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The importance of turnout for horses

Horses have evolved to spend their days moving over large distances while grazing, traveling to water and escaping predators. As a result movement is highly beneficial to their bodies. More turnout leads to increased bone density, increased strength in tendons and...

Is your horse getting enough sleep?

Anyone who has ever spent any time around horses knows that they are can sleep standing up. This is thanks to what is known as the stay apparatus. The muscles on opposing sides of the joints in a horse’s limbs are able to contract and relax as needed to keep the...

The only hard part about working with horses

I often get asked whether my job is difficult. People think I must get bitten or kicked often (I don’t) or that I must be exhausted by the end of the day (I’m not). The truth is, I really don’t find any particular parts of my job difficult. I love...

So how often do horses get massaged anyways?

At the end of most massages I get asked is how soon do I recommend the next massage. There are so many variables that a straight forward answer is sometimes difficult. Generally speaking, a horse who is working harder will benefit from more frequent massages. This is...

Sharing my passion for fitness!

The first EquiKneads Intro to Rider Fitness class took place last week at Krystal Creek Riding. Since approximately 4 years ago, health and fitness have become almost as much of a passion of mine as horses. Not only do I want to be strong and able to perform my...

The importance of rider self care and fitness

I am often amazed to learn just how much horses and their riders mirror each other. For example, it is not uncommon for me to learn that an area of tension in a particular horse I am massaging, is also the exact same area the rider experiences problems. Sometimes,...

Senior horses in work!

Thanks to amazing advances in veterinary medicine horses today are living longer lives than ever before. It was not long ago that a horse was considered to be a senior at the age of 15. Today, most experts agree that there is not a set age when a horse becomes a...