Bee Prepared on Your Trail Rides

As we enter Autumn, we need to remember that this is the season when bees or wasps are most aggressive and defensive of their nests. We were reminded of this recently when only one horse/rider combination of four returned to the ranch. We did find the others and thankfully no horses or riders were seriously injured, but they were stung repeatedly and were pretty shaken up. One particular horse took the brunt of the attack and was stung all over his body.

Show Ring 101: Polished Horsemanship Part III

In this third installment of horsemanship tips, I want to talk about the first steps up to the cone and the start of your pattern. The first things that I look for (other than what we discussed in earlier articles), is for proper adjustment of tack, equipment, and communication between horse and rider. Some obvious issues are: incorrect bridle adjustment and cinches not tightened up and tucked away