Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens Retires

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has retired for the third time and ruled out further comebacks after an MRI showed his C-4 vertebra up against his spinal cord. The 55 year old jockey’s career included 5,187 wins in 29,442 starts. The horses he rode won more than $258 million. Stevens was injured in the […]

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How your Riding Influences your Horse

Horses move pretty well on their own. Add a rider and they have to carry us AND balance themselves. Add a rider who is crooked? And you start to see it reflected in your horse. Some horses are more forgiving than others. My Trakehner, Kroni, was a horse who insisted that you ride him correctly. […]

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Hay isn’t Breakfast

I always feed hay before grain. I like the horses to have some forage in their stomachs and hope that it will keep them from gulping their grain. Especially Curly, who is prone to choke. Freedom will have none of it. He always comes up to the gate, but stands with his back to me, […]

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French & Saunders go Riding

On a dreary, cold November day, this video was exactly the good laugh that I needed. These two are the perfect example of how horses can make you happy even when things don’t exactly go according to plan. After all, it’s the journey, not the destination that counts. My apologies — the video is not […]

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Don’t forget to Tick Check

Tick check

Even though winter weather has been ramping up, I’ve been finding ticks on the horses recently and am vigilant about removing them as soon as I find them. The problem is, I forgot to check me. This nasty little bug was on my back, probably for several days. Safely out of sight, heĀ  gorged himself […]

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A Very Tired Horse

Zelda yawning

Zelda was tuckered out after our ride yesterday. So was I. Although I’ve been riding regularly, I haven’t been out for a two hour ride for way too long. A few friends came over to join us on the trails and we had a great time gallivanting. The only downside is that it was too […]

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In Remembrance

Horse shoes are still found, 100 years later, by farmers and walkers in the area of fighting at Verdun in France. To still be finding so many shoes from the war horses, here hung on a farmers fence so many years after the event, is testament to the absolute carnage of this particular event. The […]

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