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". ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Attend A Free, Virtual Horse-Fair!

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!

Shiloh and I Make Our Virtual Horse Show Debut

Ever heard of online horse showing? I get the impression that virtual horse show participation increased in popularity this year due to COVID19. The organization FOSH, Friends of Sound Horses, is in its third year of hosting the "Gaits Wide Open" virtual horse show in conjunction with the North American Western Dressage organization. FOSH shines… Continue reading Shiloh and I Make Our Virtual Horse Show Debut

Sand Pile Doubling As Equine Sleeping Bag and Trail Obstacle

Recently I ordered another pile of sand for my horses' paddock. After Bear's diagnoses of PPID and EMS as well as suspected hind-limb arthritis, I began a few years ago keeping him on a small section of pasture that essentially then became a semi-dry lot. For ten plus years, Bear was healthy with 24/7 pasture… Continue reading Sand Pile Doubling As Equine Sleeping Bag and Trail Obstacle

Barn Hack- Cat Litter Containers As Water Storage While Traveling

Using cat-litter containers is a simple and practical barn hack that fits on the reduce-reuse-recycle continuum. I like to carry water when I travel with my horses for three reasons. (1) I want to have water in case of trailer break down If I have a trailer issue and am stuck on the side of… Continue reading Barn Hack- Cat Litter Containers As Water Storage While Traveling

Have You Tried the Tiger’s Tongue Horse Groomer From Epona Products?

A brand-new Tiger's Tongue on the right and, on the left, the Tiger's Tongue I have been using since Spring. Have you tried the Tiger's Tongue from Epona Products? I got one of these in a gift box last year and finally brought it out to use towards the end of shedding season this Spring.… Continue reading Have You Tried the Tiger’s Tongue Horse Groomer From Epona Products?

The Highs and Lows of a Horseman’s Journey

This quote is from the AskAnnie Podcast Facebook page. Part of the online offerings from Horse and Rider Magazine, you can find the AskAnnie Podcast at https://horseandrider.com/podcasts/askannie. While I don't feel like this all the time, I certainly HAVE and no doubt WILL feel like this sometimes. What I like about this quote is that… Continue reading The Highs and Lows of a Horseman’s Journey

Thought For The Day- How to Say “Horse” in Different Languages.

Thank you for the use of this photo by Chema Photo as seen on Unsplash I ran across a website that lists the word for "horse" in many foreign languages at https://www.indifferentlanguages.com/words/horse#region-5. It is not an exhaustive list, but it is still an interesting read with about 80 languages featured. Just think, there is someone… Continue reading Thought For The Day- How to Say “Horse” in Different Languages.

Obstacle Idea For Practicing the Back Up, Turn on Forehand and Hindquarters

This is one of my favorite obstacle ideas that is simple to set up yet challenging to execute well. It is a great exercise for Shiloh and me, especially as the back up and turn on the hindquarters are difficult for him. As with many other things, Shiloh came to me already knowing how to… Continue reading Obstacle Idea For Practicing the Back Up, Turn on Forehand and Hindquarters

Ending August with More Products From The Great British Equinery

As we come towards the last days of August, I thought a final "Summer" themed post would be apt. Fall is my favorite time of year, and while a change of calendar does not necessarily correspond with cooler weather, the arrival of September gives me hope. Where I live, this past week has been a… Continue reading Ending August with More Products From The Great British Equinery

The Backyard Horse Blog Summer 2020 Contest Winner Announced

The first The Backyard Horse Blog contest for Summer 2020 has come to a close. I drew the winning email last night. Congratulations to the winner J.H.!!! As it turns out, J.H is international. Per the contest parameters, J.H asked that the prize box be awarded to the USA horse rescue Forever Morgans. This is… Continue reading The Backyard Horse Blog Summer 2020 Contest Winner Announced

Equine Inspired Poetry- Horse Play on An August Morning

HORSE PLAY ON AN AUGUST MORNING Crisp morning air revealing hints of Autumn before heat of late Summer day Pastured horses energized by the coolth From a complete standstill, one charges off into a section of tall grass The first laying down a path for his herdmates to follow Hooves and hearts pounding, but I… Continue reading Equine Inspired Poetry- Horse Play on An August Morning

Win A Cowboy Magic Prize Pack via Horse and Rider Magazine

I found another contest to enter so thought I'd spread the word here. This contest is for a year's supply of various Cowboy Magic products with three winners selected! What fun! Go to https://horseandrider.com/page/cowgirl-magic-giveaway. Last day to enter contest is August 31st, 2020. I have used Cowboy Magic products off and on throughout my horse-keeping… Continue reading Win A Cowboy Magic Prize Pack via Horse and Rider Magazine

Northwest Horse Source Magazine- Now with Monthly Training Column by Anna Blake

I love to read magazines. If it is about horses, so much the better. In the last ten years, many magazines changed from a monthly to a quarterly format, went completely online or disappeared altogether. I used to subscribe to 12 different horse magazines, most of them arriving in my mail box monthly. Now, I… Continue reading Northwest Horse Source Magazine- Now with Monthly Training Column by Anna Blake

Shiloh is all wrapped up with the John Whitaker Training Bandages

After the Great British Equinery of Indiana kindly sent Bear and Shiloh a care package last month, I gave positive reviews to the 2020 Harrison Howard Fly Masks and the Hilton Herbs Herballs treats. The final item from the package to review is the John Whitaker Training Bandages! I must say that these wraps feel… Continue reading Shiloh is all wrapped up with the John Whitaker Training Bandages