March 2015 Blog Posts (70)

Horse People are a Little strange?

 No argument there  - although our behavior is only strange to Non horsey people

Have you ever wondered just How Many “Strange” people are out there and if we are all in some way connected.

Lets do the;  Six Degrees of Seperation Experiment

To see…


Added by Linda Finstad on March 21, 2015 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

3/19-20/15 Day 8 & 9

Day 8, Mossberg got out of his stall right before I was going to ride and ripped around the farm for about 15 minutes.  He was really fired up so I finally caught him and free lounged him until he started to calm down and focus.  After this, I brought him back out to groom and tack up.  After a little more lounging, I got on and we worked.  He did pretty well after all his shenanigans :) 


Day 9 we lounged and did a lot of transitions of walk trot and some trot to canter.  The…


Added by Kate Matney on March 21, 2015 at 4:06am — No Comments

How to Stay on Good Terms When Moving to a New Boarding Barn

When it’s time to move to a new barn, relationships with your current barn owner or manager can become strained. It’s hard to bring up the fact that you are moving your horse, especially if you are close with your barn owner or if you have been at your current…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 20, 2015 at 12:02pm — No Comments




I waited and waited to hear from MerryLegs’ farrier, with no response.  I told MerryLegs’ owner, and she sent an email to him to check his spam.  A few more days went by and nothing.


In the meantime, my health problem got more complicated.  My health wasn’t any different, but the test that would let us know what was going on couldn’t be completed and my doctor wasn’t sure of the next step.  He wanted to consult with a colleague—who turned out to be out…


Added by Judi Daly on March 20, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

What is Horse Watching?

In life there are very few things that are both New and Free

But Horse Watching is one of them.


There is Bird watching and Whale watching so why not put a name to something horse lovers have been doing for centuries –…


Added by Linda Finstad on March 20, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Tips for the Fat Rider. (What?!)

Are you are just too fat to ride? Then go wait in your room.

Did that work? Did you actually go? Of course not. Can we stop this now?

I have a…


Added by Anna Blake on March 20, 2015 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

I Have A Dream

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” – James Allen

I want to be a DVM(Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) that specializes in equine and bovine mammals(that is, horses and cattle). My plan that I've had for a while, is the following: I'll shadow a…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 19, 2015 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

The Thaw

The Thaw


It is so funny how something like just riding up and down a hill to a too-deep-to-cross river can be so satisfying in early spring and so unsatisfying later in the year.  The hill is thawed enough to ride on the whole thing.  The bottom is still icy/snowy, so we walked on that.  Once that thaws, we like to use that section to trot back and…


Added by Judi Daly on March 19, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Children's Summer Camp Season – Please Choose Programs That Do Not Discard Horses And Ponies!

Written by:  Equine Advocates,  reprinted with permission

Originally published here - Children's Summer Camp Season – Please Choose Programs That Do Not Discard Horses And…


Added by Heather Clemenceau on March 19, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Fix the Fit of a Saddle That's Too Wide

After checking the fit of your saddle, have you found that your saddle is just a little bit too wide for your horse? While having a saddle that’s a bit too wide is not ideal, it’s actually better than having a…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 19, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

3/18/15 Day 7

Yesterday we had the day off becuase we had worked 6 days in a row.  We started our new week with lounging and what were supposed to be trot poles.   I lounged him with side reins, and he was pretty calm most of the way through.  I put two poles out, very far apart and he had no issues trotting up to and over them.  I put a third one in there where he would have to trot two poles in a row, and after a few laps of cantering and jumping them he finally got tired and trotted them all.   after…


Added by Kate Matney on March 18, 2015 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Ride to your fullest and live big

 . . . . . .So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake

Just keep on reaching though the limb might break

We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now

Cause you can learn to fly on the way down........ 

There are times where I go to the stable not knowing what I'll be doing with Cody.  Will we be doing more work on the ground than…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 18, 2015 at 9:16pm — 2 Comments

Why is Your Horse 'Falling In'?

More importantly, how do you know if your horse is falling in?  The quickest and easiest way I can explain this is to imagine you are riding a circle which you have planned out beautifully in your head; but as your horse travels around it you seem to be getting more and more off track with each passing stride; in fact what started out as a 20m circle is soon resembling a 10m triangle, drawn by a three year old...

Or another area this where problem can tend to rear its ugly…


Added by Lorna Leeson on March 18, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What You Need to Know About Leasing a Show Horse

With show season upon us, you may be feeling pressured to find your next show horse for this year. And while buying your show horse is a popular option, leasing your next show horse can also be an excellent approach. Leasing a show horse allows you to partner with a talented and competitive horse without taking on the financial responsibilities of buying a show horse. The…


Added by Classic Equine Equipment on March 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Jump back into Jumping

For those of you slackers who didn't read my previous(and awesome) post on Jumping(allow me to provide the link for you to read it) (…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Update on the Present

Update on the Present

This is the most frustrating time of the year. The weather has warmed up, the river has thawed (though it is still very high) and we can’t even get down the hill. Our trail has turned into ice from us walking on it so much this winter. Since it doesn’t get much sun, it takes a long time to melt.

It is now light enough to ride after work. Last week, when the trail was still snow, I did get to ride Cole a few days on the hill. He was very excited the first…


Added by Judi Daly on March 17, 2015 at 4:20pm — No Comments

3/16/15 Day 6

Lounged WTC for a little while, then I mounted with no issuse other than the walking as soon as I get settled in.  We WTC, adn cantered a little longer this time.  He was very responsive, but his head was up high in the clouds today.  I took video of me riding, and I am bouncing all over the place.  This will probably improve with time as my muscles build back up.  He was very good though, and after the ride I turned him out with all his buddies for the day :)  He was a maniac in the field…


Added by Kate Matney on March 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

His Name is MerryLegs

His Name is MerryLegs

I anxiously awaited more photos. She promised to send me some over the weekend. Her farrier was coming out to trim, and she would get them, then. When the photos finally came, they weren’t the best. There were, what appeared to be frost spots on the pictures. She claimed it was 28 degrees below zero. Wow, her farrier must be a tough guy. Our farrier has cancelled on us when the temperatures were below zero. What does 28 below feel like? She said it had gotten as…


Added by Judi Daly on March 17, 2015 at 3:42pm — No Comments

A canter is a cure for every evil~ Benjamin Disraeli

When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your know you are loved.

John Lyons. 

Truly, truly this is a true statement. The first time Cody ever followed me, without being asked, and rubbed my back and blew on my neck a…


Added by Paula Stevens on March 16, 2015 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

3/15/15 Day 5 - Cantering!

I have lots of video needing to be uploaded for this day.  This was day 1 of using vita-calm to just take the edge off.  We free lounged for a few minutes before I got on.  When I did get on he started to have a melt down, backing up and raising his head really high.  I pulled his head to the left so he wouldn't be able to run off and we briskly walked in small circles until he relaxed a little.  Not sure why he is alright with that sometimes, and other times he slightly freaks out.  We…


Added by Kate Matney on March 15, 2015 at 1:11pm — No Comments

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