruits and Veggies for Your Horse
What's safe and what's not
International Alliance for Animal Therapy and Healing (IAATH)
National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage
Equestrian Network Magazine
Horse Science News
True Collection by Dr. Deb Bennett
You won't find it in a "frame" or a head set. No, the perfect posture for ridden performance is shaped by your horse's
Lessons From Woody:
On teaching your horse to carry himself straight by Dr. Deb Bennett
Riding --Peggy Cummings' Connected Riding® is a holistic approach to classical riding principles that bio-mechanically enhances
freedom of movement for the performance, health and longevity of both horse and rider.
Aids Versus Cues by Ron Meredith
Circle of the Aids by Dr. Thomas Ritter
The Definition of "On the Bit" by Dr. Max Gahwyler and Bettina Drummond
Contact = Connection -- A post on the Equine Studies Institute forum. Scroll down to the Aug. 1 post by Dr. Deb Bennett
Activating the Hind Legs by Sue Morris
Two interesting articles on how to engage the horse back to front and avoid the temptation to put a horse in a false frame
Who Balances Whom?
by Wendy Murdoch
To Bend or Not to Bend: That is the Question by Karl Mikolka
Rider Affect on the Horse's Movement and
The Seat and Getting the Horse on the Bit by Beverly Whittington
Written for gaited horse riders, but containing much information that is applicable to all disciplines.
What's Missing is the Middle - by Mary Midkiff
The Horse is Your Mirror by Shana Ritter
Toto Too? Recovering the Sense of Tact in Today's Dressage by Kip Mistral
Anatomy of Riding: The Hands by Bonnie Walker
The Society of Master Saddlers fitting information for English saddles
Western Saddle Fitting Guide
The Proper Position of a Western Saddle
Horse, Rider and Saddle Fitment fitting information for Aussie saddles
Saddle-Fitting: Much More Than 9 Points to Perfection! by Joanna Robson, DVM
Hands On Saddle Fitting by Joyce Harman, DVM
Used Saddle Safety Check (Bargain or Bust?) the basics of evaluating a used English saddle
Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated
Saddle Fitting for the Thinking Rider: Part 1
Saddle Fitting for the Thinking Rider: Part 2
Saddle Fit for Women by Jochen Schleese
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Whole Horse Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture articles on TCM applications for horses
Equine Acupuncture Meridian Charts
Printable Equine Acupressure Study Guide from the National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage
TRaining Aids and Gadgets
On rope halters, hackamores, bitless bridles—’natural’ or potentially harmful? by Stefanie Reinhold
Tight Nosebands – Yes or No, and Why? by Kerry Weisselberg, 3*** evente
Drawreins and Sidereins by Jessica Jahiel
A Few Thoughts on the Use of Draw Reins by Karl Mikolka
Chambon and Gogue by Jessica Jahiel
Neck Stretcher by Jessica Jahiel
Gadgets: What Not to Use, and Why by Theresa Sandin/Sustainable Dressage
Reasons why we do not use side reins by Jean Luc Cornille
The concept that placing the neck will makes the horse’s back function a specific way is as naïve that the theory, “correct aids equal correct movement.” This is complete ignorance of the horse's mental processing. The horse's first reaction is always protecting his actual body state. If the horse “errors’ are analyzed intelligently, the horse errors inform the rider of the horse’s actual body state and the rider can decide and provide appropriated insights. If at the contrary, the horse’s errors are judged in respect of the side reins’ theoretical effects, the horse will only figure a compromise protecting his fundamental muscle imbalance, morphological flaw, memory, or other issue.
Teaching a Horse to Stretch (Without Gadgets) by Jessica Jahiel
Being Compassionate About Tack Choices by Karen Nelson
Noseband Special: Part II: The Purpose of the Noseband
A good common sense look at the actual function of several common training devices - martingales, side reins, longeing rigs, etc.
It is surprising to notice that many riders, even top level ones, do not have a clue why their horse is wearing a noseband, let alone why they chose a certain type.
The Body Wrap by Linda Tellington Jones See a photo of the bodywrap in use
Face and Head Wraps – Calming Bands by Robyn Hood, Tellington TTouch Instructor
Horse Vaccination Protocol by holistic veterinary practice DePaulo Equine Concepts
Mark DePaolo, DVM. has been treating horses for the negative side effects that occur from the over-use and un-judicious administration of “routine/ yearly/ booster” vaccines.
Problems With Vaccinations - by Madalyn Ward, DVM
How this holistic vet changed her mind about the advisability of routine vaccinations.
Titer Testing in Horses - A horse owner's response to vaccine reactions
New Vaccination Protocols - All of the 27 vet schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats.
