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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Long-Distance Riding

Hey readers, Happy early Thanksgiving to everyone, horseback riders and lovers alike! I know horses can be some incredibly dangerous, frustrating creatures sometimes, but I hope all of you spend a little time this week reflecting on the moments that made all of that hard work and tiresome effort worthwhile. I’d like to share a small anecdote with you guys and gals, essentially a quick look into my life, and how it is enhanced immensely by equine influences. Monday: Wake up early, fall out of bed, get ready and leave for class. Down a coffee to keep my …

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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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Family fun at our Colorado Dude Ranch: Meet our Baby Goats

At Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch, we are a real working guest ranch. Not only do we keep our 70 horses, herd of cattle, we also have two chicken coops (currently finishing the chicken chalet), bunnies, and five adorable Colorado born rescue goats. These adorable little fellows were adopted after either being rejected from their moms at birth or runts struggling to get fed at meal time. We decided three years ago to start adopting these guys to give them a new chance at life and some TLC. Our wranglers and staff enjoy the challenge of 4 times …

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