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Losing a Horse and Gaining a Focus.

Peace and Sadness Growing up  I had two roommates, and I didn’t know if they could ever cooperate with each other. Usually, when “Peace” did come home he crept through the door in the morning for some hot cocoa and a quick chat, then Peace, “peaced-out”.  He never did hang out for very long, and I

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Horse Abscess – A Hole in the Foundation

It seems like the ONLY thing I’m good at lately is identifying holes, and designating the filling of them. As riveting as the topic of HOLES sounds – try to stick with me, because we might be able to dig each other out. Last week I peeked out my window to see my beloved sassy

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Brazilian Barrel Racing Saddle Review

How getting a Brazilian made me ride better…Brazilian Barrel Saddle! (sorry guys, I couldn’t help myself) When I bought my barrel horse I knew I was getting a mixed bag of tricks. Despite his lacking topline and emotional fitness he had some very appealing qualities. Second and third opinions from equine practioners said he’s the

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Competition Tips from the Top

Do you play to win? In order to ‘play’ physically, we’ve got to be on our game mentally! Below I’ve rounded up some winning advice from three decorated equine professionals. They have some of the best insights for keeping your arena game strong. I’ve also offered some of my own tips for keeping the cans and your confidence UP.  

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How To Ride and Return a Demo Saddle in Mint Condition

Take a test drive without wrecking… Not so fast…keep those tags intact, we are just getting started! The age and stage of horsemanship advancement is upon us. A surplus of exciting big money shows, informative YouTube videos, and easier access to trainers leaves us hankering for more time in the saddle. But what if our

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Thought Thursday – Ride Without Regret

Just the inner ramblings of a horse trainer, posted outwardly for the world to read. Ride Without Regret   There have been a few occasions in my life when I have been asked, “What is your biggest regret?” I think people secretly ask this to judge or compare who looks like the bigger failure, or

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Good Vibrations – What is the EquiVibe Plate for Horses?

Flipping through the pages of any equine catalog, you will notice a plethora of therapy products. Liniments, wraps, boots, magnets, supplements, massage-rs, fairy dust, ice packs and hollow promises all suggesting that THEIR product will help your performance horse. How are you to chose: Brand endorsement? Color assortment? Newly improved? Horse-approved? It’s tiring to say

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6 Months on a Sorrel… Rehabilitating a Barrel Racing Horse

Six months on a sorrel… Here on the blog, you may have been following my barrel racing horse, Lucky, and his transformation. Affectionately called: #TransformationTuesday and the “Top Line Series part one, two, three, and four “. Which is based on the progress and rehabilitation of my barrel horse. The mission statement of Integrated Equine reflects the

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