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Yes. I want an Olympic Horse

Yes, I do want an Olympic Horse. I’ve finally retired the dragon. And I’ve accepted that we are both entering a new phase of our lives. I would be lying if I said that was an easy decision or that it was made in a moment. It took me all of 2020 and a good chunk of 2021 to find my way and the path was treacherous and painful. That said, as I come out the other side and begin a new set of routines with my beloved beast, I've also determined that I have another horse in my future. My goals haven’t changed and that dragon gave me the skills to continue up the ladder I’ve chosen to climb....

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Coming soon to Barn Dog Tack: EGO7 Tall Boots

We have finally settled on a boot brand to offer for those hard to fit riders who don't want to spend their training/showing money on footwear, but still want a high quality Italian leather boot that offering a made to measure feel at an affordable price. EGO7 boots are made with full grain high quality and include a stitched toecap, back zipper and Spanish top line: modern design combined with high-end style With 192 different fit combinations, this boot is as close as you will get to made to measure at a more affordable price.  Innovation, comfort and style combine in this boot of impeccable Italian design. Every aspect of this boot is elegantly designed to be functional and comfortable while adapting to...

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Cooling your hot horse: to scrape or not to scrape...

Keeping our horses cool and healthy continues to be an important topic of conversation this summer, so bear with me if hot weather care seems to be a recurring theme here. And as we know, there is an ongoing debate around whether immediately using a sweat scraper after cold hosing is better than just continually applying water to cool a hot horse. 

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I'm keeping my horse.

The following poem has been trending on social media with “author unknown” at the end. I wish I knew the author and if you are her or him, please let me know so I can properly credit you. That said, with a few edits of my own, I’m sharing this because it’s very much in keeping with my own horse mom position. I haven’t sold a horse in 10 years. The last horse I sold went to an outstanding home and I can still check on his well being anytime. But selling him was emotionally devastating just the same. I’m not telling anyone this to toot my own horn. Quite the contrary. I am sharing a very painful lesson learned,...

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Midlife Crisis: Men Buy Motorcycles, Women Buy Horses

I wrote this back in 2018, but the time feels right to bring it back. In the aftermath of the pandemic and all of the changes and loss and recovery, a lot of us seem to be recommitting to being present in our lives and figuring out how to make the most of the time we are given. That said, I don't know if the pandemic inspired my current desire to finally focus on my dreams or if indeed, I am in a mid-life crisis. Last year was rough. If I learned nothing else from it, I certainly learned that later is officially now and I am unwilling to put off my personal goals. Apparently I'm not alone. In the US,...

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