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    The cat is out of the bag! After a little over two years of running @theheadequestrian on Instagram, I decided it was time to take a leap and go big! Welcome to my blog! I frequently have loyal fans and followers ask me to start either a blog or a Youtube – you guys know how I feel about Youtubers, so a blog is IS! Don’t fret, I will still be making vlogs and videos for you, they’ll just be posted here! My Instagram will still be running as usual, so no need to fret there either. I will be using this platform to further write about West, myself, our…

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    Open Farm = INNOVATION

    Open Farm is a new-ish company that’s come across my radar recently. As the owner of a new puppy, I’m all about finding brands that are good for him. Before you get hooked – I’ll start by saying, Open Farm is extremely expensive. EXTREMELY. Because of this (and all the DCM mumbo jumbo) I do not feed Open Farm as kibble. I use it for treats and meal toppers. Their cheapest kibble formula would cost me $700 minimum a month to feed my four dogs. That isn’t taking into consideration how active they are ( so it would likely cost me more than $700 ) or even supplements or toppers.…

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    Why I Stopped Feeding Pro Plan

    I see it on Facebook all the time … “What food do you feed your dogs?” “What’s the best food for my new puppy?” and so on. 8/10 recommendations are for Pro Plan. I used to feed Pro Plan. My almost two year old GSP Wellington did okay on it. No complaints really, but we always felt like she could look better or be more muscled or have a softer, shinier coat. Right before Ward came home, we actually tried out Eukanuba – that was a major nope. She’s not a picky dog, at all – and she wouldn’t touch it. That’s beside the point though. It wasn’t until I…

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    Ward’s first trip to Keeneland!

    If you read my post about our first night with Ward, you’ll know that we stayed the night in Lexington, Kentucky on the way home with him. Although we had been driving for 18 hours just prior, I still woke up at 5:40 the next morning for Ward to have his first Keeneland experience. Also his first horse experience! He balked at the first horse that went by, but after that one – he was all about it!

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    First night with Warden – Lexington, KY

    This trip … let me tell you. This trip caused me more gray hairs than anything has in a long time. Ward is from Michigan, which meant that somehow I had to get him from Michigan to South Carolina when he was ready to come home. First thought – let’s just fly him. That idea went down the drain quickly with fear that he would be too big to fit under the seat at nine weeks old. Flying is out – so obviously our only option was to drive. All 13 hours – one way. Zach and I left at 10pm on Friday night, and arrived in Michigan at 12pm…

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    Welcome Ward!

    Long time, no chat! The last two months have been a whirlwind for me! If you don’t already know, I’ve welcomed ANOTHER pup to my four legged family. You all already know and love Wellington, she now has a little brother – Warden. This addition has been over a year in the making. I’ve spent hours and hours researching breeders, pedigrees, and bloodlines. You all know that I am very active with all my animals – if they don’t work, they don’t eat. Okay, not really – but you understand. I enjoy (and they do too) it when my animals have jobs. It makes owning a purebred (and well bred)…

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    Shoo Fly Leggins’ First Impressions

    I’ve never really been a hug fly boot gal. I used them on my mare years and years ago and never could get them to stay on, so I gave up. It wasn’t until recently that I purchased another pair. Many of you know that I’ve been battling scratches and photodermatitis with my gelding West this summer. A great friend of mine ( Jennifer Rubin <3 ) told me that they were also struggling, but had seen great improvement since buying the Shoo Fly Leggins. So, in a last ditch effort, I bought a pair. I purchased from a retailer on Amazon, and they cost me about $57. I ordered…

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    Healing Scratches with Absorbine

    First and foremost .. WHAT are “scratches?” Scratches, or “pastern dermatitis, dew poisoning, greasy heel, or mud fever” is caused by a variety of skin conditions including viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. Scratches can be caused by many, many things, but the biggest culprit is a wet environment. ” Constant moisture can become an irritant as it penetrates delicate skin, causing inflammation, redness, and ulcerations. (Christine Ward, DVM)” Scratches typically occur on the hind legs, and most frequently on horses with white or pink fur and skin. Poor West gets them every. single. year. He has four white socks, and due to some belly issues and his own personal…