Archives for Around the Ranch

Life off the barrel pattern

So I have been away for awhile and I apologize for that as life as been very crazy. On February 19, 2015, my dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer and without treatment was given 4 weeks to live. After I received the news, a few things took the back burner while I figured things out (my blog being one of them), but I am back now and ready to share life’s journey with you again. Today was the first day of his treatment. After my father’s diagnosis, I spent some time reflecting on things including my career
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Know Your Horses

I get the privilege having my horses at home 24/7/365 and because of this I have gotten to know my horses' idiosyncrasies and their individual personalities. As a horse owner, we are all responsible for knowing our horses whether we keep them at home or we have to board them.
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Business Management Struggles

I have been told that one of the characteristics of successful business people is discipline. When it comes to my riding, I am pretty disciplined, but when it comes to managing the business side of things, I have struggled. Taking the time to figure out the best way to keep track of the horses and their needs, keep track of lessons and my students' needs, keeping track of purchases, expenses, product inventory, etc, is where I seriously lack discipline.
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Abscesses

Knowing the history of this horse, she has an abscess putting pressure on her heel causing her to stand on her tippy-toe. It’s that time of year again. The winter months are upon us and tend to bring wet, cold weather, which in turn bring muddy and then frozen ground. As a result our horses can suffer from the constant change in ground conditions leading to a greater risk of the nasty thing we refer to as abscesses. There are several ways to pinpoint and treat an abscess. The first requires calling your farrier to see if he/she can locate the
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Rainy Days

We had a barrel race scheduled for today, but due to some rain that left the arena's footing unsafe, it was canceled. So what should I do when the rain is coming down and Mother Nature is not allowing me to ride?
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