How to Build a Dutch Stall Door – Cheap DIY Stall Door

Do you need a cheap, but beautiful stall door for your horse? This is a great tutorial for how to DIY a dutch horse stall door.

How to build a dutch stall door

To build a dutch horse stall door for cheap, you may find lots of tutorials online, that range from pretty helpful, to not helpful at all, to wanting you to purchase their building plans. We read all the tutorials online and still weren’t quite sure how these were going to go together.

Here is what we made at the end (this is a real-life unflattering photo of my ponies), with their new beautiful DIY stall doors.

DIY Dutch Stall Doors

I am a jump in and see if we do it right kind of person, while my husband is very methodical and calculated in how he does things so this took a bit of compromise for both of us to pick a plan and go with it...

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8 Ways To Improve Your Horsemanship From Home

Okay, so this one might sound a bit weird but hang in there with me. I understand eating sustainable, animal-friendly, healthy whole foods can be tough especially with limited access to the grocery store but with a little bit of planning, you can create some pretty amazing dishes that can sharpen your mind and fuel your body while being kinder to the earth and the animals on it. Keep it simple, create one thoughtful meal each day that includes a beautiful array of colorful fruits and veggies. When you sit down to eat let yourself be filled with gratitude for your horse and the amazing planet we live on. If you need further meal ideas I would check out Forks Over Knives, Oh She Glows, or The Happy Pear for beautiful tasty recipes.

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Sun Protection for Horses and Riders

Whether you live somewhere sunny year round, or just spend the summer month roasting in the sun, sun protection should be a priority. We know that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, so you should try to prevent unnecessary sun exposure.

As equestrians, we spend a lot of time outside. And while that is great for our mental well being, it can be harmful to your skin to stay in the sun all day long. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70? If you could prevent yourself from being part of that statistic, wouldn’t you? (Source: skincancer.org)

Sun Protection for Horses and Horseback Riders

While horses don’t tend to get skin cancer at the same rate as humans do, it still can occur in horses. Additionally, there could be other reasons you need to protect your horse from the sun...

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Get Stacked by Caracol

Shakespearean Quote Bracelet by Caracol

Real talk right here. Sometimes when I am shopping I get overwhelmed by the number of choices and then choose… nothing. When I first saw the Caracol website, specifically the “Equestrian” section, I had no idea where to start my selection. There was just so many beautiful jewelry items- rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces. Sterling silver, gold, leather. Where do I start?! In fact, I ended up just telling them to choose for me! When the “Horse Glam Stack” arrived and I put the 3 bracelets on my arm, I have never been so pleasantly surprised!

The first bracelet I unwrapped was the Shakespearean Quote bracelet...

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Welcoming Our Insightful New Addition

Everett was born on August 5th at 3am weighing 7 pounds and measuring 21 inches long. The timing of his birth fell right at the end of the Sturgeon Full Moon. According to The Old Farmers Almanac “Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.”  

He already fits right in with the rest of the Insightful crew around here. Several months ago I knew I was going to go into labor on the 4th (I even put money on it in my baby pool). Then at the end of July my Aunt Sarah checked in with me on Facebook to see how things were looking for the baby arriving July 29th (the day she was banking on), he wasn’t ready yet but let me know he’d be coming in the early hours on morning of the 5th. 

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myMareCo just got cooler.

Quick Dry Hat in Black

I know some of you smarty pants are already keeping your heads cool while riding thanks to myMareCo’s moisture wicking headbands. If you don’t know, now you know (click here). Now hook yourself up pre and post rides with myMareCo’s newest product launch: the quick dry baseball hat. Made out of polyester microfiber, with a fully mesh lined interior that helps circulate air flow and allows your head to “breathe”, this hat will dry quickly, rain or sweat. This is perfect timing for the still hot September weeks ahead, as well as the daily thunderstorms that inevitably accompany those hot days. Another feature that deserves a mention is how easily the hats can fold up for storage in your handbag or tack trunk...

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The Five Elements & Your Horse Part 5 – Earth

ORGAN SYSTEMS

The Earth Element expresses itself in the physical body through the organ systems of the Spleen (including the pancreas) and the Stomach. As you may recall from the previous blog posts, in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) these associated organ systems represent a holistic network that includes the organs, along with channels for delivering Qi, broader functions, attributes and energetics. It is a very different way of seeing the functions of organs than the way western allopathic medicine identifies, understands and works with a more narrow, mechanical view of organs. In Chinese Medicine the Spleen and Stomach, as a team, provide nourishment and fuel to our body and all the various systems of the body. 

When the Earth Element organs (Spleen and Stomach) are healthy and in...

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Blake Goods delivers.

Blake Goods Belt; PC Shannen Smyth Photography

Equestrians know a thing or two about leather goods. We outfit our horses in expensive leather tack and equipment. We ride in leather gloves, chaps and boots. We have high expectations when it comes to leather quality and durability, and equally high expectations when it comes to its aesthetics. When Jessie Lochrie founded Blake Goods, she knew exactly the sort of equestrian-inspired leather belt she wanted to bring to both the mainstream and equestrian markets. A crucial component of bringing her vision to life is key business partnerships...

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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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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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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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