Decisions, Decisions: Thoughts for New and Returning Mid-life Riders

June 4th, 2019|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , |

By Karen McPeak I worked at a tack store a couple of years ago when a customer, probably in her mid-forties, came in to buy only what her trainer told her to buy, right down to the brand. As I remember, she was stressed. She had just bought her first horse—to the tune of $75,000, her [...]

Horse Health: Epiglottic Entrapment Took Out the Derby Favorite

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Advice, Health & Medical, Training|Tags: |

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched just a few days before the big race. Due to a fairly uncommon condition called epiglottic entrapment. The epiglottis is a triangular shaped cartilage at the base of the airway. It acts like a lid, flipping up and down protecting the horse’s airway as it swallows food. Epiglottic entrapment occurs [...]

Safety Tips for Riders Caught in a Lightning Storm

May 24th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Training|Tags: , , |

A single bolt of lightning can be hotter than the surface of the sun reaching 1 billion volts of electricity. Lightning occurs worldwide, most frequently along the equator and more so over land than sea. The United States for example sees an average of 20 million lightning strikes each year. A person’s chance of being struck [...]

WARHorses Easy Guide to Choosing the Right Colors for You and Your Horse

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , |

"I told you to get me a Hunter Green blanket!" When your horse disapproves of your color choice, you’ll know it. Choosing colors can be a conundrum--do I want the light blue or indigo pair of jeans? Does this red top go with these orange sandals? There is a great deal of pressure [...]

WARHorses Guide to Adopting a Wild Horse or Burro

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

The US government has approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will allow the government operational funds through September. The budget was approved sans a particular proposal that had America’s horse lovers up in arms.  The proposed bill would have allowed the culling the tens of thousands of mustangs and burros held in government funded corrals [...]

Horse Treats 101 – Good Choices for Your Good Horse

June 14th, 2017|Categories: Advice|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 [...]

Advice for WARHorses Interested in Buying a Horse

March 28th, 2017|Categories: Advice|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 [...]

Get Out the Kleenex – Care Considerations for Older Horses

May 20th, 2016|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , , |

Written by Melanie Eberhardt I recently crossed a major threshold and find myself on the north side of 50. I admit to feeling my age. When I wake in the morning, my ankles don’t bend so I hobble to the bathroom. If I sit on the floor, I have to lean on something to stand upright. [...]