Advice for horses and horse owners from reader submissions. Cheeky, from the horse’s mouth, Dear Appy. Karen McPeak

Exasperated Horse Owner

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Why does my horse poop in his water bucket EVERY NIGHT? Signed, Rubber Gloved Dear Rubber Gloved, Ugh. Why do geldings do anything? Move the bucket.  If it continues, put in a toilet and teach him to flush. Fondly, Appy

That New Horse

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, A new horse just moved into my barn. She’s ok, kind of keeps to herself. The problem is that the people put her in a stall directly across the aisle from me and she gets better grain than I do. I’m “on a diet” and already have a hard time choking down my tasteless [...]

Enough is Enough

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Features, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Dear Appy. My horse has a glorious tail. He seems very proud of it but I worry. It seems the hair is getting too long. In particular it drags on the ground and sometimes when he steps backward he steps on it and scares himself. Should I cut a couple inches off the length, make it [...]

Santa’s Snub Sparks Outrage

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Dear Appy, My human has been bawling since Christmas because “Santa didn’t bring me a new horse.” Excuse me, ‘New Horse’? What the hell am I, dog food? Yes, I might be a bit long in the tooth at 22 but I can still canter with the best of ‘em, jump a fallen log in the [...]

Please, Please, Please

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Series|Tags: , |

Dear Appy, I have a boss mare. She is a tiny thing who rules the other horses with an iron fist. She's always great with me, good ground manners, obliging for grooming, loves a bath and enjoys trail riding. I've had her since she was a yearling and she's in her 30's now. I have one [...]

Two Left Feet and Unrequited Love

August 8th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Features, Series|

Dear Appy: I also have a blog that I write trying to better understand my lil short person!  I am so glad I am not alone. My problem is that she doesn't seem to enjoy my lil Bella dance that I do before I transition up into the trot.  She keeps saying things like stay on [...]

Getting to Know You

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Dear Appy, Series|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 [...]