Found this photo out there on the internet. Anybody know who is the photographer? I would love to give them credit for this clever set-up! I think this is what can happen when we reach an impasse with our horse regarding trailer loading. Someone missed the opportunity to change course or seek help earlier in… Continue reading Waiting TOO Long?
As the start of each Winter season draws close, I try to check off a few things on my riding wish list before the wicked weather arrives. One of those items was riding Shiloh in a bit again. At https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/bitted-or-bitless/, I wrote about the reason I started riding him in a bitless bridle in 2018.… Continue reading Briefly Back to the Bit Again
Horse Nation is one of my favorite websites. It is a nice mix of informative articles about horse care/riding and op-eds about happenings in the horse world. It also includes some "newspaper comics" material with its "Idea of Order" series and other light-hearted features. Here is a roundup of my recent article favorites: Ashley Francese… Continue reading Checked Out Horse Nation Lately?
Whenever I hear the word "horse" inside a song, it catches my attention. Of course, often the horse mentioned in song is used to represent something else entirely. Even folks who have never touched a horse often find powerful the imagery and emotion that horses conjure. The song isn't really about a horse after all.… Continue reading Horses and Music
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
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
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
Quote From A Poem by Antonio Machado ( In Spanish ) "... caminante, no hay camino,se hace camino al andar.Al andar se hace camino,y al volver la vista atrásse ve la senda que nuncase ha de volver a pisar..." And English Translation (Wikipedia's version)- "... wayfarer, there is no path,you make the path as you… Continue reading There Is No Path . . .
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
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 🙂
If you haven't checked out the magazine "Horse Illustrated", you might want to give it a look. As a subscriber for many years, I have generally found it to be a meat and potatoes kind of magazine with solid, basic horse care and riding articles. If you are looking for hyper discipline-specific or detailed "how… Continue reading Read “Horse Illustrated” Lately?
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!
Fall is my favorite season. The cool, crisp air. The turning of leaves. Everything pumpkin spice. Unfortunately, Fall also presents some challenges for me in riding my own backyard. My property is situated on flat ground without a lot of tree cover. Nothing blocks the strong winds that often pass through during the Fall season.… Continue reading Riding Through Fall
In a previous post at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/shiloh-and-i-make-our-virtual-horse-show-debut/, I detailed my first-time entry in an online horse show. I had another kind of "online first" in 2020. I attended a virtual horse fair. The Art of The Horseman online fair took place in late Summer at https://www.becauseofthehorse.net/. It offered access to dozens of online horse training and… Continue reading Attend A Free, Virtual Horse-Fair!