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Form to Function: Part 2 Legs and Feet

February 8, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

In part two of my dissertation on form to function conformation, we will go to the legs on the horse. The old saying “no foot, no horse” is pretty true, and the legs are as important as the foot. I read somewhere years ago that the Bedouin tribesmen would hang a curtain and stand a […]


Featured Horse: AQHA Heel Horse

February 6, 2020
Cavvy Savvy

Heel Horse for your consideration “Weasel” is a cute, kind, and well broke gelding who is coming 10 years old. He is a finished heel horse who has been won on in multiple conditions and levels. He has been hauled a lot and works. He’s been ranched on a lot as well. He understands work […]


Predator Hunting History; Coyotes

February 2, 2020
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

I’m an old ranch widow, more or less “forcefully retired” from spending all my time with horses and cattle . . . old age does that to ya’! My hilltop home overlooks the region I grew up in and made pony tracks across, with Mom before birth and until I was three, riding good horses […]


Form to Function Conformation: Head and Neck

January 28, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I’m going to address a problem I’m seeing more and more in the performance horse industry and I’m sure, as will happen any time one states an opinion, some won’t agree. But, here goes. I’ve been to horse sales over the years where people have positively gotten into a “feeding frenzy” of bidding on genetics […]


Mare Milking Device

January 23, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s foaling season for many people and if you are foaling mares, you have probably had occasion to milk one to get a foal started with a bottle. As you have noticed, the “handles” are pretty short on a mare and even if she is 100% cooperative, it’s a back breaking, slow process. Some years […]


Eye Emergencies in Horses

January 21, 2020
Dr. Matt Witzel, DVM

Never underestimate the importance of a horse’s eye. As a prey animal, horses rely heavily upon their senses to know when they are safe or in danger. Yes, horses can live reasonably well without eyesight as I am sure many of you know, but I think it is safe to say they would all prefer […]


Making a Barrel Horse: From the Ground Up

January 16, 2020
Jenn Zeller

The foundation of any good horse begins on the ground, and it’s something I do with any future barrel horse. In this video, Luna (Shesa Quick Dasher) and I will show you what basic groundwork looks like. In the follow-up video I’ll show you what the ground work, looks like from the saddle on a […]


Body Haltering A Foal

January 14, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Now that foaling season has arrived for some, I wanted to share a simple tip for safely moving a very young foal along with it’s mother without risk of it running off or getting separated from her. New foals haven’t usually been haltered and so leading them from the mare housing, for example, to the […]


Outside Circle Show

January 12, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

There is a cowboy music show that is growing in popularity with the working cowboys and cowgirls from near and far. It is called the Outside Circle Show and it is a darn good time had by all who attend. I recently asked a few questions so I could let you know all about it. CS: […]


A Hoof Abscess Vet Kit

January 10, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Here’s the who, what, where, when and how, of what to keep on hand at all times, in case your horse ends up with a pesky hoof abscess. Who will need this kit? Well, you and the horse, of course. Basically, if you own a horse and are responsible for his care you need to […]