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Horse Sense

Heartbreaking Horses, What t...

If you live in an area where horse-keeping is common, chances are good you’ve found yourself driving past a pasture that makes you uncomfortable. Most people who love horses feel c...

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Country Critters Seasonal Living

Hot, hot hares? How to help ...

Summer is delightful if you’re a human, but not always quite so wonderful if you’re a rabbit. Rabbits don’t handle heat very well and are typically more comfortable in the cooler t...

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Country Critters

7 Reasons We Love Highland C...

First, let’s announce some good news for Highland cattle! The Livestock Conservancy, an organization devoted to protecting endangered livestock breeds from extinction, released its...

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Country Critters

Getting Ready for Goats 6...

For the small-scale farmer who wants to try keeping livestock for the first time, there ar...

Horse Sense

Trouble Underfoot? What’s...

No matter what type of riding you do with your horse, every four to six weeks you’re deali...

Chicken Chatter

How to Get Your Chickens ...

We have all heard stories of chickens that are big snuggle bunnies or chickens that will j...

Country Critters

Putting Riders Back on th...

In August 2018, a wildfire traveled across the top of the ridge on Glenn Elzinga’s Aldersp...

Horse Sense

Steal This Barn. Design i...

If you’re anything like me, the end of winter brings with it a certain kind of stir-crazy ...

Horse Sense

5 Ways Horses Increase Ha...

Horses and people have a relationship that extends back millennia. That relationship has e...

Country Critters

A Dog with a Job

Answers to seven questions about the Australian Shepherd.   There’s just something special...

Chicken Chatter

Getting Started with New ...

Do you know their 3 key needs? Across the U.S., people are flocking to stores and online t...

Chicken Whisperer, Chicken Chatter

How to Introduce New Hens...

It’s that time of year when folks are thinking about spring and adding some new chickens t...

Weekend Farmer, Horse Sense

How to choose the right t...

The Stable Workhorse If you’ve recently made the transition from city to country, chances ...

Horse Sense

Horse Trivia Quiz

Lor rem ex expla ipsus. Ihit, cusantio. Tur? Os molorrum que eate volum faccum et re prend...

Weekend Farmer

How to Grow Your Own Food...

There is something special about preparing a meal with produce from your own backyard. Eve...

Horse Sense

An accidental rescue farm

An hour away from the chaos of our nation’s capital, in Virginia’s rolling hills, lies 10....

Are Fresh Eggs Really Bet...

It’s been said that chickens are the “gateway drug” to homesteading. A small flock of chic...

Chicken Chatter

How Chicken Keeping Gave ...

10 Questions  to Carrie Boyer  

Horse Sense

Polymer Fence Material Re...

When you install a fence, you worry. What if the wire stretches? Did I use the correct pos...

Chicken Whisperer

How-to process your own c...

Raising Backyard Meat Birds part 2 Four more weeks have passed, and the birds have been pr...

Horse Sense

Listen UP, Your horse can...

Many of us who love horses grew up watching Disney movies or Mr. Ed, and reading children’...

Chicken Whisperer

Raising Backyard Meat Bir...

I can remember about nine or ten years ago, somewhere between 2008 and 2009 when the econo...

Country Critters

Hee-Haw! Donkeys 101

Hee-haw! This unmistakable—and sometimes very loud—braying sound can only come from one of...

Horse Sense

The Mare vs. Gelding Deba...

For many, it’s more than a gender difference Across all disciplines in the equine world, t...

Country Critters

Tips for Safe Summer Trav...

With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips...

Chicken Whisperer

Six Benefits of Owning Ch...

If you are one of the thousands of people who started a backyard flock this year, you're i...

Country Critters

Caprine Chaos - My Career...

My sister has enlisted my help on a project today, and it's a new one for me: she's trimmi...

Chicken Whisperer

Keeping It Cool

Methods to help your chickens through sweltering summer heat I remember sitting on my pare...

Weekend Farmer

Selling Like Hotcakes

Maximize your sales potential at summer farmers markets Summer is well at hand and that sh...

Horse Sense

Riding Aside Versus Astri...

As a child growing up in central Virginia, I took many trips to Colonial Williamsburg, the...

Weekend Farmer

Planting Up Top - Cover c...

Cover crops may be farm’s most under-appreciated farming tool. They are planted to slow er...

Chicken Whisperer

Coccidiosis In Chickens ....

Avian intestinal coccidiosis is a common protozoal gastrointestinal (GI) disease that prim...

Golfing in the Country - ...

What is it about golf that keeps people returning season after season? On any given golf c...

