Winter Warrior Sampler

The Muck Boot Winter Warrior Contest is over. Thanks to all who participated! Check out the slideshow here. Some of my personal favorite images and comments came from Barbara, Debbie and Doris. Three tough gals, for sure. All will be receiving small consolation gifts from […]

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Bryan Neubert on the mend

Bryan Neubert, one of the few people who worked with the men many consider to be the founders of natural horsemanship: Ray Hunt, Bill and Tom Dorrance, is coming to Maine later this year. Click here for events. To hear him tell it, Neubert just lucked […]

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Another gift idea for 2015

Maine’s Kim Stone spent several summers working at the Alvord Ranch in eastern Oregon and learning from Idaho horseman Martin Black. Read more here. Now she’s brought her horses and talents back to her home state where she raises a young equine addition (at right) […]

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DIY Cement Donut

The problem: A gate fixture that gets muscled around by six curious equines. On a daily basis, this gate becomes hard to open and hard to readjust when horses mess with it. The fixture is actually a post embedded in a cement-filled tire. It weighs […]

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Peters on weighty matters

Dr. Steve Peters, the neuropsychologist whose collaboration with horseman Martin Black produced Evidence-Based Horsemanship, joined the call for better horsemanship through better personal health with his recent Personal Statement, posted on the Evidence-Based Horsemanship facebook page. It echoed recent BestHorsePractices posts, which explained research and […]

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NickerNews at the OR

At NickerNews and BestHorsePractices nearly all our posts come from getting outside and spending time with horses. This week, however, we spent entirely indoors and horseless. Small sacrifice for what will be gained for our readership! Specifically we were at the Salt Palace Convention Center […]

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Freebies Galore

This year is shaking out nicely for NickerNews and BestHorsePractices. And we’re happy to pass on our success to readers in the form of freebies. (Congrats to Robin, who won the free Masterson Method DVD and handbook, a $70 value!) For a limited time, you […]

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Dr. Cooper will be missed

The large animal veterinary community lost a beloved and respected figure last week in Dr. E.L. “Coop” Cooper. After suffering a stroke, Dr. Cooper died at the Hospice House in Auburn. He was 87. Read the Sun Journal obituary. Cooper hailed from British Columbia, Canada. […]

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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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Winter Ride, II

The second ride in two days was with Shea and Jodi. Shea’s such a lovely, quiet horse, so ponying the new girl is a Win-Win: It’s good for Jodi to see new things and good for me to practice that extra juggle. Jodi has some […]

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