Horse Care Articles

How To Saddle with a Three Point Rigging

August 9, 2017
Lynn Kohr

An in-skirt three point rigging saddle is often considered a better saddle. Why, you might ask? It distributes the torque of the latigo (the strap that goes from the saddle to the girth or cinch) and spreads out the contact of the saddle to the horse’s back. This increases the surface area that is being […]

Buckaroo Buys: Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse

August 2, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Bridgit Carone, of Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse, makes incredible hooked wool pads that are a must-have. She comes up with the most original, unique designs and can work with anyone to get a pad looking just right. Her Facebook page can be found by searching Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse or by clicking here. Here’s Bridgit’s story:  I grew up […]

War Knot Series, Part One: Mustache Knot

July 31, 2017
Jolyn Young

Here’s the first installment in a four-part series on tying a war knot or buckaroo knot in a horse’s tail. Buckaroo traditions were handed down from the California vaqueros, who learned their skills and customs from the Spanish conquistadors. In keeping with tradition, many modern-day buckaroos tie a knot in their horse’s tail each day […]

Helping a Head-Shy Horse

July 20, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Meet Leroy. Leroy is head-shy, and in particular, ear-shy. He is the type of horse that isn’t crazy about human contact, but isn’t aggressive. This has more to do with his personality than anything in his past, to my knowledge and based on watching him. Leroy, as you can imagine, is also hard to catch […]

Roping Horses’ Feet

July 14, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Roping horses’ feet, primarily colts, can be a fantastic tool benefitting many aspects of your horse’s mind and manners. Some horses react minimally to having feet roped, others can be quite dramatic, but both types can benefit from having their feet and legs worked with. First, roping horses’ feet encourages them to yield on a […]

Summer Horse Gear

June 16, 2017
Jolyn Young

With summer on the horizon, it’s hot. The DJ on the radio station says it’s hot. The thermometer in the front yard says it’s hot. The meteorologist on the evening news says it’s hot. But even though it’s hot, a horse person has got to ride, right? Don’t let the heat beat your summer riding […]

Getting a Horse Ready to Bridle

June 14, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Here is a quick tip for getting your horse ready for a bridle. We like to make it their idea to take the bit. This horse now, practically grabs the bit out of your hands and puts it in his mouth. I like having a willing partner. Do you? Happy Trails!

Choosing a Saddle Pad that Works – 5 Star Saddle Pads

June 8, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I spoke with Jodie Mesko of 5 Star Saddle Pads about how to choose the appropriate saddle pad to fit the horse, saddle, and job being accomplished. We personally use 5 Star Pads and have found them to be long-lasting and of great quality. We have used other brands and ended up with thin areas, […]

Foals; Care and Supplies

May 17, 2017
Jessie Salter

When it comes to foals there can be many ups and downs. As horse owners, we can’t help but worry when it comes to foaling. However, most of the time Mother Nature does a great job, and mares and foals are happy and healthy with no assistance from us. These are the kinds of mares and […]

Horse Care Calendar Part 3

May 11, 2017
Heather Smith Thomas

Your horse care calendar for the fall and winter months should look something like this: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – If you ride in the fall or plan to go hunting horseback, you will have your horse re-shod again. “As a farrier, I sit down with clients to figure out their year’s shoeing schedule,” says Nelson. […]