Sir Rugged Chex Selected as First Breyer Horse to Represent Mountain Trail Sport

Photo by Hal Cook

  Mark and Lee Bolender, founders of the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association (IMTCA), are thrilled to announce that their beloved quarter horse, Sir Rugged Chex, is now a Breyer Model representing the sport of mountain trail. “Checkers” as he is known at home, is the grandson of Rugged Lark, …

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Skagit BCHW Plans Fundraisers – Good Times Ahead at Les Hilde Trailhead in Skagit County

2019 used tack sale. Photo by Marilyn Pineda.

This spring has been difficult for people who are anxious to get out and enjoy the recreational lands of our beautiful Washington State. We can, however, look forward to better days in the near future, and Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) continues to move forward in their efforts to …

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Standlee Offers Teff Grass Pellets for Special Needs Horses

Standlee Premium Products™ introduces Standlee Premium Western Forage® Teff Grass Pellets for horses. These pellets are a soft, high-fiber grass forage with moderate protein content and low sugar/starch content. This forage is a nutritional solution for horses challenged with sugar/starch sensitivities such as those diagnosed with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), …

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Turner Performance Horses 4th Annual League of Legend Sale August 28-29

Turner Performance Horses invites you to the 4th Annual League of Legends Invitational Horse & Stock Dog Sale Hosted by Western Lifestyle Insurance and Turner Performance Horses held at Heart K Land & Cattle Company in Livingston, Montana, August 28-29, 2020. The League of Legends goal is to provide buyers …

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Your Best Piece of Equipment is a Good Plan – Are You Prepared for Hard Times?

Photo by Michael Hipp

When I visit someone’s place who wants to develop a beautiful and vibrant horse property, I’m often asked, “What equipment do I need to help manage my farm?” The question makes me remember a bit of wisdom I was given from the folks I grew up with that’s as true …

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Book Review: Mustang: From Wild Horse to Riding Horse

One Trainer’s Journal: Groundwork, First Rides, Obstacles, Trail Work, Liberty, Performance and More Follow along as one trainer and a young mustang mare discover partnership and trust while they prepare for the Mustang Makeover in Germany. For 90 days, biologist and horsewoman Vivian Gabor recorded her experiences with Mona, the …

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Understanding Pressure – Three Forms of Pressure in Horse Training

Horses can be taught to move into pressure. Photo by Teddy Franke.

Pressure plays an important role in the life of a horse. Horsemen have capitalized on the use of pressure and its corresponding release for centuries. Horses can be taught to move off of pressure or to strain mightily against it. In this article we will talk mostly about teaching them …

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Tips for Fitting an English Saddle – An Instructor’s Perspective

Photo by Kim Roe

The conversation goes something like this: “I’m trying out a new dressage saddle. Will you let me know if it works for my horse?” This is when I start to get a little uncomfortable. I always answer, “Yes, but I’m not a saddle fitter; I’m a riding instructor.” I do …

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State Public Lands Managers to Reopen Campgrounds in 22 Counties

Photo Compliments of Washington State Parks

Today, the Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, and Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that camping in 22 counties will begin to reopen on Monday, June 1. Counties reopening for camping are all actively in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan and …

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