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Summer Fun! Swimming with Horses

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So what do you think of the title of my blog? Does it make you instantly go into a panic? Or maybe gets you totally excited? Where does it take you? On the trails to the pond? To the beach?

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Pond + Pony

Towards the end of last summer my barn owner had what she called a “brilliant” idea. She thought it would be a great idea to wrap up the summer with an epic trail ride. Epic can mean something different to

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Wearing a helmet saved my life!

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Some days are just another day at the barn. Some days and experiences can change your life. Here is my story, and the reason I’ll never ride without helmet again. What happened? I was a very confident rider at the

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Horses: Hawaii Style!

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My husband and I finally made it back to Hawaii in January 2015 for a belated anniversary gift to ourselves. We had officially tied the knot in The Aloha State (we got “maui’d” on Maui) and loved it so much

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Dreams and Journeys

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Florida has been a dream of mine for many years. Not the Mickey Mouse, roller-coaster Florida, but the green pastures, miles of fence-line, horses as far as the eye can see Florida. This year, due to the generosity of my

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A little help from my friends

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When I adopted Kai at 9 months old, I was looking forward to bringing him along myself. We started easy, spending time together and bonding in turnout and working on our grooming time. He was a natural. Loved being around

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A Non-Rider’s Perspective on OutSmart Fly Spray

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When I started working at SmartPak back in the summer of 2012, I knew next to nothing about horses, as evidenced by my very first blog appearance, in which I tried to put together a bridle SPOILER ALERT: it didn’t

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

Ride in Balance, Move in Balance, Live in Balance: A Body Concept Workshop for Equestrians

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“Great workshop! Nice to see a workshop focused on the rider and a more holistic approach to riding and training.” “This is exactly what I needed! What a WONDERFUL weekend in every way!” “Fascinating topics, application to equestrian endeavors appropriately

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When I walk outside

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When I walk outside, the slate is wiped clean. When I walk outside, I turn to the right and walk toward the back paddock. Letting out a short whistle I peek around the corner and look for my red heads.

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Taking on a project horse

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I manage a small co-op barn at a private farm with four stalls and two other horse owners. Usually we have all four stalls filled, but recently we lost a horse to a bad leg injury. That empty stall has

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Keeping the Retired Show Horse Engaged

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Almost three years ago I retired my now almost 18 year old APHA gelding from the show ring after a long career traveling all over the country to attend shows chasing year end points and competing in everything from trail

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To Breathe or Not to Breathe, That Is the Question

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You’d think a colic surgery, PSSM and shivers, headshaking, and even a pulled suspensory years ago would be enough problems in one horse. But you’d be wrong. What’s wrong with the silly horse now? I don’t know whether my horse

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Newman’s Notes on Driving

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Eating… Grass. Eating… Grass. I’ve watched my mom drive up to the barn, set out a bunch of stuff, and get chased into the other pasture by the thingy with wheels. Now she’s putting brightly colored buckets all over THIS

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2014 Take-aways

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What a year! I look forward to learning new things each year, especially in my riding. This year has been one of the best ever, despite losing most of the show season due to a lameness issue. Looking back, I’ve

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

Helping Your Horse Move to a New Barn

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Let’s face it- moving is rarely fun! And just like for you, moving can be really stressful on your horse. For those of us that board, and even those that keep their horses at home, moving is likely to be

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

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Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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