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Ware Lameness!

bayer ad hunthorseYou can’t deny the beauty of a horse working at peak performance. That’s why lameness – an alteration in a horse’s gait – is a symptom to be wary of. Not only can it affect the gracefulness of your horse’s stride, but lameness can also be a sign of joint trauma.

Signs of lameness
Lameness is measured on a scale of 0 (imperceptible under any circumstances) to 5 (the horse is almost completely unable to move).1

If you notice a difference in performance or disposition, it might be time to contact your veterinarian for a professional evaluation. The examination will include a variety of tests including joint flexion, visual appraisal of the horse at rest and under saddle, plus applying hoof testers to the hooves, and palpation of the tendons and ligaments to check for swelling or sensitivity.

Bigger dangers ahead: synovitis

Salamander Resort to Celebrate Opening in Middleburg

Salamander1On August 29, 2013 Salamander Resort & Spa will open in historic Middleburg, Virginia and in the process will become the only luxury destination resort to open in America in 2013.

Since setting the opening date, the resort has been named to several 2013 World’s Top Hotel Openings lists, including those from Forbes and USA Today. It’s fair to say that it’s a project both area residents and worldwide travelers have been eagerly anticipating.

Foxhunting in England: A World Away?

BlackthorneBrook smallFixing foxhunting vacations in England, we often find Americans picture crazy English aristocrats crashing through the countryside when we mention British foxhunting.

But hang on. Foxhunting is the same sport on both sides of the Atlantic, right? We share origins, clothing, even breeds of horses, so just how different can English hunting be?

A big contrast is the meet. Whilst American hospitality occurs after the sport, this party takes place beforehand. The customary eleven o'clock start means glasses of port and whisky and plenty of food. Riders finish hunting at different times, so now's a great time to socialise. At Blackthorn & Brook luxury vacations, we look after your whole hunting experience and part of that is introducing you to new companions in the field.

The Thrill of the Journey

The sun was setting behind the Siria Escarpment, as our wheels touched down on the grass runway. The doors opened and I set foot on the soil of Kenya for the first time. This was the beginning of my big adventure with Safaris Unlimited, to see the wilderness of Africa, which has enthralled me since my childhood. 

Lit purely by lanterns, a glorious golden hue surrounded the private mobile camp. Our bags were whisked off to our individual tents by the charming camp crew, whilst cold refreshments and canapés were handed out as guests made their introductions to Gordie and Felicia. The black open sky enveloped us quickly, revealing bright stars, long forgotten having lived in the city for so many years. A delicious dinner was served by the campfire before heading to bed, which was already warmed up by a hot water bottle.  As I lay there, I listened to the cool breeze, the rustle of the nightlife surrounding me and the distant roar of the lion, making it all too real the freedom these animals have to roam in.

Riding in the Sun and Heat with Style

EIS Logo_smallOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. Those of us who have chosen riding and horses as our passion increase that risk two fold.

In 2010 Equi In Style, a performance shirt manufacturer, was founded to provide the equestrian world with a top of the line performance garment combining the highest level of technology with attractive styling, comfort and practicality.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected With a G-Tag

GuerrillaTags logo1As a foxhunter, it’s the thrill of the chase that is so beguiling. Sometimes, though, the thrill of the chase turns into a sudden fall to the ground. And, as the Irishman said, “the grace of God is found betwixt the saddle and the ground.” No matter how well we ride and how much we love riding, we have all found that grace because horseback riding is an inherently dangerous activity. 

Fortunately, the top hat, derby, and hunt cap have largely been replaced by helmets making protective headgear commonplace in a sport that sometimes promotes tradition over safety. As foxhunters, we can give ourselves a pat on the back as the addition of helmets has undoubtedly prevented a plethora of head injuries in a sport that results in several thousand injuries a year.

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