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Community Guidelines  - 
 
How to be a great Horse and Equestrian Community Member! There are many benefits to being in an active G+ community like ours including:
Discovering exciting and timely information
Finding out what others think about relevant topics 
Building up connections and relationships with others that share your interests
Getting involved in active discussions
Asking questions and getting answers
Sharing information and resources
And lots more!   HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT!
 
Here’s a great introductory video from Plusser +Martin Shervington with great information on Google+ Communities and how you can become a valued member of the Horse and Equestrian community:
Quickstarter Guide! All you need to do is click on this link: (when you scroll your mouse over it, it will turn blue)
Google Plus Communities Quickstarter Guide!

HORSE AND EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY GUIDELINES:
1. Post in the right areas / subtopics.
2. Find out who the owner and moderators are and listen to them. 
3. Join in and interact with your community in a positive way: Pay attention to how others interact, get your profile up to scratch, post an introduction to the community, Plus 1, comment and re-share other people's posts.
4. Share your expertise with the Horse and Equestrian Community, we want to get to know you better!
5. Post valuable, relevant content that's worth sharing:  Posting content that informs, educates or entertains is important. If your content doesn't 'inform' (provide useful information), 'educate' (teach other people something) or 'entertain' (Involve, amuse or inspire people) then it is not likely to get clicked on.  Posting content that meets a need is also a great idea. If your content doesn't meet a need or isn't something that people are curious about, they simply won't click on it. Providing context for content that you post is very important. When you post content and links, take a few moments to describe what the content is, why it is important, who will find it valuable and what people can expect when they click on it.  Don't post generic content to the community; write an introduction tailored to the audience that you're sharing it with, in your own words.  This a great article on how to create a post that people will respond to: "Would You Like More People to Respond To Your Posts?  The Anatomy of the Perfect Google+ Post", 
http://dustn.tv/perfect-post/.
6. Treat other Horse and Equestrian members with respect and consideration. Just as in real life, civility and mutual respect will go a long way to improving the time you spend in Google+ Communities, for yourself and others. Most of these are just common sense rules of decency, but in particular: Treat others how you want to be treated, answer questions and help out other community members, welcome new community members, treat others how you want to be treated.
7. Follow the rules:
ADULTS ONLY: Membership in this community is strictly limited to adults, age 18 and over. 

PRIVACY: By participating the Horse and Equestrian Community, you understand that all information shared will be publicly accessible through search. By participating in this community you also agree that you will not publicly expose any private information about other members of this community.

CONDUCT:  By participating the Horse and Equestrian Community, you agree not to engage in any illegal, unethical or otherwise ill-conceived conduct. You understand that any misconduct such as trolling, bullying, hate speech, intolerance or otherwise ill-conceived behavior will not be tolerated. You may be banned from this community, reported to Google or local law enforcement as necessary with no prior warning if you engage in such activity.

MODERATION: By participating the Horse and Equestrian Community, you understand that all content is moderated to ensure safety, preserve continuity of conversation and to prevent spam and unsolicited communications not related to the community. Moderators will use their best judgment to ensure posts are categorized in the correct section and that members are abiding by these Community Guidelines.  Anyone not abiding by the Community Guidelines will be banned from the community.

LEGAL: These Community Guidelines are not a legal document, but merely a set of rules under which this community is moderated. For legal information pertaining to your use of Google's products, such as this Google+ Community, please consult Google's Terms of Service (http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/)

#googleplustips    #horses   #equestrian
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:)  I thought the pinned posts were for Pinterest.  So was happy to see we can do this.  As you know, there are so many people who are not sure how to use their posts, or even social media to connect with others.  These community guidelines have a wealth of information in them that we all wish we had access to when we started here.
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equinespot

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Help for Stolen Horses 
I know someone who had two horses stolen. Lucky for them, they had a good idea who the horse thief might be. Sure enough, the horses were found just hours later in the next county. Not everyone is so lucky.

Thanks to the power of the internet and the persistence of one determined couple, there is now help for stolen horses. Harold and Debi Metcalfe created an all volunteer alert system called NetPosse to help find and identify stolen horses. 

Here they talk about the different types of identification and the importance of using them. Have you used any of the methods discussed to prove identification of your horse?

