Horses

The One Thing I Did That Made Me a Better Trail Rider

I did one thing that made me a better trail rider and horse owner in general. It wasn’t following any particular trainer or method, it wasn’t watching any particular video or reading any particular book, and it wasn’t even taking lessons. It was learning about endurance riding. I had never heard of endurance riding until… Continue reading The One Thing I Did That Made Me a Better Trail Rider

Horses · Olaf the Gentle Giant

First Ride on Olaf the Gentle Giant

Olaf has finally gained enough weight where I feel comfortable starting to ride him. I’ve led the kids around on him for a few minutes at a time, and I led my daughter on the trail for about 20 minutes. I don’t feel comfortable going any longer than that, simply because he’s still thin and… Continue reading First Ride on Olaf the Gentle Giant

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule #10- Persistence pays off.

After the Christmas parade debacle, Miss Mule was mad at me for a solid 3 months. She wouldn’t get anywhere near a trailer without an absurd amount of effort on my part, she didn’t want to be ridden, and she was generally salty. You may ask how I know that she didn’t want to be… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #10- Persistence pays off.

Horses · Olaf the Gentle Giant

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Horse

When you’re in the horse game long enough, people start offering you free horses. Someone can’t afford to feed their horses anymore, they’re dealing with an illness and have no time for them, or their kid lost interest and they’re tired of paying big money for an animal they don’t need. Whatever the situation, there… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a Free Horse

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Trailer Loading the Slow, Gentle Way

Whenever I run into a training problem with my equines, it always bums me out. It’s like when your kid does something really stupid and you wonder what you could have done better as a parent to prevent it. But always on the other side of any training issue I realize that I learned something… Continue reading Trailer Loading the Slow, Gentle Way