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20 DIY Barn Hacks

Most equestrians wish they had more time to ride and enjoy their horse. Between chores and tidying up the barn, your time disappears faster than you can blink. As the famous motto goes, “work smarter, not harder!” And thanks to these barn hacks, you’ll be able to do just…

Apple Season is Here

Depending on where you live, apple season has begun! September is known as the best month for apple picking. Lucky for your horses, there are plenty of apple varieties to go around- Honeycrisp, Gala, Red Delicious, Cortland and more. From sweet to tart, you and your horse can find…

Why Every Barn Needs a Cat

Nowadays, it’s rare to see a horse barn without a cat. Most of the time they just appear one day, making a home in the hay loft. Because pest control is always a concern on farms, these barn cats are usually welcomed and encouraged to stay!

I’m not talking about…

More Than Just A Color: The American Paint Horse

I have always been a long-time fan of the American Paint Horse. Maybe that’s because my heart horse is a Paint and has left an undeniable mark on my soul or maybe it’s because I’ve always been obsessed with the relationship Native American Indians have had with these horses…

Save Time on Barn Chores

There is always one resource that is in short supply- time! Horse owners can’t seem to get enough. Between caring for your horse and riding them, the hours seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, some tasks like cleaning stalls and refilling hay nets can’t be…

Getting Back in the Saddle

I was heavy into barrel racing and swore that even the birth of my first child wouldn’t change my ways. But fate had other ideas. 

It wasn’t a sudden shift, like one day I decided I no longer had time to ride. Rather, this life adjustment came about slowly and…

Swirlology – Fact or Fiction?

 I’ve never paid much attention to them but I’ve become more curious about the topic recently.

What is a swirl?  A swirl or whorl is a patch of hair that grows in the opposite direction of the hair that surrounds it. These swirls are commonly found on the horses forehead…

The Chincoteague Ponies

During the month of July, the Saltwater Cowboys gear up for the annual Pony Swim celebration in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Those that enjoyed Marguerite Henry’s popular book, Misty of Chincoteague, may already be familiar with this spectacular event. The main attraction is a bunch of shaggy yet sturdy wild…

Cool Summer Treats for Your Horse

 which means we may be seeking air conditioning and ice cream rather than spending long hours at the barn. But while you’re inside, you might consider whipping up some cool treats for your horse. I’m sure they’ll be much appreciated on a hot summer day. Here are a several…