It’s Out of My Control!

50 is Frustrating and (with a bit of fun) Fabulous by Karen Pickering   I’m doing too much. Since I just turned 50 I feel kind of like a senior—my brain wants me to do all these things, but my body just can’t keep up! Frustrating. Life has been a …

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New Western Horseman Book: Ranch-Horse Versatility

by Mike Major with Fran Devereux Smith     Western Horseman has released Ranch-Horse Versatility: A Winner’s Guide to Successful Rides by Mike Major with Fran Devereux Smith. A Colorado rancher, Major has claimed numerous world and national championships on his stallion Smart Whiskey Doc and continues his winning ways …

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Mark Bolender: At the Top in Mountain Trail

A Unique Approach to Mastering a Challenging Discipline by Nicole Zanakis On a sunny, cool morning in Washington State, I’m watching riders navigate their horses over trail obstacles. Standing next to me is the trainer, Mark Bolender. He’s a three-time national Grand Champion in the sport, and he’s pointing out …

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Gifts in the Present

Every Season is Special by Catherine Madera   As I write this the first rains of fall are soaking my pastures—what happened to summer? Seriously, it pretty much avoided the northwest altogether. A dreaded three-letter word is hovering on my lips: Mud. I was feeling pretty grumpy about it one …

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The Secret Lives of Horse Trailers Part 6

Trailer Anatomy 101: Structure and Framework by Leigh Goodison Grieve   All trailers begin with a chassis frame. The tubing framework for the trailer is then built around the chassis. Before either the steel, aluminum or composite skin goes on, the trailer frame looks much like a Conestoga wagon without …

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Prepare Your Horse Property for Winter

Make Your Paddocks and Barn Chore-efficient by Alayne Blickle, Program Director, Horses for Clean Water   This month we’ll cover tips to help ease you through those times ahead when you least want to deal with winter’s little—and big—surprises. Buy your winter supply of hay. Be sure to look for …

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Horse Camping Without Pack Stock

Low Impact Horse Camping for Everyone by Robert Eversole     We’re well into fall and soon the white stuff will be flying. While winter won’t slow our riding, most probably our horse camping will come to a stop which makes this a great time to start the planning and …

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Barn and Buddy Sour Horses

The Steps to Breaking a Dangerous Cycle by Raye Lochert   Barn or buddy sour horses are not much fun. They can be downright dangerous. When they’re acting up they aren’t listening to the rider. This can lead to injury for horse, rider, or both. So how do you fix …

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