Editor’s Postcard: The Grass Dilemma

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Welsh Cob Gus practices yoga poses to reach a blade of grass. Photo Courtesy Kim Roe, Blue Gate Farm.

Managing Plump, Bored Horses Means Rethinking Equine Husbandry With nearly 40 acres of pastures, fields, and woods, my place, Blue Gate Farm, sits on fertile soil and has plenty of water. Even in the hottest, driest summers the grass stays green without irrigation. I’ve spent thousands of dollars and many …

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Editor’s Postcard: Who Will Carry On?

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Equine Facility Professionals are Hard Workers, Passionate, and (Maybe) Crazy A few years back a teenage student of mine asked, “What will happen to all these horse facilities owned by old women like you after you all die?” Ha! I was taken aback (to say the least). I was only …

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Editor’s Postcard: How to Sell Your Horse

Carol Landt with a young prospect. Photo courtesy Carol Landt.

Think Like a Buyer When Marketing Your Horse A friend of mine was recently in the market for a new horse, and she shared with me her frustrations about the choices some sellers make when presenting their horses. Carol Landt has been riding and training horses for decades. She’s an …

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Editor’s Postcard: Nothing Forced is Beautiful

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Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Help a Horse Feel Good to Make Training Stick The summer I was 12 my father took my sister and me on a six-week long trip around the Western U.S. We hiked slot-canyons and the Grand Canyon, camped under the stars in Zion, and got soaked by thunderstorms in the …

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Editor’s Postcard: Are You Learning?

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Let Your Passion Fuel Your Desire to Become Educated I’ve taken a lot of riding lessons in my life, and I continue to educate myself through lessons, clinics, seminars, and extensive reading. My passion for horses and riding has fueled this desire to learn. I’m currently taking a year-long writers’ …

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Editor’s Postcard: Let’s Slow Down and Enjoy Summer

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Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Horses Can Show Us How to Live if We Let Them “I’m gonna soak up the sun, I’m gonna tell everyone to lighten up…” – Sheryl Crow We Northwesterners endure late fall, winter, and early spring waiting for good summer weather and the chance to do all the things. When …

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Editor’s Postcard: The Changing World of Veterinary Care

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Photo by Aliena Hook

Appreciate Your Equine Veterinarian My beloved veterinarian of 28 years recently informed me she was giving up her equine veterinary practice and transitioning to small animal care. I’m devastated, but not surprised. Vets are dropping like flies in the equine industry, and those who are staying in it are setting …

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Editor’s Postcard: My Farm, My Home

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Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Living with Horses is My Happy Place Where is my home?Every man needs a placeWith a little bit of space,A roof and four walls,For when the rain falls. – Forest Sun A friend of mine recently sold her two horses. She’d raised both from colts and worked hard to turn …

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Editor’s Postcard: Will You Go the Distance with Your Senior Horse?

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Beowulf, May 1990 – June 2022. Owned and loved by Kim Roe. Credit Kim Roe

Give Your Horse a Happy Retirement “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” – Carson McCullers May we speak for a moment about responsibility? I don’t want to sound like your mother…well, maybe I do.  Here’s the thing—I regularly get phone calls, messages, or emails …

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Editor’s Postcard: Caring for Horses Cultivates Compassion

By Aliena Hook

Listen to Your Horses to Learn What They Need Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved horses. She dreamed about becoming a famous trainer. She willed herself not to grow, because she wanted to be a jockey (and she was the shortest person in her family). …

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