Horse Care Articles

Equine Acupuncture

September 11, 2015
Rachel Larsen

Carlo entered our lives as an unstarted 4-year-old, whose movements bore a striking resemblance to a bouncy ball. Now approaching his early teens, he is without a doubt our most versatile mount.  There isn’t anything this horse can’t do, despite his diminutive 14.2 hand stature. Truly, I’ve witnessed him jerk mature hereford bulls to the […]


Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrahage. Aka Bleeders.

August 11, 2015
Lynn Kohr

Bleeders…What does that mean? Bleeders are horses, during high cardiovascular workouts, such as: horse racing, barrel racing, and pole bending, that can have blood appearing out one or both nostrils.  Or even just that the horse is coughing and very uncomfortable post performance. More professionally, a bleeder is known as Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage. Horses […]


End of Ride Preparation

August 6, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks throughout the years, and one of the handiest is how to put my tack away, such that it is ready and efficient for the next horse. Showing up late to rodeos with  moments to spare, as well as throwing a saddle on a lot of colts will […]


Easing The Bite Of The Curb Chain

July 27, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Keeping bridles put together for varying horses and their level of training can be a challenge. Having a well equipped tack room is great, but not everyone has everything they need just exactly when they need it. Over the years, I have occasionally found myself with more curb chains than curb straps for my bridles. […]


How to Wrap Equine Polo Wraps

July 21, 2015
Lynn Kohr

To wrap or not to wrap… What’s the RAP? With many choices in horses’ leg protection for the performance equine athletes, competitors are faced with the questions of which ones to use and when? No matter the brand name or the product, all take a bit of education to get leg boots tight and adjusted […]


Thompson Cavvy Quarter Horses

July 16, 2015
Jayme Thompson

Here at Thompson Cavvy Quarter Horses in Shelley, ID we focus on raising functional ranch horses with some cow sense and ability, size, foot, and good bone. Our colts are born outside in the hills and rocks. Our stud, “Whiskey”, is from the Hairpin Cavvy Program in Montana. He is Paddys Irish Whiskey bred with […]


Stallions Are All Business; Part 2

July 11, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Many stallions are capable saddle horses, dependable partners, are gentle and like people, but can react to other horses and get someone hurt. A stallion views other horses as either a threat to his territory or a conquest. An aggressive response toward either or by another horse can catch a person in the middle of […]


Wrangling The Cavvy

July 1, 2015
Jolyn Young

If you want to be Cavvy Savvy, you gotta savvy how to wrangle the cavvy. Heh heh heh. Anyway, back to business. Bringing in the saddle horses is a daily chore on a working cattle ranch, as it’s healthier for the horses and more efficient for the management to turn the whole bunch out into […]


Rodeo Ready

June 30, 2015
Rachel Larsen

My husband and I are homebodies, as a result our horses are too.  However, I am never uncomfortable with taking one of our ranch horses to “town.”  Our older horses have a solid foundation of long slow range miles.  When starting colts we head outside the corrals and put cattle in front of them, as soon […]


Stallions Are All Business; Part 1

June 26, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

The ownership of a stallion is more than just owning a horse. There are risks and responsibilities involved with stallion ownership that most people never think about. Most people are also not capable and/or willing to do what it takes to manage a stallion safely. The decision to have a stallion on one’s property should […]


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