trailering


In 2018 I wrote a blogpost about how much I love my pickup truck. I use it to pull a horse trailer, but it’s also my daily ride. That blog hit a chord. In that blog I wrote about how salesmen ignored me when I went shopping for a pickup […]

Loving On Our Trucks


Yesterday afternoon I hiked more than four miles. I was scouting out trails to take Tonka on. I was familiar with the trails where I used to live, about 70 miles southwest of here. They were mostly on public conservation land, and were marked. If I did get lost it […]

New Trails


Note: This is one article in a series about horse vision. I’ve compiled all of them, including more information and references, in this blogpost: Horse Vision. Horses are animals who evolved in open grasslands. They’re designed to be awake and graze most of the day and night. Because of this they have […]

In Light and Dark: Your Horse’s Vision



I want Tonka to enjoy our excursions off the farm. To get to them he has to go in the trailer, and I want that experience to be positive for him too. This is how Tonka feels about going on a trip. Relaxed and eager.   There are carrots in […]

Horse Trailer Hacks


The weather was perfect. It was a good day to go for a ride at Kim’s. Tonka didn’t know where we were going, but when I led him out of the barn and he saw the trailer with the ramp down, he practically led me on. It’s an easy twenty […]

My Horse Likes Trailering


I had the BEST compliment the other day. I pulled into the line at a drive-thru coffee shop. There were pick-up trucks in front of me, and more behind. When I finally got to the cashier/barista, she smiled at me and said, You need to teach the guys how to […]

Horse Women and Their Trucks, Part II



I have a couple of adages that I ride and live by. One is ‘the slower you go, the faster you get there.’ Another is ‘the more you do, the more you do.’ I’m not a bold and brash rider. It’s all too easy to stay in my comfort zone. […]

The More You Do, The More You Do


Tonka has never had big issues with trailering, but I don’t take it for granted! When I purchased him, he loaded fine, but scrambled too fast backwards when stepping out, so I trained him to wait patiently in the trailer and back slowly when asked.  Over the years, there have […]

Optimistic Trailering


In an ideal world, your horse confidently walks with you anywhere. A comfortable halter and lead rope provide for subtle, tactile information. Turn here. Slow down. Wait.   However, when faced with something worrisome, a horse might need more from you. We’ve all been there. A horse won’t get in the […]

Effective Luring For Horses