Blind Sided, a 2019 Freshman Reined Cow horse sire, going down the fence
Blind Sided & Jay McLaughlin • Photo by Primo Morales

2019 Freshman Reined Cow Horse Sires

The first year a stallion’s offspring compete can trigger many emotions. A mix of excitement, anxiety and hopefulness flood the senses for those who spend years waiting. For the 31 freshman sires in the Western performance horse industry this year, the successes and failures of their own show careers are no longer the gauge. It’s […]
ARC Gunnabeabigstar tops the list of 2019 freshman reining sires

2019 Freshman Reining Sires

The first year a stallion’s offspring compete can trigger many emotions. A mix of excitement, anxiety and hopefulness flood the senses for those who spend years waiting. For the 31 freshman sires in the Western performance horse industry this year, the successes and failures of their own show careers are no longer the gauge. It’s […]
Meteles Cat a 2019 freshman cutting sire

2019 Freshman Cutting Sires

The first year a stallion’s offspring compete can trigger many emotions. A mix of excitement, anxiety and hopefulness flood the senses for those who spend years waiting. For the 31 freshman sires in the Western performance horse industry this year, the successes and failures of their own show careers are no longer the gauge. It’s […]
Slate River Ranch mare named Pet Squirrel competing in the cutting pen

In Total Harmony: Slate River Ranch

The successful teamwork between Slate River Ranch owner Glade Knight and trainer John Mitchell has produced numerous champion cutting horses. A “magic cross” may produce a champion performer that will reward his or her breeder with a ranking among the industry leaders. When it comes to Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch, which ranks among the […]
Kelly Moran sitting on stone during one of her travles

Gettin’ Personal With… Kelly Moran

This reiner from California has turned her passion for travel and photography into a way of life. Not all who wander are lost, and even though Kelly Moran might not know exactly where she will be heading months – or even years – from now, her love for travel has become a way of life. […]
horse with saddle

Treating Cryptorchids

As a follow-up to last month’s column about the condition of cryptorchidism in young stallions, this month we will look at your options for treatment. The saying goes that sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease, but I would say the opposite is the case for cryptorchidism. You may not have had the […]
horse standing on green shavings stall bedding

Stall Bedding Matters

Straw, shavings, paper – hemp? There are many horse bedding options available on the market today. Like many things in the Western performance industry, the type of bedding you choose for your horse’s stall is likely based in tradition — maybe your parents used it, or a favorite trainer. If you keep your horse elsewhere, […]
veterinarians castrating a cryptorchid horse

The World of Cryptorchids

I have a theory that states the size of a stallion’s testicles is inversely proportional to their “undesirable” behavior. Stated another way, the smaller the testicles, the more the attitude; the larger the testicles, the calmer-minded the stallion. Over 20 years of equine veterinary medicine, I have found this to be true of horses and […]
horse grazing in the pasture

The Scoop on Horse Poop

Monitoring your horse’s poop is not for the faint of heart, but it is a good way to find out what’s going on inside his body.  Handling horse poop may not sound appetizing to most people, but it’s part of Megan Petty, DVM’s, job at Tularosa Equine Clinic in Tularosa, New Mexico. Manure is a […]
donkeys tied to foal in pasture

Steady & Strong: Training with Donkeys

Life without mom can be a scary time for any foal. One minute she’s there for reassurance or food, but come weaning day, she’s out of their lives. At Sterling Ranch, weanlings have a little help making that transition. They’re accompanied every step of the way – actually connected to – a pair of steady, […]