Must-Have Horse Farm Features – Ease of Use and Quality Horse Care are Highest Priorities

The August issue of The Northwest Horse Source is our Training and Facilities issue. We thought it would be interesting to compare must-have equine facility features from two different viewpoints: one from a professional trainer who boards and trains horses and instructs riders, and another point of view from someone …

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Devin VanZanten – Heading to the AQHYA World Show

Photo by Jeff Kirkbride Photography

What is your name and age? My name is Devin VanZanten and I am 16 years old.   How long have you been involved with horses? I’ve been around horses my whole life. I started riding when I was 4.   Do you have an instructor or trainer? Yes, Kerri …

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A Good Horse – The Best Performance Horse is the One You Love to Ride

Photo by Kim Roe

You know it when you’re lucky enough to find one—the good horse. He (or she) is the horse who turns a bad day into a good day, who takes the tension from your shoulders, and makes life’s problems drift away. He’s the reliable one who always tries his best.   …

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1500 Miles to a New Adventure – Never Be Afraid of Change

As I write this, I’m sitting in my new temporary home office. Behind the computer screen, my window frames a view of Pike’s Peak. Colorado is beautiful. The desert flowers are blooming and I sit in awe of God’s creation and such different scenery than Washington. There’s much to get …

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Doing Well by Doing Good – Philanthropy as a Business Model

Photos from Allison Trimble Paparoa

Growing up in Anchor Point, Alaska as a precocious and involved youngster, I was often the recipient of local support. Whether it was the local businesses sponsoring my run for rodeo queen or receiving the Elks and Realtor scholarships as a senior in high school, community backing was ever present. My …

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10 Reasons to Create a Small-Scale Trail Course on Your Horse Property

Short trail paths created with natural objects and plantings. Photo by Alayne Blickle

Trail courses are fun for horses and riders and can be beneficial for the natural environment. Landscaping a trail course with native plants can provide food and habitat for native insects and wildlife. Add in old logs and brush and rock piles, and you have the perfect habitat for other …

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The Wild Beauty Foundation – Filmmakers Use Passion to Protect Wild Horses

Ghost with Black Beauty star and WBF Ambassador Mackenzie Foy (left) and filmmaker and WBF Founder and President Ashley Avis (right).

Article by Wild Beauty Foundation Staff  In 2018, Los Angeles based writer and director Ashley Avis was tasked with creating the modern-day reimagining of Black Beauty for the silver screen. The film, which would later be acquired by Disney, would change the course of her life forever. An equestrian since …

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Why Should I Learn to Read a Map? 6 Reasons this Skill is Important for Trail Riders

Photo by Robert Eversole

From cave paintings to ancient manuscripts to all the 21st century options, people have created and used maps as essential tools to explain and navigate their way through the world. With their longitudes, latitudes, and myriad lines crisscrossing miles of ground encompassing mountains, valleys, and more, maps have guided the …

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Do You Know How Much Tack You Really Have? Moving is a Great Way to Purge Unused Gear

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Well, the excitement of moving has worn off a little. I’ve just completed over 3,000 miles to and from Colorado moving the horses over. Preparing for the move was grueling, to say the least. However, I think the best part of moving is the clearing out all the things that …

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Horse Trailer Maintenance – Yearly Upkeep Aids in Worry-free Adventures

Photos by Robert Eversole

Before you head out on a riding or camping adventure you need to do your horse trailer’s yearly safety checks and service. If you aren’t mechanically savvy (or just not inclined to do the job yourself) a qualified professional can do all the work for you. Just make sure they …

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