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Great Reads for the Trail Rider

Great Reads for the Trail Rider

As much as I hate to admit it winter is the time of the year when my easy chair sees more of me than my saddle. There’s something about a log roaring in the stove that beckons after the evening’s last feeding and checking of the ponies. A warm fire, a comfortable...
Sing Along Winter Preparation Tips for Horse Owners:

Sing Along Winter Preparation Tips for Horse Owners:

Whether we like it or not Old Man Winter is on the way, if he hasn’t already settled in for the season. A good way to keep him at bay is to put a little thought into preparing for winter’s weather. To do that let’s borrow from the field of neuroscience and use music...
The Daily Tip

The Daily Tip

November 18, 2014 – Types of knots – I like to break down the thousands of knots that can be tied into two groups “Good” knots that are easily tied, hold fast, come apart easily when you’re done with them. “Bad” knots are all the rest. If you don’t believe...
Trailer Knowledge Essentials

Trailer Knowledge Essentials

Having horses keeps us on the move, and not just heading down the trail. Even if we’re fortunate enough to have a local trail system handy we’ll soon want to travel further afield to enjoy new trails and new adventures. This of course requires a way to haul our...
Knots vs. Hardware

Knots vs. Hardware

Amongst horse riders and especially horse campers, both of the trailhead and backcountry persuasions, one topic consistently sparks debate: ropework or gadgets? Are you a Knot Purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time and weight or are you a Knot...
The Swinging Life – Hammocking

The Swinging Life – Hammocking

When riding the backcountry across remote mountain ridges and miles of seemingly untouched terrain, being comfortable is one of your top priorities. A good nights sleep can make the difference between a beautiful day on the trail or a rough, miserable, day spent...
What a Horse Sees

What a Horse Sees

Here’s a great resource on sharing trails with horses, mountain bikers, and hikers: “What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. From Everett Lewis, a Washington Backcountry Horseman, comes this wonderful video...
Keeping the Horse Rider Cool

Keeping the Horse Rider Cool

Your horse or mule isn’t the only one at risk of heat stroke or dehydration. Riders must take precautions to prevent overheating in summer months. Dehydration can cause dizziness, headaches and muscle cramps, all of which could create a dangerous situation while...
Treating Heat Stress and Dehydration in Horses and Mules

Treating Heat Stress and Dehydration in Horses and Mules

After learning about the importance of conditioning in preventing and how to identify heat issues it’s time to learn about what kind of treatment you can give your horse or mule if it should become overly hot or dehydrated. Rest, water, and relief are the biggest...
The Signs of Heat Problems in Horses and Mules

The Signs of Heat Problems in Horses and Mules

Summer temperatures present special problems for horses and not only when they are working. Hauling horses in enclosed trailers can also subject them to excessive heat. Anything that inhibits a horse’s ability to cool itself (long hair, too much fat insulation, a hot...
Too Hot to Ride?

Too Hot to Ride?

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy the long days with long rides as you enjoy the warm and sultry season. But, before you hit the trails spend a quick minute thinking about the very real risks of riding in the heat. Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy the long...
Hobbles: an Explanation

Hobbles: an Explanation

If you use your horses and mules to pack or frequently venture into the back country and beyond the reassuring safety of the trailhead you probably already have a working knowledge of hobbles. Unfortunately many horse and mule owners of today have never seen or used...