Drop and Roll

Drop and Roll

This is a time of year when Zelda gets hot and itchy. Always one to enjoy a roll after a ride, she sometimes barely waits until I get her saddle off. This is what happened on Saturday. After a vigorous and exciting hunt on a warm November day, I dismounted in the host’s sand arena. […]

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Horse Clipping Maestro

Horse clipping maestro

As I pull out my clippers this year, my goals are modest: I’m not a horse clipping maestro, I’m an amateur who hopes for straight clean lines and a more comfortable horse. But there are some real artists out there who inspire the rest of us to new heights. Melody Hames uses clippers as her […]

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Need an extra set of hands at a show? ShowAssist may be the Answer

ShowAssist provides an extra set of hands

Who hasn’t gotten to a show and realized they need an extra set of hands? A groom or braider, someone who can help your horse relax at the end of the day with some bodywork or take them out to handgraze? ShowAssist, a new mobile app, intends to fill that gap. The Free App, which […]

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The first signs of spring!

Shedding hair

As sure as a crocus or a daffodil poking its head through a ground hard with winter, once your horse starts shedding, spring is just around the corner. Zelda is shedding voluminous amounts of hair. No matter how many times I run my favorite shedding tool over her, more hair appears. It makes me wonder […]

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Great multipurpose grooming tool: StripHair Gentle Groomer

StripHair Gentle Groomer

If you’ve ever owned a Swiss Army Knife and you’ll have an idea of how useful the StripHair Gentle Groomer can be. It doesn’t look like much, but I’ve found myself reaching for this rubber block almost every time I groom or wash down my horses. Full disclosure here: the nice folks at Betty’s Best […]

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Which horse would you ride?

Freedom covered in mud

At this time of year, and especially this spring, you never know quite how dirty your horse will be. We’ve had rain, rain and more rain. As a result, our paddocks are incredibly muddy. I think the horses must draw straws to see who gets ridden on a given day, with at least one being […]

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It’s Shedding Season

Most people might call this season Spring. If you have a horse, you know it as shedding season. The time of the year when you are always covered with errant horse hairs. It’s worse than hay, and that’s saying something! Poor Curly. As a Bashkir Curly horse she has more hair than Zelda and Freedom […]

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Zaftig Zelda

Girth is too small

Like many of us, after the long winter, Zelda needs to get to work on her beach bod. She’s come out of the winter a little, well, zaftig. For those of you who have never heard this expression, zaftig is a yiddish word that describes a woman who has a full, rounded figure; pleasingly plump. […]

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