In the name of horse-friendly open space

Horses need space. Riders do, too. If you look at Swisher, Iowa by satellite, you’ll see lots of open space. When I moved here from Maine, I was excited to explore the 14,000 acres of nearby Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. I did. It was wonderful. […]

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War and a Horse Death

Combat stress and horse death don’t often collide. But it appears that’s what happened when Ryan Grafft, a 32-year old captain in the National Guard, allegedly shot three horses, killing one of them. Read more. After admitting to the shooting, Grafft told the Johnson County […]

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Jodi makes progress, too

  It’s been a year since we acquired Jodi, the hefty, unstarted paint mare from Wisconsin. Steve Peters has taken his time with her and it looks like the calm, deliberate approach is paying off. We headed out to Pleasant Creek State Park for a […]

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Baby Mule Steps

What’s the most striking difference between the new mule, Jolene, and her horse herdmates? Not how she moves. Not how she looks. It’s how she eats an apple. When you give Jolene a chunk of apple, she will: Smell it Take it in her mouth […]

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Evidence-Based Horsemanship returns to Northeast

Lois Dietrich will host neuropsychologist Dr. Steve Peters and horseman Martin Black at their first seminar of Evidence-Based Horsemanship on the East Coast, November 15-17. The pair will conduct lectures, demonstrations, and Dr. Peters will dissect a horse brain at the Mountain Springs Arena facilities […]

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This Horse Rocks

Today, Christies will auction off “Bigger Bertie.” He’s bigger alright. Believed to be the largest handmade rocking horse in the world, Bertie stands about 15 feet high. He’s pictured here on a London street with six-year old Reva Lemanski. The 2012 sculpture is made of […]

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5 Star gets Five Stars

Saddle pads and cinches aren’t the most glamorous tack items in your barn. But they may be the most essential. Bad ones make your horse miserable and cause sores and sore muscles. Good ones make even marathon rides easy and fuss-free. Just ask Ben Masters, […]

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Fatal Virus is Here

While dry weather is making wildfires a constant concern for horse owners out west, the wet weather is increasing the threat of contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus in New England. This week, EEE was detected in York County (Maine) mosquitoes. It’s a […]

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Fringe Leggings, Tested and Approved

They came in a plain white cardboard box marked with international postage. The mail lady had left it unceremoniously on the floor of the garage. But it was a Special Delivery nonetheless, containing my first pair of custom-made leggings. Six weeks prior, I had taken […]

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Horsemen and women are today’s heros

          Hooray for the backcountry horsemen and women – Mary Young, Mike Young, Mark John, and Christa John – the four Idahoans who tipped off police to the whereabouts of kidnapper Joseph DiMaggio and his victim, Hannah Anderson. According to a […]

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