Lately, I have seen many social media posts about how many calories are burned for the many different aspects of owning and riding a horse. Reading those posts can be deceptive, especially if you are trying to lose weight or stay fit. While not completely untruthful, mucking stalls and thirty minutes of horseback riding spent walking, trotting, and cantering does burn a considerable number of calories, the truth, at least for me anyway, is that farm work and riding alone aren’t always enough to keep you riding fit. Continue reading
Following a great training session, I bent down to remove the splint boots from my horse’s legs. As I loosened the fasteners I thought to myself, “I need to call Joanne. She would really love to hear about this.” Thirty years of doing something becomes a habit. I had forgotten for a brief moment, as I sometimes do, that back in May I had lost my longtime friend and mentor. I stopped when the realization hit me. Oh. Grief is sneaky like that. Even if you are well past the initial shock and feel as if you have made peace with it, it can come upon you at the most unexpected of moments.
You arrive at the show grounds the evening before the show begins. It’s late and you’re tired. You just want to get everything unloaded. But could you be putting your horse at risk just by putting him in a stall? The answer is yes.
By now you know that ringworm (tinea) in horses is not actually caused by a worm. Instead, it’s a fungal infection whose symptoms may include scaly, crusty areas of your horse’s skin or raised, hairless patches usually seen along the sides of the neck or on areas where your saddle and/or girth come in contact with your horse’s skin. The fungus responsible is of the Microsporum and Trichophyton species. But did you also know that discovering a case of ringworm doesn’t always mean that you have to rush to purchase the latest and greatest over the counter treatment? Continue reading
After years of owning horses with sparse tails I finally have a horse with a thick, luxurious one. Her mane and forelock are quite average but her tail is simply gorgeous. The absolute best part for me though is that it requires very little to maintain. I know horse owners who would go to great lengths to have their horses grow and maintain tails like hers but aside from spritzing her tail with a little leave in condition once a week she does a fine job on her own of keeping her locks beautiful. That’s why, every once in a while, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I discover that she has a rubbed, matted tail. Continue reading
I’m so excited to announce that I am an affiliate to even more businesses! Red Horse on a Red Hill can now be your one stop shop for learning about horses and for your equestrian related shopping needs. My newest affiliates Horse.com (home of Country Supply), Equestrian Collections, and Ace Hardware. Horse.com in particular is another business where I have been a long time customer. I have always been able to find just what I was looking for to meet my red horse’s needs. Continue reading
Dunlap Rockers: On my blog, I am an affiliate to several businesses but only one of those is local. You can find your rock somewhere in the parking lot of that business.
Whitwell Rockers: You can find your rock where horses are shown.
1.) When rocks are found please post to the respective Facebook page: Dunlap Rocks or Whitwell Rocks and tag either me, Hope Ellis-Ashburn, and/or my blog’s Facebook page, Red Horse on a Red Hill.
2.) Message me on Facebook, either on my personal page or my blog’s page, to arrange a time to meet in Dunlap or Whitwell to exchange your rock for a free, size large, Red Horse on a Red Hill t-shirt. (*Note: In order to receive t-shirt the rock must be returned.)
3.) Finder consents to having their photograph made with the rock and t-shirt for a press release in local newspapers and social media outlets.
4.) Winners determined at the blog owner’s discretion.