I love all animals. I really do. I have soft spots in my heart for dogs, cows, and cats to name just a few. But when I was a little girl, riding down the road in the backseat of the family car, I remember pointing out horses grazing in pastures. I never did that with anything else. Continue reading
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.
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
Although I’m late to the party, I recently added a tagline to my blog. After a year of contemplation it finally hit me what my blog was really and truly about. I’m a DIY, budget conscious equestrian and many of my blog posts strongly follow this theme. That’s why this week’s blog post is especially fitting. Continue reading
In my latest EQUUS magazine article to publish on line I talk about why I choose to participate in an incentive riding program and why I think you should too. Continue reading
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