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9 Ideas for Giving Tuesday

Today, on Giving Tuesday, we pause to contribute to charitable organizations that are meaningful to us. Keeping these groups in mind is important year-round, of course, but today is set apart on the calendar-right after Black Friday, Small Business

29th November 2016

Two Very Different Racehorses

One was an attractive roan Thoroughbred gelding with 12 race starts as a 3-year-old. He never placed higher than fourth. The lanky gelding won a touch more than $1,400 before retiring, and I met him as a fleabitten gray nine years later on a farm in

27th October 2016

Snapshots of Safety: Riding Helmets as a Habit

Earlier this summer while preparing for the World Championships of TREC, which my teammates and I completed a few weeks ago in Segovia, Spain, I was flipping through a photo album of images from my previous experience participating in the event, 19

16th September 2016

Sometimes the Kitchen Sink is Necessary

Stephanie and Uloa at the conclusion of the 1997 TREC World Championships. Many moons ago I had the opportunity to represent the United States in the first world championships for TREC, a delightful sport aptly referred to as “the adventure sport

3rd August 2016

4th of July When You Have Horses at Home

I’ve come to accept that, as a horse owner with a herd at home, I don’t get to celebrate Independence Day like “normal” people. Each year on July 4, as the sun begins to set and lawn chairs get turned toward Pilot Butte (which is basecamp for

29th June 2016

Prepurchase Exams are Rarely Black and White

We horse people can be hard on each other—you don’t have to look far to see it. And nowhere is the disagreement over management methods or training approaches more evident than on social media platforms. One particularly sensitive topic of

6th June 2016

For Want of an Curbed Appetite

Grazing muzzles can allow overweight horses and ponies access to pasture while preventing them from eating too much lush grass. Photo: Photos.com If you’ve owned or cared for a variety of horses over time, you’ll know that when spring and summer

12th April 2016

A Happy Year

A wise friend once told me that you don’t really know how a relationship will look until a full calendar year passes. The idea is that if you’re still together at that point, you’ve weathered each season and seen all that comes with it (good

22nd December 2015

4 Exercises to Increase Rider Fitness and Horse Comfort

Exercises on the ground can help improve your symmetry and coordination in the saddle. Photo: Courtesy Alexandra Beckstett I’ve always relied on my riding to keep me in good shape. And the two-horses-a-day, five-days-a-week workout has served me

4th December 2015

A Non-TB Owner’s Take on the TB Makeover

Sunday, Oct. 25, concluded the third annual Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, which made its Bluegrass debut at the Kentucky Horse Park this past week. No one really knew what the turnout or fanfare would be like, but after

28th October 2015

Before You Volunteer at a Disaster Site

Some disaster areas, such as Moore, Oklahoma, after the 2013 tornado, can look like war zones. Photo: Maj. Geoff Legler/Wikimedia Commons If you choose to volunteer in an emergency or disaster situation, there are a number of very important factors

5th October 2015

Making Friends With Horseless Neighbors

Horse owner Alan Shank kept horses on his downtown Mukilteo, Washington, property for 16 years and maintained positive relationships with nonhorsey neighbors. Photo: Alayne Blickle A friend recently asked for advice on how to make a good impression

28th September 2015

Mustang Mania in Idaho

It’s day one of the Nampa, Idaho, Extreme Mustang Makeover and exhibitors wait their turn in the handling and conditioning class. Photo: Alayne Blickle Some of you might recall that my husband, Matt Livengood, competed in last year’s Extreme

18th September 2015

Keep Pastures Healthy With Rotational Grazing

By dividing a pasture area into smaller portions and rotating horses through each section, you can encourage horses to graze more evenly while keeping pasture grass from becoming overgrazed. Photo: Alayne Blickle Rotational grazing, called planned

27th August 2015

The Dressage Coat Diet

Me riding my trainer’s mare, Molly, during my last active show season. Even when the dressage coat diet works, I’m still unlikely to tuck my shirt into my breeches, which is a bit of a dressage fashion faux pas. I’m not alone, am I? Photo: Courtesy

17th August 2015

Beating the Heat at Horse Shows

Last week I returned from my one big out-of-town summer horse show adventure: two weeks competing at the new Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. And let me tell you, that place was super cool! It was not, however, physically

4th August 2015

Six Take-Homes from My Saddle Fitting Session

We learned in a remarkably popular article on our website recently that sweat marks on a saddle pad can tell you a lot about how the saddle fits. (We also learned that nothing raises the ire of horsewomen like a photograph of a horse with sweat marks

29th July 2015

The Future of Land Resources

Funds for land acquisition and trail development are drying up. Photo: Thinkstock.com Each horse needs about two acres of land to meet its basic exercise, shelter, and forage needs. In addition, owners and riders need land for their horse-related

20th July 2015

5 Practical Things Breyers Taught Me about Real Life with Horses

This weekend is Breyerfest here in Lexington, an event that promotional banners at our airport have heralded for at least three weeks.  [instagram url=”http://instagram.com/p/5KwUNGkbBh”] For those of you unfamiliar with Breyerfest is, it’s a

