Editorials

BLM Wild Horses and Burros Adoptions Vs. Purchases

by: Amy Dumas In 1971, after the largest letter-writing campaign at the time, Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act offered protection from branding, harassment, and capture to wild horses and burros living on Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service lands in ten western United States. The Act also designated the Secretaries of Continue Reading

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My Space

AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Smith gives you tips to teach your horse to respect your personal space. Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily Whether you call it “shouldering in,” “crowding the handler” or “falling into you,” it’s a habit that needs to be stopped. Listen to what Jason has to say about teaching your horse to respect your personal space. The Continue Reading

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Backing Your Horse Like A Champ

Ask your horse to back up lightly and willingly with the halter for a positive horse-showing experience. Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily Backing your horse is a common maneuver in showmanship classes, so it’s important to do it correctly and seemingly effortlessly. Objectives: • To cause your horse to back up with very light action on his halter • To Continue Reading

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Northern Nevada Correctional Center saddle-trained wild horse Adoption Event scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017

RENO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries are hosting a saddle-trained wild horse and burro adoption event on Saturday, June 10 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) located at 1721 Snyder Avenue, south of Carson City, Nevada. Fifteen saddle-trained wild horses and one cart-trained burro from herd Continue Reading

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Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department- R3C Wild Horse Program

What We Do: In July 2014, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, (SSD), and the Bureau of Land Management- California joined Forces in helping wild horses and inmates. Mustangs receive care and training from the R3C Wild Horse Program inmates, and are then available for adoption to the public. This helps the more than 46,000 wild horses in holding facilities find good Continue Reading

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Lead, Lunge, and Load – $200

By Steve Bauhr There was a time when I offered such a deal. I would show up at your property, with my trailer, a two horse straight load, and for $200, I would have your horse leading, lunging, and loading before I left. Sometimes it took an hour, other times we were finishing with flashlights. If I couldn’t get all three Continue Reading

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The (Un)Essentials

By Robert Eversole The discovery of fire has been said to be mankind’s most important moment, but with burn bans in much of the nation, an open flame might not do you any good. Instead, you’ll need to rely on more modern innovations to keep you warm, dry, fed, and entertained. And gear manufacturers are glad to help! However, the Continue Reading

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Patience in the Process

by: Jessica Wright “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” It’s the Futurity season! Right about now, aged event riders all over the country are counting the days until whichever futurity they are entered in starts. I am, too! This year, my horse is super Continue Reading

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Western States Horse Expo Shined for 19th Year

Completing its 19th year, Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California opened the gates in June to yet another appreciative group of thousands of horse people. The faithful Expo fans come without fail, and new-to-the-event people increase in numbers each year. Even the cool weather was perfect, not typical for Sacramento in June. Attendees pulled out their credit cards as Continue Reading

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The Pro Panel 3 in 1 Stall Grazer Story

It’s been over 20 years ago now that I stood in the alley of my barn watching our horses tear the hay out of their hanging hay feeders and pull it to the ground. We were hauling out almost half the hay we were feeding at cleaning time after it became contaminated with manure and urine on the stall floor. Continue Reading

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Two in a Million

By Dianna Hubbard Stein Will and Grace have entered the world, and what an unlikely event it was. Shari Burns, stable master of her Wilton, California barn, is no stranger to delivering foals.- she lost count at 950 or so. When the mare, Elegant Emma N, owned by Richard and Marlene Thomas, and bred by Little Steven, owned by Shari Continue Reading

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Slow Feeding Can Improve Performance in Show Horses

By Melissa Auman, Founder and President of Freedom Feeder® Slow feeding has been shown to benefit performance horses in many different ways: Performance horses are under a lot of stress. Stress can be caused by high volumes of concentrate feeds; by transportation; new, high energy environment and noises they are unfamiliar with; and the rigors of training and competition. Stress Continue Reading

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Summer Riding Thoughts

A TrailMeister column by Robert Eversole June 20th marked the first day of summer. The many joys of this wonderful season go far beyond the smell of pine in the air as you ride down a shaded path. I’m especially looking forward to long days in the saddle, leading pack string in a wilderness area. My plans haven’t been finalized Continue Reading

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Consider the Horse

By Steve Bauhr Years ago, I was given a copy of Consider the Horse, a book written by Mark Rashid. It was the first of many he has written, and it’s a real gem. In the book, Mark describes how he first started working with horses as a young man under the teachings of Walter, or as Mark refers to Continue Reading

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DWPH HOSTS AN AWESOME CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA FUTURITY!

by: Deb Mann Deven Warren had an idea many months ago- he wanted to see what would happen if he put on a Futurity and Derby here in the Porterville area. Would sponsors be into it, and would Futurity and Derby riders support it? The answer was a resounding YES! So many great folks stepping up to sponsor 9 saddles, Continue Reading

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The Big But

by: Jessica Wright How many of you have seen “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”? In this silly movie, there’s a scene in which Pee Wee encourages a friend he meets who has a dream, “but…” The lady has a “but” explanation as to why she hadn’t pursued her dream. Pee Wee says, “Everybody I know has a big but.” So, do Continue Reading

