Care Tip: Horse Blankets Go On & Off With Ease

Everything takes longer in winter. Us humans are putting on and taking off outerwear all day. And we’re doing the same for our horses. Once blankets get muddy, the task is even less appealing. Here’s a quick trick: Undo all straps and stand on the near side of the horse (the horse’s left side) Grab […]

Please Vote! 2014 Equestrian Social Media Awards Finalist

Merriam-Webster defines amateur as a noun meaning “a person who does something for pleasure and not as a job.” I write and I ride for the sheer joy of it. So this post is my sincere thanks to the friends, family, and followers who join my adventures in text, and to those who nominated Capital […]

New SmartPak Saddle Pad: Dressing for the Ride You Want

No doubt you’ve been told to “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” But have you ever thought about dressing for the ride you want? When it comes to the career world, the saying relates to how others view you. In the context of horses, dressing for success is about confidence […]

Cold and Rainy: Caring for Retired Horses

Am I right in saying that retired horses rule the roost? They have often won our loyalty with years of faithful companionship. My retired off-the-track-thoroughbred-turned-Pony-Club-championship-novice-level-eventing horse owns my heart and I will forever love him. Remember the song “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold”? That’s my mare […]

One Month Cur-OST + Legend IV = Even Sounder Horse

My mare has not truly been sound in a very long time. 2013 was not a great year for us. Two ligament injuries, stall-rest, and arthritis left her quite lame. Read more about our soundness struggle here. Just before Christmas, she came down with a respiratory infection that resulted in a week of stall rest and […]

Clean Tack with Higher Standards Leather Care

It’s a belated Christmas and Year of the Horse gift to myself! My bridle and saddle are brand new. Scratch that. The leather looks brand new. For a fraction of the price. The buckles? My bit? Reins? Stirrups? Those will have to be the subject of another post. And the tack certainly doesn’t feel brand new […]

2014 New Year’s Resolution: New Breeches

I have saddle bags. And not the kind that carry your lunch. These are the kind a few over-indulgent lunches become. I will turn 30 in the Year of the Horse. I am determined to lose (and not find) ten pounds. I believe it will improve my riding. Studies estimate that horses can carry from […]

4 Companies With Superior Customer Service

2013 has been busy. As a result, I have purchased from several online vendors, and four have excelled in customer service: 2 horse-related, and 2 life-related. I highly recommend my friends, family, and readers give these companies a try. In no particular order: Zulily. This online discount store offers incredible daily deals for women, maternity, […]

3 Ways Winter Complicates Viral Respiratory Infection in Horses

Boarding barns are a little like daycare. If one horse gets sick, it’s just a matter of time before the whole barn is exposed. There is a mild viral respiratory bug (thankfully not Strangles and not Herpes) making the rounds in the D.C. Metropolitan area. I keep my mare at a very clean barn with […]

Make a Holiday Stick Horse With a Sock

Sharing horses with kids is a magical event. Being at my inlaws’ house, I’m having horse withdrawal. So I made a toy to woo the kids in the family. Nothing says “Cool Aunt” quite like a homemade hobby horse. What you need: Sock Yarn Quilt batting Buttons (two, or googly eyes if you prefer) Felt […]

Horses Modeling 3 Mud Varieties

Having grown up mostly outside and in the barn, I was shocked to learn that I never knew mud until I moved to Maryland. Apparently what I had experienced was more appropriately titled “wet sand” or “semi-moist soil.” This year, I’ve been baptized by snow’s wicked stepsister: mud. And there are several different varieties that […]

Cur-OST + Cold Laser + Light Work = Sounder Horse?

Equine lameness can be discouraging and expensive to treat. I’ve been dealing with a less-than-sound horse for over a year. Several x-rays, ultrasounds, months on stall rest, shockwave treatments, two MRIs and a stay in the vet hospital later, as of Thanksgiving, she was still noticeably lame. Two weeks ago, I started the mare on […]

Horse Treat Recipe: WHOA Cakes

During the holidays, we wind up baking (and eating) lots more often. On yesterday’s menu: Apple-Spice Cupcakes for humans. Today: WHOA Cakes (With Honey Oats and Apples) for horses. And unlike the Cob Cookies I made earlier this week, Whoa Cakes are tasty enough for people, too! Whoa Cakes feature cinnamon. In addition to providing […]

Horse Treat Recipe: Cob Cookies

It’s snowing. Weather like this keeps me out of the office, off the road, and away from the barn. But like many horse lovers, it doesn’t keep me from thinking of my four-legged friend. I created a new recipe for my first-ever batch of homemade horse treats: Carrot-Oat-Banana “COB” Cookies. Horses get the bulk of […]

2014 Equestrian Social Media Awards: Please Consider Nominating Capital Cowgirl?

Do you know about the Equestrian Social Media Awards? Take a look at the acceptance videos from past winners and see the depth and breadth of how the equestrian community (businesses, thought-leaders, pleasure riders, charities, and professionals) is using social media. It’s no surprise really. Horse-people share a unique passion that transcends profession, age, riding style, […]

Rescue Horse Exercise: Poles and Grids In-Hand

Horses are built to move. These powerful grazing herbivores are not adapted to a sedentary lifestyle. While most tolerate periods of time spent in a barn, horses (and people!) are healthier and happier with consistent exercise. To remedy this, we have to work both his mind and his body: to harness the feedback loop between […]

Trying Cur-OST on Lame Horse

Have you heard of CurOST? Until a few years ago, I hadn’t either. In 2010, I had the privilege of watching the World Equestrian Games with friends and family. As we walked the aisles of gift shops and exhibits, I picked up several samples. Over the last few years, Nouvelle Research has emailed articles about […]

Soft Tissue Rehab Exercise: Supple Without a Saddle

With my mare in recovery from two ligament injuries, I’ve gotten creative: dreaming up things we can do in the stall, on the lead, and under saddle in straight lines mostly at the walk. I had a world of trouble finding guidance on the internet. Most exercises were tailored for horses with bony injuries. Soft […]