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FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson

September 10, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson by Jan Swan Wood Many years ago, when my great horse Lily was a rather green, track broke mare, we were taking care of a nice set of replacement heifers for a feller. A couple of times a week one of us would ride through the heifers […]


Saddle Woes: The Offside Cinch Strap

September 9, 2014
hmaude

One late July or early August day years ago, my brother and I were sent an hour south of our place to get the bulls out of our yearling heifers. As in years previous, we were prepared with our geldings, enough semi-heavy duty panels to convert the two-pen corral into something you could load a […]


A Healing Horse.

September 6, 2014
Kay Schrock

 “There’s something about the outside of a horse, that’s good for the inside of a man.” ~Winston Churchill This famous quote is so true. Many people can relate to this, knowing that spending time with a horse can bring healing.  Horses have traditionally been used for work and sport, but I want to tell you […]


1st Annual Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge

September 4, 2014
Bailee Murnion

This past weekend I competed at an event unlike any other I had ever competed in: The 1st Annual Routier Ranch Super Horse Challenge held at Riley and Jessica Routier’s in Buffalo, SD. This event was a new concept that the Routier’s decided to host in order to highlight performance horses that are competitive in 5 different […]


What To Look For In A Young Performance Horse Prospect: Part 2

September 2, 2014
Jessie Salter

In our first segment of this series we talked about bloodlines and breed history. Today, we will talk about conformation and disposition.  We know that champions come in all shapes and sizes and they all have different dispositions or quirks, which takes me back to the statement that, the horse is only as good as […]


Saddle Fitting

August 31, 2014
Jayme Thompson

It is so important for people to be aware of how a saddle fits a horse and the rider. So I wanted to write about saddles and the proper fit. I interviewed my husband Matt Thompson, who has been a saddle maker for the past 18 years, and owns MT Saddlery. He has mainly built […]


Catching Horses

August 31, 2014
Rachel Larsen

Aside from our devotion to morning coffee, we aren’t big on rituals around our outfit.  However there is one simple ceremony we practice on a regular basis.  We catch and halter each and every saddle horse in the corral to lead them out the gate at the end of the day.  Whether they’ve been ridden […]


TIM: The Recovery of a Foundered Pony

August 29, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

TIM: Trim #3 August 22, 2014 Note to readers: The farrier caring for Tim’s feet has nearly 50 years of experience under his belt and has made a study of the equine foot, thereby giving him knowledge of where the interior structures lie in the foot and what is safe to do to the outside. […]


The Horse is Never Wrong

August 28, 2014
Jenn Zeller

Before I moved across the country,  from Texas to South Dakota, I trained horses for a living.  I gave lessons to kids, took horses in for tuning, and trained barrel horses. I loved horses, and anything having to do with horses. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on how horses operated. Then, I […]


Why I’m Glad My Kids Ride Horses

August 26, 2014
Jessie Salter

I think most kids naturally love animals. However not all kids are lucky enough to have animals in their lives. Let alone a horse! I’ve talked about pairing the right horse with each kid and I can’t stress enough how important that is. There are so many wonderful life lessons to be learned from teaching […]


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