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    2020 Winter Horse Show Schedule

    January 16th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 23rd : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 25th-26th : Dressage at Bruce’s Field February 6th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 8th-9th : I LOVE DRESSAGE @ Stable View 8th : SCDCTA Banquet @ Stable View 13th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 15th – 16th : Dressage at Bruce’s Field 20th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 22nd – 23rd : Lowcountry Dressage Classic @ Mullet Hall March 5th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 12th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 19th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 26th : Apple Tree Farm Dressage 30th : Apple Tree Farm Banquet April 4th – 5th : Spring Fever Dressage…

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    There Is Power In The Walk

    Over the last year, my farm has been installing a hot walker. It can accommodate up to six horses at one time, and can get up to canter speed. My barn owners started using it on their horses first, and after hearing them rave about the results – I wanted to try it for myself. Shortly after breakfast every morning is when all the horses join as one. The polo ponies. The jumpers. The dressage horses. Everyone goes on the walker for fifty minutes every single morning. Some days they do trot sets, but most days they simply walk. I’ve noticed great changes in West since we started his new…

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    Tail-Bagging 101

    Tail-bagging ( is that a word? it is now. ) is something that I get a lot of questions about, typically from my English followers. My western girls know the deal. Bagging a horse’s tail serves many purposes, but the two biggest being … To aid in growing the tail. To protect a long or thick tail. The tail bag can aid in growth in two ways. Protection and weight. The bag will protect your current tail, and allow it to grow. A tail will never grow if it’s constantly being pulled out or snagged on trees, fences, stalls, etc. Let’s not even mention pasture mates who enjoy tail chewing.…

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    Sweet Itch From Hell – What Worked

    Early – mid summer, I noticed West started rubbing his tail. Usually when this happens, it just means he needs to be wormed. Usually a de-wormer + a good, conditioning wash does the trick. Not this time. We even did the power pack de-wormer. Shortly after the tail, the mane started itching. Which never happens by the way. He rubbed out the entire bottom portion of his mane, and then was born the roach. RIP. Then the forelock, ears, and face started itching and losing hair. Then the back. Then the chest and the stomach. Then his manly area. It was getting worse and worse by the day. He looked…

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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…