Divide Ain’t Wide: Common Roots

Editor’s Note: 2018 Best Horse Practices Summit presenter Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last twenty years and is a regular guest columnist for Cayuse Communications. She lives in New Mexico where she works with dressage and Western […] Continue Reading

Death, Life, and Time with Horses

By Maddy Butcher My ex-husband – father to my three sons, an Irishman to whom I was married for 12 years – died this spring. He was estranged from us for over a decade. The boys – now men in their 20’s and scattered across the country – came hurriedly to a Massachusetts hospital to say their goodbyes. After a […] Continue Reading

Summertime: Tanks Rule

Patagonia’s Mindflow Tank I live in Colorado, ride Western, and often help ranchers with cattle. Purists here say that even in the heat, long sleeves must be worn. I am not a purist. Some might call me a Redneck Rider. Redneck Riders are passionate about many things. Heeling to convention ain’t one of them. We love our horses, dogs, and […] Continue Reading

A Visit with Kimes Ranch Jeans

We’ve been fans of Kimes Ranch, the rider-friendly, made-in-America jeans company for years. Recently, we chatted with Kimes Ranch Marketing Director Lindsay Perraton to learn more about the company’s recent growth and successes. We’ll review a pair of their Jolene style soon. Cayuse Communications [CC]: Can you give us some ballpark figures for how Kimes Ranch has flourished since its […] Continue Reading

Welcome Peggy Gurnett

We welcome Peggy Gurnett Horsemanship to the Cayuse Communications family of advertising partners! Peggy lives and works in Boulder County, Colorado, where she has been helping horse owners and riders for years. She has been featured in Western Horseman and on ESPN. She’s ridden around the country and helping humans connect with horses is her passion. Gurnett writes: The horse […] Continue Reading

DIY Dry Lot

It starts with a big pile of lumber With guidance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (an agency of the Department of Agriculture charged with helping farmers and ranchers to optimize pasture health, among other missions), I’m building a dry lot. A dry lot is a space in which horses can move freely, eat hay, drink water, and lick salt […] Continue Reading

Amy Skinner: A Bit about Bias

Amy Skinner Editor’s Note: Amy Skinner is a regular guest columnist and has been a horse gal since age six. Read her most recent article on the questionable nature of the 30-day start. She will present an arena demonstration with fellow trainer and rider, Katrin Silva, at the Best Horse Practices Summit. This week, we asked Skinner to relate some […] Continue Reading

Micro-steps with Rewards Work Best for Dogs and Horses

Ann Chernoff Allan works with her dog at a herding competition The weather is warming. Snow is disappearing. And like riding season, herd dog training season is back! My dogs and I are fortunate to resume our training with Ann Chernoff Allan, a remarkable local trainer. Read more here. Last year, we trained faithfully for six months, once or twice […] Continue Reading

The Winding Road of Life with Horses

Katrin Silva grew up riding dressage in Germany before moving to the United States at age 19 to learn to ride Western. She’s been riding both disciplines for the last twenty years and is a regular BestHorsePractices columnist. She will offer two arena presentations with Amy Skinner at the Best Horse Practices Summit. Silva lives in New Mexico where she […] Continue Reading

Delightful Days at Circle Z

Many of us are more than ready for spring. Waiting out the weather is fine, by why not escape instead? Our newest partner is the Circle Z Ranch, in Patagonia, Arizona. Here, owner Diana Nash maps out what your delicious, delightful week will entail: Circle Z’s Diana Nash writes: Aside from the three delicious meals each day, the evening social […] Continue Reading