Welcome Dr. Joyce Harman & Harmany Equine

Me-at-work-1retThis week, Emily Thomas Luciano, NickerNews & BestHorsePractices marketing director, writes about our a new connection:

Our family of partners is getting bigger by the week.

This week, we’re happy to welcome Dr. Joyce Harman and Harmany Equine to the mix. If you aren’t already familiar, Dr. Joyce Harman is arguably the most well-known holistic and integrative equine vet in the country. Because a large part of her veterinary practice is devoted to insulin resistance and laminitis, Dr. Harman recently developed her own grazing muzzle, the Harmany Muzzle.

Though there are dozens of muzzles on the market, the Harmany Muzzle is cool because it is 50% more breathable than traditional muzzles and it is totally customizable to your horse’s head shape. Dr. Harman’s hope is that these muzzles will allow those horses with insulin resistance or laminitic photoissues to continue to live as natural of a life as possible in the pasture grazing with their buddies.

Dr. Harman is also an accomplished saddle fitter and has penned two books about English and Western saddle fitting.

Stay tuned for more from Dr. Harman— she’ll be on our new “Ask the Expert” panel answering your questions about saddle fit, nutrition and horse management.

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Paityn

ah-helmetI would love to have a helmet because I love to ride horses. I would also love to have a helmet to protect my head if I ever fell off or got slung off. My name is Paityn Roberts and I am 11 years old. I need the helmet more now because I am learning to canter and it makes me feel safer. This way my grandma won’t worry so much if I take off and ride.

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Chelsea

When I was in eighth grade, I bought myself a 2 year old appendix quarter horse to train for my senior project. Training was going well and one day I decided to take him out on a little ride. I hollered to my parents that I was going to get my horse out and guess they didn’t hear me cause they left. Wilson was a lanky horse and was growing like a weed. He matured to over 18 ah-helmethands.

Got him saddled up and got on him and started to go forward. He got tripped up and ended up between the barn and a car I fell off on the side of the barn and he literally sat in my lap. After yelling for him to get off me I tried to move and I couldn’t. In all I broke my hip, front of my pelvis, tail bone, and some other bone. After 8 hours of surgery I was lucky to be alive because little did anyone know the one broken bone was an inch away from slicing open my bladder which would have poisoned me.

After surgery the surgeon was explaining what they did in the surgery which I thought he was like speaking some other language with all the medical terms. When he was finished he asked me if I had any questions I said yes when can I ride horses again? He looked at me and said a horse almost killed you and you want to still ride them. Yep, can never give them up. My helmet saved me that day from a worse injury and I faithfully wear one every ride. My last helmet got broken when a horse kicked me in the face another reason I will always wear a helmet and looking to get a bigger,one as the one I have now is kinda tight on my head.

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Nicole

My Ah-Helmet moment was when I put my two-year old grand daughter on her pony and thought, Ah-Ha, we need a mini me helmet.

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Jaye

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I used to drive a lot, myself, and was always drawn to the beautiful hats worn by the ladies driving in shows. I, myself, would wear a “pretty” hat in my dressage tests, saving the helmet for the cross country and obstacles phases.

I never felt at ease, though, and eventually gave up my pretty hat for my helmet, every time.

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Kate

After riding for 30+ years bareheaded; riding on goat trails to 1,300′ mesas in Monument Valley, switchbacks in Colorado, ah-helmetgalloping gleefully through sage meadows, I bought a 5 year old Walking Horse.

General turned out to be a spinner/bolter and on our first trail ride he left me in the dust with a bruised ego, sore knee but worst of all a busted-up brand new Stetson straw hat.  I went out and bought a Troxel helmet and have been wearing them for the past 12 years and I never ride without one!

A horse can teach an old dog a new trick or two.

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Lindsey

My family owned horses for many years and I guess you could say I grew up on horses. We had our horses at our home and could ride whenever I pleased. I would ride my old mare in flip flops and a halter and lead line more times than actually using tack. I never wore a helmet, I felt like I didn’t need to because she was safe. I trusted her to the end and never was bucked or fell off.
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Fast forward to a couple years ago (I am now 27), I will never forget the day I started to religiously wear my helmet, a Troxel of course. I currently have a gelding, and like my mare, always rode without a helmet. Well, some thing was different that day. I don’t know why, but I wore my helmet for our ride. Everything was going just fine, a normal, enjoyable ride. Then it happened. He spooked, and not his usual little hop, but a spook that sent me flying, and unable to hold on. I came down on the ground, landing on my shoulder and the force made me hit my head. I know that the helmet saved me. The impact was softened by my Troxel and I walked away with a sore shoulder instead of a concussion and worse.
To this day, I wear my helmet for every ride. In full tack, or halter and lead because even the most trusted of horses can have accidents. I don’t know why I wore it that day, but I am so thankful I did. It is a lesson I can share with others to help them know how important it is to be safe. Thank you for reading.

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Marnie

About 15 years ago my Dad was out mountain biking on the dirt roads of his small town in Colorado. Mom & I were out for a walk and we came around a bend in the road and Dad was walking his bike towards us and was clearly in distress.  He was ah-helmetfumbling with words and confused about what happened – it was almost like he was sleep walking.
He had wiped out on his bike and hit his head on a rock. His bike helmet saved his life.

He recovered fully from his concussion but it made me realize that as an equestrian my risks are even greater than those of a biker. Horses have their own will and can spook or even trip at any time. A fall from a horse could be far more catastrophic than a fall from a bike.

The memory of my Dad’s bike accident always reminds me to put my helmet on anytime I get on a horse.

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Bailey

I grew up riding in 4H where helmets were required. I stopped wearing them when I started barrel racing where cowboy hats or ball caps were the fashion and were the cool thing to wear. ah-helmet

Just recently I declared my major in Psychology and I knew then that was the time I needed to start wearing a helmet. The job and the future I could have is so bright, and I don’t want to risk any of that by having an accident and not wearing a helmet.

Now it goes with me everywhere!

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Ah-Helmet Moment, Round Two

ah-helmetWe’re still having a blast with this second round of the Ah-Helmet Moment Contest, sponsored by Troxel.

The contest was spurred by the popular response from Dr. Steve Peters’ article on why he’s swapping his cowboy hat for a helmet. Read it here.

This month’s contest is for the Troxel Rebel Turquoise Rose, a new, fashionable addition to the extensive Troxel lineup.

To read more about it, click here.

Here are this month’s Ah-Helmet entrants. They’re from North Carolina, Minnesota, Maine, Connecticut, and beyond. Click through to read their Ah-Helmet moments. Good luck, all!

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Marnie

Lindsay

Jaye

Nicole

Chelsea

Paityn

 

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