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Your First Horse

Do you remember looking for your first horse?  I do.  It reminds me of a blind date.  And we all know how that goes...never as described.  The more incredible the horse sounded in the ads the more I was disappointed.   I remember seeing Rudy for the first time.  He had a huge head on a malnourished body.  I asked the owner to ride him first which is a rule I try to follow when purchasing horses, but the owner was afraid to ride him.  She had purchased him off the race track with 18 starts and only 4 wins.  This told me he might be kind of slow for an Off the Track Thoroughbred (OTTB)...

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Helmet anyone?

Did I tell you about my early experience with horses?  At age ten I galloped my friends Shetland pony across the field without a care in the world or a helmet on my head. Wow!  Have times changed. When I started my daughter riding at age 6 she had on an ASTM approved helmet and I even considered using her roller skating pads.  Same goes for car seats.  Now kids are required to ride in an approved car seat.   Safety standards have really changed.  And so have the barns.  

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Country Club or Barn?

What were the barns like when you were first boarded horses?  My first barn was just that, a shelter for horses and an attached small arena.  I was always looking for the perfect barn.   One that had a nice indoor or outdoor arena, access to trails, good quality care and safe turn out.  It seemed I could never find a place that had everything.  As the cities have grown outward barns have become even scarcer.   In my 25 plus years of owning/boarding horses I never felt like I was at a country club with luxurious amenities.  I can honestly say that is no longer true.  They even have...

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Blending English and Western – “Englern”

Did I tell you about how I dress at the barn? Which costume I wear? Well I dress "Englern."  Which is a perfect blend of English and Western.  I always have on my English breeches but do try to wear my jean ones. Then I sport my Cowgirl boots and BLINGY Western Belt.  See I have found that blending the two makes more fashion sense.  Two sometimes is better than one! Just as I have found mixing the two disciplines at the barn makes for more balanced riders and horses.  I think horses get bored doing the same thing as do the riders.  So take a chance and try something out of the box with...

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