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Joy Rides Workshop is Perfect for Summiteers

Trish Lemke, a talented horsewoman, life coach, and owner of Joy Rides, has developed a small, intimate Durango workshop especially for Summit attendees. “Be the Human your Horse Wants You to Be” is a day-long workshop perfectly timed on Sunday, October 7, before the Summit […]

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DIY Dry Lot

With guidance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (an agency of the Department of Agriculture charged with helping farmers and ranchers to optimize pasture health, among other missions), I’m building a dry lot. A dry lot is a space in which horses can move freely, […]

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DIY Saddle Racks

This easy DIY comes from the folks at the Internet Hay Exchange.  Materials lists: Scrap piece of 2×4 lumber between 18 and 24 inches in length #2 Eye Bolt (eye hole is about one inch in diameter) Four-inch Rope Hook Tool list: Philips Screw Driver […]

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DIY Projects

Years ago, I sold my round pen (16 six-foot-high, heavy gauge panels, weighing about 90 pounds each) to a woman from Downeast Maine. She brought her flatbed trailer and the two of us loaded them. Twenty minutes and done. She cinched them down with ratchet […]

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Amy Skinner: A Bit about Bias

Editor’s Note: Amy Skinner is a regular guest columnist and has been a horse gal since age six. Read her most recent article on the questionable nature of the 30-day start. She will present an arena demonstration with fellow trainer and rider, Katrin Silva, at […]

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Silva: We Need to Ditch Autocratic Teaching

Editor’s Note: 2018 Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last twenty years and is a regular guest columnist […]

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Micro-steps with Rewards Work Best for Dogs and Horses

The weather is warming. Snow is disappearing. And like riding season, herd dog training season is back! My dogs and I are fortunate to resume our training with Ann Chernoff Allan, a remarkable local trainer. Read more here. Last year, we trained faithfully for six […]

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The Winding Road of Life with Horses

Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last twenty years and is a regular BestHorsePractices columnist. She will offer two arena presentations with […]

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Sweaters are back, thanks to Cotopaxi

No one wears sweaters any more. Why? They don’t breathe. They don’t stand up to hard work. They’re not fashionable. Sweaters are for dowdy, office types stuck in the 1950’s. Outside of a formal work interview or a fancy lunch, I haven’t worn one in […]

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Delightful Days at Circle Z

Many of us are more than ready for spring. Waiting out the weather is fine, by why not escape instead? Our newest partner is the Circle Z Ranch, in Patagonia, Arizona. Here, owner Diana Nash maps out what your delicious, delightful week will entail: Circle […]

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