A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Grooming a Horse

Have you ever pulled your horse out of the field only to find him covered in mud and manure and staring at you with those cute large eyes like, “I don’t know what happened”? I think we’ve all been there. All you wanted to do was go for a ride, but now you need to groom your horse for 30 minutes just to get a saddle on him.

Grooming a horse is very important (the point of this post is not to tell you not to groom your horse) – it can alert you to pain your horse may be experiencing, help you find injuries or cuts on your horse, and make your horse clean enough to ride (and I’m guessing that’s what most of us are after).

Lazy girl's guide to horse grooming

However, I think that grooming can be a bit boring and time intensive.

I have a confession – I am not very good at grooming my horses...

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Side Hustle: Equine Photographer

equine photography, equine photographerMany people nowadays have more than one job. Having a side hustle is a lucrative way to earn more money which can be used to pad savings, pay off debt, or help fund your horse habit 🙂 There are many people that make a good living doing photography. This can be anything from family photos to senior portraits, events, birthdays, pets, horses, and horse competitions.

You will need a few things to get your side hustle going, and practicing is KEY when it comes to photography. Horses are beautiful creatures and create some of the BEST photographs. Ready to get started in equine photography?

As an equine photographer there are a few things you will need to get your side hustle/business going. They are:

  • Gear – camera, lenses, cases
  • Software – good editing software is a must!
  • Patience – y...
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Shopping for Ladies Tall Riding Boots

Are you looking for the best ladies tall riding boots? Yup, I was too. But I found the perfect pair of tall riding boots! Continue reading to learn what I was looking for and what I found with the boots I ordered.

My requirements for new tall riding boots (Yours might be different!):

I do a lot of walking and working in my boots so I really wanted to find something COMFORTABLE. A pair of tall riding boots that have a thick comfortable sole. The Ariat Heritage Contour field boots that I already own have a thin sole that I feel every rock through. It really annoys me, so I know I need a thicker sole with more support for being comfortable walking around.

The tall boots I choose must have zippers up the back. The zippers make it easier to put on and take off the boots.

I want black boots...

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Jumping Tips for the Rider

Horse, Horse Jumping, Show JumpingJumping is one of the most fun things you can do on horseback. Many riders jump for fun but you can also compete in jumping events too. Many hunter/jumpers are incredible to watch, especially at shows and in the Olympics!

Jumping can take some practice and both you and your horse need to build up muscle and stamina. Here are a few things you can do whether you are a pro-jumper or beginner to help you and your horse clear those obstacles.

Ride Two-Point with Every Gait

Two-point position will help build muscle. At first, it may seem difficult because your body is not used to it. Try one lap of two-point at a walk, two laps of holding the two-point at a trot, and two to three laps of holding the two-point position at a canter. This is an excellent warm-up for both you and your horse...

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7 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Horse

coconut oil for horses, horse careCoconut oil provided many benefits for humans, but did you know it is good for horses too? Coconut oil for horses has both internal and external benefits just like it does for humans. It is easy to find, easy to purchase, is relatively inexpensive (compared to many other horse feeds/supplements) and can be a fantastic addition to your horses feed or used as a topical applicant.

**It is recommended that you use virgin coconut oil for your horse, NOT the extra virgin. Look for 45% lauric acid and cold-pressed coconut oil for horses.** I am not a veterinarian – please read my disclaimer HERE.

Coconut oil is easy to store and has a good shelf life. Here are several reasons to keep some virgin coconut oil around the barn!

#1. It Helps with Bug Bites

During the month of August (when the bugs a...

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The Five Elements & Your Horse Part 4 – Fire

ORGAN SYSTEMS

The Fire Element expresses in the physical body through the organ systems of the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Heater (sometimes referred to as the Triple Warmer or San Jiao). For this blog post we will be focusing on the Heart system, which is considered the Ruler of the entire body in Chinese Medicine. It is said that the Heart delegates to all the other systems and at the same time relies on the other systems to maintain all aspects of life, which is why in the Fire Element there are three additional organ systems to protect the heart. The Heart system rules the body’s blood flow and pulse. It also houses the “shen” or spirit of the animal or person, which can be seen as the sparkle in the eyes...

