Summer Stress: Helping Horses Handle the Heat

Depending on where you live, the same season can generate vastly different responses and management issues. Summer is a perfect example. Owners in northern states heave a sigh of relief that winter is finally gone and their horses can spend more time outside. Meanwhile, owners in states with notoriously long, hot summers are gearing up to help horses battle the heat and humidity.

Your Barn Spring Cleaning Checklist!

The weather is finally warming up across the country, which means it’s time to open the barn windows and get out the cleaning supplies! The fresh start that spring brings is the perfect opportunity to clean and organize not only your home, but also your barn, your tack, and your horse. Your Barn Spring Cleaning Checklist! The weather is finally warming up across the country, which means it’s time to open the barn windows and get out the cleaning supplies! The fresh...

Seeking Shelter

Article and photos by Kailey Sullins, courtesy of Barrel Horse News Under a cloudless sky on a sunny spring day, not a bird chirped or a whisper of wind could be heard. It was quiet; too quiet. The Weather Channel had been warning for a week of the probability of a tornado. When Mary Ellen […]

Value, Fit, Fit and Fit

Did you pay too much for your saddle? Or did you get a bargain? Only you can answer; but maybe you don't want to know. Ignorance is bliss so they say, and in this instance, it may be best to simply enjoy a state of blissfulness. What might be more important than having gotten a bargain or having paid too much in the past, is how best to shop for your next saddle.

Foal Watching

Have you ever watched young horses? Foals and even yearlings and two year-olds, out in the field as they experience the world? Many natural horsemanship types have written entire books about how the relationship between a young horse and his herd as a basis for creating a relationship with horses and training them. But I'm talking less about herd dynamics and more about watching a young horse learn about himself, develop his personality, and figure out how his massive and powerful body works.

Horses are not Antelope

How is it that horses, which have supposedly survived for thousands of years on their life-preserving, prey animal instincts, can manage to nearly kill themselves without any outside influences? We all have that uncle who is hard of hearing, and yet somehow manages to practice "selective deafness," as in they can here everyone being called to the table for dinner, but not the call to help clean up, right? Well, I think horses practice selective instinct.