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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

29th Nov 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

27th Oct 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

16th Sep 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

3rd Aug 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”

29th Jun 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

6th Jun 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:

12th Apr 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

22nd Dec 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

4th Dec 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

28th Oct 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

5th Oct 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

28th Sep 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.

18th Sep 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

27th Aug 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

17th Aug 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

4th Aug 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

29th Jul 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

20th Jul 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

17th Jul 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:

16th Jul 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

30th Jun 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

25th Jun 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

10th Jun 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

3rd Jun 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”

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

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

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

22nd Apr 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

21st Apr 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

20th Apr 2015

  • Art

    Art

    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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    Art

    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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