I first learned tire changing skills from my father. I learned even more about this necessary skill later on while pursuing my undergraduate degree at MTSU. It was there, while studying toward my teaching certification in agriculture education, that I further honed this skill in my shop classes. In spite of my background, for this post I sat down with a real expert in the matter, Rick Barnes of Barnes Tire and Service Center Pros in Jasper, TN. For reference, Barnes is the co-owner and manager of the twenty year old family owned and operated business. Even if you’re experienced at this sort of thing, everyone needs a refresher and if you’ve never done it before, here’s what you need to know: Continue reading
The 2017 American Horse Publications Equine Media Seminar with its theme, Saddle Up for Scottsdale, lived up to all of my expectations and more. I attended sessions moderated and led by industry professionals on re-charging and re-inventing my freelance business, think tanks on topics ranging from re-purposing content to technology innovations, and even one on improving the business side of my blog. The sponsors were generous. I shipped home from Scottsdale a 33 lb box full of AHP swag. The silent auction was amazing.
But perhaps most importantly, I established a network with authors, recognized and beginners alike, along with editors, photographers, and other equine industry professionals. These individuals not only welcomed me with open arms but have been willing to share me their tips for success as they have firmly established themselves in this one of a kind industry. In this week’s blog post I thought to share with you all about my amazing journey. Continue reading
Earlier this year, as I waffled back and forth trying to decide whether or not to attend the American Horse Publication’s Equine Media Seminar in Scottsdale, AZ, I received an email about a surprise pre-conference activity. Not long afterward, I learned just how special this surprise really was as an opportunity had presented itself to participate in an actual Cowboy Mounted Shooting Clinic. Right then and there I waffled no more. The decision was made. I. was. going. Continue reading
My love for trail riding the Milky Way Farm has grown each of the past three years that I have done it. It never fails to be chocked full of delightful surprises. My respect for the sheer magnitude and beauty of the farm is unrivaled.
This year my friend and I started planning for our trip well in advance. We deepened our historical research of the farm. We reviewed maps. We came up with a plan to see the ruins of the famous Crooked Sheep Barn and to locate what remained of the 5/8’s mile Show Horse Track. We were not disappointed. Come along with me on a pictorial guide of our ride. Continue reading
If you missed yesterday’s UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Horse Owners Conference the bad news is that you really missed something. There’s not a day in recent memory that I have learned so much. The theme for the conference was “Rehabilitate.Recover.Renew.” and renewing my knowledge and skills was exactly what I did. Just some of the interesting topics covered were: lameness, hoof care, “tying up,” diseases of the nasopharynx and larynx, performance horse nutrition, and regenerative medicine. It was truly a fantastic day and you’ll be hearing more from me about it in the future.
The thing about the UTCVM is that every single vet, farrier, and expert guest speaker that I met yesterday was positively thrilled to be there. When touring the vet school their enthusiasm was contagious. They used words and phrases like, “let me show you my playground” or “let me show you my toys.” These experts have a genuine energy and excitement about the work they do. Wow. Just wow. Not one person seemed unhappy to be there presenting from the early morning hours on and on a Saturday at that. If you did miss this year’s conference, the good news is that there is always next year.
For those of you that were unable to make it, I’ve created a photo collage and a sampling of videos from the demonstrations. Stay tuned for future pieces from this exciting conference. Continue reading
View #6 of the remains of “Barn No. 5” at the Milky Way Farm. Additional photos can be found in the content.
The weather the past couple of days in particular has me feeling melancholy. Yesterday was a dreary and cloudy day with intermittent rain showers. Today is much the same except that it is much colder out; the rain is more frequent with an occasional wintry mix. Add to the mix a visit to one of my favorite places on earth, the Milky Way Farm located in picturesque Giles County, TN, and you have a combination that both reminds me of old but good times that live on in my memories (alongside a sadness at their passing) and thoughts of Spring. Continue reading
I have to be totally honest here. I had not previously thought of Oklahoma City as a destination town or the AQHA World Championship Show as a destination event. Boy was I ever wrong about both! As the grand prize winner of the 2016 Zoetis/EQ Stable Equine Blogger Challenge I received a trip to both. After four fun filled days, I have no idea why I didn’t plan to do this before. Both should be on every equestrian’s bucket list!
Oklahomans are THE most friendly people. I did not have a single bad experience the entire time I visited. The city itself is fantastic; clean, easy to navigate, and there are literally tons of things to do. Even given my four days there it was impossible to fit everything in. And oh my, the boots and saddles. They were enough to make even this die hard English rider suit up in chaps and saddle up.
Come along with me on my trip… Continue reading