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Two of Shane Plummer's favorite horses, Meradas Blue Sue and SDP Nobama, epitomize the philosophy of a rising tide. The horses did well for him, but were sold and also did well by their new owners. • Photo courtesy of SDP Buffalo Ranch.

Living the High Tide Philosophy in the Horse Industry

Win/win scenarios are the only things that are healthy, sustainable and establish relationships. That's true in the business world and the horse industry.
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Industry Insider: Lemonade Stand

Winter-geddon 2021 hit Texas. It is pretty serious actually. Below-zero weather is very extreme in these parts. This once-in-a-generation winter storm has caused electricity blackouts throughout the state, frozen pipes that are yet to thaw, fatal accidents and unrest untold.
SDP Buffalo Ranch mares and foals 2020

Deal of Fortune!

Last month, my blog mentioned the timelessness of faith, hope and charity, the need for us to not give into fear, and for keeping perspective and an eye on what lies ahead of us. I 100% stand by what I wrote and still feel the same today. But, I feel as though I’ve lived through a […]
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The Twilight Zone … Or is it?

Sometimes I get nostalgic and think about life when I was a kid. Life was pretty darn boring then, compared to what we’ve got now. Granted, I was a kid and the “Information Age” didn’t exist. I was born of goodly parents; I’m pretty sure they sheltered me, too. I think of my kids now and their […]
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Politics & Passion

Politics. It’s a strange thing to write about, but it’s fresh on my mind. This is probably not really what you are thinking, even though this is a presidential election year; albeit, that has been on my mind lately, too. I mean, gosh, you’d have to be living under a rock to not be bombarded with […]
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Goodbye, My Friend

Hydrive Cat was humanely euthanized today, Oct. 15. It has been very hard leading up to this day, and now that it is done, there is a heaviness that will be with me for quite some time. It was the right thing to do. Watching that magnificent specimen deteriorate was so awful. “Hydrive” sustained a stifle […]
SDP Buffalo Ranch owner Shane Plummer addresses crowd

Decisions

Have you ever sat down to write something and stared at the blinking cursor waiting for yourself to type? That was me this morning with a blog entry due, the one you are now reading. How this works for me is something like this. I get an email on Monday saying, “Shane, will there be […]
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Horse Econ 101

Let me tell you something you already know. Horses. Are. EXPENSIVE! Yep, I said it. Wow, is this game expensive! The path with horses is not in a straight line. It is not an accounting measure of adding up expenses and that equates a value. Horses are a game of doing everything you can to […]
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Have Your Cake & Eat It, Too!

I have grown up in the horse business, probably not in the way you think, though. Yes, I was used for labor in my parents’ business — nothing unreasonable, but I did learn how to work. I did not grow up with show horses or thinking that horsemanship was a fun thing. I grew up […]