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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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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Feature Story: What’s in My Hay?

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Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Educate Yourself to Save Money and Keep Animals Healthy A few years ago I ordered a load of teff hay for my metabolic horse. The seller had posted photos and analysis on social media, and though it was expensive—nearly $600 per ton delivered and stacked—it looked like a good product …

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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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New & Noteworthy: Horse Industry Podcast Seeks Pictures and Descriptions of First Ponies

Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

While some equestrians are fortunate to own, ride, and show world champion horses, the love and appreciation for our first ponies is something we never forget. The Horse Industry Podcast (horseindustrypodcast.com) has launched a new long-term project to capture the stories of first ponies through their “Registry of the Remarkables” …

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Small Farm Makeover: Fencing Horse Properties

Photos Courtesy Kim Roe

Keep Your Equines Safe and Where They Belong Few things are more important on a horse property than good fencing. Well-constructed, safe, effective fences give you the peace of mind to know your horses will stay home and add value to your property. Fencing represents a huge financial outlay, so …

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Editor’s Postcard: Seek Out Quality Instruction

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Photo by Kim Roe

Successful Riders are Not Always Good Teachers Recently a video going around social media featured clips of a jumping lesson taught by an elite equestrian to a group of young riders. The trainer, a former world champion, repeatedly berated her students, yelled at them, and at one point said, “Either …

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Editor’s Postcard: Give Your Time and Talent to Keep Horse Activities Happening

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Kim Roe on Exo. Photo By Aliena Hook

The Whatcom County Dressage and Eventing Association (WCDEA) was founded in 1984 for the promotion and education of dressage, eventing, and working equitation in Whatcom County, Washington, and the surrounding areas. As one of the initiating members of this wonderful club, I’ve believed in its mission of supporting grassroots horse enthusiasts …

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Editor’s Postcard: Finding Peace with My Senior Horse

Finding Peace with My Senior Horse
Gunner. Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Treasuring Time with My Gunner I love my old horse, Gunner. And yes, it’s true I love all my horses, but I hold a special tenderness for the old ones, and Gunner holds my heart like few others. He’s been struggling with his health for about a year now. I’d …

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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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