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Miss Reno Rodeo 2017 and her BLM Adopted Mustangs

Alexandra “Alex” Rayppy, the 2017 Miss Reno Rodeo is a very special ambassador to the wild horse adoption program! Born and raised in Reno, she is 20 years old and entering her senior year at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is currently working towards getting a degree in Kinesiology and plans to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy once Continue Reading

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The Rawhide Reata – A Work of Art

By Buckaroo John Brand of Buckaroo Leather Products The Vaqueros of the old west were skilled horsemen who valued their horses and their rawhide horse tack. The Vaqueros had many “tools” to assist them with their everyday tasks on the range. One of these “tools” was the rawhide reata (or riata). The word reata is from the Spanish word reatar, Continue Reading

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2017 Feather River College Production Horse Sale

Nestled in the Sierra Mountains off Highway 70 in Quincy, CA, is a small community college with an impressive horse program. At Feather River College students can earn an associate degree or certificate in Equine Studies with a focus in horse training, ranch, rodeo, or pack skills. New to our small college, is the Bachelor of Science degree in Equine 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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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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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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Bureau of Land Management – Northern Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse Adoption A Success

RENO, Nev. — All 15 animals showcased at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries saddle-trained horse adoption event this past weekend were adopted. The event was held on February 25 at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) south of Carson City, Nevada. Fourteen former wild horses and one burro from Continue Reading

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The 34th Annual Pick-a-Colt Day® Production Sale

According to Mike & Sherry Knapp, who run cows on over 40,000 thousand acres at the base of Yosemite National Park, “Where there is a working cattle ranch, there are working horses.” Sherry added, “To get our cows gathered in the fall, we need a horse with a good mind, good legs, and a big heart.” That is why 45 years ago, the Knapp’s Continue Reading

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Beginning Farmers: The Quest to Find Land

By Wyatt Fraas, wyattf@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs You’ve decided that farming is for you, and the next step is to find your own land. As a new farmer, you want to identify when landowners are first thinking about a change. You want to know when a landowner’s children decide not to come home, or when a health condition forces Continue Reading

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How to Sell A Horse with Richard Winters

A few years ago I wrote an article on “How To Buy A Horse”. I’ve also given numerous lectures at horse expos around the country on the same topic. However, I’ve never addressed the subject of how to sell a horse. I’m not saying that I’m an expert. Our business has never been one where we buy and sell a Continue Reading

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Arizona National Livestock Show 2017 Academic Year Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The Arizona National Livestock Show is investing in the future of agriculture and awarding over $40,000 annually in scholarships to students who have participated in the livestock show or horse show. The Scholarship Program has awarded over $920,000. Scholarships are available to students attending an accredited university or college for the current academic year. Other requirements include: High School graduation; Continue Reading

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Riding with the TrailMeister: Keeping Trails Open

By: Robert Eversole Paradise. For some that’s an image of a tropical beach- for me it’s a dirt trail that twists and meanders to a backcountry camp deep in the wilderness. It’s a quiet solitude punctuated by the peaceful clip clop of hooves, and the far scream of an eagle aloft. It’s the sweet perfume of pine on a warm Continue Reading

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Standing Tied

By Steve Bauhr Within every horse is a strong overwhelming power. At times, it will take over muscle and bypass logic or reasoning. At times, it will cause the horse to hurt themselves while trying to avoid being hurt.  Many believe it’s the strongest drive in the horse. What is it? Self-preservation. My grandparents lived in Seattle, Washington when I was young. I was Continue Reading

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You Are What You Think

By: Jessica Wright You’ve probably heard people say that you are what you eat. It is true! Your body goes through a process of metabolizing the food you eat, and using the broken down proteins and carbohydrates to replenish and build cells- the building blocks of your body. I’ve seen two foals the same size at birth, and one gets Continue Reading

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Rain Rot

Along with blustery winter weather, some have seen complications in horse health.  Some will tell you that this winter, they can feel small lumps on their horse’s skin or hair. Maybe it’s rain rot, how do you know?  What is rain rot? Rain rot, rain scald or Dermatophilosis, as it is sometimes referred to, is one of the most common Continue Reading

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BLM Concludes the Reveille HMA Wild Horse Gather

TONOPAH, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concluded a wild horse helicopter gather on the Reveille Herd Management Area (HMA) located about 50 miles east of Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada on February 3, 2017. The BLM gathered 151 and removed 81 wild horses. A total of 68 horses, both mares and studs, were released back onto the range. Continue Reading

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Red Bluff Arabian Horse Association Winter Show Recap

Red Bluff Arabian Horse Association held their first Winter Horse  Show in January at the  Rollings Hills Equestrian Center in Corning,California.  This show presents Arabians, and Half-arabian in a wide variety of classes, showcasing their beauty and versatility.  This year all breeds were welcome, providing more interest in the horse world.  The weather was certainly mixed, sometimes very stormy and Continue Reading

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