Getting Ready to Travel

It has been a tough winter, but it is time to set our sights on the new riding season. The cabin fever approaching now can be worse than the flu season!

In preparation for travel and focusing on your horse trailer, it might be to early to un-winterize the trailer, but here are a few things you really need to do now.

I spent a good amount of time talking to the Federal folks and our state Motor Vehicle folks about new laws and regulations on horse trailers for traveling. 

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A Horse, Of Course

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh; out to buy presents, on the very last day!

It’s Christmas time, and horse time, and present time.

Whenever I think of Christmas I think of the horse that first pulled Santa’s sleigh – after all, Santa started with a horse long before he switched to reindeer.

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What’s Up, Doc?

Just like Bugs Bunny, many horses love carrots. Luckily carrots are very nutritious and make a great treat.

The one thing carrots are famous for is improving sight. This theory got started during World War II. Britain’s Royal Air Force pilots supposedly ate large amounts of carrots. It was said this diet allowed them to see German bombers.

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Whoa!

The most important cue for any horse being ridden is the cue for “whoa”. A good foundation should have been laid during halter breaking, leading lessons and learning how to lunge.

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A Horse, Of Course

A little more than 10,000 years ago—give or take a 1,000 years—one cave man said to another, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” So they did.

First man just ate horses. Later he discovered he could keep lame mares and milk them. That was the beginning of the meat and milk industry.

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