17th July 2015

Washington Horse Farm Uses Rain Gardens for Mud Control in Paddocks and Mountain Trail Course

Kelly and Dan Munro, owners of Grateful Pine Farm, a recently purchased a 17-acre commercial horse property in Snohomish, WA. Photo: Jessica Paige Kelly and Dan Munro, owners of Grateful Pine Farm, purchased a 17-acre commercial horse property in

16th July 2015

Buffer Your Horse Paddocks

Control muddy runoff by locating your paddock so it is surrounded by 10 to 25 feet of vegetation. Photo: Alayne Blickle As you choose the location and size of your confinement area for your horse, keep in mind that at certain times of the year (such

30th June 2015

You and Your Horse Can Become Environmentally Friendly

As horse owners, we need to be especially aware of how our choices impact the environment.. Photo: Alayne Blickle Have you ever wondered whether the new neighbors in the expensive subdivision might complain about odors, dust or flies from your horse

25th June 2015

A Staple to the Forehead Never Hurt (and Maybe Helps)

Hannah was a happy pony after receiving what I now call her “magic staple.” Photo: Alexandra Beckstett At horse shows, it’s not unusual for our horses’ care to differ from that of their daily routine. The workload, stall confinement, and foreign

10th June 2015

Free, Non-Toxic Insect Control for Horse Properties

Violet-green swallows will use nest boxes and are helpful in controlling mosquito populations. Photo: iStock Many pest management techniques have toxic components, but here’s a non-toxic approach that can work for anyone: encourage insect-eating

3rd June 2015

The Sacred Art of Puttering Around with Horses

I’ve been back to horse ownership for four months, and I’ll confess: I haven’t made a “quick trip to the barn” yet. Typically, going to the barn has involved catching my gelding, Happy, grooming him while chatting with the other boarders,

20th May 2015

The Coolest Things I Learned About Saddle Fit

The two-day introduction to saddle-fitting course offered plenty of hands-on demonstrations. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett A couple of weeks ago I attended a two-day, 16-hour introduction to saddle-fitting course put on by the U.K.-based Society of

19th May 2015

Footing Q&A for Outdoor Reining Arenas

Alayne’s husband, reining trainer and judge Matt Livengood, rides his mare in the couple’s outdoor arena. Photo: Alayne Blickle Interested in what kind of footing to put in your outdoor arena? I interviewed Matt Livengood, life time reining

14th May 2015

Money-Saving Tips for Horse Showing

Tack and equipment purchases, travel expenses, and show bills can really add up. Photo: Alexandra Beckstett One of my joys of horse ownership is the thrill of competition: Setting goals and achieving them, always aiming for that perfect trip, and

22nd April 2015

Build a Horse Manure Composting System

Use this diagram as a guideline to build a componst bin.. Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Clark Spring is a great time to make plans for building your new manure composting bins! Composting is my favorite manure management technique – it

21st April 2015

The Trouble With “Evidence”

There are countless hoof products and practices—both verifiable and unverifiable—out there that the author says have become more popular due to salesmanship rather than evidence. Photo: Erica Larson “Evidence-based” is recent buzzphrase that is

20th April 2015

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    andrew barlow fine art

    Born 1970, Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Fine Art at University of Stellenbosch, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts (Painting). website: andrew barlow fine art

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    Caryn Bowie

    I know horses intimately as an art subject, the musculoskeletal system, the way the coat shines over the muscles and the facial expressions. Pastel drawings of African animals and Racehorses. Digital Photographic Art of African Animals printed on canvas. Mosaic rocks and frames. I live on a wildlife estate in

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    Horse Training Beginners

    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    5 Mistakes Horse Owners Often Make When Loading Their Horse

    Mistake #1 – Thinking your horse is like a dog or a cat.

    Unless the new horse owner has been educated, they may think their horse is like a cat or dog.  The new horse owner may pat his thigh and say, “C’mon” a few times and the horse will just leap into the trailer like a happy dog.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Another Method of Loading a Horse in a Trailer

    Since there is no one right way or one wrong way to train a horse, you may want to change the method you are using to train your horse.  You have several different ways to choose from.  If you are not having any luck with one method you can always try another.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Bit vs Bitless

    BIT VS. BITLESS TRAINING

    When it comes to the welfare of the horse, riders and trainers do their best to ensure that the horse is not subject to pain under saddle. One of the most common debates is about training horses to be ridden with a bit and training them to be ridden without a bit. There are many advantages to both methods. For certain situations, a bit may be more efficient than not using one. In other situations, riding without a bit may be more comfortable to the horse than using a bit. It depends on the situation, the training level of the horse, the rider’s abilities, and the goals that you are trying to achieve with your horse as to which method will work best.  

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse Training – A Beginners Guide

    If you are either looking to buy a horse or maybe you have already acquired a horse.  Either way the will need to be trained.  Whether you do it yourself or hire a trainer to train the horse for you.

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    Horse Training - A Beginners Guide

    Horse training, food for thought for beginners

    You should practice things your horse already knows before introducing something new. New skills should be introduced on something your horse already knows. Building on previously learnt skills is the key to being successful in horse training.

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