23 Reasons to Hate Rats

April 20th, 2018|Categories: Features, Management|Tags: , , |

I was going to write this post as a “guide” to rats in your horse barn--a few tips to help you determine if you have rats followed by useful suggestions on how to get rid of them. I realized after drafting a rather dry albeit informative piece that none of my carefully crafted points really meant [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Advice for WARHorses Interested in Buying a Horse

March 28th, 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 [...]