Homemade Dog Food and Treat Recipes

With all of the pet food recalls lately, many of us who adore our canines are looking into making our own food and treats, which can be cheaper and healthier. Let’s face it.  The only way to know for sure what your feeding your dog is to make it yourself out of whole foods.
Before you get started, make sure understand your dog’s dietary needs. Dogs are omnivorous and need both meat and plants.  Also, consult with your vet to be sure you understand and needs specific to your dog.  Remember that if you do switch to homemade dog food, do so slowly, since quick diet changes can cause digestive issues. Research the effect ingredients have on your dog’s health as you develop your recipe.  Whole Dog Journal offers a great article with all the basics you need to get started. Continue reading

Biomechanics and Western Dressage

Last month, my BFF and I took a Saturday and made a four and a half round trip to Chattanooga for a lesson with Amy Vanner at Training and Riding Academy of Chattanooga. Amy is a Level 1 Coach with the International Society of Rider Biomechanics. Amy and I had talked some following the inaugural Rally for the Rescues competition but officially met at Southern Equine Expo 2016 where she was assisting Colleen Kelley.
I was interested in riding with Amy for two reasons: her training philosophy and her training with Colleen Kelley.  One of the struggles I’ve had in regaining my confidence is that I’m not the athletic, balanced rider I used to be. Biomechanics can certainly help with that.
I’ve also had a lot of frustrations with young natural horsemanship trainers who don’t practice good horsemanship.  While Amy practices some natural horsemanship techniques, her training is also grounded in the best principles of classical horsemanship.  Her training focuses on progressing horse and rider at the correct pace for the team rather than any outside expectations.  She refuses to use tack to cover up training deficiencies and refuses to push horse and rider too far.  Many trainers will do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal within a preset deadline, which just isn’t good horsemanship. Continue reading