Puppy’s first trail test

Lessons continue for our Australian Shephard pup, Kip. Next phase of Ride Along Dog training? Hit the trails! [Read past Dog and Horses posts.]   Since she’s not entirely savvy about traffic or strangers, I had to work out some safety-related logistics first: We picked […]

Read more

“Pick Me!” attitude

With the warmer weather arrival, we’ve been enthusiastically hitting the trails again. Floodwaters be darned. [see facebook photos] It was nice to discover the horses seemingly as eager for the foray as us humans. When I brought out Pep and Shea, Brooke and Jodi seemed […]

Read more

Horse, Trailer, Bird

The timing for the Trailer Depot’s recent article on trailer safety and servicing couldn’t have been better. Trips are around the corner. Trailer’s been sittin’ for a few months. It’s nesting season. I found this robin nest on top of my gooseneck trailer’s spare tire. […]

Read more

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! […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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, […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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, […]

Read more

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. […]

Read more