Horse bill of sales aren’t just for big operations

I must admit, my horse bill of sales paperwork has been shabby. As the daughter of an attorney, I should know better. I’ve spent decades in the business world operating mostly on the ill-advised handshake, so tend to be a lot more casual than I should with transactions. While I do provide a bill of sale for each horse, the brevity of this document could be problematic. I suppose I’ve been fortunate in identifying the right kind of people. You…


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Do you know your Western boots?

Know your horse boot differences

Geoff Hineman, Marketing Manager for Lone Star Western Décor, approached me about a month ago asking me to post a western boot infographic on the Horse Sense and Cents blog. Frankly, I don’t have a lot of experience in the Western world (a bit of team penning – now that’s fun! – and a Wyoming client roundup ride – but that’s about it), so found what I learned from this visual interesting. Hopefully some of you will too. To boot…


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How horses teach us what therapists can’t

Find equine assisted therapy ideas and examples in this Ash Stevens guest post at http://HorseSenseAndCents.com

Thanks to Ash Stevens for providing this guest post. Find out more about her at the bottom of this article. Enjoy. Winston Churchill said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” And don’t we know it. Much of the world has forgotten about the power of the horse with the craziness of modern life, but there have always been families holding tightly onto the legacy of the horse. This has also made them more necessary…


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Don’t want to say goodbye to your horse? 9 horse care cost reduction tips

Horse care cost reduction tipsst saving tips.

Sometimes, a little creativity can reduce your horse costs dramatically. We all face unexpected challenges that cause us to start considering the worst when money problems surface, but there are some easy ways to keep your horse happy and healthy without breaking the bank. Consider these nine horse care cost reduction tips before you decide to say goodbye. If he’s still an important part of your life and you have the time to spend with him to prove that’s so,…


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Sometimes saying goodbye to your horse is the right thing to do

Finding the right new home for your horse friend can be a struggle

When I was a kid, I had a pony. She was my second. The first was banned from Pony Club games and ultimately riding where he was boarded. We donated him to an elite private school (would have enjoyed seeing the first day they threw one of the little darlings aboard). Bittersweet was incredible. She took care of me as we spent hours doing dumb things in the woods and streams and sand dunes (our moniker – this was actually…


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Horse humor – add jokes for us all to enjoy

Find horse humor, young horse training tips and more at http://HorseSenseAndCents.com

Pro Equine Grooms did a fun feature (apparently four years ago, but I just saw the repost recently) with a starter question “What’s your best bad joke about horses?” Liv Gude offered her horse  humor – “A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says ‘why the long face’?”. What resulted were some hilarious replies to the challenge. Below are two of my favorites. Provided by Vickie Bullock Cozzens Champion Jockey on a New Horse A champion jockey is about…


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What is ground work with horse training?

Learn what ground work is and how easy it is to apply to any horse training goal at http://HorseSenseAndCents.com

From the way some present it, you’d think good horse training ground work requires a deep knowledge of trick training, horse whispering (a misnomer for sure), professional stature or hundreds of hours in planned activity. Nope. All you really need is common sense mixed with a bit of horse sense. That’s something that can be applied by novices and, sadly, isn’t always by those calling themselves professionals. Effective ground work – particularly when you’re focused on young horse training –…


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Triple Crown Trivia

American Pharoah and Triple Crown Trivia at Horse Sense and Cents

Sure, this year’s Triple Crown is old news for most, but I’m not quite ready to let go of a victory that was 37 years in the making. So, if you’re in the mood to let this high continue, you’ll enjoy the bit of fun history below. Honestly, after so many disappointments, I didn’t see American Pharoah as a contender. With stud rights sold to ensure his racing career will end at the tender age of 3, the finish line…


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Young Horse Training Tip #4: Pasture time is training strategy

Young Horse Training Tips from http://HorseSenseAndCents.com

It’s not fair to expect a young horse to be focused on your requests if he’s not allowed time to kick up his heels. A tiny paddock available through the back stall door isn’t enough. If your horse is at your home, there are many ways you can design space with what you have. Sometimes you can do this at a boarding facility too. Any good young horse training strategy must include time for your baby to kick up his…


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Young Horse Training Tip #3: Ride every other day

Young Horse Training Tip #3

Trial and error is always a big teacher when it comes to young horse training. Sometimes, what you discover will surprise you. For many years at Halcyon Acres®, young horses were lucky to get a day off each week once training started. Probably a big part of this thinking came from the racetrack, where young horses ship in, get pumped up with grain & supplements and are denied turnout time to release the energy their youth and diets are struggling…


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