Your Horse Did What?

So lucky you, you got the crazy mare, you lunge her, lower the carbs in the diet, offer a prayer to various deities and yet when you want her to do the work she acts like she is on crystal meth.

Hmmm how do we fix this? If I had a dollar for every rider who has come up to me at shows over the years with similar stories, I would be lying on a beach on a tropical isle with a drink with an umbrella in it.

Here’s the problem – there are a lot of reasons why your horse can present an attitude that is akin to Genghis Khan, when he is having a bad day. Many experienced trainers will adamantly state that it is the owner’s fault, that the horse is not being managed correctly hence the wack job personality. We would agree sometimes that may be the case. Continue reading “Your Horse Did What?” »

7 Tips for Picking the Right Trainer for Your Horse

Beyond anything else, as trainers and guardians of these horses we are so privileged to work with, it is our responsibility to put their welfare above all else. And as Owners and Amateur riders it is YOUR responsibility to “vet” the professionals you entrust your horses to. I have had too many horses come into my program that have been failed by their people. Sometimes out of ignorance but sometimes it comes from a place that has no excuse- greed, impatience, anger and vindictiveness. If you are considering sending your horse to a trainer, a sales barn, etc….please do your homework. I’ve compiled a list of seven things to consider but there are probably(definitely) more. Continue reading “7 Tips for Picking the Right Trainer for Your Horse” »

Supplement Regrows Horse’s Amputated Leg in 3 Days

It wasn’t so long ago in the US that I would have not been surprised to see a claim like that. There are still plenty of ads for human supplements out there making all kinds of outrageous claims. The fact is that supplements are not drugs, they don’t work like a lightbulb but to our amazement many people will still kiss a frog and expect it to turn into a Prince. Continue reading “Supplement Regrows Horse’s Amputated Leg in 3 Days” »

There Just Aren’t Enough Joint Supplements

We constantly reflect on the fact that there just aren’t enough joint supplements on the market, don’t manufacturers care about this important area? How can we possibly care for our horses when there are only about 200 products out there? More importantly each one is the best, so there has to be room for more products that are the best. I do have to hand it to SmartPak Smart Supplements who are at least trying with 16 joint supplements. Continue reading “There Just Aren’t Enough Joint Supplements” »