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Whether you ride Western or English, for fun or competitively, have no horses or a whole herd, we believe that every person that creates our equestrian community has a story to tell and voice that deserves to be heard.


This summer Basilio turns 3.  Which is mind boggling, I feel like 2017 was just yesterday, that I blinked and somehow a new decade arrived. 3 years old is a big milestone for any young horse.  Their bodies are significantly slowing down in their growth, and their brains are catching up too.  You’re on the tail end of babyhood and there’s no denying that sooner than you think you’re going to have an adult horse on your hands, one who’s ready to start work under saddle. I was initially planning on sending Basilio out to get started by someone else.  I’ve never started a

About 90% of the time that I'm at the barn I'm by myself, which means that I'm filling the silence music.  My playlist honestly doesn't change much it's filled with music that motivates me and sets the tone of working my horses.  Whether I'm free lunging, riding, or just getting some chores done, having a sound track is sometimes what keeps me moving through my time at the barn.  There's also nothing quite like riding your horse to your favorite song, it's a feeling I wouldn't trade for anything.  Here are the songs that are my driving force this month and some

We're about halfway through Winter which has me ridiculously excited for warmer weather.  One of the ways I've always coped with the cold is channeling my energy into working towards my training goals with my horses.  Not only does it take my mind of what always feels like an endless onslaught of cold once February rolls around, but it also feels super rewarding to see the results of my hard work once Spring pops up. This is the second Winter I've had two horses, it's a balancing act to make sure they both get the attention they deserve, but it's one that I

Fall Goals 2018 Since fall is in full swing I decided to sit down and sort out the goals that Achates, Basilio and I should be working towards.  This is something I used to do when I first got Achates, and while I didn’t keep it up, it was always helpful to have something written down so I could reflect on it later. Achates: My main goal for Achates is to get him road safe.  While I don’t plan on doing any competitive trail riding soon, I would really love a way to enjoy the great fall weather and get a break from arena work

Name:  Kira Discipline:  Eventing Horses:  Cody (OTTB), Duke (International Sporthorse), and Sam (Appendix Palomino) Favorite Horse Quote:  "You either go the hospital, or you get back on." -George Morris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHydui1xZiU&t=2s In this week's rider profile we're talking to eventer Kira about the horses that have shaped her career, and how becoming a coach has impacted her riding.  You can follow and keep up with Kira's adventures at:  https://www.facebook.com/codythescreamingottb/     

Some days are a challenge and today was one of them.  Basilio reinjured his right eye earlier this week, he has a corneal abrasion on the inner corner right underneath his lower lid.  Up until today he's been a champ about getting medicated, dealing with getting eye drops and ointment 4 times a day, and getting bute for the inflammation.  It's a lot for any horse let alone a young one, and today my yearling who has been sweet and calm as can be got sick of it and I can't say I blame him. And while I wasn't pleased with the temper

Name:  Katie Discipline:  Ranch Guide and Trail Rider Horse:  Sally (BLM Mustang) Favorite Horse Quote:  "So he thought about horses and they were always the right thing to think about." -Cormac McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZDFtXcRsFY&t=3s In this week's rider profile we're talking to ranch guide and trail rider, Katie, about her journey as a rider and how it led to a horse of a life time.  You can also read more about Katie and Sally's adventures on their blog at:  https://sallythewonderhorse.wordpress.com/  

Last year when I moved back home my parents surprised me with Basilio.  Basilio is a PRE gelding, and he just turned one in July.  The past year with him has been filled with a bunch of memorable experiences.  Watching him grow and develop has been an amazing adventure that I'm excited to continue.  This month we're working on a few key skills that will help set him up for his future. Increasing our duration in the stall:  Currently Basilio is turned out 24/7 in a 4 acre pasture, which he absolutely loves.  The great thing about this is that he gets

Name:  Anu Discipline:  Dressage Horses:  Achates (OTTB) and Basilio (Andalusian) Favorite Horse Quote:  "When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine. . .you know you are loved." -John Lyons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zExrnqFdbcg Each week I will be posting a Rider Profile to help share and highlight the stories of riders in our community.  Since I would never ask anyone to do something I wouldn't do this week's post is about my journey as a rider, and how having an off the track thoroughbred has shaped me a dressage rider.