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Horseman’s Holiday

We’ve all heard of a busman’s holiday. Well a horseman’s holiday is quite similar – it consists of a person who owns, rides, or works with a horse, who decides to take his or her holiday doing something with, you guessed it, horses; when in reality he or she could be relaxing on a sunny beach in Spain, or at a theme park in Florida.   Imagine if an accountant decided to take a trip to Cornwall to work on some taxes for a week; or if a bin man decided to use up his holiday days taking a tour of landfills; this is the premise of the busman’s holiday. But horse people have always been known for being a little different and sometimes the idea of spending a week or so away from the horses just seems like more than we can bear.

For some horse people taking a horse trip is a bucket list event – for example, riding an African safari on horseback sounds like something everyone should get to do at least once, right? For others it’s cattle driving in the U.S., or galloping along an Irish coastl…

Taking Back The Reins

After 16(?) years of absence from the world of horse-riding, I'm now ever closer to taking back the reins.

Taking back the reins is an initiative set up some time ago in order to encourage many horse-lovers to take back the reins (or get back on the hoss.) For ten years, I pushed my love of horses to the back of my head. It became easier for me to pretend it didn't exist rather than suffer the pain of not working/riding with them.
After that long time, I eventually purchased a course to enable me to take the qualification,  BHS Horse Owner's Certificate Level 4. A full list of my qualifications and courses taken can be found here
The only thing that is missing from this qualification is the exam, the most important part of it, of course. I think I would be more in a rush to take this exam if I was still working with horses. As it is, I have all the course material and as soon as I feel I have enough time, money and confidence I will take the exam. 
The other exams I'…

Do You Want To Submit a Guest Post?

I have been on a long break, in case you haven't noticed :) Ill health and all that. To get me back into the swing of things, receiving articles from guest readers, is a godsend.

So, I thought it would be a good idea just to list here just what is required for a guest post submission:

Articles accepted are those on horses, riders, riding and writing about horses.

Your name, your email address and a link to your website (if you have one) so I can go and visit! Please include a Byline at the end of your article or post.Submit information about your article as well as the article itself in the body of your email. If it's a promotion, I can only accept those that I can use or visit i.e websites. I do not charge for this. As I don't have a horse, submitting requests for items used on a horse will be rejected. I apologise for this, I do wish I had a horse 'sigh'. Clothing for the rider, however, will be accepted. My postal address will be given on acceptance of your arti…

Are You Cribbing Me?

By Derek Bringewatt, Co-founder of Farm and Ranch Exchange

I will never forget that cool spring morning I sauntered out to our horse barn and as I slowly opened the old rickety wood barn door, I was greeted by our three horses. Once I was inside I noticed two of our horses standing together, my eyes quickly scanned the empty stall but only found boards that had been pulled down, just laying in the stall.

As I stood there, I pondered the thought of how this could happen? After examination of the boards, noticing the teeth marks and indents, it became clear that cribbing was the culprit. As I proceeded to let our horses out to pasture it was then that I shook my head and thought to myself.... Are You Cribbing Me???

What is cribbing you ask? Cribbing is when a horse uses their incisor teeth to bite on a fixed object, arches their neck, then inhales or exhales making a grunting type of noise. Cribbing affects about 5 percent of horses. That 5 percent equals almost a quarter of a million …

Equine Home Study Courses

If you're a horse lover like me, you may want to learn everything you can about horses. Well, this is where I come in. I've done the hard work for you in my quest to find Equine Home Study Courses I can do that are either free or affordable.
Some of the higher qualifications are out of reach to the layman which is a pity and not all of us have the opportunity to become a Working Pupil at a stables of high standards.

Luckily, I did and I worked for several years with horses, training as I went. Now, I want to get back with horses on a regular basis.

So, I've decided that one way to do this would be to learn as much as I could about horses at home, whilst I wait for a volunteer position to come available.

If you are interested in this too, then please do read on!

Free Equine Home Study courses

Purchasing & Owning a Horse 101 | My Horse University

'Matching horse and rider, Shopping for a horse, Behavioral problems to avoid, Sales contracts, Pre-Purchase exams, Faci…

Book Review: Kate and Holly: The Beginning Maggie Dana

Kate and Holly: The Beginning Maggie Dana

The Timber Ridge Riders series has become a popular collection of books for both horse lovers and teenagers alike. Kate and Holly: The Beginning takes the readers back to where it all started from. If you ever wondered how they met and why, then this is the place where you need to be.
As a reader, you just know when you're going to get on with a book, and this short story is no different. As a plus, there is an excerpt from the next title in the series so as to give you an idea of what is to come. As someone who hasn't read any of the previous instalments, this was something I welcomed.
As a book, it's such an easy and enjoyable read that it can be hard to stop for any length of time, even though the tale starts with a tragedy. The two girls' are like chalk and cheese anyway but there is a disability issue thrown in, too. A previous equine book I reviewed also featured a disabled child so I just love authors who are not afraid…

Next Equine Book Review Coming Up!

Kate and Holly: The Beginning (Timber Ridge Riders Book 0) Kindle Edition by Maggie Dana
Fourteen-year-old Kate McGregor has trouble making friends. In exchange for her riding lessons, she works at Sandpiper Stables where the other girls look down their noses at her as she mucks stalls, cleans tack, and grooms their European warmbloods. 

For comfort, Kate turns to Black Magic, the barn’s best horse. His favorite treat is watermelon rinds, which he slobbers all over her. But Kate doesn't care. She loves Magic’s attention and pampers him. Together, they're already making a name for themselves at three-day events, and Kate’s riding instructor predicts they will go far . . . until a tragic accident changes everything. 
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