Daily Encouraging Message- Free Email Offer For Equestrians

Sometimes, we need a little inspiration to help guide our path when life gets cloudy. In a previous post entitled "Mental Fitness in Riding", I mentioned Barbara Shulte. https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/mental-fitness-in-riding/. Barbara is a Professional Cutting Horse Trainer, Personal Performance Coach, Author, Clinician, and Equine Consultant. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in… Continue reading Daily Encouraging Message- Free Email Offer For Equestrians

Feeling like a Horse on Stall Rest? Activity Ideas That Also Give

Many of us are trying to adjust to travel restrictions, job lay offs and having access to only essential services. Sometimes taking your eyes off your own problems for a minute is balm for the soul. I thought I would pass on a few ideas I have come across for spreading goodwill in a time… Continue reading Feeling like a Horse on Stall Rest? Activity Ideas That Also Give

Five Barn-Hack Links: Ideas You Can Use Today to Save $$$

Here are five internet articles that I have used to get ideas for my own backyard horse-keeping. For those of you who are cost-conscious like I am, you may especially appreciate that many of the ideas are free or low-cost to implement. https://ecoequine.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/around-the-farm-uses-of-hay-strings/ https://horseandrider.com/how-to/upcycle-your-feed-sacks https://www.proequinegrooms.com/index.php/tips/grooming/barn-hacks-part-seven-dollar-store-edition https://www.horsetricks101.com/2015/09/31-things-to-do-with-your-horse-other-than-riding/ https://www.insightfulequine.com/create-a-post-ride-routine-for-maximum-progress/ What is YOUR favorite barn-hack link? Post them… Continue reading Five Barn-Hack Links: Ideas You Can Use Today to Save $$$

What do we do now

As a new blogger, I follow many other horse blogs so I can keep up with current topics in the horse world. Today I am reblogging this current (3/17/20) post from The $900 Facebook pony. She commiserates with many of us who have had events cancelled but also stresses the importance of eliminating these gatherings. She also details suggestions for how we can be supportive of each other and the horse industry in general during this Corona Virus season.

Like many others, I have had a long anticipated horse show cancelled this month. Last week after I learned of the closure of that event, my husband’s job was eliminated.

I know many of us are stressed. At the same time, please remember to be kind with your words and actions towards others. Help where you can.

Smiles are free.

Well guys, this corona thing really spiraled quickly didn’t it? Things look a lot different today than they did a week ago, or even just 4 days ago. USEF, USEA, and FEI have cancelled shows for now, and everything is coming to a screeching halt. Whether or not any of us contracts the virus, this is definitely going to affect all of us in some way.

Over the weekend I have to admit that I was very disappointed to see the people on social media who wanted to keep horse showing in the coming weeks despite all this, and the organizers who wanted to keep offering schooling shows because riders asked for them. I’m not sure why some of us seem to feel exempt from what all the experts are recommending, and what our societal obligation demands. The time to buckle down is now, and there is nothing special about…

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The Backyard Horse-Owner: Ideas on Preparing For Quarantine

While many folks are stocking up on toilet paper, food and cleaning supplies in case of quarantine due to contraction of the Corona Virus, we backyard horse-owners have additional issues to consider. Namely, if we ourselves were required to stay home, do we have all the horse supplies that we would need? https://thehorse.com/185822/are-your-horses-ready-for-you-to-be-quarantined/ Two extra… Continue reading The Backyard Horse-Owner: Ideas on Preparing For Quarantine

Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland

Can I review a book before I have even read it? On 3/10, Horse Nation published my essay "Why This Rural Middle-Aged White Woman is Looking Forward to Reading "Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland". The book's release date is in April so I have not read the book yet.… Continue reading Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland

For The Busy Equestrian- An easy way to give back to the horse community

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com What IS a busy equestrian to do? Not everyone has the time to contribute to the horse industry by doing activities like serving on a horse club committee, volunteering at a therapeutic riding center or fostering a horse for a rescue. A busy equestrian CAN though be positive with… Continue reading For The Busy Equestrian- An easy way to give back to the horse community