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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Redmond’s For Real

On the surface, you might be tempted to say, “Salt is Salt is Salt.” It’s such a humble, ho-hum commodity. But we live in a world of consumerism and we have choices galore. There are inexpensive, synthetic blocks. There are pricey, Himalayan blocks from 7,500 […]

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Welcome Masterson Method

We’re thrilled to welcome Jim Masterson and the Masterson Method to our advertising family. A few years back, Jim held down the fort at an adjoining booth at the Equine Affaire. We shared some anecdotes and laughs during breaks in customer traffic and shuttles to […]

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Farm Fit meets Gym Fit

We’re active. Most of us horsemen and women get plenty of exercise just taking care of our barnful. Hay tossing, water lugging, and riding add up to being Farm Fit. Some may be Gym Fit, too, toning and sweating in a more formal setting. Read […]

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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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Diggin’ Salt

From Utah to Iowa to Maine and all points in between, it’s been a warm summer. Some weeks in some states have been downright hot. Hydration for you AND your horse is key. So is salt intake. I like tortilla chips myself. My horses like […]

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Weight does matter

Together with the horse, we’re Olympians. Together, we’re scholarship athletes. We’re a legendary duo, crossing continents, scaling mountains, swimming rivers, and outsprinting nearly every other species on the planet. But somewhere along the line, it became OK to partner-up with our horses as overweight, out-of-shape […]

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Pasture Plan Foiled

The seasonal transition plan at our farm (one that includes dealing with the mud and staying off fields until they’re ready) hasn’t come without a few glitches. The most distressing? The Big Girl, Shea, came up lame. She went from fine to barely able to […]

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