The Horse World’s well-meaning “Ivory Towers”

The term “Ivory Towers” refers to a place of secluded learning where practical matters are treated with elitist detachment. It’s another way of saying that researchers, with all their formulas and figurin’, are out of touch with reality. But we’re noticing a welcome trend lately […]

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Snow, Sun, and Snoozing

I have a pet theory on snow-and-sun-induced snoozing: During a winter storm, horses get a bit stressed. It’s windy. Visibility is poor. Conditions are in flux. But afterwards, the sun comes out and everything is quiet, peaceful, and bright. The sun warms horses’ coats. The […]

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Instinct Uncorked

Working with animals is like opening a bottle of champagne. Think of the bubbles as instinct. Sending the cork into the ceiling is not preferable. Keeping the fizz intact is what makes the champagne taste best. It makes a lot less of a mess, too. […]

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