Stable Advice

One Pattern – Two Ways! – By Mary Ann Brewer

July 5, 2018 One Pattern – Two Ways! This is a different take on the traditional figure 8 pattern which is below.  In this pattern, draw the horse from between the barrels toward you, when he reaches you, turn with him – shoulder to shoulder and then send him out and...

Marvelous Mantras! by Mary Ann Brewer

June 18, 2018 Marvelous Mantras! Mantras are a way for us (the human) to clear our minds and help our horses.  Essentially a mantra is a way to protect us from a run amok imagination, limiting thoughts or beliefs. When we think, and what we think matters to our...

Helping the Herd-bound Horse.

Helping the Herd-bound Horse. So there I was surfing Facebook when I see a post with a video of a herd-bound horse who wont be ridden away from her herd. I was stunned at how many posts there were giving advice. I was further stunned when I read post after post after...

Groundwork that Transfers to Riding.

Groundwork that Transfers to Riding. By - Mary Ann Brewer When you think of groundwork, what are you actually doing?  Maybe lunging or round penning, maybe cross tying?  These are all potentially helpful skills to teach your horse but do they help you in your riding?...

Wounds: When to Call the Vet

Wounds: When to Call the Vet Katharine J Porter, VMD   We all know the scenario: You head out to the barn to feed, or to bring your equine partner in from a day of turnout, and see that somehow, despite all your precautions, your horse has managed to sustain a...

Eyes On the Ground – Eliza Banks

Eliza Puttkamer-Banks - Guest Blogger  It takes a village...or perhaps a barn. If you think you can keep yourself and your horse moving through the levels by yourself, I will tell you that you are wrong. Hands down, throw your best punch, hate me if you want....but...

Caring for your leather boots

Caring for your leather boots. You spent a lot of time searching for the perfect boot and getting the right fit. Now what? Caring for your boots can help protect your investment.   Light scuff marks – Wipe with a damp cloth and let air dry. Apply your boot polish...