Horse Tips & Equine Health

Horse Tips from Tim McGaffic & Ginny Elder - The Nature of Natural

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Knowing how the horse learns and views the world becomes useful for us as teachers. We certainly become more effective and probably more compassionate! Best wishes from Tim McGaffic and Ginny Chase Elder.

Seminole Feed Chart

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Dealing with Natural Disasters

Given the current state of affairs, Here's How Ocala, Ginny and Tim wanted to share some tips for dealing with natural disasters. Click on each image below to enlarge.

March 2019 Horse Tips

Did you know that horses have 17 facial expressions of communication? Horses have 17 distinct facial expressions - only ten less than humans. Dog have 16 and chimpanzees 14. Look at some of your horse’s expressions and try figure out what they’re saying to you in horse lingo. Some of the expressions are very subtle but some like the fellow below are in your face and hard to miss if you’re paying attention! It might become your new favorite hobby.

Who goes there, friend or foe? Have you experienced that horses are very good at reading human emotions? Seems horses may be a bit better than us humans at picking up subtle cues of fear, angry or sadness. It begs the question who's watching who?

As horsemen we are always looking and observing our horses for clues as to their physical and emotional well-being.

February 2019 Horse Tips

They are captives in every sense of the word. Every aspect of their existence from food, water, shelter and mental sanity relies on their hopefully benign jailers! That would be you and me.

Choose your sources wisely. If money or sales are the bottom line proceed with caution!

Turns out horses have way more cognitive abilities than previous given credit for. Find sources that appeal to you and stay up with the progress! Remember one size does not fit all.

Keep it simple stupid. We tend to complicate things by placing our human requirements on our horse friends, for example warm, closed barns and over blanketing. By understanding the ethology of horses, you can create a more compassionate environment for your horse.

January 2019 Horse Tips

In the spirit of the New Year:

horse communication poster

With a spirit of compassion and a goal of greater understanding and better communication let’s keep learning about what makes these horses tick and how we can do a better job of taking care of them and us in mind, body and spirit.

That mindset closes us off from the journey of so many potential discoveries about our horse friends.

No instant gratification here folks!

How will you systematically achieve your mission… no throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping for the best! Your horses deserve better. SMART is paraphrased from as article by Dave Pratt and stands for being&helip; Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time Bound

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Tim McGaffic's "The Nature of Natural"

The Nature of Natural is based on the idea that through science and knowledge we can experience a better understanding and alliance between humans and horses. The lack of insight into a horse’s nature can be a great cause of anxiety in horses when they are being trained, as well as a source of frustration for riders and trainers.

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Previous Equine Health Alerts

Horse Owners: Beware Creeping Indigo - Nov 2016

Click the button above to read more about the Creeping Indigo threat in the South Florida area.

Horse Owners: Beware Creeping Indigo - Sept 2015

Click the button above to view a PDF of the newspaper clipping from September 10, 2015 in the Ocala StarBanner.