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What’s In a “Good Home” – a Rescued Horse’s Journey

Over the past few months I have been visiting farms and getting to know the potential adopters for a wonderful Clydesdale Cross, Prospero. The beginning of his story was dismal, but now, he is ready to move on to the next phase of his precious life. There are many things to consider when re-homing or […]
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Welcome to Edenview

Welcome to Edenview, where anything is possible with vision and a sense of humour. I wrote and posted those words at the entrance of my barn within the first few days of moving my family of one husband, two kids, two cats, and thirteen horses, to our new home and epic adventure. Looking back it’s […]
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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 4

The second key revolves around Ken Ramirez’s definition of an advanced training technique. An advanced training technique is anything that requires experience to use well and which two or more trainers cannot agree on. I have always loved that definition. In the horse world we really need to pay attention to what Ken is saying. […]
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Long-Lining in the Snow

Alberta’s weather sharpened into deepest winter temperatures and powder snow last week, dreadfully character forming when late-night haying – as I do to give the home herd boys a metabolism boost in those colder dark hours last thing around midnight. Pile on another couple of layers, Asheton, slide on Thinsulate gloves (so good!), padded-out trousers […]
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Luc’s Least Favourite Word

This week I took a break from riding to watch Jen and Luc rock a clinic at their home stable. Trainer Melissandre Lincourt was in town for a two-day session that put their skills to the test. Not surprisingly, they rose to the challenge and impressed not only me, but Melissandre as well. Sometimes I […]
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What to Leave Behind, What to Take Forward: Part 3

Opening the First Lock I always go back to this: I did some of my very best training when I knew the very least. At the time I was surrounded by people who knew how to muscle horses around. They were perfectly willing to use strong pressure to impose compliance. I was watching effective training, […]
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Going in Circles

Around and around and around we go. Where we’ll stop, only Luc knows! After last week’s unscheduled vet visit, I decided to take it a little slower with Luc this week, just to make sure there were no lingering side effects from his sinus trauma. I was a little hesitant at first, and for once […]
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Horses and Food Allergies

Often, I am asked about feeding horses with allergies, which tends to confuse me because there are very few documented cases of true food allergies. In fact, most allergens for horses are environmental – mold, pollens, mites and other insects, etc. – that may or may not be associated with a feed ingredient, but not […]
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2014 Headwaters Stable Tour

Here is an excerpt from a newspaper article in The Weekly Sentinel by Jake CourtepatteThursday, October 16th about the 2014 Headwaters Stable Tour, which took place October 5th. King facilities open their doors for annual stable tour The prestigious facilities of King City’s equestrian centres opened their doors to the public recently, giving members of the community […]