Why my horses are barefoot

It goes back to that sports model jackass-my first horse. He was a bright boy-and I was either naive as heck, stupid beyond belief, ignorant as all get out, or some combination of all of them. With the 20/20 vision of hindsight-I’d say all of them. It should have cost me the horse. That horse […]

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Backyard Breeders

Before anybody gets their undies in a twist, let me be clear. Yes, I have owned both stallions and mares. Yes, I have done some breeding. Not a lot, but some. I have raised foals-and I have re-trained horses that other people raised in their backyards who turned out to be dangerous hellions. Seriously dangerous. […]

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Mistakes I See People Making–

Don’t want to seem harsh or critical-because this is something that I’ve learned through observation and I feel it is not just tragic, but avoidable-most of the time. Sometimes it isn’t. Life can be like that-it will bite us while we are busy making other plans and I will be the first to tell you […]

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The Path of Horsemanship

I won’t lie-I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about horses. Downright cocky in fact. I’d owned and ridden horses for 20 years and read absolutely everything I could possibly get my hands on. Tried out a great deal of it and, in my arrogance, thought I was pretty good at it. Then along came an […]

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Romance & Horses

This was a sore point between my mom and I. You see-she had this idea that since I was the ‘spitting image of her’ (and I was), that I was going to have the identical interests and goals that she did-i.e. being an author, marrying a pilot, having a big family, being a social success, […]

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Do I Compete?

If you are talking about do I get dolled up and go in a show ring, the answer is no, I don’t. Went to a few shows when I got my first horse and saw some things I really, really didn’t like. I’m not one (and never have been) to do or be things just […]

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You Never ‘Let Them Go’

On Oct 22, 1982, I had to make a decision I did not want to make. My horse had crashed in a panic on concrete and broken the bone between the hock and the stifle. He was 27 years old and a gelding of uncertain parentage. The vet, of course, offered to send him to […]

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