Making Friends With Horseless Neighbors

Horsewoman Amy Skinner is coming to Maine

Amy Skinner of Essence Horsemanship and Bar T Ranch will visit Maine for a weekend of private and semi-private lessons next month. The accomplished horsewoman teaches English and Western. Skinner has studied at the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Spain, with Buck Brannaman, Leslie Desmond, Brent Graef, and many others. Additionally, she is an accomplished guest columnist for NickerNews […] Continue Reading

LL Bean Packaways are Perfect for Horse Time

Regardless of where you live, this time of year demands layers. That’s especially true when taking our horse work into consideration. Weather is often a crap shoot. Barn calls may come before dawn (and below freezing) or midday (with plenty of sun and mud). It pays to be prepared and comfortable. This month, we’re focusing on a few impressive products […] Continue Reading

Dressage and Champagne in Mancos

Classical dressage competitor and instructor Petra Beltran will speak and present during an informal free evening presentation at the River Studio in Mancos, Colorado. Reservations are required for “An Evening of Classical Dressage and Champagne,” 5:30 – 7 pm, February 24, at the River Studio, 121 Grand Avenue. Originally from the Czech Republic, Beltran is currently training and living in […] Continue Reading

My Mustang Isn't Who I Thought She Was

What a surprise!  My mustang isn’t who I thought she was. Stellar is my mustang. I adopted her late last summer, or rather she adopted me. I am a volunteer member of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District’s Resource Advisory Council, a committee that meets regularly to learn about issues and actions the BLM district is facing. As committee […] Continue Reading

A Valentine’s Giveaway for Horse Lovers

Horse people are funny. We don’t necessarily give a whit about “stuff.” Unless the stuff has to do with: our horses our horse dreams our horse goals our horse trips our horse accomplishments So Valentine’s Day might be just another day unless it offered something decidedly horsey to celebrate. Horses, after all, are our tried and true Valentines. So just […] Continue Reading

NCPG’s Moth lineup is here

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is in full gear this week. The event, which draws performers and fans from around the world, will dominate the mining town of Elko, Nevada. Read more about it here. Aside from the spectacular array of day and night performances (I’m keen on seeing poet Paul Zarzyski, Joel Nelson, and Randy Rieman), the Moth Mainstage […] Continue Reading

Welcome Back Advertising Partners

In interviews and surveys, we’ve learned that our horse-owning readers are smart, loyal, and expect a certain quality from any investment they make. With that in mind, we’re careful with our advertisers and make sure they reflect these high standards. When we find great advertising partners, we enjoy connecting them with our readership and we appreciate when they renew the […] Continue Reading

Twice is Nice for Baling Twine

Consider all our horses and the millions of hay bales we toss to them every year. Consider all that baling twine: Do you toss it? Do you burn it? Do you bury it? Until recently, there were no good answers to the twine waste problem. But the Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen club is starting to collect the twine for recycling. […] Continue Reading

Quick End for Beloved Belle

Since many of us count animals as companions and friends, and since many of us have dogs, please Dear Reader, allow me to remember Belle and recount how she died this week. Photo by Beau Gaughran You may recall her in another piece here. The Basset hound mutt with a yard-long body and short legs even made it into A […] Continue Reading

Making Friends With Horseless Neighbors

Horse owner Alan Shank kept horses on his downtown Mukilteo, Washington, property for 16 years and maintained positive relationships with nonhorsey neighbors. Photo: Alayne Blickle A friend recently asked for advice on how to make a good impression on non-horsey neighbors since she was getting two new sets of neighbors in one month–each living on 2.25-acre lots in their close […] Continue Reading