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July 19, 2020
Successful Rides Start With Groundwork

Smart riders do groundwork before getting in the saddle to make sure their horses are tuned in to them and using the thinking side of their brain. On average, during a routine training session, I’ll do 30 to 45 minutes of groundwork and then 45 minutes to an hour of riding. Once the horse is […]

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June 26, 2020
Cart Accident Leaves Deep Impression On Ever Driving Again

Cart Safety: Four Important Tips Driving horses seemed to be the perfect alternative to riding when my mare, April, became too lame to ride much. I myself, suffering from a hip injury decided it was the perfect thing to do until I could resolve the painful issue of mounting and dismounting. I had a miniature […]

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June 4, 2020
What’s the Best Age to Start Horseback Riding Lessons?

For serious equestrians, riding horses is more than a casual sport or leisurely pastime. Riding is an art and a passion. Like other pursuits of this nature, horseback riding is not something you learn to do well in a few months—or even a few years.  Leading to an important question for parents - what's the […]

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May 28, 2020
Horse Saddle Safety - Guide for Beginners

Whether you are new to the equestrian world or an experienced veteran that has practically lived your life in a saddle, there are some things that must be remembered. Saddles are not something that can be skimped on and knowing what kind of saddle you need is one of the keys to success.  But what […]

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April 11, 2020
The Danger When Turning Horses Out

Springtime always makes me think of fresh grass and fresh horses. A little sunshine, a little taste of the luscious green Pacific Northwest grass, and the horses are feeling good! Perhaps feeling a little too good! The danger when turning horses out comes at the gate: Two things can happen; 1) Your horse rips away […]

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April 10, 2020
Q&A - Horse Injury from Nail on Post

How long after the injury did you administer first aid? I was away on a trip and the caretakers at the boarding facility didn’t notice it for two to three days according to the veterinarian (based on tissue damage) What caused the injury? A nail sticking out about an inch from a post on fencing […]

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April 4, 2020
Understanding Safety in the Horse-Human Relationship

Avoid an Accident by Gaining Knowledge Saddened by the loss of a 12-year-old barrel racer and heading into the busy lesson and clinic season, safety has been heavy on my mind. Becoming a parent brought a heightened awareness for my children’s safety with horses, as well as my own. This brought a screeching halt to […]

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March 29, 2020
The COVID-19 Dilemma

Information from a Veterinarian for Horse and Pet Owners COVID-19 is a term that has rapidly acquired worldwide recognition.  The seriousness of this highly contagious disease is inescapable.  The situation and information regarding COVID-19 is fast changing.  Below is recently collated information from three veterinary sources:  the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the American […]

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March 27, 2020
Consider the Safety Risks of Riding or Driving During This Epidemic

A letter from concerned reader. I was thinking about our sport, the virus and risk. Each and every one of us should dial back risk as much as possible right now. If you end up needing treatment your exposure to the virus and the chance of bringing it back to infect your family goes up […]

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January 23, 2020
Barn Design for Your Service Professionals and others

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with horse industry professionals about what they need to have in "your" barn when they come to you as a service provider. These professionals include your Veterinarian, Farrier, body worker, chiropractors or others. Often times when we build and design a barn our thoughts are about what "I" […]

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