Can my car pull my trailer?

Back in the old days I remember that people pulled their horse trailers with their station wagons. That was before everyone decided that you needed a one-ton pick up (don’t think you can get away with a half ton or, god forbid, an SUV). Of course, there are dangers to pulling an overloaded trailer with […]

Read More

Don’t forget to water your grounding poles!

While other folks are out watering their gardens in the morning, you’ll see me out in the pasture diligently watering the grounding rods for my electric fence. We’ve had a relatively dry spring and although I have two grounding poles daisy chained together for my fencing that are on a hill with fairly sandy soil. […]

Read More

Sidelined and trying to see the glass as half full

Many of have been there. We train our horses and work toward a goal only to be sidelined by an injury at the last minute. Months of work and anticipation can thwarted by a lost shoe, a tweaked tendon, an episode of colic, or a rider injury. All of that anticipation and we’re left cursing. […]

Read More

Equestrians make poor patients

Recently I read an article in http://www.thehorse.com, Injury Rehabilitation Underutilized by Equestrians, Researchers Say. Doctors at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, reviewed the records of patients over 16 years of age that were admitted to the Level 1 trauma center from 1995 to 2005. Basically, they found that many equestrians are bad patients who […]

Read More

Strange Dogs in the Paddock

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in my car at the barn talking on the phone. While I was watching, a man walked down the street with a dog off leash. The dog — a Weimaraner — took off and ran through both paddocks, a streak of silver gray as she did several […]

Read More

The Great Escape: Van and Freedom on the Loose

Yesterday I got one of the calls that all horse people dread: my horse and his pasture mate were loose and spotted about a mile from the barn running on the road. Someone had opened the gate and the two horses had simply left. I drove the five minutes to the barn in record speed. […]

Read More