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October 2001

Making, Not Breaking
Trailering Your Horse
Horse Handling & Grooming
How To Think
Like A Horse
Making Not Breaking by Cherry Hill
How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill
Horse Handling and Grooming by Cherry Hill
How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill

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America the Beautiful
Footing Part 1: Arena Design and Management
New Home Page Design


America the Beautiful 

Over the last few weeks, like many Americans, we've gone through a range of emotions.  One constant for me before, during, and after the tragedy that hit our country has been my deep love of the United States of America and the freedom it allows.  Where else could we, as horse owners, enjoy such a free rein to pursue our interest?  I cherish that freedom.

My mom planned to come here for her annual visit in September.  When I asked her if she still wanted to fly here, she said, "Sure, I'm not afraid" and she hopped a plane to Colorado just days after the airports reopened.  I treasured her visit and am thankful that she is now safely back home.  I hope we can preserve our freedom to travel so that trips like these can continue for all of us.

To see America the Beautiful at Long Tail Ranch, go here: America_the_Beautiful


Footing Part 1: Arena Design and Management

For the next several months, it is hunting season in Colorado so that automatically makes me think of arena footing.  Why?  Well, unless I cover my horse and myself from head to tail or toe in bright orange, I don't venture into the mountains.  Something about a trigger-happy hunter mistaking my horse for an elk.  So, that means more arena work, which provides a great opportunity to hone riding and horse training.  But to have a safe and productive session, the footing must be good.

Good footing is safe and can encourage a horse to move forward with energy and elasticity.  Poor footing is dangerous and can cause a horse to move timidly or with resistance.

There is no substitute for proper arena design and management.  Before footing the bill for a new arena surface, be sure you have considered these important design and management factors.  To read the first article in my footing series, go here

New Home Page Design

If you've visited in the last few weeks, you've seen the new home page design.  We wanted to help you get to the information you need quicker, so Richard and I designed a Topic Menu to help you find the books and articles related to the subject you are researching. 

In addition, you can still use Pico Search to search a specific phrase and find answers to your particular questions.  With Pico Search, after you place your initial search query, you can refine your search and limit the number of pages that come up in the result.

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That's it for this month.  Remember to take the time to enjoy your horse.  After all, that's the reason most of us got into horses in the first place! 

Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

"Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured."
Indian Proverb


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