Read how Debi and Harold got started here:
http://www.netposse.com/article.asp?id=12

#stolenhorse   #horsethief  
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WOW, this is so important +equinespot , and it is something that horse owners do not really think about much.  Marking your horse is the only sure-fire way to prove ownership quickly, and timing is so important in a matter like this.  I have never had a horse stolen, but I have thought about that possibility many times, and I think that for me, it would be the worst kind of torture.  Thanks so much for sharing this important topic with us!  
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Anita Lequoia
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WHICH WAY DID THEY GO? EVERY WHICH WAY  IN THIS FRENCH STEEPELECHASE RACE!   The phrase, “the race fell apart,” doesn’t begin to describe what transpired at this maiden  steeplechase race in France  on Sunday.

Thankfully, for the 11 horses and riders involved in the incident at Castera-Verduzan, there were no injuries in what could have been a disaster after the field was scattered in all directions, leaving the race caller speechless.

The Racing Post  reported that  Maxime Le Galliard was one of only two jockeys to keep on the correct path during the breakdown of structure. Unfortunately for him, he was disqualified for triggering the entire mishap in the first place.

The video of the strange race has the makings of a viral hit!  Watch for yourself below. The "action" starts at 1:20!

I'd consider myself to be very fortunate to escape injury, considering the activity in this race. . .how about you?

#horses   #horseracing  
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So right +Martin Knight , it's a total failure on the part of race course management.  
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Randi Thompson
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"10 Famous Last Words to Ban From the Barn"

Are you ready for a smile?  Check this out and tell us which one is your favorite. 

#horsefriday  

 http://buff.ly/1spC8Tq
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The Horse Nation blog has some really funny content, and this post was no exception. The snarky side of me loves their Best of Craigslist posts. ;)
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Janet Fouts

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A beautiful solo ride in Canada del Oro open space preserve this weekend. Big climbs through the switchbacks, lots of deer, turkeys and sweeping views. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2856171 Does anybody else here use this app? It would be fun to see your rides!
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Ah, Eureka is a lovely town, love that part of the coast. 
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Anita Lequoia
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THE LEGACY OF THE BLIND DRESSAGE HORSE VALIANT LIVES ON!   Many of you know the story of Valiant and Jeanette Sassoon, but for those of you who do not, there is happy news!  A new feature length documentary will be coming soon!  

You can read more about it here: 
http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/07/06/legacy-blind-dressage-horse-valiant/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HorsetalkconzHeadlines+%28Horsetalk.co.nz+Headlines%29#axzz36c4RNxLi

I think that if Jeanette and Valiant can accomplish this much, we can too.  It's good to re-calibrate now and then, don't you think?  :-)

#horses #dressage   #inspirational  
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This is such an inspiring story.  Not many people would take on this task, but Jeanette did.  
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Randi Thompson
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"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway"

Even though I think this is often true in life... I do not agree with this when it comes to riding horses.  Have you ever felt a little "apprehensive" about getting on a horse?  I probably did not listen to those warning bells years ago, but now, I pay attention to them.  What about you?  Have you ever felt this way about getting on a horse?  What about the people who are around your horse?  If they express their fears, how do you handle it?
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I'm a little nervous every time I get on. I've always been a very cautious person so this is just part of my "temperament." ;) And, having a fall from a tall horse on the trail didn't help ease my concerns any. Since I started lessons and get to ride consistently instead of every once in a while, I can tell I'm less nervous each time.
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Horse Art
Horses are considered one of the most difficult animals to draw. I don't know why. Maybe it's the long legs or maybe they just have difficult proportions. And then there's this guy, creating horses out of glass no less. "Look ma, no eraser!"  
Pretty impressive. Do you practice any horse art or just make an art out of riding?
 

Sculpting a horse from glass
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wow!
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Hannah LeFevre

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So this picture was taken out of a video of me and my horse jumping for the third time in 6 months. She is doing wonderfully, but I need to improve my position to help her be even better. I know my stirrups should be shortened one hole because on the bigger jumps I'm reaching for my stirrups, my heels should be lower, my knee needs to be gripping the saddle(but not too much) my shoulders should be relaxed a little more and my hands up a littler higher as to not pull on her mouth. Plus My back should be flat, not curved. My shirt was really loose so I'm going to wear a tighter one next time so I can see my back shape better. Anything else I should work on? I will post the video soon.
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+Martin Knight thank you! She is a fab horse :P 
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Being in the Horse Business and bringing them into our Lives definitely requires a lot of Proactive Energy.
Can't grow a horse Re-actively.
Your thoughts?

