Yak to Horse Transition

Zelda and clippers

Zelda is hairy. Honestly, I probably didn’t need to blanket her this winter. She has started to bear a distinct resemblance to a Yak. Or an old man. Between the mud and her whiskers, she definitely needed a beauty boost. Perhaps she remembers growing up in the wilds of Canada and scoffs at the New […]

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Lost and found

This week in the Boston area we saw the temperatures range from a balmy 60 degrees to a bone chilling 20. Hunting in these weather shifts is challenging for both horse and human as one day you’re too hot and the next you’re too cold. Helping the horses stay comfortable is key. During the warm […]

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Freedom gets air conditioning (aka a clip job)

The past two days it’s been in the mid to high 70s here. That’s amazing for the middle of March and too darn hot for a horse that still has his winter coat. Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful day and took a two hour ride. I met my husband at one of our […]

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Let ’em shed? Or clip it all off?

The temperatures in the Boston area are expected to be in the 70s in the coming week — after being in the high 60s earlier this week. It’s not often that I can ride in shirt sleeves in March and feel hot! Not to complain, but the heat is getting to Freedom, too. Although I […]

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Dealing with temperature swings

The weather here has been crazy. Last week a freak snow storm took down power lines and trees and we had temperatures in the 20s . . . this week we’ve had temperatures in the high 60s. It’s bad enough when you’re a human — we can dress appropriately. But for horses, it’s harder for […]

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Clipping your horse: It’s not too late

Whenever I go out for a hack and run into people walking on the trails the first thing I’m asked is why my horse is two colors. “It’s because I paid extra,” I like to tell them. “The second color costs more.” Of course then I explain that I do what’s called a “trace clip” […]

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