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Heat 101: Strategies for Beating the Heat from A Vet

** Tips for keeping your horses cool this summer ** 1) SHADE Shade is needed to allow your horses to regulate their core body temperature. They will move in and out of the shade as required. 2) WATER Horses number 1 way of controlling their body temperature is through sweat – th
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Our Hot Weather Routine

Our Hot Weather Routine. This is a routine we have established through trial and error over the years for when the temperature rises above 35 degrees. We are flexible in how we do things and are always looking for ways to increase our horses comfort so if you have suggestions to share
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The endless quest for self carriage and freedom.

His work was already a search for movement and posture, for expression and beauty, born out of true independent balance, self carriage and freedom. A search for a communion with the horse that is characterized by light, giving hands rather then fixed contact and fists, aids that seek
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Chantelle and Topaz

Here and there we mention Chantelle, Manolo’s pupil and his assistant trainer. You see her riding her young horse or taking a lesson on Clint, shampooing horses or helping Manolo when he trains piaffe but we have not really introduced her to you yet. Well… Our Chantelle sh
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The Story of Casper and Topaz Part IV (final)

Casper and Topaz are together. They bonded on sight and Casper came home to live with Topaz while he grows up. Casper is proving to be a sweetheart of a mare, she watches over Topaz but lets him explore and play. She is a great protector, but she is wise about when to step in. Casper
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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part III

Topaz learned to trailer. While we waited for some pics of Topaz and Caspar, his surrogate mum, we thought we would share some images of life at La Mancha with Topaz (he left yesterday). Since he had to travel, Manolo and Chantelle worked with him to make going up into the trailer and
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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part II (video clip)

While Topaz was here at La Mancha, the whole team got involved in feeding every 2 hours and making sure he did not get depressed. He played, moved, investigated and received some good scratches. Thank you Jenny for letting us share Topaz will all the people who care for him. Here is a
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The Story of Topaz and Casper Part I

It begun like this: DEC 31, 2013. URGENT: NURSE MARE NEEDED FOR FIVE DAYS OLD COLT. We need a nurse mare for Topaz, Clint’s new baby. Tragically, our very dear friend Jenny has just lost her beloved mare to complications and little Topaz is now an orphan. Everyone is pitching in
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We wish you a very Happy New Year 2014! With a fun Clip

This year is the Year of the Horse and we have decided to do something a little different to celebrate the next twelve months by putting a spotlight on education. But first, a little riding levity! First, starting in January, we will be sharing a dozen articles on Manolo’s websi
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