Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Good Tidings To Y’all!

  Hey everyone! Merry Christmas, even if it is a day late! I’m really busy with last minute moving details, but I wanted to write a blog post anyway to see how everyone was doing. What did y’all get for Christmas? I got a few odds and ends, but the big thing I wanted was my father’s custom-made Buffalo Saddlery saddle, which he gave to me! Now I just need to fork out the money to get a new saddle pad (American flag style, baby!), and find someone who can make me a matching breast collar (basket …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Bug Off

  Hello everyone! I hope y’all are havin’ a nice week, and if not, well, I hope it gets better! We’re going to continue on our medical discourse today, because I’m off on a tangent now, and there’s nothing worse than Katie off on a tangent. What now, you ask? Equine infectious anemia. A little easier to pronounce than last week’s disease, but we’ll settle for EIA, because it’s kind of difficult to type. Equine infectious anemia can also be called swamp fever, or, the most well-known title, strangles. This stuff is nasty, moreso than …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Not Awesome, Possum

The culprit.   Whoa, readers! These last few days have been a whirlwind of packing, room dust, and more packing. Moving is hard! Enough complaining, though, because this week’s subject is pretty important, at least to me. EPM. Kind of run-of-the-mill, yeah? Gimme’ a chance to explain how it’s not. Horses getting sick can be scary, because you may not know what’s going on at first, or may not know what exactly is wrong. Illnesses that affect horses often have multiple symptoms that can also be symptoms of something else! Yeesh! Okay, EPM, or equine …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Go Against The Grain!

  How’s it going, audience? Good? Good. Me, I’m sitting here on my living room couch, procrastinating on packing my room up until the last minute, as usual. As I sat, I thought of something: hey, wouldn’t my blog readers like to read about how to catch a difficult horse in the pasture? I don’t know, do you? Too late! Right about now, y’all are probably going “Katie, you don’t know anything about horses, do you? All you need is some grain!”, but everybody knows I like to do things the extra hard way, …

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Pony Club and Life Lessons

Hello! This week marks the start of finals for me, so kind thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated! I considered writing more about managing time and finding ways to ride, but I think this week’s focus will be on something from my past, for some of you may have children who are involved in this organization, or may have been part of it yourself. As you can see from my title, I am speaking of Pony Club. Now, my parents (read: my mother) encouraged my brother and me to be involved in this national organization, with the …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Sack Your Horse!

  Oh no, it’s that time again! Time for Katie to tell y’all some ridiculous fact, or rant about why you should, or shouldn’t, do that whatever it is with your horse. What I wanna’ discuss this week is sacking out your horse. Maybe not so ridiculous after all? Sacking out, in essence, is desensitizing a horse to stimulus; loud noises, cars, gunfire, and other things. It is imperative to the safety of you, your horse, and others around you, but best of all, it’s really easy! How do you begin sacking out your horse? …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – Sour Horses

Hey readers! Hope you’re having a good week, filled with plenty of horsey goodness. Today, I want to talk about why the terms “buddy sour” or “herd sour” are ridiculous words coined by the traditional equestrian world. If you’re particularly attached to those phrases, now might be a good time not to be. For those of you who aren’t sure what herd sour means, it’s just a term to describe a horse that’s anxious and distracted when he’s away from his pasture mates, and the term buddy sour typically applies to horses that are “clingy” when …

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Wranglin’ Wednesdays – So, Your Horse Abuses You

We interrupt your productive work week to bring you this post about: disrespectful/dangerous horses. First things first, I’m Katie, and your Wednesdays will now be filled with me yammering about horses! As one of my favorite cowboys (hint: John Lyons) once said, “If a horse bites you, you got two seconds to kill it”. (Don’t actually kill your horse, but you get the point.) Before we dive into this subject, there are a few things to get straight first: horses do not have a hidden agenda, and they don’t work on the concepts of revenge, or …

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