Finding a Retirement Home for your Horse

Finding a retirement home for your horse

It’s been more than a year since Freedom stepped onto the cruise-ship-on-wheels and was whisked away to his retirement home in Virginia. While I was reluctant to send him so far away, I had just broken my ankle so couldn’t do my share in a co-op barn, and he is not a horse that tolerates […]

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All Wrapped Up — the Purpose of Polos.

Polo Wraps

Okay, let me preface this post by saying that I’ve never “gotten” polo wraps. I just don’t see the point. In my book, they are just one more thing to wash. However, judging by the prevalence of multi-colored wraps in horse catalogs, I decided to spend some time looking into their pros/cons. Polo wraps are […]

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Horse TV

Horse TV

The places where I’ve kept my horses for the past 20 years are mostly on town trail systems. The good news is that I’m able to ride on the trails. The challenge has been keeping trail walkers from feeding the horses. I can always tell when people have been feeding them because Zelda is like […]

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The Outhouse

The Outhouse

Summer temperatures are here, which means that Zelda and Curly are spending a lot more time in their run in shed. Run in hardly does it justice. The barn was built with a generous overhang and has a large matted area, more than enough space for the girls to hang out in the shade. There’s […]

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Tips and Strategies for Surviving Stall Rest

Tips and Strategies for Managing Stall Rest

When your horse is injured, stall rest may be the best – or only choice – to help them recover. Of course, there’s no way to explain to a horse why they are being contained and dealing with a horse that is suddenly confined to a stall can be harrowing. Here are some tips and […]

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Best Friends Reunited

Best Friends Reunited

Zelda and Curly have been best friends since Zelda came to live with me back in 2014. They groomed each other, they hung out in the same stall (in an open barn) and they generally enjoyed each other’s company. When I broke my ankle last September, I moved Zelda to a full-care barn as I […]

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Zelda goes to Sleep Away Camp

If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at sleepaway camp, you’ll know how I felt how I felt when I took Zelda to the full care barn last Friday. “Look,” I said to her. “You’ll have your own paddock and a huge stall. There are lots of nice horses here — you’ll make new friends!” […]

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Freedom moves on to Greener Pastures

Five weeks ago, when I was lying at the bottom of a slippery hill in the rain, knowing that I’d done significant damage to my ankle, I realized that I would need to make some changes. Freedom and Zelda have lived for the past five years at a barn with extraordinary turnout (for my Boston […]

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