Articles & Stories of Interest
Thank you Shelley Simpson for building & donating the new coop!
For more information about volunteering and/or donating items & equipment for the use at Masterson Station Park equestrian facilities, please send info to firstname.lastname@example.org
The British Horse Society study on the health benefits of horseback riding. While it may seem obvious to us, scientific studies on the topic are not readily available in the US.
The study’s results are quite compelling, particularly regarding moderate intensity exercise for women of a broad range of ages. For example, the research determined that horse riding and associated activity (mucking and grooming) can be classified as a moderate intensity exercise when undertaken for at least 30 minutes or more, three times a week.
See the executive summary and full report here: http://www.bhs.org.uk/Riding/Health_Benefits_of_Riding.aspx
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By Deb Balliet
Equine Land Conservation Resource
The excitement builds as you travel to the competition or show. You have been training diligently. Your steed is finely tuned and all “spiffed up.” You are ready to go!
However, not all is as rosy as it may appear.
Will your competition grounds still be there? With the development rate of 250 acres per hour (USDA statistics), urban sprawl in the form of commercial and residential development is running rampant. The slow down in the housing market may be providing a slight reprieve, but when the economy returns to a robust state, as it always does, the rate of development will meet or exceed its most recent levels.
So, what should you think about with regard to the future of your competition venue? Consider first who owns the land where you train or compete. More . . .