The articles below have appeared in:
Natural Horse Magazine - Bigger bits vs the horse
Apples n Oats (Now Equine Daily News) Can Everyone Ride Bitless, Yes Even Beginners
Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar ( Now The Equine Journal) Subject of 6 month series - "Train Your Horse At Home"
Massachusetts Horse - Contributer to several articles via interview.
and are on several websites, click below to read.
Maggie's first ride
Kindergarten for colts- Halter breaking
Practical trailer loading procedures (including trouble shooting tips)!
Training your horse for beach riding.
Training your horse for beach riding
Kindergarten for colts - halter breaking
Maggie's first ride
This article by appeared is PHOA news letter March 2014
WINTER TRAILER TIPS
“Are you prepared to transport your horse during the ever changing New England Winter weather conditions? If you donʼt travel or show during the winter months you might not think about your horse trailer till the spring thaw.
But what if your horse were to sustain an injury, or experience a bad episode of colic. Is your trailer ready for an emergency transport?
If you donʼt own your own horse trailer, make sure you have a few people you could call in an emergency. Your Veterinarian may or may not have a few contacts for you. Those contacts may or may not be available.
If you have your own trailer as I do, just making sure it is shoveled out after every storm may not be good enough.
If the jack is frozen in the ground, it will take a few trips to the house, to get some hot water, some chipping and maybe a little cursing to free it. With all the thawing and refreezing it can actually sink more than an inch below the surface. If you try to force it, you risk stripping the jack. (Donʼt ask me how I know this).
To avoid this horrible scenario set your jack on two wood blocks: the bottom one will freeze into the ground, but you can knock the top one loose. With this yearʼs crazy weather with tons of snow, then tons of rain, my trailer tires on one side actually froze into the ground. This was a ﬁrst for me but luckily I caught it before it got worse and moved my trailer. Check your trailer often. We're not out of the woods yet. With every impending storm I always pull my truck to my trailer and place the ball right under the trailer for quick hitching or have it hitched so I am ready for an emergency transport call. I do not waste precious moments. I also have sand in the trailer to make loading and off-loading safer in this weather. As a ﬁnal note, make sure you horse will load up with no problem. If your horse gets in an emergency situation, the last thing you or your horse needs is added stress of loading.”
Thank you and happy reading!
Last updated 1/10/2021