Vaccinosis, an Issue Worth Pondering from Natural Horse Magazine, March/April 2007
Annual Vaccinations by Joyce Harman, DVM
Holistic Animal Health: Vaccinosis
Controversy in the Kennel: Issues in Pet Care by Gary Null, PhD
Vaccination, homeopathy, insect control
Vaccine Reaction Essay by Patricia Jordan, DVM, CVA, CTCVH
The Yoga of Competition by Amanda Botur, MA, L.Ac., CHom
Zen of Riding
Zen Dressage by Sue Morris
Mindweeds by Shana Ritter
Strictly speaking, any effort we make is not good for our practice because it creates waves in our mind. It is impossible, however, to attain absolute calmness of our mind without any effort.
Equine Therapy for Veterans - resources for veterans with mesothelioma, cancer caused by exposure to asbestos
Gentleness and Discipline by Dr. Thomas Ritter
The Co-Operative Principle by Dr. Thomas Ritter
Bodywrap Possibilities for dogs and other animals by Robyn Hood
Camden-Grey Essential Oils - family-owned business selling
quality essential oils and ingredients for making your own toiletry products. Good prices on the oils included in the natural fly spray recipe.
Herbs for Horses
Francisco Herb Company - Quality culinary herbs
and spices, extracts, teas, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, seeds, botanicals, essential
oils, potpourri ingredients and fragrance oils. I've been buying most of the herbs I use as supplements for the horses from SF for more than a decade.
Monterey Bay Spice Company - Premium bulk herb botanicals sourced directly from the farmers and growers. My newest herb resource.
Mountain Rose Herbs - Quality certified organic products with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture. Seems SF Herb isn't stocking Eyebright, the ingredient in the eyewash recipe, so here's a another source I purchase from. Mountain Rose also stocks Chaste Berry (Vitex), for those of you with Cushings horses.
Elixirs.com: Homeopathy for Health - Nosodes for
West Nile, Rabies and other horse diseases
Foods Inc. - Beeswax, carrier oils and other supplies for lotions and potions
E.D Luce Packaging - any kind of container you might need -
bottles, jars, droppers and much more
- natural products for home, farm and pets, including fly predators and natural animal-care products
Natural horse care products - Chemical-free versions of everyday products you might
use around the barn, including natural fly repellent spray and ointment and wound wash.
Healthy Horse Treats - Make your own horse treats, just for fun.
A professional horsewoman for 25 years, Janet has great insight into horses that helps you interpret what your horse might be trying to tell you. (She speaks to other species, as well.) She'll respect your animal while honestly passing along the information she receives, and she handles sensitive issues with tact and gentleness. Schedule a session by calling (410) 507-4093.
Bodywork - Equine
Integrated Equine Bodyworks - Marleigh Freyenhagen is an experienced equine massage therapist who has also studied with an equine osteopath. I have consulted her many times to collaborate on cases (including my own horses) where my bodywork approach just wasn't completely addressing all of a horse's issues. Based in Sonoita, AZ.
EquiTouch Systems - Our concept of
equine massage therapy involves the "whole horse." We don't believe in
teaching "bits and pieces" of massage with no solid foundation. So we combined
several unique methods of touch, bodywork and massage as well as exercise physiology with
in-depth anatomy instruction to create an exceptional program.
The SENSE Method - SENSE Method practitioners touch and move the horse in gentle, precise ways to remind the horse how all
his parts can work together harmoniously. Originator Mary Debono is a Guild Certified
Feldenkrais Practitioner who has also studied animal massage, acupressure, kinesiology,
psychology and behavior.
Jim Pascucci - Human and equine rolfer and author of Equine Structural Integration and Myofascial Release
Illinois Alliance for Animal Owners Rights - news about equine dentists, chiropractors and bodyworkers working to ensure horse owners can choose the care their animals need without the practitioners livelihoods being threatened by state veterinary organizations.
Hat Chiropractic - Dr. Louise Cash, DC, CAC, is a chiropractor using low-force,
non-force techniques as well as cold-laser therapy for horses and their riders in Silver City, NM.
WinterHaven Health Center - Dr. Nathan S. Conlee,
Chiropractic Physician P.C., specializes in caring for athletes including his fellow equestrians in Tucson, AZ.
Rochelle Reea provides lessons in the Alexander Technique, a hands-on method of education that helps the body achieve natural ease, poise and general health, in Tucson, AZ.
Perfect Balance Equine Dentistry - Jana Echols, CEqD, is a caring, knowledgeable horsewoman trained and experienced in all the most up-to-date automated techniques to help keep your horse's mouth balanced and comfortable.
The Rite Bite Equine Dentistry - Phil Ratliff, C/EQD, C/AWHD, is an experienced veteran equine dentist with a passion for educating his clients and a great gift for making horses comfortable with his manual treatment techniques.