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Draft Horse Classic Tickets On Sale Now!

Majestic Draft Horse performances, breathtaking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” are all part of the festivities at the 31st Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six different performances by the Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the Continue Reading

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ASPCA Help a Horse Day 2017

The weather held out on April 22nd for the first Stanislaus County ASPCA Help a Horse Day at Hannink Equine Center, on north McHenry in Modesto, introduced by Healing Arenas. The Event is to commemorate the national Help a Horse Day on April 26th. The ASPCA®, (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), designed a competition for Continue Reading

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In It to Win It

Land Your Dream Home by Avoiding These 5 Mistakes on Your Offer Courtesy of Realtor.com You’ve seen every house on the market and you’ve finally found the spot you can’t wait to call home. In fact, you’ve mentally decorated it and planned your new life, down to the barbecues and block parties you’ll have with your awesome new neighbors. Sweet! Slow Continue Reading

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Re-Thinking My Old Advice with Richard Winters

Horsemanship is a journey. If you’re getting better, I believe that you’re evolving, changing and modifying your techniques as you make progress. So, at the risk of totally confusing you, I want to revisit the idea of disengaging the hindquarters and the one-rein stop. No one has emphasized, worked on or talked about disengaging the hindquarters more than me. It’s Continue Reading

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Grass Founder

Written By Tom Lenz, DVM, MS Spring might be the best time of the year, but if we have horses that are prone to developing grass founder, this season may be the beginning of serious problems for some of our horses. Horses that are over the age of 10, easy keepers, overweight or cresty-necked seem especially vulnerable to grass founder Continue Reading

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Not Your Dream Horse?

By Steve Bauhr The ranch next door to us is leased by several cowboys, who every spring, bring up a group of mares to foal out. It’s fun on our end because we drive through that ranch on our easement, so we get to see the new babies as they arrive. These guys are interested in performance horses that will eventually Continue Reading

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What’s Bugging You? On Trail Pests

By: Robert Eversole  It’s a fact: bugs are part of the great outdoors that we love, and many a trail ride has become a nightmare of slapping, scratching, and even swearing because of insects. Sometimes it seems that the entire insect kingdom is out to make us, and our animals, miserable. Wherever we ride, we’ll encounter insect pest of some Continue Reading

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The Hackamore: Relief from the Bit with a Vaquero Influence

The first Hackamore was probably a piece of rope placed around the nose or head of a horse not long after domestication. These early devices for controlling horses may have been adapted from equipment used to control Camels. Over time, this means of controlling a horse became more sophisticated. The Persians in 500 b.c. were some of the first ones Continue Reading

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Girl Friend Getaways!

Skip Vegas and plan a girlfriend getaway that’s anything but ordinary at the original all-inclusive vacation destination: the dude ranch. Enjoy spa treatments, horseback riding, mountaintop yoga classes, outdoor adventure, wine tastings and, of course, girl talk in some of the most spectacular areas in the country. No matter what type of getaway you and your girlfriends have in mind, Continue Reading

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A Beginners Guide to Horse Riding Gear

While horse riding is a safe sport it should never be forgotten that horses have a mind of their own and can suddenly perform unpredictable actions. Here we look at the riding essentials that beginner (and quite often experienced) riders should wear when riding to ensure they are protected from injury. Riding Hat There is no question that the traditional Continue Reading

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Back on Track’s Therapeutic Hock Boots Provide Gentle Welltex® Therapy – Help for your Horse’s Hocks

Back on Track offers two styles of therapeutic Hock Boots: Hock Boots with Holes, and Royal Padded Hock Boots. The Hock Boots with Holes are an excellent choice for dealing with arthritic or capped hocks. Consisting of a neoprene exterior, we infused the interior of the boot with our state-of-the-art Welltex fabric which reflects your horse’s natural body warmth which Continue Reading

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Western States Horse Expo’s Formula for Fun and Education

