Archives for Around the Ranch

Milan’s Rehab And Return to Work

About a year and a half ago, Milan, our beautiful palomino paint mare, came up lame. I quit riding and using her in our program and went to work figuring out what was wrong. One of the things with Milan is that her right front foot turns in toward her left front leg. She also has been very tight in her shoulders and back. 
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Let’s Talk Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is lacking in equestrian sports these days. Everyone wants to win but no one want to put in the work, take the losses and be happy for others. We don’t cheer each other on, high-fives are lacking and smiles at each other are almost completely non-existent.
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Arena Etiquette

One of my biggest pet peeves is people riding every different direction in the warmup pen. I have ridden in many warm-up pens of various disciplines in the western world, from cutting and reining to barrel racing and gymkhana and it seems to be all the same. Everyone is riding in whichever direction they please. This is dangerous and I have seen some bad wrecks because of it. Fortunately, not at the gymkhanas, but we need to teach our kids proper arena etiquette and that starts with us as adults. If you enter the arena and other riders are already
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Show Prep — How to Prep for My First

As my first gymkhana approached, I reorganized my horse trailer and made sure I had everything I needed to make my first show in a year and half, fun successful and as stress free as possible. I put the word out on Facebook asking my friends how they prep and I got some pretty cool answers...
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What is your 2017 Vision?

What is a vision board? The definition of a vision board is:: “a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal.” In one of the courses for continued education I have signed up for this year, we were required to make a vision board. I spent 2 weeks searching through photos, Pinterest and Facebook to find images that fit my vision for 2017. I plan on taking this year by the horns and not letting go until I get what I want. 2017 is going to be a big year for us at SL
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