Our lives revolve around horses. We work with horses and then spend our spare time doing horse related things.

Some of the subjects we cover are directly related to training horses…but others are a bit more indirect. Check out some of the blogs below to learn more about our lives, our values and what we have to offer you through encouragement and living by example.

Butt washing fun? Why horse rescues matter.

My plan was to visit the Sugarcreek Horse auction tomorrow. It isn't a place that I enjoy going but it is a place that I feel compelled to visit because I want to see the reality. I want to know from first hand experience what is going on because I want to be part of...

Justice and Presto featured in Western Horseman!

Check out page 16 of the January 2017 Western Horseman! That’s right! Justice and Presto are right there in full color! When I was first contacted about being interviewed for an article on nurse mare foals I was excited…and concerned. The topic of nurse mare foals is...

Building a Pinterest Friendly Barn

When we started the project of building our new barn and home (yes, in that order) I asked for only one thing; every area where it was practical I wanted something impractical (but still functional) to be there. Yes, I just used practical and impractical together…I...

How I view goal setting and New Years Resolutions.

Happy New Year! Is it possible to write a blog post on New Years day and NOT write about New Years Resolutions? I contemplated another topic (maybe tomorrows blog?) but I kept coming back to resolutions. Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do. Do I keep the...

Update on foals and building

Thank you to everyone who keeps asking me for updates. It's been busy around here, which is not an excuse but has been my reality, so I have been slacking.  The building process has been much more demanding than the foals have, they in turn have provided me with much...

“Life without friendship is like the sky without sun.”

In this photo Presto (left) is eight weeks old and Justice (right) is seven weeks old. It’s hard to believe that Presto was weaned from his mom at three days old and Justice at around two and a half weeks. Watching them grow they seem big to me…but in reality they are...

Clipper training horses: techniques that work

How do you approach body clipping foals if they aren’t halter trained yet? With good technique.  The technique is the same one you should use with any horse (approach and retreat) but the application is different. Think about that sentence for a minute. The technique,...

Orphaned foals: From Milk to Grain

This photo shows how I have spent much of my time since adopting Presto and Justice. There are three things to notice here: #1- my right hand is mixing the foal milk (click for video) #2-my left hand is putting away my cell phone (I was probably Snapchatting) #3-the...

New Foals meet the Neigh-bors…the adult horses

There sure is a lot going on in this video! Willow, the dun mare at the beginning is surprised by seeing foals. She hasn’t been around babies since she was one so you can see a curiosity and almost a concern/fear with her body language. She was ready to run. Jackie,...

Video: heartbeat of foal at 28 days gestation

This is a pretty cool video clip. Do you remember that in the blog where I announced that I was going to adopt from Last Chance Corral, I also showed a photo of the ultrasound confirming that our mare was in foal? This is the same mare.  This short video is from...

Our new building is going up & Day 7 with foals

Our new arena is going up! I love this first photo of the trees and the sky. You can see where the pad for the arena has been leveled and if you look closely up along the tree line (further away-opposite end from the truck) you can see the pad where our house will be....

Day 4: Bucket Feeding Foals-Milk Recipe

If you ever find yourself with an orphan foal for whatever reason you will need to be prepared to offer them the nutrition that they need. The two foals that I have were taught to drink from a bucket for several reasons. The first is that the foals like to drink small...

Day 3: Feeding and care of nurse mare foals

Adopting these two has been remarkably like bringing home a child. Expect them to sleep, wake, pee, poop, eat, sleep...repeat! Throw in some play time and it pretty much sums up the days for now.  Although it is fun, watching the foals right now is also critical. The...

Day 2: How did we pick the foals? What are their names?

I asked for your questions and many of you responded. It looks like the number one question was 'What made you choose these two babies?" It's a bit of a story...but I will try to make it shortish. From the first time I saw Last Chance Corral adopting went on my bucket...

Day 1: Bringing the nurse mare foals home

A quick blog, late at night, to update everyone on the foals... ...as of 3:15 this afternoon we officially loaded up our nurse mare foals and headed home! Both foals came with names that Last Chance Corral had given them. The little draft cross on the left with the...

When I die, I want my horses to….

How would you finish this sentence? Over the years I have had several concerned owners tell me their plans or ask for my advice...but in most cases I think that the issue goes largely undiscussed. About a month ago I met a man who had recently bought a very nice, very...

How do you pick where you’re going to live?

I’m simultaneously excited and exhausted. Excited because I’m finally making my big announcement in this blog (give me a minute) and exhausted because- the cold I caught in April turned into something resistant to amoxicillin- and then became pneumonia. Ok, but now...

Can losing your voice make you a better Horse Whisperer?

This quote keeps running through my mind as I have completely lost my voice. In one small way I have totally and thoroughly used up my body. It began three weekends ago when I spoke at the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin, followed by speaking two weekends ago at the...

Almost ready for the tests to come.

As birthdays are a great time for reflecting…here goes. I’m 41 years old today. It is strange to think about it because I can very clearly remember my own mother at this same age. I can remember driving from Ohio to Maine to surprise her for her 40th birthday. I find...