“It’s all about the comfort of the horse and the safety of the rider,” expressed Brad as he describes the why behind every-use tack cleaning. Water and salt dry out leather. “Horse sweat is the worst thing to leave on leather. It just sucks the life out of the leather!” Local leather expert and saddle repair guy, Brad Ilonummi, talks with Sharon Jantzen about expertly caring for and cleaning tack.
It’s more than just marking a date on your calendar and sending in an entry fee, it’s months or more of preparation and planning that all comes to fruition in one single event. Sarah Williams weighs in on preparing for a horse competition.
Come join in on a fun weekend of camping with your equine partner and friends at Montaña de Oro sponsored by the Coast Mounted Assistance volunteers. From the sands on the beach of the Pacific Ocean to the rocky shale of Hazard’s Peak, the panoramic views are breathtaking, especially if viewed on horseback. Peggy Phaklides, Coast Mounted Assistance President, provides the details for the 2018 Horse Camping and Poker Ride at Montaña de Oro.
The hardest and most eye-opening experience for me was recently experiencing grief of one incredible horse at the barn I assist at weekly. The grief was so tragic that it still resonates through the barn even almost 7 months later. Our friend, Christine Johnson shares her experience at a barn where horses grieved.