Pasture Plan in Theory

The girls and I had a meeting. I explained to them the concept of Delayed Gratification. “You’ll thank me later,” I said. They threw visual daggers at my back, I’m pretty sure, as I walked out of their muddy, stinky paddock. Yes, Grass is back! […]

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Ride Along Dog’s Progress

Kip, the Aussie pup, graduated from obedience class with average marks and now is ready for anything. Or, so she says. Thanks to Dr. Cynthia Reynold’s sage advice, my top priority now is making her safe around horses. Then, to make her trail savvy. She’s […]

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Back to School

Folks say you can work with a horse, then leave it be. For weeks. Months. Years, even. As long as you left it in a good place and on good terms, it’ll be pretty easy to pick up where you left off. Horsewoman Kyla Pollard […]

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NickerNews & Redmond Equine

Several years ago, I bumped into the Redmond Equine folks at the Equine Affaire. The folks at their booth suggested I taste regular table salt and then try their Utah salt. Until that moment, I always thought Salt is Salt. But it isn’t. The white, […]

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Horse Shooting Video Truly Viral

In the latest episode of pointless, partisan violence and vitriol, a New Mexico man bought a horse at an auction, took him outside, shot him dead, and posted his recorded actions on YouTube. Tim Sappington said he wanted to enrage all the animal rights activists […]

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Why the Mess over Horse Meat Matters

The growing Horse Meat debacle in Europe has elicited a number of responses from us Americans. Sure glad we don’t slaughter horses here. Sure glad we don’t even eat horse meat. It’s easy to dismiss the mess as their problem. But if you dig deeper, […]

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Treatment as Tattoo

I was talking with Chris Lombard the other day about horsemanship. The dictionary calls it the ‘skill of riding horses.’ But we know it as the relationship with the horse and the skills around that relationship. “It’s not only how to handle horses,” said Lombard. […]

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Winter Ride

How much do you ride in the winter? Does it get harder to stay warm and embrace the season as you get older? I found myself surfing the Internet for rechargeable heated gloves the other day. Two hundred bucks didn’t seem so much… Read a […]

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Hi. I’m Calling about Your Horse.

Most writers are readers. While writing is their occupation, reading is one of their passions. I’m no exception. When contests surface, I get excited at the prospect of entering but also of reading all the other submissions. Such is the case with National Public Radio’s […]

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They loved our horse videos

Phew. That’s my relief at making tomorrow’s deadline and submitting two videos to the Equestrian Social Media Award headquarters in Manchester, England. (Ok, I did not hand-deliver them but used DropBox.) The videos, revealed during their Awards Week later this month, are required for all […]

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