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

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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

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

Pasture Management 101: Drought, Excess Rain, and Erosion

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Have you ever thought about the best way to manage your horse’s pasture during a period of drought or even excess rain? How about erosion control? If you’ve ever given it a passing thought or noticed that your pasture needs help, don’t miss the latest installment to my pasture management mini-series for ‘The Horse’. Link below Continue reading

My Horse has a Love Interest and Other Important Truths that can Totally Wreck a Horse Show Performance

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I’ve had some less than optimal horse show performances before but this one takes the prize.

We had been schooling since last show season. I had spent the better part of the week getting ready. By day I had worked my full-time job. By night, after a long day’s work and a training session with my horse, I cleaned tack. I packed. I clipped my horse and on the day before our departure I bathed her. The hotel reservations made, I journeyed off with my friend and horse show partner the evening before the show to get settled and to prepare for the early start ahead. Continue reading