Posts featuring editorial, historical, informative content as well as interviews and equestrian profiles.

Getting to Know You

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Features|Tags: |

Dear Appy:  I got in a lot of hot water recently when I smarted off to my new person. You know that feeling you get from standing in one place for too long? Well, I tried to quietly tell her I was cranky and sore after an eight hour ride to my new home, not [...]

Horse Seller and Buyer’s Taxing Texts

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

Personally I have no experience selling horses, apparently my pasture only accepts “incoming” equines. I understand from horse selling friends that the process can be quite taxing - the most common contention being “the human factor”. British eventer, Will Murray, seems to have ample experience with speculative buyers and recently penning this fictitious text thread via [...]

Celebrating Ruffian

July 7th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” (Lucien Laurin, Secretariat’s trainer, quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) She was born April 17, 1972 at Clairborne Farm, Kentucky, owned and bred by the Janney family of Maryland. Born into a royal bloodline her dam, Shenanigans, was the daughter of Native [...]

Horse Treats 101 – Good Choices for Your Good Horse

June 14th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

This past Sunday I worked in the yard. I mowed, weeded, transplanted bee balm, cleaned the barn, scoured the water tub and brushed the horses. I did a lot and by golly, I deserved a treat. I went to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and enjoyed a double scoop,  orange sherbet waffle cone for dinner. We all [...]

SHE won the first Belmont Stakes – Ruthless

June 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

She was owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, foaled on Morris’s farm in Throgg’s Neck, New York. Her sire, Eclipse, and dam, Barbarity, were both imported. Morris bred the pair repeatedly producing several colts who accomplished little on the track but several award winning fillies. Track folks referred to the group of daughters [...]

Equestrian Sports You’ve Never Heard of – Pack Burro Racing

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , , |

Written by Kristen Kovatch, Managing Editor, and intrepid driver of Percherons. Originally published June 6, 2017.  Part marathon, part in-hand endurance racing, 100% awesome. It’s an official Colorado summer heritage sport. It has a Triple Crown. It has its own “ass-ociation” (its phrasing, not mine) and members and by-laws. It’s pack burro racing, and it [...]

Liberty Training – Improve Your Relationship with Your Horse

June 6th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , , |

Alice MacGillivray, PhD, is author of “Riding Horseback in Purple” written for “women of age” who maybe considering horse ownership – first timers and re-riders alike.  Alice guides readers through scenarios that help dissect the reality of horse ownership from our childhood fantasies. An expert in adult learning, Alice explores ways we connect with horses as [...]

Not Just for Identification – Horse Tattoos

June 1st, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: |

For centuries, horses were branded with a hot iron to identify ownership. In 1947 horse racing authorities embraced tattooing. Regulations required all North American racing horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Quarter Horses and Appaloosas, to have an identifing lip tattoo  before their first race. While tattoos have become the standard for identification, the process also offers a medical application. [...]

John Wayne – Hollywood’s Greatest Cowboy

May 26th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Born May 26, 1907, Marion Robert Morrison would grow up to become one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars,  John Wayne. John Wayne, The Big Trail 1930 John Wayne was born in Iowa but grew up in California. He lost a football scholarship to the University of Southern California when he was injured bodysurfing. The [...]

Twins Beating the Odds

May 24th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |

The odds of twin foals surviving is 1 in 10,000. It is certainly uncommon but HOW rare? For perspective, the following things are as likely as your mare having twins. Finding a four-leaf clover on the first try Being killed by lightening that hit someone else first Dying from internal bleeding resulting from a liver biopsy [...]