#proactive   #horsetraining  
 
July 4th , 2014

We in the USA are privileged to have so many opportunities.
It is difficult sometime to maintain a Positive attitude, however, as we see so MANY freedoms diminish.

But WE can develop a Proactive Position and do our best to help bolster the Foundation of this Great Country.

Just posted an article on Being Proactive
Appreciate reading your comments

http://goo.gl/KbXZpE

#BeingProactive   #July4th   #Blogging  
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I may be a bit cloudy but seemed most all of my peers followed their own trails, it was how we were directed as we grew up. 
I wonder what inhibits so many today?
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Anita Lequoia
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AN ELDERLY SON OF SECRETARIAT RESCUED!  A chestnut Thoroughbred named VERIFIABLE, identified as one of the oldest living Secretariat stallions, was rescued from a stall where he had been confined for the past six years of his life.  The rescue was a generous act of love, in memory of one of  the greatest horses that ever lived, Secretariat.  The horse transport company moved him for free, a special stallion handler came forward to assist, a rehabilitation facility took him in and nursed him back to health, and then a loving couple stepped forward to offer him a retirement home on their 22 acre farm in the rolling hills of Kentucky.  

READ ABOUT VERIFIABLE'S HAPPY ENDING HERE!  http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2012/11/02/oldest-living-secretariat-stallion-rescued/

How about you, have you ever donated your own time to help a horse in need?  

#horses  
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What a beautiful horse. I don't understand how people can mistreat any animal, esp. these noble beauties.
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About this community

Welcome to the Horse and Equestrian Community! We’re a group of adult horse lovers from all around the world. Some of us are professionals, others have a horse related business, and some of us just enjoy the spirit of the horse in our lives. We are active in all disciplines. Dressage, hunter/jumper, Western, Trail riding and beyond! This community is where we gather to exchange thoughts and ideas. We depend on each member to contribute to making this community sparkle, so we hope that you’ll join in on the fun! We encourage members to share their experiences, to post noteworthy information and industry news and to ask questions. Ours is a stimulating community in which the substance of our posts matters, often more than do the photos and videos. Come on in and visit for a while, (virtual) coffee pot is always on! Before posting to this community, please review our Community Guidelines, which you’ll find in the left margin menu of the landing page. The community owner, Randi Thompson, and Moderator , Anita Lequoia, are here to answer your questions and to give you feedback. You can also connect with them on their websites below:

Anita Lequoia
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THE MOST THRILLING TWO MINUTES YOU'LL ENJOY ALL DAY!  The Darley July Cup is one of the premier sprints in the world of horse racing, and now you get to ride it.

The Group I race is a six-furlong dash over the hallowed grounds of England’s Newmarket Racecourse, which has hosted the race since the its inception in 1876. Former jockey John Reid won the July Cup in 1990 aboard the great Royal Academy,  and he’s back on the track here, with a view that can’t be beat and insight into the race you simply can’t get anywhere else (notice how the final furlong is uphill—a feature you don’t see here in the US).

Hang on tight. Not too tight. Yep there, that’s good!

So, how about you. . .ever have the desire to ride in a horse race?  

#horses   #horseracing  
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Wow would not like to fall off at this speed what an amazing horse
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Randi Thompson
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*"See...  Told you the girth was loose"

How many times do you tighten your girth?  I find that I slowly tighten them at least 4 times before I mount.  Since I ride in English saddles, I tighten it up at least twice once I am in the saddle.  Have you ever come off a horse because of a loose girth?
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Very funny +Randi Thompson! My mare is cinchy, so we have a deal worked out. I go slow and she behaves herself. I usually give it a pull once in the middle of the ride. I've never fallen from a loose girth, but I have had one come apart on my daughters lightweight synthetic saddle. It happened before we even took off. Now I have moved everything to leather and I am more careful about checking things over for wear and tear!
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Anita Lequoia
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CONGRESS PASSES THE VETERINARY MEDS MOBILITY ACT:  The Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which amends the Controlled Substances Act, ensures that equine veterinarians have the ability to provide mobile or ambulatory services in the field to the horse community as they traditionally have. Good news for all!

