Welcome Third Coast and South Mountain!

thirdWe welcome two new advertisers into the NickerNews and BestHorsePractices fold: South Mountain Equine Veterinary Services and Third Coast Equine Services of Maine.

Dr. Janelle Tirrelle, of Augusta, Maine, has opened Third Coast Equine after working at Maine Equine Associates for several years. She has a wide range of clients with wide-ranging needs, from pasture pets to competitive performance horses, says Tirrelle.

“I pride myself on seeing every one of these horses as an individual, with individual needs. There is no cookie cutter care. My goal is to help horse owners enjoy their horses and to make sure those horses are happy and healthy.”

Third Coast Equine has x-ray and ultrasound capabilities and has three tiers of wellness plans to best suits your needs and budgets.

Welcome Dr. Tirrelle! Check out her Third Coast Equine facebook page here.

South Mountain Equine makes its home in Bluffdale, Utah. Drs. Lyle Barbour and Kate Schoenhals serve northern and central Utah with a wide array of strengths and interests, including podiatry and internal medicine. Find them on facebook here.

SME will soon join Randy Rieman as providers of exclusive content for Remuda Readers. We’re excited to get their take on a range of topics including:

  • Common equine emergencies and how to handle them until the vet arrives.
  • Pharmaceutical insights: explanations of drugs, their uses, when to use and when NOT to use them.
  • The lowdown on lameness, how to identify and treat common issues.

Stay tuned for more information on Third Coast and South Mountain and please join us in welcoming them to these pages.


Groundwork helps fill in holes

Using a rope to stay safe while getting a horse comfortable with hoof lifting

Using a rope to stay safe while getting a horse comfortable with hoof lifting

Recently, I went back to basics with Jolene, the mule. We have a history of holes in our training and I figured it’d be helpful for both of us to review some basic understandings.

Here are two things we worked on over the course of an hour in Raechel’s round pen. Read about the DIY Round Pen here.


  1. Picking up feet.c

I’ve been a bit antsy about picking up Jolene’s hind feet. A few times, she’s felt uneasy, too, and has kicked out. To play it safe, I first had her step into a loop made with a rope. I pulled it snug and asked her to raise her hoof. When she held it there without a fuss, I released immediately, letting her take it back and set it down.

dWe repeated that action several times on both sides.

Gradually, I shortened the rope length. When she was relaxed and comfortable with the action, I simply grabbed her hoof with my hand instead of the rope. Again, when she held it for me without struggle, I let her set her hoof back down. It’s important for me to move slowly when letting go, being careful not to drop the hoof with my release.


Feeling funny pressure. Moving towards the pressure, but away from the rider.

Feeling funny pressure. Moving towards the pressure, but away from the rider.

  1. Feeling funny pressure

Elijah Moore and Chris Lombard showed me this exercise years ago. It involves running a line around the far side of the haunches (alternatively, some folks run it around the horn or cantle of the saddle) and asking the horse to follow 2the pressure. Some horses can worry a bit since the pressure isn’t coming directly from the person. They have to think, not panic. And handlers need to use a gentle, steady pull.3

It’s a wonderful exercise for helping horses understand the feel of pressure and release, as well as allowing a horse think through a process.



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