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raising kids riding horses, motherhood and horses, juggling children and horse, equine therapys

“Horses will always be waiting for you,” is a well-intentioned reassurance uttered too frequently and exclusively by loved ones who’ve never experienced the isolation of a hiatus from horses. My fiancé offered me the same phrase following the doctor’s orders to stop riding due to minor pregnancy complications that could worsen by the turbulence of a moving horse. This temporary farewell to my lifelong passion served as my first sacrifice of motherhood, and I felt the significance of it at the time.

healing with horses, equine therapy, horses mindfullness, horses meditation

It was a horse that gave me my first taste of stillness. His name was Ringo Star, and he was a beautiful, golden-coloured chestnut with a splash of white down his nose. He spent several years training for three-day evening with my daughter, Annika, but I didn't get to see them often because I was teaching in Bahrain for most of the time.

Celebration of Horses Photo contest

We are delighted to present the Winners, Runners-Up and Honourable Mentions in our 27th Annual Celebration of Horses Photo Contest. Our 2018 contest welcomed the highest number of entries ever, and the quality just keeps getting better every year. Our sincere thanks go to the hundreds of horse lovers who shared their special moments and stories of beloved equines and working partners.

 Easy Moon Delight cestnut quarter horse, mr easy quarter horse gelding doc bar linage water valley alberta victoria polo club

Super Senior Still Going Strong - The early morning sun in Courtenay, BC penetrates the chestnut coat, warming the 33-year-old Quarter Horse as he waits quietly for his run. He appears calm with his head lowered, but his ears are pricked and his eyes as glassy as black ice are fixed on the herd of cows in front of him.

horses children, horses kids, equine therapy, horse therapy, Washington State University, National Institutes of Health, Sue Jacobson, Phyllis Erdman

Do horses help children? More than you think, according to researchers at Washington State University. Young people working with horses experience a substantial decrease in stress. And the evidence lies in their saliva.

Legend's Grand Arrival

By Similkameen O’Rourke - This is the amazing story of how Legend came to Lasqueti Island, BC. For the past few months, the question had been: How will we get my new pony Legend home to Lasqueti when the ferry that goes to Lasqueti only takes passengers, no cars?! Vehicles have to be taken over to Lasqueti on a barge. As it turned out, that included Legend in his trailer.

Ponies for a Cause

By Emily Penn - Twelve-year-old Diquita Cardinal is a dedicated horse lover on a mission. Two years ago, her cousin Tianna Skyrpan, now 13, was diagnosed with cancer, and she has been undergoing chemotherapy ever since.

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