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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Jenny the Mule

So here I am, again. Yeah, I spent some time wondering, again, about what I should write about this week. Is this sounding familiar? You don’t have to worry, this post won’t be just like last week’s post. Which makes me worry, because I can’t write exactly what I wrote last week. Which makes me panic a little, because, evidently, my post last week was somewhat popular and I am not going to be able to follow that winner up. So, seeing that I have no chance of writing something great again, I may as well write …

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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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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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Welcome to our World

Well, here goes. This is my first crack at blogging. To many people in the world today, this is probably a pretty unimpressive task, but to me, it is a whole new experience. I am not gonna lie, the prospect of learning how to post blog on the computer is a little daunting to someone that is most accustomed to working with horses, chainsaws and guns. For the last week or so, anytime I have found a free moment I would often end up turning the wheels in my head wondering what I should be writing about. …

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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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Happy Fourth of July!

We hope everyone has a wonderful day with family, friends, and loved ones. We wanted to share the beautiful photography of Larissa Allen of Black Horse Photography to honor and celebrate what today is all about! We all here at Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch wish you a very Happy 4th! We are planning for a great day at the Ranch! Nothing is better than time spent with friends and family (and horses, of course!). We will be sure to end the evening raising a cold beer to celebrate America tonight in our Saloon! …

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Horses of Disney

From DisneyParks Blog, How Does a Horse Become a Disneyland Horse? Disneyland park is a special place to work – even if you’re a horse. Have you ever watched the horses strutting along Main Street, U.S.A., and wondered how they got a job at the happiest place on Earth? Me too! So I asked Alan Cooper, Equine Trainer Leader at Circle D Corral. When casting a new horse for a role at Disneyland park, “what we’re looking for is comfort,” said Alan, who has been at Circle D for more than 25 years. He said that the handlers will …

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