Author: Michelle Morañha Winner

What Shape Is Your Tack In?

As we start the new year I can’t help thinking that spring is right around the corner. For the northern half of the states we’re riding less and it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at our tack to see what kind of shape it’s in and get the repairs done before we get into trouble. Here are a few areas to focus in on: Check for any wear and tear to the saddle rigging. On English saddles take a look at where the billets are sewn to the saddle. Make sure that the leather is not...

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Ride The Long Beach: Eat The Ribeye!

Photos courtesy of MWmediaone My “pardners“ and I make up the “Fab 4,” an equestrian riding team specializing in accurately portraying our female western heroes in parades. As Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Belle Starr and Sacagawea, we recently won first place in the Equestrian Division in the Sandy, Oregon, parade this summer, part of the annual Sandy Mountain Festival. To celebrate our win, we headed for Long Beach, Washington for a few days to – what else?- ride horses! No trailering or towing this trip; we gals left the horses at the barn but packed our boots, hats, jeans...

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It’s Still “Happy Trails” With My Synergist Saddle

Last year I was desperate. I’d owned my dear QH gelding, Drifter, for nearly seven months and we just couldn’t get it together. I have to work him in the arena in the six months of cold, wet North West weather and in summer, I wanted to trail ride and horse camp. I was a novice at finding and fitting a saddle but I was soon to become quite familiar with the problem. I owned a beautiful, older, handmade Frontier, perfect for an Arab cross I used to ride, but not wide enough for this large Quarter Horse. And...

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Nova Scotia, Canada: Fabulous Food, Scenery And Two Great Trail Rides

Photos courtesy of Michelle Winner I had the pleasure of visiting Nova Scotia, Canada this fall. I had no idea what to expect of the topography, cuisine, culture or temperament of the people – which to me at this point in my career as a journalist is the greatest delight. www.novascotia.com Temperament: the Nova Scotia are a delightful bunch. Open, friendly and proud of their heritage that is some French, some English, some Scotish, Norwegian, Danish and other seafarers and some native peoples: almost unanimously they display a kindness usually relegated to small town America. I flew into Halifax...

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High Country Exploring: Ride Snowbird Utah’s Wild Beauty

Just twenty minutes out of Salt Lake City and you can head into the mountains. It’s a refreshing change from the seemingly endless sprawl of strip malls and fast food joints the Olympics ushered in along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. And for this country girl, it’s imperative to my sanity to get away from the relentless suburbs after a few hours and into the wild. Up Little Cottonwood Canyon and through the Wasatch National Forest, you can take a beautiful drive along Little Cottonwood Creek to Snowbird Ski area in summer. In late July the wildflowers are...

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