Do you have a bench? Research and Nina recommend one

Nina Fuller, photographer and equine-facilitated mental health practitioner, once asked me during a visit if I’d walk with her to “the bench.” It seemed like an innocuous enough invitation, so I joined her. We walked with her dogs past the horse and sheep pastures, past […]

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Perfectly Plump? Say it ain’t so!

I’m guessing you got this same catalog in the mail last month. It pictured three “happy” horses moving towards the camera. My immediate reaction: “Gawdalmighty, they’re so fat!” I shared it with some horse friends who thankfully agreed. I called Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, president of […]

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Savitsky and Ballou on rider fitness

As part of our Focus on Fitness, we spoke with accomplished riders and teachers, Christina Savitsky and Jec Aristotle Ballou. When not running a ranch and raising a family, Christina Savitsky is busy with Buckaroo Balance clients. Buckaroo Balance combines good riding with therapy, mindfulness, […]

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Beth Austin weighs in on rider fitness & core strength

As part of our Focus on Fitness, we spoke with accomplished physical therapist, Beth Austin, of Santa Cruz, California. A runner and dancer, Austin rode often as a girl and has an excellent sense of the horse-rider partnership. The therapist and seminar leader works with […]

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A “Big” Scare

Since Sackett’s death, I’ve been more wary of our horses’ wellness, especially when it comes to anything related to possible sand ingestion. Read about sand colic and other forms of colic. Over the last month or so, Jolene seemed to be getting bloated. She was […]

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Open letter to our non-horse owning friends

Dear Non-Horse Owning Friends: I’m guessing that over the course of a day, you see horses in memes and in branding (Think “Whoa there!’ memes, Ford Mustangs, Budweiser Clydesdales). But how many of you see a real horse with your own eyes on a regular […]

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Sackett succumbs to colic

Our dear mustang and newest addition to the herd, Sackett, died on a dreadfully memorable day when Salt Lake’s airport and its major interstate were shut down due to a ferocious sand storm. Seventy-mile an hour winds whipped through the area, picking up sand, dirt, […]

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Masterful videos by Masterson

For more than a decade, Jim Masterson has been doing good works for horses in the way of massage, tension release, and interactive body work. He’s traveled with the US Endurance team to Malaysia, Germany, and Chile and treated the team’s equine athletes. He’s presented […]

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Equine Dentistry, a quick tale and a big man

I visited with Steve Akeley the other day. He’s is a talented horseman as well as one of Maine’s most popular equine dentists. Steve floated my horses’ teeth for years. Always thorough. Always professional. Always willing to take the extra time horses often need during […]

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To Stall or Not to Stall

The evidence connecting stables to stress is solid. Popular consensus, backed by this research and good ol’ common sense, is starting to lean towards a less-managed lifestyle, too. But there are still plenty of naysayers and traditionalists, especially in the helicopter-parenting world of high-end equines. […]

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