Tarps, Puddles and Other Scary Horse Eating Things

So you want to introduce something spooky to your horse. It may be a new environment or a new object, or maybe it isn’t anything new at all but that darned puddle that he is always worried about. Helping horses gain confidence with new and potentially scary experiences starts with the rider’s ability to assert themselves in a calm and patient leadership role. Horses are herd animals, and in the wild they would look to the lead mare for direction. When your horse sees that you, his leader, is okay with something, he is more inclined to relax …

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Ian Miller and Big Ben: Throwback to My Childhood Heroes

I recently came across a few of the horse books I had when I was younger. My family recently moved and in that process we uncovered a bunch of old items and junk, which had been tucked away in our basement or garage untouched for many years. This included many horse encyclopedias and picture books, the Walter Farley “Black Stallion” series (as you all might remember from a previous post) and of course a little biography on Big Ben, one of my favorite reads. He was a big chestnut horse owned and ridden by Ian Miller on the …

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Thursday’s Treats for the Entire Family this Holiday Season

It’s already December 13th if you can believe it. 2012 is almost over, and Christmas is nearly here. How many of you have your shopping done already? Or have at least started? This year I did some planning in advance by making a list with what I’m getting each one of my family members and friends. (Normally I am the Queen of procrastination and last minute, and all my shopping is done a few days beforehand without knowing what I’m getting everyone… which gets a little hectic.) This year I’ll also be making some of my gifts instead of buying …

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Beluga’s Bumps, Bruises and Other Updates

Still pretty in my eyes. I’ve had baby Beluga for two months now, which is crazy to think because it feels like much longer. The progress we’ve made together has been wonderful and doesn’t seem possible under such a short period of time. She is very much not the same horse who arrived on the ranch, in more ways than one. Admittedly she is in the middle of a very ugly growth spurt, and bares little resemblance to the dainty long limbed yearling I purchased… only two months ago. When exactly did she get so bum high? And where …

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Saving the Wild Horses of North America and How Extreme Mustang Makeover is Getting it Right

Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the world with only 3.5 persons per square kilometer – this is a lot of space to share, not only with other people, but also with the animals who inhabit the land. The province of Alberta is home to people (3.6 million of us), grizzly bears, black bears, big horned sheep, moose, deer, elk, coyote, cougar, multiple species of game birds and waterfowl and of course, the feral horse. There are approximately 770 wild horses that roam the province’s foothills. This is an incredibly small number considering the …

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Pretty is as Pretty Does: Lessons from “The Black Stallion”

From the movie The Black Stallion. Earlier this week I had an afternoon to myself with nothing to do and I found myself bored in front of the T.V. flipping through the channels. There was absolutely nothing on, and I probably went through the whole list twice before a young boy on a beautiful black Arabian raced across the screen. It was Alec and his Black Stallion. Anyone who has ever grown up begging his or her parents for a pony for Christmas knows this scene. Alec has just bonded with the horse that saved him from the sinking …

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Take the Lead

Beluga, the yearling Thoroughbred filly posing for the camera. Winter arrived on the farm this year the same time Beluga did. The forecast called for below zero temperatures and several inches of snow in the morning. The haulers were late, and for once the weatherman was right. First they had trouble loading the little black filly, and then again when we spent the next hour coaxing her out of the trailer. Beluga’s papers say Thoroughbred but I know I have just bought myself a mule! The haulers wasted no time in getting back on the road since they still …

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