Blog Posts

Vertical balance – An Introduction

Over the coming months, Dr Karin Leibbrandt will post a number of blogs on the subject of compassionate training. In this first post, she provides an introduction to vertical balance.

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Introducing a New Horse to the Herd

In this post, Equine Behaviorist, Justine Harrison provides some food for thought in relation to the often stressful process of Introducing horses to a potential field mate or a new herd.

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Equitopia’s Basic Six Day Training – A Participant’s Perspective (Part 1)

Hana Drahošová, from the Czech Republic is currently working as an IT Consultant, but hopes to become a professional saddle fitter in the near future. Since she bought her own Czech warmblood mare Safira, in 2016, she realized that she needed to make a lot of decisions that she had never had to deal with with rented horses. She started to look for information abroad, because of the lack of reliable sources in the Czech Republic. In that time she realized how much useful information was unavaliable to many Czech horse-peoplee, so she decided to set up her own project with a website: HorsesInCzechLanguage ) where she translates foreign videos and articles that she thinks are worth sharing.
Hana has a team of translators (4 girls including herself),
Hana has attended one of Equitopia’s basic six-day training courses and has documented her experience from a participant’s perspective through a 4-part blog.

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Keeping an eye on muscles

Horses are athletes and making sure their bodies are working optimally can be tricky. In this blog post, equine bodyworker, Katja Porenta, writes about the importance of keeping an eye on your horse’s muscles to spot any potential issues before they become serious.

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Wound Care (Part 2)

Part 2 of the post on wound care looks at the joint lurker, face wounds and some of the most common wound mistakes Dr Vanessa G.B. Rood, DVM, has encountered in her practice.

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Wound Care (Part 1)

Dr Vanessa G.B. Rood, DVM, looks at how to hasten healing of some common wounds. This is the first of a two-part blog post, written by doctor of veterinary medicine, Dr Vanessa G.B. Rood, DVM  (formerly Vanessa Gant Bradley). Vanessa emphasized in equine medicine at UC Davis and was the recipient of the elite Hiscox/AAEP Equine Scholarship for equine health and welfare.  She  completed an Emergency & Sport horse fellowship at Peninsula Equine Medical Center, and has 30 years of equine experience. She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Conscious Horsemanship

Finding Physical and Emotional Balance Combining her deep knowledge of dressage and horsemanship with yoga, meditation and life coaching, Carla…
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Solving Horse Behavior Problems

Low-Stress, Effective Solutions Equitopia presents “Solving Horse Behavior Problems; Low-Stress, Effective Solutions” featuring Lauren Fraser, CHBC. Lauren Fraser is a…
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Developing Your Horse’s Back

The Biomechanics of Engagement Learn how to properly ENGAGE YOUR HORSE’S BACK through gymnastic stretches. presents Art 2 Ride…
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Balancing the Rider

Stuart J. Bell has a masters degree in science and specializes in structural balance and movement for horse and rider.

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