Wellness is a Relative Term

An Ounce of Prevention can be Priceless by Karen Pickering   It was early 2009 when I received the heartbreaking news that April had navicular disease. She was only 10-years-old and in the prime of her life; a fun to ride, responsive, quick yet kind, and super loving mare. She …

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Barefoot, Shod or Boots?


Choosing the Best Protection for Your Horse by Mark and Karen Plumlee   Perhaps no issue related to horse husbandry creates more dissension among friends than the subject of barefoot versus shod and the appropriate use of boots. At Mission Farrier School we focus on sound shoeing principles, sound barefoot …

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WWMS: Highlights from Year-end Awards Dinner

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Even New Shooters Earn Top Ten Buckles!   Western Washington Mounted Shooters year-end club awards dinner was held in November. Those who earned top 10 buckles are as follows:  Overall champion Carissa Kirk was followed by Jennifer Burnell, Jeff Kirk, Mark Plumlee, Karen Klein, Angie Harkness, Randy Gilden, Laurie Hughes, …

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Mission Farrier School

One Horseman’s Journey to Farrier Science by Karen Plumlee and Catherine Madera     “If you can aspire to become a good horseman, you can’t help but become a better farrier.” So says Mark Plumlee, founder and instructor of Mission Farrier School in Snohomish, WA. Now in its 17th year, …

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