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    Four BIG Reasons to Opt for 24/7 Winter Turnout

    It’s finally October. The heat is almost gone, and the bugs are returning to hell – where they came from, so it’s safe for West to be a normal horse again. By “be a normal horse again” I mean he’s back on full time, 24/7 turnout. If you know me, you know that this is something I do every year in the winter. I’m a major believer in as much turnout as possible – and even MORE so during the winter months. Here’s why … 1 . Your horse has the ability to warm himself up. Sometimes the weather drops down to colder than expected, sometimes the barn staff accidentally…

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    Tips & Tricks to Get Out of Your Riding Slump

    It happens to all of us. Some more than others, but the riding slump is bound to hit you at some point. Not even professionals are safe from it. It’s OK to go through times like this, as life isn’t always pretty. However, when I find that I’m not bouncing back into it after a week or two, I have a few tried and true methods to get me back in the barn. 1 . Sign up for a show. This one is my favorites and most used. By signing up for a horse show, you’re actually forced to ride. If you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for failure. To…

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    2019 Competition Year in Review

    2019 … what a year. I know it isn’t technically over – but our show year almost is. For my loyal followers, you know that West and I were forced into dressage in November of 2018 due to his EPM diagnosis. Thankfully West has been previously competed through fourth level – however, I had no prior dressage experience. I took my first dressage lesson in November, and we competed for the first time in January of 2019 at Stable View. Apparently it wasn’t as great as it felt, because we scored a 59.615%. I was still thrilled. Fast forward to two months later, when we showed for the second time…

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    DIY Horse Cake

    I don’t have much talent in the kitchen, but once a year I put on my apron and get to work. Naturally, that’s for West’s birthday. Because I’m a health nazi when it comes to my animals, this is typically the only day of the year that West gets anything over the top. Of course I have to go all out for that. There are several companies who sell horse cakes, but 1. they’re outrageously priced, and 2. what fun is that?! Ingredients for my DIY cake cost right at $10, and only about an hour – hour and a half to make. Plus, it’s fun getting messy every now…

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    Off with the mane!

    It’s true, the mane is gone. All of it. 🙁 I’ve been playing with the idea of roaching for a while now, but it’s really been on my mind the last few months. Most of you know, (because you’ve seen me bitching all over Instagram about it) but West’s blankets rubbed out a nice big chunk of his mane over the winter. It happened in late December, and it’s now May and we still have no new growth. The blanket situation was addressed, but the hair still wasn’t growing back in. You know how when you shaved your legs for the first time, the hair grew back thicker? That’s what…