2021 AHP Equine Industry Survey- Get your voice counted

If you are a horse/pony/mule/donkey owner in the USA, I highly encourage you to fill out the 2021 American Horse Publications Equine Industry Survey at http://www.ahpequineindustrysurvey.com. The information from the annual, anonymous survey is used to further the "understanding of the nationwide trends in the equine industry as well as the most important issues facing… Continue reading 2021 AHP Equine Industry Survey- Get your voice counted

Developing Resilience So You Can Enjoy Your Horse Life

While surfing the internet, I came across the following online quiz from the Noëllefloyd website: https://www.noellefloyd.com/blogs/sport/quiz-are-you-a-resilient-rider "Horses get hurt and our plans go out the window. We are limited by our bank accounts. We have an off day at a show and feel embarrassed. The ways that this sport and lifestyle challenge are innumerable .… Continue reading Developing Resilience So You Can Enjoy Your Horse Life

Found a Bump or Lump on Your Horse- Now What?

While combing through boards on Pinterest, I was reminded about an informative magazine article titled "Your Horse's Lumps and Bumps". Written by the well-known veterinarian, Barb B Crabbe, it is an easy and concise read that contains lots of information for your average horseman. Some lumps and bumps are merely cosmetic while others can indicate… Continue reading Found a Bump or Lump on Your Horse- Now What?

Winter Barn Hack- Making Those Hand Warmers Last Longer

As a backyard horse keeper, I find Winter horse care is the hardest part of the lifestyle. Polar vortex. Blizzard. Ice storm. Mud in both its soft and frozen varieties. No matter the conditions, my horses still want to be fed, watered and otherwise attended to. I can usually cover my body well-enough to stay… Continue reading Winter Barn Hack- Making Those Hand Warmers Last Longer

Are You Your Horse’s Limiting Factor?

Are you your horse's limiting factor? Do you find yourself immediately feeling defensive upon thinking about this saucy question? If you can stay with me here, through the uncomfortable feelings raised by this thought, I can show you that there are actually benefits to asking yourself this question. As a backyard horse keeper, I don't… Continue reading Are You Your Horse’s Limiting Factor?

The Year 2020 Vs. The Bucket List

Last Winter season, during February 2020, I sent out a post titled "What is on Your Equestrian Bucket List?". Read the original post at https://thebackyardhorseblog.com/2020/02/10/what-is-on-your-equestrian-bucket-list/ As someone whose life has taken a number of unexpected twists and turns, I am slowly learning to not attach my sense of happiness to particular outcomes. What happens when… Continue reading The Year 2020 Vs. The Bucket List

Rebates on PRASCEND, EQUIOXX, GASTROGUARD and ULCERGUARD

My senior backyard horse, Bear, has been prescribed Prascend and Equioxx for over three years now. Prascend addresses the symptoms of PPID (Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or Cushing's Disease). Equioxx is a pain reliever that helps mitigate discomfort caused by Bear's arthritis symptoms. While both medications seem to work well for him, they are painfully… Continue reading Rebates on PRASCEND, EQUIOXX, GASTROGUARD and ULCERGUARD

Review- Face Mask Coverlet (Snowflake Horse Winter Holiday Design) by The Painting Pony

If there is something that equestrians face constantly, it is risk. I weigh risk at the barn on a daily basis. Every time I am with my horses on the ground. Every time I put a foot in the stirrup. As horsemen, we assess the risks of interacting with our horses and implement appropriate safety… Continue reading Review- Face Mask Coverlet (Snowflake Horse Winter Holiday Design) by The Painting Pony

Can’t Ride During Winter? Six Ideas For What To Do Instead

Is your riding season winding down? Depending upon where you live, you might be experiencing the start of Winter just like I am. Without an indoor arena to protect from wind, cold and snow, I find it painful to ride at home in Winter. I might enjoy the occasional ride on an unusually warm and… Continue reading Can’t Ride During Winter? Six Ideas For What To Do Instead

Movin’ on Up: The Backyard Horse Blog gets its own website

When I started this blog in January 2020, I decided to use a WordPress-hosted, free site at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/the-backyard-horse-blog. I wasn't really sure if I'd take to blogging so a free site seemed a harmless way to test the waters. After almost a year of blogging, I recently got an invitation to host an affiliate link… Continue reading Movin’ on Up: The Backyard Horse Blog gets its own website

Let’s Talk About An Eclectic Approach to Horses

ECLECTIC- Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles Definition from http://www.yourdictionary.com If you have followed this blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I like pulling from different discplines and training styles. I don't stick to one discipline or one training philosophy. I don't object to others who… Continue reading Let’s Talk About An Eclectic Approach to Horses

A SHOUT OUT TO GIVING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2020

Yes, I know it is Cyber Monday today, but I wanted to post a reminder about tomorrow's Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012, #Givingtuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Wikipedia defines it as "a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world."… Continue reading A SHOUT OUT TO GIVING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2020

An Example of Growth and Change in The Horse Industry

Thank you to photographer Kirsten LaChance via Unsplash for use of this photo. Something I love to see is a horse professional who is willing to actively grow and change. Someone who is already professionally established yet willing to explore new ways of training and being with horses? To me, it sets a great example… Continue reading An Example of Growth and Change in The Horse Industry

Get Your FREE Subscription to Equine Wellness Magazine!