The 19th annual Western States Horse Expo, June 9-11, 2017 in Sacramento, California has once again carefully chosen topics that will both educate and entertain attendees. This year is punctuated with some very special presentations, and the Expo has even constructed new arenas to accommodate all the exciting events! At the top of the list is a three-day, all-day-long clinic Continue Reading

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Feeding the Pregnant and Nursing Mare

Feeding in the winter and early spring can be difficult, especially for pregnant and lactating mares. Many mares today are foaling in less-than-ideal body condition. Short hay supplies and available pastures are partially to blame. Unfortunately, this is the time of year that maintaining or gaining desired body weight is more difficult to accomplish. Spring grasses have not yet started Continue Reading

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Perspective, Some Things to Think About

I get the strangest calls at Hope for Horses, Inc. I got a call about a small pony that got loose out where there are acres and acres of walnut orchards, the owner had eluded all attempts of capture for going on 3 days. They continued to explain how they had lots of help chasing this pony around, and yet Continue Reading

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Vet Bills at Bay

My daughter heard our vet comment to his new assistant on dental day “Yeah, we only come to this barn once a year”.  He’s pretty correct, I pulled our ONE vet file started fresh in 1992 that includes all bills for all horses and took a peak. Other bills are for sheath cleanings, vaccines, diagnosis of sustained injuries and putting old Continue Reading

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The Back Up

By Steve Bauhr This year, I proposed the idea to friends on Facebook regarding a Goal setting challenge. The idea was to promote and inspire folks to do more with their horses, at least January through June. It’s been fun so far, and the participation has been from folks all over the country. For March’s goals, I included several that Continue Reading

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Amazing Grace

by: Jessica Wright There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 You might ask me what that verse has to do with horse riding. Everything! The last four times I have hauled somewhere and rode in a group, whether at a horse show or just a practice, I have seen people who miss Continue Reading

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The Swinging Life

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 battling back pain. Tents, Bivy Sacks, and Hammocks Oh My! With the wide variety of options available Continue Reading

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7th Annual Washington State Horse Expo

The horse… a magical creature beloved for its qualities as a work horse, war veteran, therapy horse and companion, was celebrated during Washington State’s premiere equine event, the Washington State Horse Expo, March 3-5, 2017. Celebrating its 7th successful year, this favorite local event draws thousands of horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the Western United States. Expo-goers met Continue Reading

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All About Western Reins

There are several types of Western Reins. The type of riding you like to do and what type of headstall and bit or bitless bridle, hackamore, etc., that you use will determine your rein choice. Of course, personal preference will factor into your decision as well. Let’s look at some of the options available. Split Reins  Split reins are usually Continue Reading

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North America’s Largest Horse Expo Company Comes to Scottsdale, AZ

Book your Horsey trip away for a fun filled weekend of equine learning, shopping and entertainment! The Mane Event will take place in Scottsdale May 26-28, 2017 at the world-class facility, WestWorld of Scottsdale. This venue allows the all-equine based trade show, an arena, the lecture/demonstration area and the Round Pen to be under one air-conditioned roof. While we do Continue Reading

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Positive & Negative

By Steve Bauhr I recently had a friend visit who works professionally with horses. In talking, he mentioned the idea of positive versus negative. I won’t be able to do him justice by repeating everything he shared with me, my memory’s been fading by the minute lately. It may be part of our human condition, being drawn more toward negative Continue Reading

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62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

The largest event of it’s kind; the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show celebrated its 62nd Anniversary February 16th – 26th, 2017. Commonly referred to as the ‘greatest show on earth’, the Scottsdale Show annually entertains over 300,000 people from 50 countries, while over 2200 world class Arabian and Half Arabian horses compete for over 2 million dollars in prize money. The Continue Reading

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Detecting and Preventing Placentitis in Mares to Prevent Late Term Abortion

Outback Equine Reproduction and Embryo Transfer Center has been offering professional services to the Equine Community for over 18 years.  It is a family owned and ran business in Caldwell, Idaho. Nick and Jennifer Kalafatic started the business on 5 acres at their home in 1997, it has grown into one of the largest most respected breeding facility in the Continue Reading

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