Trail Savvy: Getting Past the Spook

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Ruger and the mule-eating stump. Photo by Robert Eversole

Prepare with a Pre-ride Checklist and Practiced Training We’ve all been there: headed down the trail and our mount suddenly decides to exit the area, posthaste. How we respond to that event determines whether the ride is over or if it’s no big deal.  My bestest boy mule, Ruger, encountered …

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New & Noteworthy: The United States Pony Clubs Adds Western Dressage Certification Track

Western Dressage certification track

In response to the popularity and growth of Western Dressage, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) has added a new Western Dressage certification track. The new track allows riders interested in Western Dressage to specialize in this discipline and earn certifications starting at the beginner level (D-2) and progressing …

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Editor’s Postcard: A Few Thoughts on Competition

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Photo by Kim Roe

After the Show—a Judge’s Musings I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I love horse shows, and I love being a judge. Judging horse shows takes me places I’d never be able to see and allows me to meet wonderful like-minded people. I also get to see horses, beautiful …

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Small Farm Makeover: 10 Tips to Keep Flying Pests at Bay – Naturally!

10 Tips
Swallow box with nesting Violet Green Swallows. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Biting Insects Can Lead to Serious Health Problems in Horses and Humans Ahh, summer… the long days, the sun and warmth. The season is wonderful in so many ways, except when it comes to those annoying bugs. Flies, gnats, and mosquitoes can make our horses’ lives miserable (ours too), and …

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Josh Lyons 5-Day Combo Clinic – Hickory Corners, MI

This clinic will include two days of Liberty training/ground work and three days of under saddle riding/training work! Designed for highly motivated horse person looking to take their knowledge of horses and training to the next level, regardless of discipline. This simple to apply method decreases the ability for the …

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Feature Story: Remembering Kleng

Exceptional Therapy Horse Made a Positive Difference for Decades by Julia Bozzo We have all been lucky enough to know certain exceptional individuals who make huge differences in people’s lives. In this case the individual is a horse. Kleng, a Norwegian Fjord, was born on October 11, 1991 in Sooke, …

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Bits & Bites

Please join NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center for our 31st-anniversary celebration & fundraiser! Join us for a fun-filled happy hour event in support of NWTRC’s adaptive horsemanship and riding programs for children and adults. September 28, 2024 ~ 4-6:30pm The in-person event includes: delicious charcuterie from Graze & Gather, exclusive live & …

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Rider Cup Benefit Golf Tournament

The 26th Annual Rider Cup Benefit Golf Tournament features a shotgun start and a four-person team scramble (best ball from tee to hole). Each golfer must use a minimum of 2 drives. Up to 6 Mulligans can be purchased. Prizes and trophies are awarded for Low Gross, Closest to the …

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New & Noteworthy: Recognizing the Impact of Horses on Veterans with Back on Track Grants

Veterans

The EQUUS Foundation’s motto, “For the Love of Horses” drew Back on Track USA CEO, James Ruder, to the EQUUS Foundation to design a program that recognizes the significant impact of horses on the lives of people—especially veterans and their families. Back on Track’s therapeutic products help to achieve a …

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Rider Wellness: Getting Back on the Horse

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Photo Credit: Carol Klar

You’ll Know When It’s the Right Time to Remount The old saying is that you should always “get back on the horse”. I did get back on my horse the day I fell off during a moment of chaos when riding with friends. I got back on because I had …

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