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Saddle Bag Necessities

If you work your horses in an outdoor or indoor arena, getting ready to ride is a matter of saddling up and then schooling your horse.  But if you are a bit more adventurous or would like to change up the pace, trail riding is the way to go….

Guidelines for Taking Your Horse into the Backcountry

Riding into the backcountry far away from roads and civilization—and even emergency help if you need it—demands a partnership between horse and rider like no other. If you’ve ever splurged on one of those weeklong equestrian vacations, you’ve experienced the bond that develops between you and your borrowed horse….

Tips for Legging Up Your Horse

 And while we may be rearing to go, some of our horses might not be nearly as excited. But who can blame them after a lazy winter spent munching on hay?
Before you saddle up and head out to a big show, weekend trail ride, or another event, it’s important…

Feeling Gray

I have been riding Chloe, my heart horse, for almost a decade and with my time constraints, keeping her in lesson-worthy shape (mentally and physically) is proving to be difficult. I am still riding her on all my other days, of course, and I am even looking for a…

Is Your Horse Ready for Spring?

Nicer weather, Daylight Savings Time, show and trail riding season—need I say more?

But this time of year can also bring its own set of problems, the most notable having to do with changes in grass. To help make your horse’s transition to spring a success, here are a few…

Preparing for Spring Riding

After the holidays are over, I’m ready to dive right in to the New Year, but there are usually still months of cold weather left before I can really get started. There is a lot we can do even now in the dead of winter to satisfy that urge…

Groundwork, groundwork, groundwork!

When people tell me they are having troubles with their horse, it’s almost always followed by an excuse. “My horse won’t go out on the trail because he doesn’t get along with your mare.” “If you turn your back on my mare she’ll nip at you because you’re standing…

The Lady Who Is – The Long Rider

  Even my granddaughter Gretchen read more books than I ever did. As time went on my husband and I were able to take some trips-and in that bit of leisurely time I started to read a few books.  Luckily, I happened upon a couple of good ones that…

Are We Losing our Young Riders?

It’s all about horses. For over 30 years, I have watched the horse industry and the changes that occur.  Trends come and go, disciplines can sometimes grow into a wider range of acceptance and new breeds never cease to amaze me.  But one facet of our industry is starting…