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Going for Magic – Breeding Horses is a Job for the Passionate

Gus at his foal inspection in 2017. Photo by Kim Roe

Many things can go wrong between the time of matching a stallion to a mare and finally riding the consequential horse four (or more) years later. Problems can occur during gestation, foaling, weaning, and starting. Thousands of dollars will be spent—stud fees, veterinary fees, feed, farrier, and trainer. And then …

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The Ups and Downs of Stallion Ownership – Insight on Promoting, Standing, and Devotion to a Special Stallion

Photo by Shelly Brown

I first saw the versatile Arabian stallion Kalaloch+ at a working equitation show in 2019. I was so impressed by his movement, temperament, and beauty that I friended his owner Shelly Brown on Facebook so I could keep up with both of them. I’ve since learned that he’s been a …

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The Northwest Horse Source Celebrates 25 Years – Karen Pickering Builds a Community and a Magazine

Twenty-five years ago, a young woman with a passion for horses had a vision. Karen Pickering, publisher and owner of The Northwest Horse Source, started something special—a horse magazine that offers an educational resource to horse people specifically in the Pacific Northwest region. Karen’s vision for The Northwest Horse Source …

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Monica Uruchurtu – Making a Positive Difference for Equines and Their People

Photos by Monica Uruchurtu

Monica Uruchurtu is a licensed equine structural integration therapist living in Whatcom County, Washington. She’s been a lifelong horse (and mule) enthusiast, is an avid trail rider, and an Australian Cattle Dog lover. She is so passionate about her work she prefers not to call it a job—it’s her calling. …

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Out of the Ashes – Stories of Generosity Remind Us of Humanity’s Kindness

My colt Gus on a smoky morning. Photo by Kim Roe

Late morning on September 7, Labor Day, I was hot-footing it north on Interstate 5, heading home from judging a horse show in Eugene, Oregon. As I sung along with the radio, I noted to myself how dry the Willamette Valley looked. Along the way I stopped off to meet …

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Grooming Box Essentials – 14 Indispensable Tools for Horse Owners

The husband of one of my best friends often calls me before Christmas or his wife’s birthday and asks, “Is there anything she needs for her horse?” This man’s thoughtfulness reminds me that our significant others don’t always know what we horse people need or want for our horses. Also, …

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Exploring Options in Equine Wellness – Sometimes We Find What We Need in the Unknown

Photo by Kim Roe

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. These are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—those things we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld Wellness weighs heavy on our minds these days. It …

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