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Marissa Raymo will discuss everything about horses, including horse health care tips, training tips, equestrian friendly trails, horse buying info and much more.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adoptable Horse of the Week ~ Meet Rooster!

Rooster is a 3-4 year old Leopard Appaloosa Gelding. He is about 14.2 hands. Rooster has been started under saddle and is doing very well. He is very willing to work, and loves attention. He will walk, trot, and canter both ways without offering to buck. He knows how to lunge.

For more information or to meet Rooster, call 269-965-2117 o
Email EARTH Services.

Or for information on some of the other adoptable horses that EARTH Services has to offer, check them out on!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Looking to buy or sell tack? Mark your calendars for the upcoming Equinox Farm Open House & Tack Sale!

2011 Equinox Farm Open House and Tack Sale
Saturday, April 16th from 10:a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
****Buy or Sell New and Used Tack and Show Clothing****
No door charge and free parking! Tour the facility and see what they have to offer.
Equinox Farm
855 N. Hickory Ridge Road
Highland, MI 48357

Have some new or used tack to sell? Only $15 to reserve a table.
Click here to access the reservation form, details and deadline.   

Tables will be located outdoors weather permitting – dress appropriately. Refreshments provided by Walled Lake Area Equestrian Teams

Any questions please call Tara Botero
248-410-2029 or 


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Regaining Confidence in the Saddle

I'm confident, right?
After a rough winter full of horse fiascoes (including a short stint with the horse that "never bucked, kicked, reared, or spooked"), I found myself in quite a predicament. Just months after spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to build my barn, I was faced with an unexpected (and untimely) fear of riding.   

In my younger years I was fearless. Back then, a broken arm was a symbol of what a bad ass I was; now it's all co-pays and time off work and wardrobe considerations.  

So last month I finally committed myself to going back for riding lessons to rebuild my confidence. Together with Liz Snoblen of Equinox Farm in Highland, I'm taking it one week at a time. And so far, it's going pretty well. Liz puts me on her "confidence builders" and throws a few challenges my way, and I'm slowly getting back to where I was just months before. 

But the horse giveth and the horse taketh away, and confidence is not something that can be bought or bestowed upon. It's a constant work in progress. A couple of weeks into lessons I overestimated my progress and hopped back onto our 3 year old mare. A few minutes into our "ride", she and I both recognized my fear and after a few crow-hops and a bucking spree that left my inner thighs looking like ground beef, I took a small step back.  

For those of you in a similar position, give this a try: Find a drama-free, low key riding stable in your area, "interview" trainers until you find one you trust, and start from scratch. 

When I started out at Equinox, I asked Liz to treat me as an absolute beginner; to make no assumptions about what I may or may not know and to advance me as fast or as slow as my skills and confidence would allow. And so far it's been working out alright.

Check out this video for tips on building confidence:

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meet Wildwind Equestrian Center, this week's featured equestrian facility!

Are you looking for a drama-free, friendly equestrian facility to board or ride? If so, check out Wildwind Equestrian Center in South Lyon, "Where Everyone Belongs". Wildwind offers boarding, training, camps and English riding lessons for riders of all ages, from Tiny Tots to SeniorsTheir motto is that everyone deserves a place to belong; a place to be special, a place to be yourself, and at Wildwind Equestrian Center everyone belongs.
You don’t have to own a horse to take riding lessons. With more than 40 diverse school horses and ponies, Wildwind has the right mount for you. School horses and ponies are chosen for their temperament, training, soundness and versatility. Wildwind teaches English riding lessons in hunt seat and hunter/jumper. Each student learns grooming, saddling and caring for their horse. Group, private and semi-private lessons are taught year round in our indoor and outdoor arenas. Clinics, shows , camps and special events are scheduled throughout the year. 

Whether you ride for pleasure, competition, fitness, or relaxation Wildwind has a program that will fit your needs. Depend on Wildwind instructors to teach you safely, keep your classes challenging, and keep your riding skills improving.

Early Bird Camp Discounts now available. Register before May 1st for reduced rates!
For more information, check out their website or call (248) 486-7433!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Featured Equestrian Facility ~ Check out Great Escape Stables in South Lyon!

Looking for an Equine Escape?
in South Lyon!

Great Escape Stables is a full service Hunter/Jumper & Equitation equestrian facility in South Lyon. 
Among their many equine services:

- Horse Boarding
- Private or Group Riding Lessons
- Leasing
- Training
- Day Camps
- Birthday Party Rentals
- Horse Showing

The trainers at Great Escapes promote safety, sportsmanship and horsemanship in their lesson programs and emphasize dressage basics for all riders. For more information or to see their full list of services and upcoming events, check out the Great Escape Stables website or Facebook page!


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