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I’ve lived the backyarder’s dream. For much of my life, the space behind my house contained a barn rather than a swimming pool. It wasn’t the typical Southern California lifestyle, but I reveled in it. Each morning when I...
Have you contemplated transitioning from backyarder to boarder? Are you moving your horse to a new barn? If so, here are five suggestions: 1. Don’t be a Complainer If you carefully inspected the boarding barn—which in my book includes snooping beyond...

Be Fly Free

Horse flies. Stable flies. House flies. Deer flies. Toss mosquitoes, gnats and ticks into the mix, and you have the bane of every horse’s (and horse owner’s) existence. As much as we all look forward to the lovely long...
When you’re out driving through the countryside in the springtime, a field full of yellow buttercups can be a lovely sight. When that field is your horse’s pasture, however, all that yellow can be a stress-inducing vision to behold. Buttercups...
1. Tree Spread and Angle When viewed from the front, the spread and slope of the skirts should be an exact match to the shape of your horse. Any narrowing, especially in the area around the withers or behind the...
Q: I know during the fall and winter it is a lot easier for horses to become dehydrated. Because of the cooler temperatures, they aren't as inclined to drink their water as they are in the hotter months. This...
Photo by FEP.3 on flickr/CC BY 2.0 For folks with just one or two horses, the choice between boarding at a stable or converting their land into horse property is a tough decision. There are quite a few pros and...
Q: I just recently purchased a 15-year-old gelding. He has only been on hay feed, not grass pasture. We've had him for almost a week now and have slowly been putting him in the grass pasture. We started at...
Here are seven items I use toward the goal of creating a tidy oasis. Each one either prevents an invasion borne of the Great Outdoors or aids me in the counterattack. Country Chic Muck Shoes ...
As a horse person, there’s a certain part of me that would be quite happy living in a well-appointed tackroom. Unfortunately, the rest of my household doesn’t share the same design aesthetics. The associated flies, mud, dust and dander...
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