Knapps End Ranch

The Value of a Horse Feed

Check this out! On a recent visit to an area farm, the owner confided that she was considering making a feed change. She said she did not have any problems with the current p

Horse Nation

As we face these uncertain times this helps to bring some things into perspective.

Last night we welcomed a little sorrel filly into the world. Sired by Strutin On The Range and out of our Macs Good N Plenty mare. We are thrilled with this cross and cannot wait to watch her unfold.

Keeping the footing of our indoor up to snuff as we have been experiencing a lot of riding time during this timeframe.

7 Things to Never Do on Social Media if You are in the Horse Industry - GoHorseShow

Great article for everyone on Social Media Social media has changed the way people navigate their business, social, and personal lives. Social networking can be used for good or evil; the power is in the hands of the user. It is crucial to know how to use the platform in a constructive, helpful, and positive manner. The horse industry is a ....

Please go to Molly’s Custom Silver page and like our group from Ionia County. We are hoping to use the buckles for our Championship awards this year.

20 Buckle Contest

Ionia County Horse Leaders
Nikki Cashen

We have a small but mighty group! These kids are the true demonstration of sportsmanship - always cheering each other on, practicing together, and giving pointers. Ionia county has a Hippology team that is always in the top placings for the state. Our kids strive to be a better horseman and learn, not just win. Our fairgrounds are on the river and we battle floods several times a year, often affecting our shows, camp and fair. It is up to the kids and leaders to raise all awareness money, and winning this contest would allow us to offer some really amazing prizes this year!

So this happened yesterday! This is what life is about- helping to make a little girls dreams come true! Congrats to Ava and her family on their purchase of Maddie! I cannot wait to help you both grow together

Equine industry hanging hopes on new House bill - Michigan Farm News Michigan Farm News

How Arena Surfaces Affect Horse Biomechanics

What an interesting read Proper arena footing is important. Poor arena footing can cause serious injury as well as affect the performance of your equ...

Thank you BHAM for the amazing awards and the fun time at the awards banquet. Rylee and Amy Moyer had an amazing year.

20 Tips for Perfecting Horse Show Patterns Improve your horse show pattern-class performance with these tips.

10 Ways You Can Help a Shrinking Horse Industry I am on a number of horse focused Facebook groups and the majority of my friend circle is made up of horse owning and horse-riding people.  A topic of discussion that frequently comes up is th…

10 Reasons Every Teenage Girl Needs A Horse - COWGIRL Magazine Being a teenage girl isn't easy! Horses are a way to help them focus on the right things in life. There's something special about the bond between a girl and her horse. It's no mystery though that horses are hard work and expensive. You'll have to weigh the pros and cons to ownership, but it's defin...

Fun times at our barn Christmas Party!! Thanks to all the boarders for taking the time out of their busy holiday schedules. It was great seeing everyone this morning.

[12/18/19]   We have one stall that will be available starting the first part of January. If you are interested let me know. Thanks

The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself is a Trainer Who Believes in You | The Plaid Horse Magazine BlogsBarn Lounge The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself is a Trainer Who Believes in You December 19, 2018 Photo courtesy of Lauren Mauldin BY LAUREN MAULDIN Here are some things you can commonly hear come out of my trainer’s mouth (often during my own lesson): Don’t rock your hips like that. That....

American Association of Equine Practitioners


Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: you walk into the field or stall to catch your horse, and there he stands, in a lot of pain, with one leg swollen from the stifle down to twice its normal size (the famous "stovepipe" leg).

What is unscientifically called a “fat leg” is usually an inflammation: of subcutaneous connective tissue (in that case it's called cellulitis); of the lymphatic system (called lymphangitis, a severe form of cellulitis); or of blood vessels (called vasculitis).

A "fat leg" with no obvious trauma can be very frustrating for both horse owner and veterinarian due to its confusing nature. It can sideline a horse for days, weeks, or even months; and severe or untreated cases can become chronic, which can in turn result in fibrosis and hardened spots on the legs. Please note that lymphangitis/cellulitis is a dramatically different condition than your everyday "stocking up" (fluid swelling), which normally resolves with exercise.

While causes may vary, once a horse has cellulitis, it’s easy to spot. If you think your equine friend has cellulitis or even if you're not sure, we encourage you to seek professional help promptly. Your horse doctor will make the best treatment recommendations, both to reduce swelling and to address any sort of bacterial infection that might be active or that could occur due to the edema in the soft tissue.

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What Separates Mentally Strong Riders from the Rest of the Pack: Ten Habits You Should Adopt Now

There sure are a lot of good reads lately. This one is exceptional. Thanks for sharing Jessica Bouman Ever wonder what mentally strong riders do that’s different from the rest of us? These athletes will work on the small yet significant habits that on the surface, enable constant improvement, but actually also make the ride so much more enjoyable. Want in? Of course you do! So, what separates the ...

Bowker: Navicular Issues Begin Earlier Than We Think – The Horse Initiating rehab methods earlier might promote healthier foot structures and reverse tissue degeneration.

Losing Your Heart Horse: Where Do You Go With a Broken Heart? | The Plaid Horse Magazine BlogsBarn Lounge Losing Your Heart Horse: Where Do You Go With a Broken Heart? January 9, 2019 Photo © Heather N. Photography BY BLOG EDITOR LAUREN MAULDIN It took me almost twenty years of riding to learn what a heart horse actually is. I mean, in some way I’ve loved all the horses I’ve b...

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Great information on the need to provide hay for your stabled horses through the night.

Piedmont Equine Associates

Nice read on the the why-what-when-how to deworm horses.

Did you know? Each horse’s deworming needs are unique — varying on his age and parasite exposure. We recommend an individualized approach to deworming.

Crooked Horse Under Saddle? A Single Bell Boot Can Help – The Horse Placing a boot on a horse’s weaker leg can use proprioception to help him build muscle force and reverse asymmetry, a study finds.

[09/24/19]   Dr Weaver will be here on Wed October 2 mid afternoon. If you would like your horse adjusted let me know.

Rood & Riddle in Saratoga


Rood & Riddle orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Alan Ruggles, discusses some of the options available for orthopedic injuries in racehorses at the 2019 Rood & Riddle Client Education Seminar.

Exercises to Improve Rhythm for Riding Horses - GoHorseShow Rhythm in horseback riding is the rider’s ability to feel the movement of the horse, and that comes from the horse’s feet. Horse gait rhythm differs, like different types of music have their own beats. Learning to feel those different beats is a matter of learning to feel ripples of vibration fr...

[09/12/19]   We currently have an opening for outdoor board. Your horse will still be feed grain twice a day and hay up to three times a day (depends on your horses needs). Please contact me for more information!

Red made his modeling debut tonight

How lucky are we to know such pretty horse models?! 🤩 thanks to Knapps End Ranch for letting us snap some product shots tonight!

Pictured: One ear with tie ends & our 5/8” split reins

[08/07/19]   Ok- I am going to be giving lessons Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and will have openings available on the weekends as well. Whether you are new to the horse world or have been showing I am here to help. Group and individual time frames are available. Contact me for more information.

What fun we had at the BHAM show this weekend. Rylee has another amazing weekend winning high point again for the 13 & Under division. Amy has great rides with both her horses. Emma even showed in the pee wee western pleasure. Thanks again for another great show


TIP FOR THE DAY - did you know it is important not to work horses an empty stomach? If horses have an empty stomach during work, all the acids produced in the stomach are free to splash up onto the non-glandular region of the stomach and cause ulcers. So next time you go to saddle up your horse... let them eat some hay (or fibre rich feed if hay not recommended) while you brush and tack up etc to help keep them comfortable 🙂

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