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The past 34 weeks have been a beautiful journey…

That depends on you guys. Let me know if you would like more posts on riding while pregnant, adjustments I’ve had to make along the way, having a water birth in a stock tank, how things unfold with time off after the baby is born or getting back into shape post prego. I’m happy to share anything you want to know about but I also don’t want to bore you with a bunch of baby blah blah if its not something you’re up for reading. Shoot me a message or let me know in the comments section if there is anything you want to hear more about.

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Product Review: M-T-G Oil

MTG oil is a product I had unfortunately never heard of! My horse show friends told me about it and how they use it to grow their horse’s manes and tails- a post you can read about HERE.

My chestnut horse continually rubs his mane. I used MTG oil originally to help it grow back and was impressed by the results. It also helped him to stop itching because this oil has anti-fungal properties.

I am surprised by all the benefits this oil has! It is GREAT for hair growth but there are a few things you should know about MTG oil before you use it.

Please note that The Phoenix Filly is a participant in affiliate programs meaning that I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase...

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A Busy Equestrian’s Morning routine

How you spend your morning can have a large effect on the rest of the day. It’s been said by many experts that your morning habits can contribute to your productivity and satisfaction the rest of the day.

So how do you start your day taking care of yourself and your horse? Here is what I do every day.

When you are an equestrian, your morning routine can look a bit different than the average joe. Depending on your horse keeping situation, you may need to take care of your horses in the morning or prepare yourself for a trip to the barn later in the day.

While your day probably looks a bit different than mine, I wanted to share what my morning routine looks like. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, I do work from home almost every day so things have changed recently for my morning routine...

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Where to Start: Solving Horse Behavior Problems



Where to start…what do you do when your horse says “no” to a behavior or activity?

This little training is for you if…

You and your horse are not living the dreamy life right now…because you are struggling with an unwanted behavior, or a “problem”.

Maybe you can’t even halter your horse easily.

Maybe your horse tenses up and literally says “no” to being saddled or bridled.

Maybe they struggle to walk out of the barn and to the arena.

Or standing at the mounting block is a feat of it’s own.

Solving a behavior problem with your horse is a challenge, one key is to not compare yourself to others this will crush drams and start a negative cycle

Solving a behavior problem with your horse is a challenge, one key is to not compare yourself to others this will crush drams and start a negative cycle

What I want to offer you today is a way to demystify the process a bit.

How you can actually go about effectively building an amazing relationship ...

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Are You Listening to Your Horse?

how to communicate with your horse starts with being able to listen to what they have to say.

Your horse is continually communicating with you. 

But the real question is whether or not you are listening in on that conversation? 

Many of the ways a horse communicates with us is a subtle “whisper” so it can easily be missed if you aren’t paying close attention. They are quiet behaviors.

Behaviors that come before a “scream/shout” like flattened ears, a bite, pull back, turn and bolt, rear, etc.

So, how do you become a better listener to your horse?

I have 2 steps to start with…Plus some great questions to ask yourself to see if you are hearing the whispers.  

#1 Get on the horse’s time zone

I don’t know about you, but my life runs at a million miles an hour. It’s a wonderful reminder to slowwwww down and take a pause before we join our horses in their world.

“Whe...

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Winter Hay 101: How Much to Feed Your Horse (And Why)

Feeding your horse hay in the winter discover how much is enough and why

Wondering how to feed your horse in the winter?

Another summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye. As winter approaches, we shift gears a little in our daily routines to make the cooler days a bit more tolerable. Can I get a “yay” for headbands, fuzzy socks, and pumpkin spice lattes? 

But what about winterizing our horses?

If you are anything like me, few things cause me as much stress and uncertainty as trying to keep my horse happy and healthy year-round. This is especially true when it comes to decoding nutritional needs for my specific horses. 

In my early years of horse ownership, I did a LOT of research on allllll the things I needed to do before the temperatures dropped. If there’s ONE thing I wish I would have realized made the greatest impact…it’d be hay!

Why Ha...

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