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Becoming a Real Estate Professional Part One – First, Get Educated, Licensed, and Choose a Brokerage

Photo by Allison Trimble

Real estate values in the Northwest have appreciated in recent years, and with that comes an increase in desire for folks to get their real estate license. Whether friends, clients, or acquaintances, this is a conversation I often have, so I thought that many of you might also be considering …

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Arena Footing Considerations – Advice from an Arena Contractor

An arena built and maintained by Murray Gudmundson Jr Construction Inc. Photo by Jackie Gudmundson

When I moved to Washington in 2000, we were fortunate to buy a property that already had a barn and an all-weather 100 x 200-foot outdoor arena. I prefer riding outside, but at our new property, I made the decision to build a covered arena in the future. For now, …

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Horse Wrecks 101 – 7 Tips for Dealing with a Bad Situation with a Horse

Photo by Allison Trimble

Horses have a way of reminding me how quickly things can go awry. Over the years, I’ve started running my mares in small herds with the breeding stallion. Everyone is happier and conception rates are better, but it does come with a few kicks and bites. I’m always more apprehensive …

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Bits, Headstalls, and Reins for Western Riders – Common Headgear Misuses

Photo by Allison Trimble

Like everyone else, springtime finds me cleaning tack and making repairs. Trusted tack is like an old friend. I remember each piece, where and why I bought it, and the horses who wore it best. Over the years I’ve gotten less flashy and increasingly functional, but well-made equipment is timeless. …

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Willfully Guided: What to Know Before Selling Your Horse Farm – Part 1

What to Expect Each Step of the Way By Allison Trimble   The decision to sell a horse property is often made in the long winter months. With the emerging spring, homeowners often find themselves motivated to sell. It’s important to be prepared for what the process entails. Here is …

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Getting a Mortgage – How Low Interest Rates and Low Inventory Impact Your Equestrian Property Dreams

Photo by Mary Clure

With budding trees and chirping birds comes the emergence of horse properties onto the real estate market. I love the excitement of preparing listings for sale and watching new listings come on that are the perfect fit for our buyers. We have seen consecutive years of steady growth in home …

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Insurance for Horse Farms Part Two – Commercial Equine Facility Insurance

Photo by Lee Paparoa

A farm has been bought, and the dream of having a place in the country with horses is a reality. Even when a private farm was the original intent, sometimes the idea of boarding, training, and generating some income from the farm can emerge. While some friendly boarding can be …

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Tips for Winter Horse Care

Allison’s son helping with winter chores. Photo by Allison Trimble.

This morning it was a balmy 27 degrees at the barn. In the Pacific Northwest, we worry about mud management during the winter months, often forgetting about freezing temperatures until they are upon us. My horsey childhood in Alaska was spent more than half the year in the dark and …

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