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86079/congress-passes-veterinary-meds-mobility-act#ixzz36yGwYNcz


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Good news!
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Anita Lequoia
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MEET HOLY ROLLER  , THE WORLD'S LARGEST RACE HORSE!  At 18.1h,   Holy Roller was a huge (literally) fan favorite in Australia back in the 90′s. The gelding was too big to get on the scales, but he was estimated to have weighed almost 1,800 pounds, about 660 pounds heavier than a “normal” racehorse. His head was heavier than most jockeys at 110  pounds, and his feet were trimmed as short as possible to fit into a size 8 shoe; 3 sizes bigger than a typical racehorse. Holy Roller was a notable winner, finishing first in 12 out of 25 race starts, but his career as one of the most enormous thoroughbreds to date didn’t exactly start out on the right  hoof!

Read about Holy Roller!  http://www.horsecollaborative.com/look-back-worlds-biggest-racehorse/?utm_source=Email+07062014-1&utm_campaign=Email07042014&utm_medium=email

How about you. . .are you partial to big guys like Holy Roller?    

#horses   #horseracing  
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We love those happy endings +Randi Thompson and +equinespot !  Roller was one of the lucky ones, for sure.  
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"Double Dan Horsemanship on Australia's Got talent!"

Who would have thought?  Now you can see what they did.  I love seeing horse people getting this attention.  What do you think of this performance?

http://thehorseaholic.com/watch-double-dan-horsemanship-on-australias-got-talent-no-one-expected-this/
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I was thinking the same thing, +Jem Rodgers  However, this is still very cool to see!
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Peter Laudin

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LOOKING FOR IDEAS ON HOW TO INTRODUCE A HORSE TO A HERD OF COWS.
 The neighbors to where I board recently added 50 cows to the field  next to where everyone rides. All of our horses are going nuts! I was trying to introduce my poor guy to them by hand grazing nearby after days of grazing from far away & I thought thinks were going well - Until the cows came close to the fence to check out my horse -  Mooing all the way. Well he exploded in panic. I was barely able to get him to a round pen nearby before he ran off, but he ran around for almost an hr. bruising his leg but otherwise physically ok. I've had him for ten years (since he was 4 mos) and nothing like this has ever happened. I feel like I let him down and certainly don't want to make matters worse!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  
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He is being introduced +Peter Laudin...just not the way he expected! The exposure is good for him, if you can stand it. Before long he won't bat an eye over those cows. My friends horse spooked at a doggie doo bag. He spent the next week living in a halter with several doggie doo bags tied to it. He doesn't spook at doo bags any more. 
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Anita Lequoia
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85 YEARS OLD AND A CHAMPION EQUESTRIAN!:  Victory  is nothing new to Margaret Filbay . . . she’s still adding trophies to an already-illustrious cabinet at the age of 85!  

The Aussie  horsewoman and her beloved Clydesdale, Ben Koi Sydney, recently trotted into first place in the lady driver section of the National Heavy Horse Festival in Werribee, making Ms Filbay the oldest ever winner of the prestigious event.

With plenty of strength still in her arms, Ms Filbay effortlessly steered horse and cart through a series of stops and starts, turns and paces, showcasing skills mastered through a lifetime spent nurturing the gentle giants.

Read her story here!:  http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/margarets-a-clydesdale-champ-at-85/story-fnjuhovy-1226848264778

When I'm 85, I hope that I am as able as this cool lady!  How about you. . .got equestrian plans for your  "Golden years?" 

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This is super cute +Anita Lequoia! I just love it. You go Granny! Show'm how it's done!! 
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Anita Lequoia
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AROMATHERAPY:  I am pretty sure that heaven smells like horses.  For all of us, horse smell carries a special meaning, and brings many wonderful emotions.  

Here's a sweet story from blogger  "Anne" at Lifepundit.com, about horse smells, and her love for them:  http://www.smellshorsey.com/2007/11/does-anything-s.html

How about you. ..which horse smells are your favorites? Your horse's neck?  His nostril?  His breath?

#horses  
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Pretty great! We could bottle it lol but then you won't hear them eating and making their horsey noises. I lived in a barn, right across from my horses stall. So sorry I had to leave that place, but things happen. ..
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Randi Thompson
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"We can either make ourselves miserable... or make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same"

This is true even in our daily life around horses.  Some days....  we are lucky to have horses that can help us shift our resonance (emotional state of being when we are doing what we do)    What have you found works when you are "stuck?"  What helps you to move into a better space?
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Just being with my babies helps i love the smell of them and their nuzzles and i get pleasure from just mucking them out and making them deep beds and making up their feeds giving back to them what they givebto me their hearts and more jane knight
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