Going in Circles

Circle-holics

Gotta laugh at this one. What is it about horses and riding in circles? What a shock when OTTBs and dressage horses hit the trails. Can’t comment on those coming of a carousel. They may be a lost cause.

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Turnout, Turnout, Turnout

Turnout turnout turnout

While the mantra for real estate success may be location, location, location, when it comes to horses I think the most important element of a boarding facility is turnout. Like pasta, horses need space to move around. It’s good for their joints and good for their minds. My horses are extremely lucky (IMO), as they […]

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Pony Express Riders Wanted!

PONY EXPRESS

A lone rider gallops across rolling hills of prairie grass and sagebrush. The sound of approaching hoofbeats is heard from afar. Another rider and horse awaits in the shade of a tree. The incoming rider reins in and greetings are exchanged. Dismounting, the incoming courier lifts a leather mochila from the saddle. It is placed […]

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Some wet saddle blankets

After rolling

We’ve had a few nice warm days and it’s been time to start Zelda back into regular work. When it’s in the 50s, you don’t want to  miss the opportunity to be outside in the sun. Not that she agrees. Yesterday, we had a few, well, disagreements about her work ethic. We had been out […]

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Horse Wedding Fails

Horse weddings

What bride doesn’t want to make a show-stopping entrance on her big day? And, as a horse lover, what better way to do that than to make your appearance on your dashing charger! Of course, as the bride in the featured photo found out, the horse may not always have read the script. I’ve only […]

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Can wearables track gait symmetry?

Great Brook

Like many riders, I enjoy having a wearable that lets me track how far I’ve ridden, where I’ve gone and how long I’ve spent at different gaits. I use the free version of Equilab, and find it very accurately depicts what my horses and I have accomplished in a work out. Not to mention, it’s […]

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Quick thinking saves horses who fell through ice

Horse rescue

Seven Bashkir horses were rescued after they fell through thin ice in a pond in Russia. Quick-thinking farmer Sagitzian Idiyatullin, 29, brought his tractor with a lifting jib which was used to pull all seven horses out of the freezing water. It’s quite well done and could have ended in tragedy. I hope they had […]

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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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