On the Hunt! Hunting for the perfect fly sheet! Living in Hawaii, and owning a baroque build Friesian sport horse has created quite the conundrum for finding the perfect fly sheet. With hot and humid weather year round, the fly sheet must be light weight and highly breathable. But, it still needs to provide good protection... Continue Reading →
Subtle Signs of a Tired horse
How do I know when my horse is tired? This is a common question that is often answered in some variation of… "When you feel you don’t have any horse left.” Well, that’s great, but what if you have a horse that just seems to keep going no matter what??? I hear you. I have... Continue Reading →
Welcome Home Athena!
In July of 2015, I welcomed Athena into our family. She had just turned 5 years old and was very green. To say I had no real idea what I was in for is an understatement. But, with excitement, a healthy dose of apprehension and a lot of logistical planning, Athena traveled from Washington State to... Continue Reading →
Different Expectations for Different Situations
I pulled into the barn ready to for some much needed time with Athena. I love pulling into the barn and looking out to her pasture. She usually perks up, hearing me pull in. But, today she was happily grazing in her pasture. The sun’s rays were still warm, casting an afternoon glow across the... Continue Reading →
Turning Rainy Days into Training Opportunities!
It’s been a week of rain, rain and more rain here in Hawaii. We’ve managed to sneak out between the showers to enjoy a few rides down the road to at least get out, but mostly it’s been a week in creative horse training. During one such break in the weather I looked out... Continue Reading →
Teaching your horse manners at feeding time
I am a firm believer in teaching horses ground manners and especially around feeding for ease of feeding and safety. Horses in a herd establish a hierarchy and pecking order for who gets to eat and when. Just watch a herd sometime. If the lead mare comes into the group, the other horses will give... Continue Reading →
Canter Transition Success!
Headed to the barn, ready to ride, ready for the day to unwind. I slipped my Blundstone much boots on. I love these boots btw. They are so easy on and off, are super comfortable, great tred and the best part is they are still holding up to the rigors of days at the barn;... Continue Reading →
Forage options and how much to feed your horse
I recently moved Athena from a lovely 2 acre pasture, to a barn setting. The pasture, was easy with 24/7 turnout and unlimited grazing. It made life simple. I never thought too much about the nutritional quality of her grass or how much she was getting. It just fell into the category of "it is... Continue Reading →
Magnesium Supplement… what a difference!
MagRestore Living in Maui, we are blessed with lush green pastures and lots of sunshine. It’s a great combination for a happy horse. Despite having such wonderful grazing options, I’ve needed to add in a few additional supplements to help balance the pasture nutrients and to help Athena function at her best. One supplement... Continue Reading →
My Horse just ate a plastic bag…Now what???
This horse is going to give me gray hairs! My first mistake was forgetting that I had a sandwich bag with a few carrot pieces laying in the top of my tack box. My second mistake was leaving my tack box open as I walked off to asses the placement of my make shift round... Continue Reading →