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Top 10 Essential Oils for Horses

August 21, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Kristina Ellis, with The Oiled Equestrian, uses Essential Oils for and on herself and her horses. Read about my Q& A with her here. These are the Top 10 oils Kristina recommends for horse owners to have on hand. 1. Balance: Balance is DoTERRA’s Grounding blend. I like to use this oil before each training […]


Smoother Trailer Unloading

August 17, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Some horses are hesitant, slow, and clunky when stepping out of the trailer backwards, while other horses refuse to back out entirely. We prefer that our horses back out of the trailer. They tend to be in more control when backing and it prevents slipping of the front legs when hitting the ground, and slipping […]


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 […]


Slick Storage of Your Latigo

July 24, 2017
Savanna Simmons

In Properly Storing Gear Part one and Part two, I talked about how my husband and I are very particular about how our gear is stored, and in doing so, we often maximize its lifespan. Consider this an addendum to that blog, but important enough to stand on its own. Let me get up on […]


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 […]


Branding: More than Just a Job to do

June 18, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I was invited to photograph our friend the Wasserburger’s branding a few weeks ago, and I jumped at the chance immediately. There are so many good moments to soak in at brandings from a cowboy perspective: those neat horses like that of our friend and coworker Clay Ashurst’s Tebow, that daintily slinks through the herd […]


Properly Storing Horse Gear: Part 2

June 13, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Properly storing gear prolongs its lifespan and allows it to work for you for a long time. When using natural materials, like mohair cinches, wool pads, and horsehair mecates and get-downs, letting the fibers dry in the same shape as you would use them on your horse can extend the life and improve usability.   Related […]


Avoid Fraud while Selling Horses

May 30, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Identity and monetary fraud is a battle in our current technology-filled world and while certain methods of payment are safer, such as PayPal and money orders, there are still ways in which one can be duped, especially while selling horses. My husband and I don’t sell many horses, yet we were still the almost-victims of […]


Top 7 Horse Songs That Aren’t About Horses

May 12, 2017
Jolyn Young

There are scads of songs devoted to our equine companions, and dozens more that mention horses as some part of a theme. Here are a few of the catchiest horse songs that aren’t about horses. 1)White Horse by Laid Back, 1984 In this funky tune, the singers encourage listeners to not ride the white horse. […]


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