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Great Success

Great Success!

Friday evening found me struggling with MerryLegs.  He didn’t want to go out of the barn, he didn’t want to walk  on the street, he didn’t want to walk back to the loop, he didn’t want to go around the first corner of the loop,  he didn’t want to go into the indoor arena…  He wore me…

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Added by Judi Daly on June 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reasons Why Horses Make the Best Best Friends

Portrait of a young girl with a white pony

Everyone needs a best friend, but equestrians are lucky – we have some of the best best friends in the world. In honor of National Best Friends Day, here are the top reasons why horses make the best best friends.

Horses Are Excellent Shoulders to Lean On

When it comes to needing a shoulder to lean on, horses…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 8, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Back on Cody and chickens gone MIA

Oh, to be back in the saddle again felt rather wonderful. It's been Oh so long since I last rode him and I feel we did very good. 

Naturally before riding I was put to work, haha, but it was fun. There's nothing better than unloading hay and mucking a stall, I'm serious. Those two jobs and riding are my favorite things to do. My sister and niece are temporarily staying with us, so my niece, Nicole,…

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Added by Paula Stevens on June 7, 2015 at 5:45pm — 2 Comments

Sometimes Boredom is Good

Sometimes Boredom is Good    

What a change a little bit of equipment can make with a horse!  For the last 2 ½ months we have been riding Tercel with the blinkers, and riding Tercel has changed from a heart-stopping 30 minutes of stress to a sleep-inducing 30 minutes of more or less boredom.  Believe me, right now I prefer the boring rides!  Tercel was not ridden regularly during this time, and for three weeks he was not ridden at all, so this welcome boredom was not caused by working…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on June 6, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

Easy Ways You Can Refresh Your Jumps

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Are your horse jumps looking a little tired and weathered? Jumps take quite a beating, and without regular care, their appearance can quickly deteriorate. If you’d like to put a little life back into your jumps, we’ve come up with some great ways that you can refresh your jumps.

Sand and Paint

One of the simplest ways…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 5, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Improvements?

Improvements?

 

I decided to try taking MerryLegs down to the river in the evening all by myself.  No Ellen to give us moral support.  I had no problem getting him to the street.  As we were walking down the road, a couple cars went flying by.  It bothered him, and he jumped a little.  When I got to the head…

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Added by Judi Daly on June 5, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Respecting Your “Other” Space

I assume your horse respects your space; that on the ground he stands a couple of feet away, relaxed and cool. He doesn’t shove his way through gates ahead of you, or jerk the lead rope out of your hands, or perform police-like…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 5, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

Lungeing horses I have learned........

When we ride our horses we are asking a lot from them physically mentally and emotionally. 

Physically we want them to carry us, our weight and the saddle too. Their muscles and joints and bones must endure this heavy combo for however long we decide to ride them. It is the equivalent of us carrying a heavy backpack and physically working for long periods of time. At the end of the day our…

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Added by Paula Stevens on June 4, 2015 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Summertime Barn To-Do List

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Summer is upon us, and so is the busiest time of year for many riders. Horse shows, clinics, and trail rides take up much of our day, but there are still important barn chores that need to be done. Here’s a quick to-do list to help you start off summer right.

Scrub Water Troughs

Have you…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on June 4, 2015 at 11:23am — No Comments

If George Morris Quotes Were Motivational Posters

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Added by Nicole Salo on June 4, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

Harnessing Sunshine: Solar Panels for Farms

Harnessing Sunshine

Guaranteed contracts that actually pays you for power generated from solar panels on your roof! It sounds to good to be true!

Most of us don't trust an offer like this or we assume that is it was that great everyone would already be doing…

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Added by Barnmice Media on June 3, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Honeymoon is Over

The Honeymoon is Over

 

I knew that MerryLegs and I would have our “moments” as we got to know each other, but I was surprised about what the first moment would be.  I took him out of the barn to go for a walk on the driveway—heading for the back of the property.  After just a few steps, he decided he wasn’t going.

 

He has had some other incidents of refusing, and I was able to get him started back up by shifting his weight.  That wasn’t working, this time.  I…

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Added by Judi Daly on June 3, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

We Went Down to the River...

On Saturday morning, I decided it was time to take a hike down the hill to the river with MerryLegs.  He was very, very excited.  As he walked down the hill, he looked left, right, left, right.  There was so much to see!  Actually, all there was to see was a lot of trees, but MerryLegs thought it was exciting.…

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Added by Judi Daly on June 2, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Hey Cowboys and Cowgirls!: Hear the music of the Old West

Hear the music of the Old West;  or, take a scenic trip to ‘Genuine Ranch Country’ for some down-home entertainment!

Barn Music

If you rope, cut, rein, or ride in any of the cow-horse related activities, I’ll bet your barn radio is always set to the local Country-Western station.  And I know for a fact that even a lot of the English riders tune to C-W on their dial, too!  

But, how much of that music is…

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Added by KatyM., Community News on June 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

I Try a Bit with Tercel

I Try a Bit with Tercel    

My apologies for not posting last week, my internet connection was giving me fits.  All fixed now.

Why did I decide to change Tercel from the Spirit bitless bridle to a bit?  The last two times I rode Tercel in the bitless bridle I repeatedly got the feeling that Tercel was not getting the whole message from my aids.  Once I fixed his bolting problem with the D’yon blinkers I finally could truly feel how Tercel was reacting to my aids.  He has a…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on May 30, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Bella learns the hill

I planned to meet my new friend, Shari, to go for a trail ride.  We rode together about a month ago, and our horses did so well together, we wanted to try it again.  She keeps her horse a short distance down the street.

 

She has a chestnut National Show Horse named Bella, and she is simply beautiful, but she can be a handful.  We rode down the hill and got a good look at the river—it was too high to cross on a pony, and she didn’t mind just riding on the hill.  I told her how…

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Added by Judi Daly on May 29, 2015 at 3:57pm — No Comments

How To Retrain an Ex-Racehorse

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Ex-racehorses are unique, and present different challenges when it comes to retraining. They’re incredible athletes, and while they’re quickly gaining popularity among riders, ex-racehorses aren’t for everyone. To successfully work with an ex-racehorse, you need to understand their unique mentality. Here are some things to think…

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Added by Classic Equine Equipment on May 29, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How to make friends with a horse

How to make friends with a horse?



"Give him what he needs and he will give you what you want“



I think the quote is by Pat Parelli and it sums up what I think is the basis for a good relationship with our horse: the change of perspective.

In order for the relationship to thrive, we need to put our horse‘s needs…

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Added by Nadja Mueller on May 29, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How Much Longer Do You Think You Can Do This?

“How much longer do you think you can do this?”

This week I received a blog request. You see, the reader is my age, 60, and she’s frustrated at being asked that question repeatedly. The reader’s friend tells her that she and her husband “should get rid of over 30 equines and their farm and all the work,…

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Added by Anna Blake on May 29, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Rainy Evening with the Horses

Kevin and I were going to go for a ride.  I saddled up and went outside to wait for him.  Before he even got out, it started to drizzle, and he wimped out on me.  Cole and I left by ourselves.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, Cole hates rain as much as Kevin.  It was a light rain and a warm evening, so it didn’t…

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Added by Judi Daly on May 28, 2015 at 3:40pm — No Comments

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