The Most Important Item in Every Living Quarters Horse Trailer – Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Photo by Robert Eversole

Fabulous weather is here, and camping, rodeos, and fairs are on the agenda. All of these activities come with their share of challenges. One often-overlooked hazard associated with camping in a horse trailer or camper is carbon monoxide poisoning. A few years ago, I built and outfitted my own do-it-yourself …

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Safety Tips for Trail Riding During a Pandemic – Getting Out is Possible if You Use Caution

Photo by Alayne Blickle

Park with extra distance between rigs so no one is tempted to visit closely and so you can comfortably maintain a six to ten-foot distance from others. Avoid trailering with others in the same vehicle by driving separate rigs instead.   Typically, this monthly column focuses on smart, healthy, and …

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The Misunderstood Mule – Four Common Myths About Mules

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to camp and ride with two of the most enthusiastic mule ambassadors I’ve ever met — Joe and Jenny from the North Idaho Saddle Mule Club. We rode and camped throughout central Oregon for two weeks, stopping at four different equine camps …

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The Essential Knife – Every Horseman Needs Fast Access to this Common Tool

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I’m a big believer in every horseman having a sharp, easily accessible knife on them when they’re around stock. The knife is not just to cut baling twine, slice bacon, or whittle with when you’re bored. It can save lives—maybe yours. Knives are one of the ten essentials every rider …

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Be Your Own Meteorologist – Clouds and the Science Behind Weather Proverbs

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Sometimes it seems like the weather has gone crazy. It often feels like it’s hard to predict what kind of weather we might have this afternoon, let alone tomorrow or next week. Fortunately, there’s a lot of info we can glean for ourselves just by looking up! Clouds can provide …

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Why Horse Camp? – Six Reasons to Go Camping with Your Horse or Mule

Photo by Robert Eversole

We love our horses and mules. We love trail riding and we love being outdoors. What could be better? Camping. While there’s certainly something to be said for crashing on the couch and binge-watching British costume dramas, visiting a horse camp and living outdoors for a few days with our …

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Why Icelandic? – The Virtues of the Icelandic Horse Make a Superb Trail Mule

Photo by Robert Eversole

I’ve said for years, to many thousands of people around the nation, that for me the perfect trail mount would be an Icelandic mule. Without fail the reply is “Why Icelandic?” Iceland is far more than the volcano scene from the 2013 version of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. …

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What to Look For in a Trail Horse or Mule – Finding Cocoa

Photo by Robert Eversole

For years I’ve thought the perfect trail mount would be an Icelandic Mule. Well, I finally found one while leading trail-riding clinics in Canada. Meet Cocoa. Cocoa is a 13.1 hand molly mule out of an Icelandic mare. She’s 14 years old and as green as the grass in Washington …

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