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Bork Saddlery Hardware – Ancient Technique and Years of Labor Perfecting Metal Saddle Parts

“It gives you a good feeling,” says Herb Bork when describing seeing his creations in use. Photo by Robert Eversole

Mountains of bronze dust stand as testament to years spent crafting saddle hardware. A mound of black sand silently waits to help form yet more bits and bobs that will go into untold saddles across the world. Herb Bork has been melting and casting bronze for well over 40 years …

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

Photo by Robert Eversole

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

Photo by Robert Eversole

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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