From My Saddle

The Link Between Wellness and Variety

The Link Between Wellness and Variety
Karen Pickering

New Adventures Increase Quality of Life for You—and Your Horse

by Karen Pickering


Photo credit Marilyn Pineda



One of my favorite clinicians, Raye Lochert, recently came to Sedro Woolley, WA to teach a clinic at Fire Mountain Trail Course. Created by Marilyn Pineda, this trail training course offers natural obstacles to prepare your horse for outdoor adventures. Raye’s gentle horsemanship methods taught participants to safely maneuver their horses through the obstacles and have fun doing it.

I believe horses, and their riders, can get bored with the same old routine every day. It’s my privilege to try all kinds of clinics with my mare April so we can introduce you to new, fun equestrian activities in the northwest. Fire Mountain Trail Course is one of them.

Just off Hwy 9, Fire Mountain Trail Course offers a great opportunity to practice obstacle navigation in a safe environment. It’s a place to work your horse with plenty of room and in the safety of an enclosed area. Coaching is available, if desired. With over 35 obstacles to choose from, this is a great way to spend the day working with your horse. When you’re finished, there are miles of great trails right off the location.

Currently, this 17-acre horse facility includes an overnight camping area with plenty of room for RV’s, tents and living quarters. There is a porta-potty and water. It’s exciting to see one woman’s dream come true. I highly recommend visiting this outdoor training facility. For more information visit or on Facebook. Raye Lochert Horsemanship can be found  at*. Both Raye and Marilyn will be attending the Lynden Horse Expo so visit their booths for details. Look for more clinics at Fire Mountain Trail Course in the future!

Be sure and stop by my booth at the expo as well: October 4-6, 2013 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden WA. I’d love to meet you in person and hear all about your wellness journey with horses.

We’ve included the expo program in this issue of the magazine; there’s a great line-up of clinicians and activities. See you there! 

Have a great fall and remember to ride!

Quote: “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.”

~ Gordon B. Hinckley


*This link was no longer active at the time this article was added to the website in 2018


Published October 2013 Issue

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From My Saddle
Karen Pickering

Owner/Publisher Karen’s lifelong love of horses began at a very early age when she wore out a couple of rocking horses before convincing her parents to get her the real thing. That ill-tempered bay gelding, Brandy, was a challenge for the young horsewoman, but it drove her ambition to become a horse trainer. After attending Canyonview Equestrian College’s Horsemanship Program, Karen realized she needed work that was a little more lucrative than training, so she took a job with Customs Brokerage to pay the bills. There, she discovered an affinity for computers and a talent for creating informative, entertaining newsletters. The Northwest Horse Source began as such a letter in December 1995, with a distribution of 1000 copies for its 12 black and white pages. Since then, it has grown into beautiful, all-gloss magazine with the largest coverage of any free equine publication in the Northwest – a distribution of over 16,000 copies and over 600 locations monthly. Not bad for the results of one woman’s dream to work with horses!

Today, Karen remains involved with every aspect of the magazine and treasures the community of thousands who share a common passion. Somewhere in the wee hours of the early mornings and late evenings, she still finds time to care for April, her gorgeous and sweet-tempered Quarter Horse.

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