Horse Sense

Say What? - Understand mi...

“Why can’t you just pick up that foot?” is one of the most oft-heard refrains in boarding ...

Chicken Whisperer

Keep Your Chickens Health...

Raising chickens continues to grow in popularity as suburban homeowners and acreage owners...

Chicken Whisperer

Coop Choices: How to shop...

Spring is approaching, and if you are planning on starting a new flock with baby chicks, y...

Weekend Farmer

Tool Tune-Up Time - Now i...

When I was young, a neighbor showed me how to be a good neighbor. Among his lessons: When ...

Country Critters

‘Not On My Watch’ - A loo...

It’s an ancient and ongoing responsibility to protect our livestock from the dangers of be...

Chicken Whisperer

A Homemade Brooder - Sett...

While there are some important aspects of brooding to ensure a healthy chick, setting up a...

Weekend Farmer

Fixing What’s Broken - Pl...

This is the time of year when farms, regardless of size, find the operator with time on hi...

Country Critters

What’s Black-And-White An...

If you’re looking to raise heritage cattle and you prefer a breed with a distinctive appea...

Weekend Farmer

‘Is Anybody Out There?’ -...

Farming is never-ending for many of us. Every day there is something that can be done. On ...

Chicken Whisperer

Ordering Chicks Online - ...

As spring approaches, thousands of people will be ordering baby chicks online. Some will b...

Chicken Whisperer

Six Reasons To Keep Emus ...

American farmers have long relied on a few standard options when raising poultry: chickens...

Horse Sense

Sick Enough or Not? When ...

Horse owners look at our animals’ medical issues a little differently than owners of cats ...

Weekend Farmer

A Unique Point Of View - ...

We’ve all seen them on television: Gorgeous aerial photos of a field being harvested, just...

Horse Sense

Teach an Old Horse New Tr...

Keep boredom away this winter I’ve found the biggest problem with gray, rainy weather or a...

Weekend Farmer

Joys of the Root Cellar -...

Do you remember the day of the root cellar? A root cellar is a structure, usually undergro...

Horse Sense

What the Hay? Stocking th...

As many local hay farmers are preparing to do their final cutting or are getting their las...

Horse Sense

‘Can I have a pony, puh-l...

It’s one of life’s inevitabilities. Unless you already use horses for ranching or your own...

Chicken Whisperer

Cool Tips for the Summer ...

Summer is upon us, and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, “Heat is far mo...

Country Critters

Getting Started with Rare...

If you stop by your local county fair or an American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) ra...

Weekend Farmer

How Does Your Pasture Sco...

A well-managed pasture is both productive and sustainable. Important decisions such as liv...

Horse Sense

Drink Up! Applying good s...

In the height of summer, you and your horse are sweating more than ever, whether you’re ou...

Horse Sense

Much Ado About Manure - F...

It’s a fact of horsemanship:  If you have a horse, you have lots of manure. No one likes t...

Weekend Farmer

Selling Like Hotcakes - M...

Summer is well at hand and that should mean lots of us are getting produce from our garden...

Weekend Farmer

Attracting Pollinators-Im...

We think of pollinators many times as just managed honey bees from an apiary, but actually...

Good For Both-Three new r...

As spring moves into summer and you log more miles in the saddle, you might be wondering h...

Country Critters

Breeds To Watch-Updates t...

In 1977, a group of people got together to form an organization with one goal in mind: to ...

Horse Sense

How Does Your Saddle Fit?...

As warmer temperatures become the norm, many of us are spending more hours in the saddle, ...

Country Critters

Miniature Jerseys - A bre...

What's lovelier than a Jersey cow? Enormous eyes, a docile expression, and beautiful color...

Country Critters

New Kitten Primer - Choos...

What’s cuter than a kitten? Welcoming a new kitten to your household is can be quite a pro...

Horse Sense

Spring Time, Vaccine Time...

One of every horse owner’s springtime chores (besides scraping all that mud off your horse...

Chicken Whisperer

Two Paths to Organic, Far...

How you transition to organic production depends on whether you are producing eggs for you...

Chicken Whisperer

Backyard For A Reason - T...

This time of year, people love to buy baby chicks for Easter, and it’s not uncommon to see...

Chicken Whisperer

Eggs From Backyard Chicke...

Chicken eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in protein, low ...

Horse Sense

When ‘Different’ Doesn’t ...

Last fall, my mare had some minor lameness issues and needed a few weeks off. For the firs...

Chicken Whisperer

Wintertime coop lighting ...

Most chicken keepers see a decrease in egg production in the winter. Many blame the cold t...

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