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How to Properly Hydrate Your Horse

Summer takes a toll on us all. With temperatures circling the century mark almost anywhere in the U.S., we should all be mindful of how this affects our horses. Most trainers in the Southwest will start working horses about 3 a.m. these days just to avoid the worst of the heat.

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Keep Up With The Changes

It seems like we just get used to something then it changes. It can be hard to keep up with the constant change and very distracting to our performance preparation.

Let's take a look at some significant changes that the equestrian industry has experienced over the years:

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Keeping Track

Journaling is perhaps one of the most versatile and useful skills you can adopt as an aspiring performer. It takes discipline and consistency but the benefits are well worth the effort. Unfortunately, journaling is perceived by many as 'homework' and is often brushed aside for later as we rush through our busy lives.

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Staying In The Moment

[caption id="attachment_34957" align="alignleft" width="150"]Anna Mitchell[/caption]I have received a number of emails regarding my article on mindful awareness. It seems that staying in the moment is difficult for more than just a couple of us. Advanced development of the human brain has awarded us top spot on the food chain, but the complexity of our cognitive processes can be our greatest handicap in the arena. Why can it be so difficult to get out of our head and into the moment?

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Multiple Limb Lameness

Have you ever seen a horse so lame you just don't know where to start trying to figure it out? Well, it seems like here lately I have had more than my share of them. Hopefully, this has not happened to one of your horses, personally, but I bet you have a friend that has. Since it is the curse of any animal owned by a veterinarian, I will exclude myself from the conversation, and stay with client horses.

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Channel Your Energy

[caption id="attachment_34957" align="alignleft" width="150"]Anna Mitchell[/caption]Do you feel like you are stretched a bit thin these days? Maybe like you are being pulled in too many directions at once? Life can get crazy sometimes and can leave us feeling overworked and unfulfilled.

Common Knowledge?

In another life, I would have been a veterinarian. Ever since I was a horse-crazy little girl, I wanted to be a vet. It was a dream I kept through middle school, through high school and into my college years. It wasnโ€™t until my second year in college, the year I first took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), that I began to doubt my intended career path. That was when I finally admitted that, while I was an average science student, it was not my forte. Veterinary school, I realized, would be more difficult because of it. While I was ready to tackle the book work, there was another reason for my doubts.
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Combating Fear Through Acceptance

Last week, I challenged you to face your fears. I asked you to consider the possibility that perhaps fear may be holding you back from achieving your goals. Common fears that athletes may face include: fear of failure, and fear of injury or death; however, sometimes, we fear fear itself.

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Horse Breeding Season Is Here!

In Texas, May marks the high point for breeding season, and I hope yours has gone well so far. Equine reproduction is one of the aspects of veterinary medicine where technology has played a major role in helping Mother Nature along, but even so, there can still be some ups and downs when getting mares in foal. If you are in the predicament of being more than halfway through the season with nothing more to show than an empty uterus and a stack of bills, this may be of some use.

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Preparation Or Procrastination?

As far as I am concerned, lack of preparation is the root of all evil when it comes to achieving peak performance. There is little else that will cause more anxiety than entering an important event feeling unprepared. Sometimes, however, we may use "preparation" as a crutch or an excuse to never get started at all. If you are stuck in the preparation stage, it may be time to start before you are ready.