Jodi makes progress, too

  It’s been a year since we acquired Jodi, the hefty, unstarted paint mare from Wisconsin. Steve Peters has taken his time with her and it looks like the calm, deliberate approach is paying off. We headed out to Pleasant Creek State Park for a long trail ride, just her second ride away from home. […]

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Jodi Makes Progress Thanks to Shea

Progress with the big girl took a big step forward today as we worked with her in the round pen. Steve worked with another horse first and Jodi stood outside, wanting in. A good sign! When she got her turn, Steve first worked on the ground with and without the saddle. He’d introduced the saddle […]

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Starting Jodi

With this improved blog, comes categorization and today we introduce a new one: Starting Jodi. (see categories listed above image) NickerNews readers have come to know the horses in my life. The newest is Jodi. We acquired her in July from a kind Wisconsin owner. Jodi is a four-year old quarterhorse type. Conformation-wise, she’s a […]

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Leaders or Bullies? You be the judge

Last month, I camped with horses on Bureau of Land Management land. I wanted to experiment with something Mark Rashid mentioned at his recent clinic. To paraphrase, he said that wild horse herd leaders are true leaders, defending the herd and leading it to food sources and away from danger. Domestic leaders are more paradoxical. […]

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Looking forward and back

2013 was a heckuva year for NickerNews and BestHorsePractices. It started last winter with a bang. Two bangs, actually. The first came with NickerNews’ nomination for Best Blog in the Equestrian Social Media Awards. The ESMAs featured an international field with most bloggers commercially backed. We advanced as finalists and were thrilled to compete, excited […]

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Meet Jolene

My friend, Bill, started talking about this certain mule a few months ago. He knows I’m fond and curious of mules. Read more mule posts. Read about mules and Your Ass Rescue. Bill’s brother had recently purchased one at an Iowa auction. It wasn’t working out; the mule was often frightened and took off during […]

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“Pick Me!” attitude

With the warmer weather arrival, we’ve been enthusiastically hitting the trails again. Floodwaters be darned. [see facebook photos] It was nice to discover the horses seemingly as eager for the foray as us humans. When I brought out Pep and Shea, Brooke and Jodi seemed to say, “Take us, too!” [see photo at right.] No […]

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Back to School

Folks say you can work with a horse, then leave it be. For weeks. Months. Years, even. As long as you left it in a good place and on good terms, it’ll be pretty easy to pick up where you left off. Horsewoman Kyla Pollard observed as much when she revisited a gelding two full […]

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Herd Dog Tips and Tipping Point

The development of our Ride Along Dog reached a tipping point recently. At seven months, Kip has matured physically and mentally. Weighing 40 pounds, she’s all speed and agility. On the last few pasture walks, her herding nature has blossomed in full form. She’s done with being intimidated and confronts the horses with new authority. […]

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Winter Ride, II

The second ride in two days was with Shea and Jodi. Shea’s such a lovely, quiet horse, so ponying the new girl is a Win-Win: It’s good for Jodi to see new things and good for me to practice that extra juggle. Jodi has some nice roundpen hours racked up, but stepping out into the […]

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