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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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