10 Tips for Boarding Your Horse | Part 1

For many horse owners, boarding is necessary. Not all horse owners can have land, and many prefer not to be tied down to land and all the associated work. Prior to owning my own land, I boarded my horses for ten years at many different facilities in Minnesota and Colorado. This gave me insight in to what to look for when deciding where to keep my horses. If you are looking for to board your horse, here are some considerations. …

You Forgot What?

I recently went on a two-day get away into south central New Mexico. My friend Barb asked me to help her transport a mustang to the Ruidoso area. She said that the scenery would be very pretty in that region. I had never been there so I jumped at the chance to get out of the geographically locked-in area of southwest Colorado.

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Rain Day Horse Activities

July 1st was going to be our high country riding season kick off ride. My daughter and I planned a ride at Cave Basin, a high elevation trail near Vallecito Reservoir in southwest Colorado.

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 …

8 Ways to Feel Closer and More Connected to Your Horse

Horses are extremely intelligent animals and connect in the same way we, as humans, do. They respond to body language and touch, and build a connection through trust and mutual respect. Respect. Respect is vital when connecting with your horse. You must first respect your horse before he will respect you. Respect you does not mean fear you. A lot of humans make this mistake and sadly the horse follows instructions out of fear instead of respect. Fear will establish …