Last week we traveled to Pennsylvania for a trail ride and television show production at Cook Forest Scenic Trail Rides in Clarion. On this ride, we kept the campfire going both night and day.Read More
One of the most frequent questions asked at various events and trade shows concerns tips on trail riding for the ride itself. In upcoming articles, we will offer suggestions on picking the right location or ride to participate in, but this article will note some common practices we follow.Read More
The ancient Greeks traded salt for slaves – hence the saying “worth his salt”.
Early Roman soldiers were partially paid in salt (salarium argentum, which is where the word “salary” originated).
A severe salt deficiency can cause your horse to die.
Napoleon had thousands of soldiers die during his retreat from Moscow when wounds would not heal due to a “salt deficiency”.
In this day and age of “instant” everything, it’s hard to do, especially when you’re training a young horse, or even an older horse for that matter.
It’s easy to get excited; everything is now or soon. There are show classes for weanlings, yearlings, two-year-old futurities and derbies for three-year-olds. And time flies when you are having fun.Read More
Water, water everywhere…and not a drop to drink!
An average 1,000-pound horse produces about 2 ½ gallons of urine a day.
So, how do you keep stalls dry?
A stall that drains properly is the first step.
Constructing a good base will allow the urine to drain. Poor drainage means the bedding must absorb all the moisture.Read More
One of the by-products of feeding horses is manure. The quality, quantity and frequency of production should be of concern to every horse owner.Read More
For many people, the end of October is considered the traditional end of the trail riding season and the beginning of next season’s planning. To help in your planning, I wrote to the Director of State Parks in each state and asked if they were opening any new trails or had plans to close any riding trails in their parks in the upcoming year.Read More
The definition of “trust” is to have confidence in something or believe in someone.
We are entrusted to care for our horses – to train with compassion and provide for their needs.
We trust others to provide us education, services and products to aid us in caring for our horses.
Protect valuables from theft and contamination.
Horse owners are discovering a trip to the feed store requires an armed guard.
But once the edible “gold” is safely transported to the stable, how is it protected and stored?