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Lysine, lactobacillus acidophilus, selenium, crude fiber, crude protein.  What is it?  What does it all mean?  This crash course on feed labels should help shed…

Added by Texas Haynet on July 20, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Cowboy


Added by Paula Stevens on July 19, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"That's just the way we've always done it…"

Traditions persist in the horse world. Does anyone know why flat classes traditionally start on the left rein?  I caused a little stir recently, at an open hunter show by starting on the right rein in an equitation class. Can you think of other enduring (though puzzling) equine traditions?

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut, until evidence leads us to look outside. I do like how AQHA is encouraging judges to mix up the gait calls and direction of flat classes. I do this…


Added by Lindsay Grice on July 18, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Defending Horses with Words and Money

Fair warning: I'm going to ask you to do a favor for horses. It will involve some of your time and the money that you spend anyway.

I try to avoid any photos of abuse. I don’t share them because they titillate perpetrators. Besides, I’ve seen enough cruelty for a thousand lifetimes.

One got by me this week on Facebook; it was a photo of a dog…


Added by Anna Blake on July 16, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

I Finally Got My Grandson Up On a Horse!

I Finally Got My Grandson Up On a Horse!

During the decades that I owned horses, I had a fantasy of horses in my grandkids lives.  However real life interfered long before my grandson appeared on the scene.  Since I no longer have horses  my grandson did not get to meet horses, and I could not just pop him up on a trusted horse.

But now I have a big enough house to have a spare bedroom, so my son, Tally, and grandson, Will, can stay overnight, and since they live just a few…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 16, 2016 at 11:11am — No Comments

A Horse Named Joe

I have always wanted to try my hand at training a horse so I can see if horse training is something I want to pursue as a secondary career. So when my instructor offered to let me try my hand at training a green Spanish Mustang gelding named Joe, I jumped at the opportunity.

Joe is a seventeen year old, bay Spanish Mustang. He’s had training and has even been ridden before, but it’s been quite a few years since any of that happened. His owner has no time for him and asked my…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 15, 2016 at 10:05pm — 1 Comment

A dream becomes reality

Ever since I can remember a veterinarian is what I’ve wanted to be. When people ask why I chose veterinary medicine over human medicine I simply answer, “Veterinary medicine, because people are gross”. They laugh, I laugh, but it’s true. People are gross and animals aren’t. I find it difficult to watch people draw my blood but I find eating spaghetti while observing surgery on a horse to be easy.

When I was little I used to rescue injured animals and try to help heal them. Injured…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 15, 2016 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Horses Are Who I Am

“There’s more to life than horses” is something that has been said to me my whole life. My response? “Yes, there’s ponies too.”

Horses have been an essential part of my life for as long as I can remember. I first fell in love with them when my Uncle put me on one twelve years ago. Since then, horses have been my escape from reality and therapy during hard times.

Three years ago my mother suffered from pre-eclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy disease caused by high blood…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 11, 2016 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

My horse is losing weight like I’m losing hair…HEEEEELP!!

Okay, so your horse is losing weight quickly and you don’t know why? My suggestion would be for you to consult your local veterinarian on this and make sure there’s nothing serious going on. Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons. Maybe they have a high metabolism or their teeth need to be floated. Maybe they’re old and that’s just a part of nature, or maybe they have worms. Either way your vet needs to be consulted. We won’t discuss every reason for weight loss in horses as…


Added by Paula Stevens on July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

I Just Ride at a Walk Until I Get Heat Sick

I Just Ride at a Walk Until I Get Heat Sick

The past three weeks I have been sick, again.  My digestive system has decided it does not like food and that it does not particularly want to digest food.  Between constant nausea and diarrhea that will not quit permanently, I have spent most of my time collapsed in my bed.  However, after one week in bed I ended up with horrible back spasms, so I have been trying to ride as much as possible, at a walk since I am so darn weak.  I am hoping…


Added by Jackie Cochran on July 9, 2016 at 12:33pm — No Comments

The Trailer Isn’t the Problem.

WM Trailer Grace

The owner said his horse had trailer issues. He’d watched a video and used a whip and rope, with bad results. Then he hired a local trainer but after two hours of fighting with his hysterical horse, she gave up and left. Now the horse was even worse, the owner said, and…


Added by Anna Blake on July 8, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

19th Annual Equine Affaire in New England

The 19th Annual Equine Affaire in New England!  Equine Affaire takes place November 10-13, 2016. Experience the nation's premiere equine exposition, featuring more than 230 unique clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry. Equine Affaire also hosts the largest trade show…

Added by Equine Affaire, Inc. on July 5, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A Lesson about Squeamishness and a Donkey.

WM mucking attire

Look, it’s a selfie of me mucking last week. I like to get an early start in the summer. Over six hundred blog posts about this horse/life, and no one ever asks me for fashion tips. I wonder why?

I wasn’t always this sophisticated. I remember when I was maybe fifteen; it was morning and I was standing out waiting for the school bus. I…


Added by Anna Blake on July 1, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments


I've been in Dallas for nine days now. Anybody who really knows me knows how I feel about cities. I love in the capital of Michigan. The city is what I know. So when I was told I was to spend over a week in the city, I was less than thrilled.

My Aunt and Uncle live in Garland,Texas, not really the city but not the country either. Their backyard looks like a jungle. It does. Trees and bushes are everywhere and there's even a creek full of wildlife. Just down the street is a "ranch"… Continue

Added by Paula Stevens on June 26, 2016 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Admitting You're Wrong.

Do you remember the first time you wanted to be right? It might predate memory or even language. Being good is immediately quantified after birth; we’re tested before we even leave the hospital. It’s our first “percentile.”…


Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Taking the DIS out of Disability

I have loved horses for as long as I can remember, but growing up in  a city, I never had access to them. Then I found out about Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit stable that teaches anyone and everyone how to ride. They have forty beautiful acres of land and ten horses located in Lansing, Michigan of all places. It was there I began volunteering and fell in love with what they…


Added by Paula Stevens on June 22, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

We Are Family

I've been on vacation for three weeks now. Three. Whole. Weeks. My sister and I have been staying in Texas with my Aunt Normi and Uncle Herb. We don't know them too well and they don't know us too well either. It's been a journey of getting to know one another and I'm enjoying every minute of it. There are times where it's difficult, trying to figure out what's appropriate and what's not. We've…


Added by Paula Stevens on June 21, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Moving Is Exhausting

Moving Is Exhausting

I apologize for not writing my blog this past month, we have been moving from our old singlewide trailer to our new doublewide trailer, luckily I own both of them outright and they both are on my acreage.  When I say we have been moving I mean that my husband, with some intermittent help from both my sons, has been doing the actual packing and moving, while I am collapsed with exhaustion from the tiny bit of help that I can give them. 

Ever since my now…


Added by Jackie Cochran on June 18, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Reciprocity: A Softer Ask, a Softer Bend

I overheard some riders complaining like old campaigners. Asking a horse for bend sounded like the Hundred YearsWar. They weren’t mean, just grumbling that it was hard to make the…


Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Horse Whispering

As a stereotypically reserved Canadian, judging a horse show last fall in Israel, it was culture shock.  Animated and passionate in communicating, what an initially rattled me (what’s the commotion??), became  endearing to me.

The big idea behind “horse whispering” is the use of subtle body…


Added by Lindsay Grice on June 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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