Horse Care Articles

A Thoroughly Imprinted Foal

April 5, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the years of having a band of broodmares, we actually had few foaling difficulties. One spring though, a big mare that I had raised and ridden for several years just refused to have her foal. The foal’s feet and muzzle would be out and as soon as the pressure of the chest coming […]


Pretty Is As Pretty Does

February 22, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It was time to give spring vaccinations and wormer to the horses, so I had saddled Lily up to go trot the main bunch of about 20 head in from the north pasture. I had them in the windbreak corral and was letting a few head at a time into a smaller pen to work […]


Making the Bed in your Living Quarters!

January 29, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Making the bed in your living quarters can be one of the most daunting of tasks. But never fear. I have a brilliant friend that came up with this great idea a couple years ago, and she finally made a video showing us how she did it! Say Hello to the “no-sweat method”. You can […]


Green Barrel Horses on the Rodeo Trail

November 19, 2020
Ruth Nicolaus

There’s a lot more to being a barrel racer than the sixteen or seventeen second runs that fans see in the arena. It takes time and patience to make a good barrel horse, and Tana Poppino knows that. The Big Cabin, Okla. cowgirl qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times, in 2006-07 and […]


Stallion Auctions

November 3, 2020
Ruth Nicolaus

Everybody loves looking at horses for sale, and everybody loves a bargain. Combine the two, and you have stallion auctions. It’s the time of year for stallion breedings to be auctioned off, and if a person’s diligent (and lucky), they might score a thrifty breeding! Many of these auctions are set up to benefit a […]


The Bully Horse

October 13, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I had a really good mare years ago who had been a stellar saddle horse and always sound. When she was past her mid-teens, I decided that she had earned the right to raise some colts. I found an equally good stud to breed her to and hauled her to the ranch and turned her […]


The Barbie Horse, Hollywood

September 21, 2020
Ruth Nicolaus

Tomas Garcilazo and his wife Justine and son Louis travel the nation as the specialty act at over 120 rodeo performances and equine events a year. Tomas does the La Charreria, the traditional art of Mexican cowboying, horsemanship and rope work. But the real star of their show is Hollywood, their palomino stallion, whose registered […]


Mane Dilemma

September 10, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

The trend of long, thick mane on horses is big right now, and though it seems like that couldn’t be a problem for a horse other than having the knots brushed out on occasion, I see another problem that could lead to soundness issues. Bear with me. The long, thick mane goes clear to the […]


Saddle Pad Relief

September 3, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I like horses with a good set of withers. Because of that, I have taken a knife to some saddle pads to accommodate those high withers and keep pressure from the top of them, but that sure is hard to do with what saddle pads cost these days. Plus, it compromises the good qualities of […]


Rethinking Horsemanship: A Mother’s Journey

July 20, 2020
Jolyn Young

Before I had kids, I evaluated my daily productivity by how many tasks I fully completed each day. I only felt satisfied if I loped a bunch of circles, improved my second barrel, got my horse more rounded behind the bit, or checked another similar item off my list of personal equine goals. I spent […]


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