Does Garlic Repel Ticks?

Does garlic repel ticks

One of the (only) downsides of the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying is the number of ticks has increased. Zelda, in particular, is a tick magnet. It’s not unusual for me to pick seven or eight ticks off her during grooming, sometimes more. She reacts quite badly to the tick bites and I can usually […]

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Seize the Day

Seize the Day

When you have 50-degree days in November, you have to seize the day and ride as much as possible. This weekend Zelda and I covered a lot of ground. Not fast — we didn’t hunt, but we hacked on our local trails yesterday and today went out to trail ride with friends today. How glorious […]

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A Fun Day out Hunting

A fun Day foxhunting

In New England we can be blessed with a few warm days in November. Last Saturday, we were blessed with one: sunny and low 50s, with perfect footing. Even better, the territory was only a few miles from my barn. Zelda was in fine form. With the help of our Butterfly Pelham her exuberance was […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Hunt

Thanksgiving is one of the “high holy days” of foxhunting. While most sane people are roasting turkeys and juggling dishes in their kitchens, foxhunters are up with the dawn, eager to get that few hours of hunting in before returning to stuff stuffing in turkeys and turn the ovens up high to make up for […]

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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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Authentic Retires To Stud

Authentic retires

Coming off his Breeders’ Cup classic victory, Authentic has retired to Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, where he will stand for $75,000. The three year old raced only eight times, but earned an impressive $6,191,200. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup Classic the colt won the Kentucky Derby, the G1 Haskell, G2 San Felipe and G3 […]

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Proper Mounting Technique keeps your Horse Comfortable

Proper mounting technique

Mounting, especially from the ground, can put a lot of stress on a horse’s withers and spine unless you use proper mounting technique. While many people recommend using mounting blocks, which helps reduce the stresses on a horse’s back, it turns out that many of us are just doing it wrong. Check out Carson Tucker’s […]

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Why I will Never Order a custom Saddle

Stackhouse Jumping Saddle

Readers of my blog know that I have a pretty full-blown saddle addiction, but the one thing I’ve always resisted is ordering a custom saddle. Well, not quite. I have a saddle that was made to measure for me — a Roosli Pilatus dressage saddle. Not technically “custom” it was assembled to fit my measurements […]

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