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 […]Read More Why my horses are barefoot
Originally posted on nakedhorse:
by Linda Chamberlain I want you to meet a trained farrier – one that says he will never shoe again because of the harm it causes. He turned his back on the trade because separating the horse from the ground was the beginning of a destructive process. He became a barefoot…
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. […]Read More Backyard Breeders
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 […]Read More Mistakes I See People Making–
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 […]Read More The Path of Horsemanship
Since there is plenty of evidence of people ‘hoarding’ horses these days and not being able to adequately care for them in terms of feed, water, farrier, and vet work, yet they seem to eat fairly well themselves. What the heck? Now we have 7 and we are seniors living on fixed income. While ideally […]Read More Is It Being “Horse Poor” or Just Broke?
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, […]Read More Romance & Horses
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 […]Read More Do I Compete?
It really does when you get down to brass tacks. Now everybody thinks that “my horse doesn’t have any flaws”. Yeah, well, every cotton-picking six year old girl with My Pretty Pony thinks the same darn way and, if you are still in THAT mode, brothers and sisters, we’ve got a serious problem. I haven’t […]Read More The Way We Think About Equine Reproduction Sucks
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 […]Read More You Never ‘Let Them Go’