May 2013 Blog Posts (59)

My niece's first ride of the summer

Wednesday evening, my older niece, who recently came home from college, came out to ride.  Since I’m not riding Cruiser, yet, she got to ride Ranger.  It has been a couple years since she rode him, and last year, she only rode Cole once or twice.  Life got in the way, last summer.  She did admit to being a little nervous about riding Ranger.  He is a big horse, and he is…


Added by Judi Daly on May 31, 2013 at 3:13pm — 2 Comments

Couples Therapy or Horse Agility?

You both show up at the appointed hour. One of you is more enthusiastic, the other one is second guessing being there at all. Maybe you avoid each other’s gaze. The extrovert in the couple is moving around charming everyone, while the introvert tries to become invisible.…


Added by Anna Blake on May 31, 2013 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

Dante's first, second and third trail ride


On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, I met Ellen at the barn.  After we did our chores, we decided to work with Dante.  Ellen is still a little nervous.  She is used to riding more experienced horses than Dante.  Dante hasn’t given her any…


Added by Judi Daly on May 30, 2013 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

If you have quarter horses

Hee is a website that gives you info on what diseases you should watch for in your quarter horses-

Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 30, 2013 at 1:14pm — No Comments


Last summer, some scientists published a paper about a “gait-keeper” gene in horses (see A mutation in this gene appears to be responsible for the “extra” gaits in “gaited” horses (rack, foxtrot, running walk, etc.). The unmutated gene…


Added by Wendy Koch on May 30, 2013 at 12:51pm — 7 Comments

Favorite breeds

My ultimate favorite breed of horse has always been the Arabian and the Friesian and lastly the Quarter Horse, I actually did a two paged report on the Quarter Horse, so I know things about the breed. What is your favorite breed of horse?

Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Equestrian in the Olympics

Don't you think that is  a conspiracy that the olympics will allow dressage in their games, but not Cutting, Reining,Barrel Racing, WEstern Pleasure, Pole bending and Trail Class? They have the nerve to say Horse Racing and other events are not a sport, but then allow Dressage in the Olympics?!

Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Horse related careers

I am not an adult, I will not however disclose my age to the public eye. I want to be an equine veterinarian as an adult, but also would like to look at other equine related jobs and equine related colleges, does anyone have any suggestions on jobs and schools? Also do have any suggestions on equine books for highschoolers? If you do please post it here.



Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Horse racing both past and present

Have you ever noticed that when ever a horse wins the derby and/or preakness, it is usually a horse that starts in the back or middle of the group, and then comes to the outside , once it is on the outside it comes to the front and no horse can ever catch up? Secretariat always started in the back, came to the side, and…


Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 1:48am — 2 Comments


Thanks Jackie Cochran

Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 1:37am — 2 Comments

Mare stair

SOOOO excited to see when that baby comes!

Added by Horsing Around is Fun on May 29, 2013 at 1:36am — No Comments

Cruiser Shines



Ellen and I arrived early at the barn.  We got the first 3 stalls cleaned, and then I decided to start Cruiser’s physical therapy walk while she cleaned Dante’s stall.  I led him to the back of the property.  As we turned to head towards the barn, I saw someone riding the Saddlebred burst out of the barn being chased by the trainer with a whip.  (They train very differently in the Saddlebred world.)  The Saddlebred was doing a high-stepping trot straight towards us. …


Added by Judi Daly on May 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

The beginning of a wonderful weekend

It was a wonderful weekend.  I thought it would be one of sadness.  It was last year, on Memorial Day weekend that my dad took a turn for the worse and he went into hospice.  I thought the memories would be haunting me, pulling me down.  Well, that wasn’t the case at all.  The weekend was just too perfect, so I enjoyed it—just as Dad would have wanted me to.


Friday evening, Kevin and I went on a ride with Cole and Starry.  It was very cool, and the horses were perky.  We had…


Added by Judi Daly on May 28, 2013 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

Thankyou Barn Mice!!

just wanted to pass on my appreciation for this amazing community its so nice to pop in and feel the support on all levels. Its professional , present and welcoming and so many venues to visit Thankyou and my hats off the the head mouse in the barn never thought Id be thanking a mouse lol, seriously though this site is a gift to us all keeping us connected through our love of the horse you deserve a big piece of cheese !!!!! sincerely Julie Wright of Divine Dressage

Added by Julie Anne Wright on May 28, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

5 Tips for Buying a Horse

Bringing a new companion into your life is an undoubtedly exciting experience. Whether you're adopting a shelter dog, feeding the neighbourhood cat, or even building a birdhouse so that you can attract wildlife to your backyard, the thought of a new creature appearing in your daily routine is an enticing thought at the least. Bringing a new horse into your life is an even larger endeavour that requires a lot of planning. Here are five of my favourite tips for buying a horse to make…


Added by Ashley on May 26, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

The Applause Meter

It can be daunting, speaking at horse expos. Will there be 200 or 20 or 2 people in the audience? Presenting at 3 equine events this spring – the Can Am Expo, the Atlantic Horse Fair and the Centre Wellington Equine…

Added by Lindsay Grice on May 26, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Strawberry Speaks

“What if horses, along with other animals, are trying as hard as they can to find a way to communicate with us in a positive way, but because we’re so stuck on seeing ourselves as ‘superior’ beings, or because we have to feel our theories are right, we don’t even give them a chance? Well, for me, it seems that would be one serious lost opportunity. And I guess that’s an opportunity I’m not willing to let get past me.” — Life Lessons From a Ranch Horse by Mark…


Added by Understanding the Horse on May 24, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Fear: It’s What’s for Dinner.


Ever been afraid of a horse? No? I don’t believe you. Fear is a pretty natural response, especially if your feet can’t touch the ground. It’s common sense, horses are big. They have twice as many legs. Horses…


Added by Anna Blake on May 24, 2013 at 8:13am — 3 Comments

Spring Training

Noah Spring Training

Imagine the lecture I heard on the way home.

Yesterday the Minnesota Monsoon stopped long enough for us to take little spin in Wolsfeld Woods. A spring foray into nature’s beauty promised a relaxing hike through the trilliums. At least that’s what Madam intended, until we met with the first surprise. It was then I remembered that spring trail riding was a bit like a good poker game, dandy…


Added by Mary Farr on May 23, 2013 at 5:41pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 13: No Stirrups

Four months ago, in the middle of January, I put away my stirrups.

I'm told that the Spanish School in Vienna and the Saumur both have their new riders work without stirrups for a few months, and my coach advised me to do it, so I did.  Took them right off my saddle and hung them up, so I would not have the option. No…


Added by B. G. Hearns on May 21, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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