Several years ago, my husband and I decided to get back into horses. We purchased a wonderful mare named Kiowa who was perfect for our needs. She’s been a blessing in our lives and is a true member of the family.
Though we’re lucky to board her only about a mile from our home, I always dreamed of raising our children on horse property. I value the life lessons that animals naturally provide, and I wanted my children to learn about taking care of a creature who’s dependent on them. Most of all, I wanted to allow my children the opportunity to develop the same type of special bond with animals that my heart has treasured from a young age.
After a few years of owning Kiowa, we finally decided it was time to get an equine to keep at home. We live on roughly an acre, which, while not quite enough space to keep a full-sized horse, is plenty of room for some minis. So, Willow the miniature horse officially joined the family! An incredibly social animal, she loved spending time with her human herd and wanted to be with us as much as possible. Seeing how much she thrived on social interaction, we knew we had to find her a companion.
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THE ELUSIVE ‘FEEL'
It takes a great horseman to develop and understand feel. However, finding feel doesn’t come easy. Al Dunning breaks down the things you need to know, both in and out of the saddle, to develop feel with your horse, and how it’ll help you better connect with him.
SOMETIMES IT’S EASY to get bogged down in negativity, especially coming out of 2020. We’re going through a pandemic, many of us haven’t seen our families in almost a year, and all the fun activities we used to do (horse related or not) have been rescheduled, canceled, or set aside for the time being.
Welcome to the Herd
A tiny equine with big ears is just what this family needed.
Making a Diagnosis
Is your horse lame? Learn why it’s important to do what it takes to make an accurate diagnosis before you treat.
Groundwork for Yourself
You practice groundwork with your horse, but here you’ll learn how you can apply the same principles to yourself to become a more confident, effective rider in the saddle.
At Rise Canyon Ranch, horses are helping children learn to love reading.
Secrets to Correct a Sticky Backup
If your horse isn’t responsive in his feet when you ask him to back up, Bud Lyon’s insights can help.
Establish Communication Through the Lead Rope
Is your horse pushy on the ground? Improve your communication with him and relieve his anxiety when you’re handling him.
LOCATED IN THE HEART OF ARIZONA, THIS DESERT DESTINATION MAKES FOR THE PERFECT GETAWAY.
Basics of the Rundown
In order to fix your stop, you need to take a few steps back and focus on making sure your horse is soft, relaxed, and responsive to your hand and leg when you’re in the rundown.
LONG LIVE THE KING
JEAN LE CAM WAS ALREADY A LEGEND, NOW HE’S THE UNDISPUTED HERO OF THE VENDÉE GLOBE, WRITES ED GORMAN
SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE
For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
WINONA WANTS TO CUT DEPP A BREAK WITH ‘SCISSORHANDS 2'
STRANGER Things” star Winona Ryder is trying to save ex Johnny Depp’s career by pushing a sequel to their cult hit, “Edward Scissorhands,” sources said.
MARILYN MANSON CRIES ON JOHNNY DEPP'S SHOULDER
Hides with pal as abuse claims rain down on him
At Stone Barns Center, guest-chef residencies are bringing fresh flavors to fine dining.
CYBERPUNK 2077 delivers an incredible setting undermined by an onslaught of bugs.
Scene & Heard
BEHIND THE SCENES
‘Friend' With Benefits: Courteney Cox To Wed
Lovebirds Courteney Cox and Johnny Mcdaid are officially ready to become more than just “friends” — they’re planning a special wedding in Ireland, sources spilled.
ANGELINA JOLIE CAUGHT IN DEPP CHEATING SCANDAL
Shocking details to be exposed in Johnny’s court fight with Amber
JOHNNY DEPP: ABANDONED BY HIS FRIENDS!
THE EMBATTLED PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN STAR HAS FEWER AND FEWER ALLIES AS HE HEADS INTO COURT ONCE AGAIN.