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Author Archives: Bonnie

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Horse’s Seller

  1. How long have you owned the horse? 2. Where did the horse come from? 3. Has he/she been professionally trained? If so, by whom? 4. Who rides the horse now and how often? 5. Where do you ride the horse most often? (i.e., arena, roads, trails) 6. Has the horse ever been turned … Continue reading »

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What a Good Beginner’s Horse Looks Like – Week 3

Description on YouTube: “HR Leo Bar Reed (barn name Leo) is a 13 year old super nice gelding. He is 15.2 hands tall and very stocky. He’s a sorrel with real light manes, almost flaxen. Leo is very gentle. Easy to ride, not lazy at all, he definitely has some get up and go, but … Continue reading »

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Week Two: What a Good Beginner’s Horse Looks Like

Description: Candy Man! Awesome anyone can ride gelding for sale! This guy is about 15 years old, 14.3H and just as sweet and gentle as they come! Nice walk trot lope! Wonderful ground manners! Perfect kid/beginner/guest horse! The video says it all! 623-628-7663 Located in Scottsdale! $2950 Remember that viewing a video is merely the … Continue reading »

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What a Good Beginner’s Horse Looks Like…

Description on YouTube: “Tonto, 11 year old Paint Gelding. This very large paint gelding recently came from Stephenville Texas. He is over 15 hh and is very much on the lazier side. Tonto will stand for saddling and tacking or anything you wish. He is easy to bridle and is not head or ear shy. … Continue reading »

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From Herdmate to Heartmate: A Bonding Workshop for New Horses and Their Owners

From Herdmates to Heartmates: A Half-day Workshop for Horse Owners Who Want to Build a Better Bond with Their Horses Print flyer below From Herdmates to Heartmates

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The Pony That Outgrew Us

One of the consequences of choosing a pony over a horse is that your children will outgrow the smaller animal just as surely as they outgrow their shoes and clothing. With any luck, a child-friendly pony will be passed along from one loving home to the next, giving a succession of children their first joy … Continue reading »

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What Makes Natural Horsemanship…Natural?

Natural horsemanship seems to be a popular term in the horse world these days, intriguing to some and intimidating to others. Really, it’s quite a simple concept—the ability to enter a horse’s world and think and move in ways that communicate positively to them in “language” they understand. This idea can be applied to many … Continue reading »

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Horse Whispers… Adventures in Equine-Assisted Growth for Groups

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10 Things to Check Before You Mount Up For a Ride on Any Horse

Some items on this checklist might be hard to negotiate, especially with a “dude” or rental horse, but not impossible. Ask the horse’s owner if you can just work with the horse on the ground for a while prior to getting on the horse. Even if you only accomplish a few items on the list, … Continue reading »

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Tips for Rehoming Your Horse

Q: I have to go to school full time next semester and won’t have the time or money to keep my horse, so I need to sell her. Here’s the really sad part—after years of struggling with her, I’ve finally got her to where she’s fully trained, and great fun to ride. Now she’s the … Continue reading »

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