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3/13/15 Day 3 - No time

Today is the fine example of lack of consistency....   I got called at 0715 this morning, after getting off work at 2300, to come in at 1030 instead of 1500.  My drive is about an hour as it is.  So in 2 hours and 15 minutes, I need to feed my 3 horses, clean stalls, try to work with Mossy,  and get showered and ready for work!  Of course I forgot my saddle as I was rushing out the door to the barn, not like I had time for that anyway.  I did get him out for a little, we free lounged in just…


Added by Kate Matney on March 13, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

3/12/15 Day 2

Started out the morning the same way and time.  Fed him some breakfast before pulling him out and tacking him up with a saddle and bridle.  We went to the round pen again to let him work out some energy and relax a little.  He finally came down to a slower controlled trot, yet still looking around at everything.  We cantered bother directions and when his canter became slightly slower I brought him to a trot like a reward for slowing down.  He seemed alright so I put on my helmet and…


Added by Kate Matney on March 12, 2015 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

3/11/15 Day 1

We started retraining in preparation for Mossy’s upcoming bootcamp in May with Rachael Hill-Jordan while work is having an outage.  Fed at 7am and scooped stalls while he ate some of his breakfast. …


Added by Kate Matney on March 12, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Tips for Hosting a Barn Open House

With the completion of your barn, there is no better way to celebrate than with a barn open house. A barn open house can be open to friends and family, but it can also be a useful tool to bring in clients and boarders. When planning your barn’s open house, consider the following tips and…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 12, 2015 at 11:36am — No Comments

The Risks of Getting an New Horse

The Risks of Getting an New Horse

Choosing a new horse, whether you buy him or he is given to you, is a very risky endeavor. All the riskier when you are like us, and plan to get a horse for keeps. Ellen and I are just not the kind of people who can pass our animals on to an unknown future. It doesn’t take very long, and we are so attached to our animals that we can’t let them go down an uncertain path. So, when we choose, we choose carefully.

Who am I kidding. We were all…


Added by Judi Daly on March 12, 2015 at 10:58am — No Comments

Background for those interested

8 y/o 16 hh Thoroughbred JC name Court Composer.  His last race was in June 2014, and I got him in July.  He has quite a bit of energy and quirkiness to him, but he means well.  We are boarding at the closest barn with an indoor, which is an all western barn.  The owners are amazing and loving, but they do not like Mossberg due to his unpredictability, and high energy.  The guy barn owner has tried to talk me into selling him numerous times, saying he is concerned the horse was injured in…


Added by Kate Matney on March 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Features That Will Set Your Boarding Barn Apart from Others

When planning your boarding barn, you will want to take measures to set your barn apart from other boarding facilities. If you’re opting to provide horses with the ultimate in care, safety, and luxury in your high-performance boarding barn, then consider adding the following amenities to your…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 11, 2015 at 11:10am — No Comments

A Free Horse

A Free Horse

Now, just because a horse is free, doesn’t mean taking him is a smart thing. I've done this free horse thing before. My first horse, a Morgan named Brandy, was given to me by my aunt. I had ridden him a number of times when I was a kid--mostly in the arena, and I thought I knew what I was getting into. My aunt sure knew what I was getting into, but she wanted to get rid of an expense.

He was way, way too much horse for someone of my little experience for trail…


Added by Judi Daly on March 11, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Things on my mind

Things on my mind          


This year has been a tough one for me, medically.   Don’t worry, yet, there may be nothing wrong with me.  No reason to panic until it is time to panic.  I just had a medical screening test that had positive results, and there have been complications with getting to the bottom of it.


I know that I shouldn’t get too worked up about it, and most of the time, I was doing fine—but I am still human.  My imagination sometimes gets the…


Added by Judi Daly on March 10, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Training Your Horse To Move Off Your Leg

Is there a more frustrating and exhausting experience when riding to match that of being on a horse who is not paying you a blind bit of notice?!

You are on board kicking and pumping away, while you horse is just meandering along...  Ignoring you completely and acting as though he is on a relaxing Sunday outing.

This week on Daily Strides we are focusing on helping you overcome the inertia and begin getting some movement happening underneath you, by…

Added by Lorna Leeson on March 10, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

A New Adventure Begins

A New Adventure Begins I have been looking for a new horse since last spring when Cruiser flew off to greener pastures. I would have liked another Morab, since Cruiser and Cole turned out to be such wonderful horses, but that didn’t seem possible. The Great Recession seemed to have wiped out the Morab breeders. I found plenty of older Morabs from before the recession, but I didn’t want in older horse. My second choice was a Morgan. It was a close second. After experiencing Cole who is mostly…


Added by Judi Daly on March 9, 2015 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

How To Design an Indoor Riding Arena

When you are designing your barn, you will want to carefully consider whether building an indoor arena will be part of the process. Indoor arenas maximize the amount of time you are able to spend riding during the year, and boarders are willing to pay higher prices to board at barns with indoor arenas. If you…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 9, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

Cleaning Out the Trailer Tack Room- and Other Life Lessons

Ok, honestly, who cleans out the trailer tack room after the last show?  But isn’t  that spring show motivation to unload the moldy ribbons and rusty bobby pins before loading the horses and hitting the road?

Wow – it made me think of how this wisdom applies to other…


Added by Lindsay Grice on March 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Perhaps spring Is Coming and a game of tag!!!

I live in the always changing,never predictable,always-keeps-us-on-our-toes state of Michigan. Where all four seasons can and will be experienced in one hour, fifteen minutes per season. If you're from Michigan than you're one tough person who can withstand it all. If you're…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 7, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Lady Wonder: The Mind Reading Mare

Lady Wonder (1924–1957) was a horse that was purported to have psychic abilities. Over 150 thousand people came to consult the horse at the price of three questions for one dollar. Lady Wonder is said to have helped the Massachusetts police to find the body of a missing boy, to have predicted that Jack Dempsey would defeat Jack Sharkey in 1927 (including two other documented heavyweight bouts), and to have helped discover oil. Lady Wonder's trainer, C.D. Fonda, raised the…


Added by Nicole Salo on March 6, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Horse During College

If you love horses and will be entering college soon, the thought of owning a horse in college may have crossed your mind. The truth is, many young horse owners opt to sell their horses before going away to college. But many college students also manage to continue on with their horse ownership while also pursuing…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 6, 2015 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Riding with Intention.

Does anyone think they can hide their feelings from their horse? Even for a minute?

A horse’s physical awareness is so acute that they seem intuitive. Most of us think our horses are psychic because it’s easier to believe than how…


Added by Anna Blake on March 6, 2015 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Grooming for Wellness - more than cleaning!

Grooming your horse - chore or something to look forward to?

I have always loved to groom horses. There is just something wonderful about feeling that you are doing something good, right here and now, for the horse in question - whether your own or any horse for that matter.…


Added by Stefanie Reinhold on March 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Art of Jumping

In order to be a jumper(as far as I care anyway) the rider and horse must both be confident, strong, experienced,aggressive and agile. Here some basic Jumping 411 FYI's: *most horses, unless injured,can…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 4, 2015 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Winter Weather Really Interferes With My Training Plans!

Winter Weather Really Interferes With My Training Plans!

The last time I rode was three weeks ago.  The last time I rode Tercel was four weeks ago, though Debbie did ride him three weeks ago.  Today was the first day I could ride in weeks, Debbie’s ring was not too wet, it was above freezing, and it was only misting this morning.  A good day to ride!

When we got out to the barn Debbie had not yet turned out Mia, just in case I felt like I needed to ride her since I had been out…


Added by Jackie Cochran on March 4, 2015 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

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