This Old Chair

This Old Chair

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on a break from my blog. I’ve been feeling a bit contemplative and wondering whether or not I should I continue it and if so, going forward, in what form.  By the simple fact that I’m once again posting, you’ve probably correctly guessed that I’ve decided to return for 2018. This year, however, will be full of happy changes. Continue reading

Harrison Fisher: Family artifacts lead to an interesting discovery

 

Harrison FisherA little over six weeks ago my family and I moved. After seventeen years at the same residence, the move was a culmination of a three-year project to completely remodel my husband’s grandparent’s farmhouse. Our “new” home will actually be celebrating its ninety-first birthday in 2018. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Planning for Your Horse’s Future

Five Things You Should Know Post

Back in February of this year, I lost a dear friend and mentor. As the anniversary of her death approaches I am reminded of an unintentional yet valuable lesson that she taught me. Continue reading

Trailer Tire Savvy

Trailer Tire

Do you have concerns about purchasing or maintaining your horse trailer’s tires? Don’t miss out on my most recent EQUUS magazine article to publish on line. It provides information you need to know right now in order to make informed decisions regarding purchasing and maintaining  horse trailer tires and much more! Continue reading

Familiarizing Your Horse to a New Property

  • New Property Post.jpgLately, I’ve been thinking about moving my horse from one of our farms to another. As I’ve contemplated the move, I began to go over in my mind all of the things I would need to do in order to safely familiarize her with her new home. Whether you’re thinking of moving your horse because of a move of your own or perhaps you are changing boarding facilities, these tips that I’m sharing and plan to implement myself should make the move as worry free as possible. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 7

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5, we talked about reasons why an owner might choose to shoe his or her horse. You’ll want a quality farrier to guide you along the way so in last week’s post, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 6, I covered how to select and keep a quality farrier. Regardless of your eventual decision, optimal hoof care is your goal. That’s why I’m ending the series with a post on how to provide just that. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 6

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In last week’s post, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5, we talked about reasons why an owner might choose to shoe his or her horse. You’ll want a quality farrier to guide you along the way so in this week’s post I cover how to select and keep a quality farrier.  Continue reading