horse care


Tonka was almost eight years old when I purchased him, and he was barefoot. He’d always been barefoot. His hoof walls were strong with nary a crack or chip. They were beautifully shaped and all four matched. No weird angles. All the same size. Those gorgeous hooves were a selling […]

Tonka’s Shoes


After a horse gets joint injections, they’re supposed to remain quiet for four days. No galloping about in a field. No riding. Tonka was restricted to his in/out stall. He could look out in the aisle, see what was going on, and chat with friends. He could walk into his […]

Variety Is The Spice Of Life


Today’s blog is a public service message 🙂 Check your tack. I’m proactive about keeping my tack in tip top-shape. I don’t wait until it’s literally hanging by a thread. There are reasons for my fastidiousness. First of all, I’m a leather snob. I like my horse gear to be […]

Check Your Tack



We all do it. We question whether we’re doing right by our horses. We question whether we’re riding them in a way that’s fair to them. We worry that their lack of physical perfection is due to something we’ve done, or haven’t done. We agonize over any pain or momentary […]

Self-doubt and Second-guessing


This past winter, Tonka and I had a terrible time with static electricity, which culminated in a disaster in the cross-ties. He got shocked, pulled back, panicked, pulled back harder, and flung out of the broken cross-ties like out of a sling shot. It took me a couple of weeks […]

Soothing Horse Grooming Anti-Static Spray


Almost two weeks ago, Tonka left The Ark for his new home in Maine. The Ark was the perfect boarding barn and it was a challenge to find a place where my horse would be as content. I realistically accepted that there’d be compromises, but I also know Tonka well […]

Tonka Settles In



This face mask makes me look like a court jester!   Much better.   In all seriousness, fly masks can be a life-changer for a horse. They keep the biting and annoying insects out of ears and eyes. For horses with white pigment around the eyes, they can literally save […]

Fashion Fail/ Fashion Forward


If I’m in the room with five people, and there’s one mosquito, I’ll be the one that gets bit. Some people are like that. We give off whatever it is that the biting insects use for navigation. Some horses are like that too. Tonka is one of them. He attracts […]

Itches and Scritches


I have a barn hack for you today! Finding the right saddle for your horse can be a journey as challenging as finding the right horse in the first place. Tonka has very specific ideas about what he wants on his back. (I wrote about that here.) Now that we […]

Stirrup Bags Barn Hack