Editorials

Vick is Victorious

at West Coast Barrel Racing Association Finals By Hope Raley The event that just took place this past weekend in King City, CA was nothing short of epic. The ENERGY in that building was monumental. The entire West Coast Barrel Racing family and affiliates pulled off another recording breaking event. There were countless people that stepped in and helped to Continue Reading

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The Three Bars Legacy

A history of the horse whose offspring have become legends in the horse-showing ring. This Hall of Fame Thoroughbred was named Three Bars because his owners hoped he would pay off like a slot machine. AQHA file photo. Courtesy of Americas Horse Daily In an age of hot-blooded, hair-triggered racehorses, Three Bars’ easygoing disposition was something of an anomaly. The Continue Reading

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Silver Dollar Confirmed To Shine Again In February

[Las Vegas, Nevada]  The Silver Dollar Circuit has solidified its February dates for next year.  Given the success of the past show and the benefits of having the Sun Circuit directly after, Director Jan Bruner has given the go ahead for next year’s dates.  Starting on Friday, February 23rd and ending on Wednesday the 28th, the Las Vegas Silver Dollar Continue Reading

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The Importance of Clean Water

Just because your horse has access to water, doesn’t mean they are well hydrated. Water is key to a healthy and active horse. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gropper. Courtesy of America Horse Daily Would you drink dirty water? Water that had algae, mud, maybe even feces in it? Would you be able to put it to your mouth and swallow? Continue Reading

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Draft Horse Power! Using Work Horses at Ruby & Amber’s Farm

By A. Peterson with W. Bernard. Dorena Oregon, September 2017 What?! There are folks who use draft horses in farming, in the 21st century? Yes, indeed. Many of these people are neither re-enactors, nor Amish, and use live horsepower for the very real reason of doing work in their farming businesses. In fact, draft power is currently experiencing a renaissance, Continue Reading

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Sunrise Equine Rescue

It is our mission at Sunrise Equine Rescue to be advocates for abused and neglected equines; to remove them from unhealthy and dangerous situations, then rehabilitate and retrain them so that they can be placed in loving forever homes. We focus on the education of the community and those who would love to own or care for an equine to prevent further Continue Reading

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Horse’s Honor Senior Equine Sanctuary

Horses’s Honor Senior Equine Sanctuary, established in 1999 by Niña Thompson, is settled on eighty acres of ranch land in the rolling hills above Lincoln, California. Since then, Niña has rescued hundreds of horses but today the Sanctuary provides a safe, natural and permanent home for twenty-five elder equines. Some, never knowing a decent life before, came from a variety Continue Reading

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Return to Freedom

Wild horses are facing their last stand. On the back of these great beings, we, the people built a country based on freedom. Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation is fighting to protect and preserve the freedoms of the American wild horse. For decades, we have had available humane solutions (a comprehensive birth control program), which would keep wild horses Continue Reading

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HOPE FOR HORSES, INC. CHANGING THE FACE OF RESCUE

Let’s get away from this “Rescue” idea and let’s work on changing how we look at these horses. Instead of calling these organizations “rescues” and using the terms “re-train”, and “re-home” let’s start calling it; helping at risk, dis-placed, and/or horses in transition. Our goal is to do more and at Hope for Horses! We bring these horses back into Continue Reading

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What is the Get Down, or “Git Down” Rope?

By: Buckaroo John, Buckaroo Leather Products Many working cowboy ranches embrace the traditions of the Old West Vaqueros. These cowboy ranches use traditional Vaquero horse tack, and teach the Vaquero ways of horse training and horsemanship. In keeping with this traditional Vaquero style, the Get Down Rope has become popular with not only the old west working cowboy ranches, but casual Continue Reading

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Horse Training Update: Holding Your Reins

Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily  Achieve power steering with these horse-training techniques. Whether you are riding Western or English, there’s no setamount of pressure. It’s give and take. Journal photo By AQHA Professional Horseman Bennie SargentYour reins should create a straight line from your elbow to your horse’s mouth.When the reins get too long, your hands are either too low or they Continue Reading

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MEET THE JUDGE OF THE 31st ANNUAL DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC

Glenn Lewis from Springfield, Missouri, has been selected as the judge of this year’s Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California.  Lewis has been judging horse shows across North America for more than 23 years, and this is his first time judging the Draft Horse Classic. “I’m very excited to be Continue Reading

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Bureau of Land Management – Northern Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse Adoption A Success

ELY, Nev. — All four animals showcased at the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Department of Corrections – Silver State Industries saddle-trained horse and cart-trained burro adoption event this past weekend were adopted. The event was held Saturday, Aug. 19 at the White Pine County Fairgrounds in Ely, Nev. Three former wild horses and one burro from herd management Continue Reading

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Legacy Ranch Horse Sale Set for September 16

The second annual Legacy Ranch Horse Sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott, Arizona, Rodeo Grounds. Once again, three of Arizona’s largest, most historic ranches – the K4 Ranch, Campwood Cattle Company, and O RO Ranch – have teamed up to present a unique offering of using horses carrying the brands of ranches with Continue Reading

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2017 ALL IN Barrel Race

By: Josi Appling Las Vegas in December is a cowboy’s and cowgirl’s paradise: The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the shopping, the casinos, and now, the ALL IN Barrel Race. This is only the second year that Chris Woodruff, founder and event producer of the Roper Cowboy Marketplace and Stetson Country Christmas, will put on the ALL IN Barrel Race. With Continue Reading

