Phthalates: Health Risks and How to Avoid

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Tom Redmond may be best known as the former owner of Aussie, a popular brand of hair-care products. Since selling Aussie, Tom Redmond has established Onesta Hair Care. His new brand is dedicated to natural ingredients, and never uses synthetic fragrances or harmful phthalates.

Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals commonly used in household items such as cosmetics, detergents, and children’s toys. They are useful as binding agents or solvents, and can also make plastics more flexible.

These compounds are also known to have adverse effects on human health. While reports on their specific hazards vary, they are widely known to cause endocrine and reproductive problems in both humans and animals. Some studies link phthalates to ADHD, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems, and certain types of cancer.

Phthalates are notoriously difficult to avoid. To minimize your exposure, consider staying away from synthetic fragrances, and reduce your use of plastic items. If you have small children, consider avoiding soft plastic toys manufactured prior to 2009, as these are likely to contain phthalates.

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Arabian Horse Care – Health Concerns to Be Aware Of

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Aussie creator Tom Redmond is now the president of Onesta Hair Care and the owner of Wolf Springs Ranches in Westcliffe, Colorado. At Wolf Springs, Tom Redmond focuses on raising and showing Arabian horses.

Arabian horses are known for their beauty, stamina, and intelligence. These traits make them popular choices for both racing and pleasure riding. However, Arabian horses are particularly susceptible to several common health concerns. Any Arabian owner or caregiver should be aware of the following breed-specific problems.

Though they have dense bones and strong legs in adulthood, Arabians tend to mature more slowly than other breeds. This means it is important to avoid extremely strenuous activities, such as jumping, until the horse is five years old.

Arabians are also at risk for several genetic conditions. Some of these, like equine juvenile epilepsy, are treatable and fairly mild. Other common conditions, such as cerebellar abiotrophy and occipital atlanto-axial malformation, can be treated, but may make a horse unsuitable for serious riding.

Gymkhana’s Three Common Events

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Tom Redmond founded Aussie, a world-renowned hair care company, in 1979. The success of Aussie has allowed Tom Redmond to pursue other business ventures, including a Colorado-based ranch, where he breeds Arabian and half-Arabian horses to participate in equine shows. He’s also a regular supporter of the Wet Mountain Saddle Club, which hosts gymkhana competitions throughout the summer.

Gymkhana is a speed- and precision-based equestrian event in which children or people still learning the sport often participate. It can feature a variety of different activities, including the following three.

Pole bending: A rider trains his or her horse to obey leg aids and rein while navigating through a six pole course. The height of the poles should be 6 feet, and spaced 21 feet apart. A five second penalty is given to riders who miss a pole.

Barrel racing: Similar to pole bending, the horse and rider must work together to complete tight turns around three barrels placed in a clover-leaf pattern. A five second penalty is given to riders who knock down a barrel.

Keyhole race: Emphasizing close-quarter movements, the rider must rein his or her horse through a tightly marked keyhole design on the ground, completing a full 360 degree turn and galloping back to the start/finish. Contestants are disqualified for failing to stay within the 20-foot diameter of the keyhole.