Image taken from The Equine Wellness Magazine Website This offer popped into my email inbox yesterday. I am excited to share it with you. For a limited time, Equine Wellness Magazine is offering a FREE one-year digital subscription to their magazine! My USA readers may have seen the glossy, print version of the magazine on… Continue reading Get Your FREE Subscription to Equine Wellness Magazine!

Shiloh’s First Virtual Horse-Show Experience: Results and Conclusions

Readers may recall a previous post where I shared my experience in entering my first online horse show (https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/shiloh-and-i-make-our-virtual-horse-show-debut/). I chose to enter one class (a walk-only dressage test) in the 2020 Gaits Wide Open Championship through North American Western Dressage. The show was sponsored by the gaited-breed advocacy organization Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH).… Continue reading Shiloh’s First Virtual Horse-Show Experience: Results and Conclusions

“On Demand” Equestrian Video Subscriptions

Anybody have a subscription to Horse and Rider On Demand, Dressage On Demand or Equus Prime? Each of these subscription services offers its members access to a select group of videos on riding/horse training/horse care. For many of us going into Winter in colder climates, the change in weather will soon mean less riding time.… Continue reading “On Demand” Equestrian Video Subscriptions

More About Horse Illustrated and More Contests to Enter!

Say it ain't so! Horse Illustrated magazine is going from a 12x a year format to a 10x a year format. This comes after I featured their October issue in a recent post at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/read-horse-illustrated-lately/. I mentioned in that post that HI was still one of the few horse magazines that published monthly. Well sadly… Continue reading More About Horse Illustrated and More Contests to Enter!

Focus on Two Good Things- Balancing Your Feelings When The Going Gets Rough With Your Horse

Here is a photo of my ponies Pumpkin Spice and Bear when we lived in Colorado. Definitely "two good things". 🙂 Horses are incredible creatures. It is a marvelous thing to be in the presence of a horse. They manage to inspire all kinds of dreams in us without even trying. If you spend enough… Continue reading Focus on Two Good Things- Balancing Your Feelings When The Going Gets Rough With Your Horse

Book Review- Strands of Hope: How to grieve the loss of a horse by Susan Friedland

I took the above photo when four horses graced my backyard. From left to right is Pumpkin Spice, Bear, Fate and Blue. If you have been reading The Backyard Horse Blog, you may recognize that my twenty-five year old gelding, Bear, is the only current living-member of that group. I am one of the millions… Continue reading Book Review- Strands of Hope: How to grieve the loss of a horse by Susan Friedland

Backing Up The Horse Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQs-oEuDzSw I was reminded this week of a funny video clip. It is a one-minute commercial that I linked in a previous blog post (see https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/20/need-a-laugh-watch/). Of all the tricky things about driving a horse trailer, backing up is pretty high on the list. I took my horses, Bear and Shiloh, on a field-trip this… Continue reading Backing Up The Horse Trailer

BOOK REVIEW- Getting Along With Horses: An Evolution in Understanding by Crissi Mcdonald

If you are looking for a step by step "how to" for working with horses, this book is not it. Getting Along With Horses is laced with some specific hints and tidbits, but it is mostly a philosophical book. By sharing stories of her own experiences (repurposed in part from her blog), the author encourages… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW- Getting Along With Horses: An Evolution in Understanding by Crissi Mcdonald

Master Plan For Cyber Monday: prepping for all that horse shopping :-)

Thanks to Rupixen.com for the use of this photo via Unsplash I have to say that I am not much of a shopper. I mean, yes I shop. Having food, clothes, tools and accessories comes in handy for humans and critters alike after all. But I don't usually find particular joy in accumulating stuff (the… Continue reading Master Plan For Cyber Monday: prepping for all that horse shopping 🙂

Enter The Northwest Horse Source Senior Horse Essay Contest!

I know I am not the only person out there who likes to write about their horses, especially their senior horses. If you like writing, photography and entering contests, this opportunity might be for you. The magazine Northwest Horse Source recently announced the guidelines for its 2020 Senior Horse Essay Contest. This is an annual… Continue reading Enter The Northwest Horse Source Senior Horse Essay Contest!