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Getting Over Gate Problems

By Charmayne James with Bonnie Wheatley There are many reasons why horses develop gate problems. Dentistry and the horse’s soundness need to be evaluated in the case of gate issues, but sometimes it goes a lot deeper, because a person’s riding can affect the mindset of their horse. Incorrect position on the pattern or poor rider position can cause a Continue Reading

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Circle Oak Equine

Circle Oak Equine, in picturesque Petaluma, CA, is a specialty veterinary practice focusing on sports medicine, lameness and professional rehabilitation for performance horses.  We offer cutting edge diagnostics, therapies and surgical techniques to ensure that your horse receives a swift, accurate diagnosis and the best opportunity for full recovery. Circle Oak is one of few facilities worldwide that offers this Continue Reading

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HydroHorse

The HydroHorse Inc. Submerged Treadmill Systems are a high tech engineered combination of a treadmill, whirlpool, and swimming pool. They are designed to aid in the therapeutic healing, strengthening, conditioning, and training of all types of horses. In essence, the horse is partially buoyant in a specially designed water filled tank, which at the same time allows contact with the Continue Reading

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Equine Leg Magic

IF YOU HAVE A HORSE WITH… arthritis • contracted tendons  • crooked legs in foals • desmitis • epiphysitis • hoof wall cracks • joint popping • laminitis • limited flexibility • locked stifle • navicular • non-sweaters • ringbone • sesamoiditis • small bone chips • soft tissue swelling • soft tissue calcium deposits • straight pasterns • torn Continue Reading

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Revita Vet Therapeutic Systems

The #1 Name in Equine Preventative Maintenance and Therapy **Eases Pain —– Expedites Recovery** Developed by science, backed by top trainers and world class riders, Revita Vet is simply the best.  With over 40 years of independent research worldwide, LIGHT THERAPY has been shown to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Benefits of Using Revita Vet IR2: Continue Reading

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STEPNSOAK 911

**Your First Step in Horse Hoof Health** StepnSoak is the first one-piece, self-attaching vinyl hoof soaking boot designed to make the task of hoof soaking simple, safe and effective. Made of durable 3-ply Taurpin with a webbed nylon center, StepnSoak 911 can be easily slipped on, and strong enough to leave the horse in cross-ties or in a stall while Continue Reading

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Hudson Aquatic Sytems

Hudson Aquatic Systems is offering a special on their AquaPacer and AquaPacer Plus underwater treadmill systems, including free freight and free installation on orders placed before September 30, saving customers up to $9000. If you’re adding aquatic therapy to your training facility or considering upgrading or remodeling before winter hits, this is a perfect time to save. Hudson’s AquaPacer Plus Continue Reading

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Ice Horse® Sets The Standard For Equine Cold Therapy

While many products claim to provide effective cold therapy for your horse, Ice Horse is the only product proven to get cold enough, and stay cold long enough, to provide the deep penetrating cold to required reduce inflammation and swelling. Your horse is an athlete. Treat him like one. When professional football or basketball players finish a tough practice or Continue Reading

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Equine Therapy: How Horses Make Sense of it All

By: Lisa Kaufman Kelly, Ph.D., EAGALA Certified (CA) Allison M. Davis, LMFT, CADCII, EALAGA Certified (CA), & Founder of Rethink Industries “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ~ Winston Churchill Winston Churchill acknowledged the power of the horse-human relationship long before equine guided programs existed, and as horsemen Continue Reading

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This Old Saddle

By Steve Bauhr The first saddle I actually owned came with a horse I purchased. They were trying to sweeten the deal, and I went for it. Looking back, I should have known something was a mock, the horse’s name was Elvis! It was an older saddle of the Western Pleasure persuasion, with nice stitching and a padded seat which also Continue Reading

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Where’s Your Focus?

by: Jessica Wright Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45b). If you habitually think it, you will eventually say it. Do you know how much can be discerned about your mental state by the words you choose to speak? Words have creative power. Remember that old childhood rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break Continue Reading

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You’ve Got One Job – Kayla’s Month of Riding Out West

by: Robert Eversole Most visits from out of state family don’t start with a trip to the farm supply store for clothes. This one did. Immediately after arriving from the East Coast, my 17-year-old niece Mikayla discovered western ranch culture with a new wardrobe of horse riding and barn work appropriate apparel. Goodbye skinny jeans, hello wranglers. Goodbye sneakers, hello Continue Reading

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Bucking Rolls – What Are They and Why Use Them?

By Buckaroo John Brand of Buckaroo Leather Products Bucking rolls are two padded pouches that are added to the front of the saddle seat. Most bucking rolls are filled with wool, trimmed from bark-tanned sheepskin. Bucking Rolls supplement the swells on a saddle, and help a rider stay secure in the saddle. They are designed to be used with slick fork Continue Reading

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White Pine County Fair to Feature Saddle-trained Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada Department of Corrections, Silver State Industries on Saturday, Aug. 19, will host a saddle-trained wild horse and burro adoption at the White Pine County Fairgrounds, 78 North McGill Highway, in Ely, Nev. The BLM will offer for adoption three saddle-trained wild horses and one cart-trained burro from Nevada herd Continue Reading

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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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