Are You and Your Horse a Match?

The word match has different connotations depending on how it is used. Which definition fits you and your horse? When you and your horse spend time together, are you in harmony or do you burst into flames? I have several horses, all with different personalities. Because of this I can ride my high-powered machine horse or my super laid back horse. I can choose which one suits my mood and my mission.  Many people are well matched with their horses …

Coming Home To the Cabin

Horses remember experiences from long ago and as we headed out on highway 550 north of Durango CO, I was thinking how fast 11 years passes by. It had been 11 years since my horses had spent a summer at my family cabin outside of Glenwood Springs. The first time Wylie lived at the cabin was in 1996 when I moved from Minnesota to Colorado. He also spent the summer of 2005 there recuperating from lameness. Now 20 years later …

A Day in the Woods

Equine trail riders in Colorado are lucky to have a great expanse of public land available for recreational use. Most of these lands are managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. These lands are owned by the public – you and me – and are there for the enjoyment of many types of trail users. I love to ride in the high mountains during summer, 10,000 feet and up. Designated wilderness areas are my favorite! At …

Warmer Weather Reminders for Horse Owners

What area of the US are you in? Whether you are in the Northern half or the lower half of the Unites States, I think we can all agree that warmer weather is a GOOD thing! Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means pools will open and summer will quickly be here. But what else does it mean for many people around the world? It means that pleasant and warm horseback riding is upon us! It also means …

Whoa One Minute, Let’s Think First

Last week I picked my daughter up from school with the horses in tow. This is such a thrill for an eight year old girl, she was so excited. We headed to our local fairgrounds to work on her riding skills. After a short while, several other trailers pulled up. There were moms with kids coming to ride horses and have a good time. As I observed the events that unfolded, it occurred to me that not everyone is conscious …

The Key Ingredient in D. Wayne Lukas’ Training Program

D. Wayne Lukas is one of the most successful horse trainers of all time, in a career spanning more than fifty years.  He climbed to the top of the Quarter Horse racing world, training 23 world champions. He then transitioned to thoroughbred racing where he has won four Kentucky Derbies, five Preakness Stakes and four Belmont Stakes and trained a world record 24 world champion thoroughbreds.  His 13 Triple Crown victories are more than any other living trainer.  The Lukas …

Get in the Groove and Move!

I had the vet out recently to take care of a serious wound on my 3 year old and to clean a swollen sheath on an old gelding. She has been on many colic calls recently and she attributed much of the colic to lack of movement. We got to chatting about how horses are not meant to stand still. She reiterated that all of a horse’s body systems need regular movement to remain healthy, especially the digestive and lymphatic. …

A Horse Remembers

In recent years I have learned that horses remember their relatives and friends for long periods of time. Sometimes humans disregard these attachments and most horses change owners multiple times during their lives. They have developed strong relationships with pasture mates, only to be sold once again. Foals have grown up to know their mothers, only to be separated for life. Some people sell horses without thinking about the horses’ emotions; it is just business. Some people will laugh with cynicism and …

Why Do YOU Love Horses?

Has anyone ever asked you why you love horses? Perhaps it was someone who doesn’t ride, own or come into contact with horses on a regular basis. Maybe it was someone who hasn’t ever sat astride one of these beautiful creatures. Whether is was someone that knows horses – truly knows them – or not, what was your response? A fellow blogger and friend recently talked about the weather and the work that her horses required during the colder months. …

Winter Horse Management Ideas

Hello from snowy southwest Colorado. With snow and bitter cold I am reminded on how to efficiently manage water, hay and livestock.  I spent the first 27 years of my life in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many of those years included providing horse care during frigid months. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, it gets so cold you can bend a hose and have it snap like a twig. Luckily I don’t have those extremes here, but there still are challenges. Here are …