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Love and Loss: The ties that bind the horse world

This horse thing is a big love, and tragedy its evil twin brother. In the worst of times, you can see the best of life, an unescapable paradox, and this week was a roller coaster doozy of proof. Love and loss are truly the ties that bind us in the horse world. If you asked my grandfather what he was having for breakfast, he'd start off with something, like, "well, back in 1943..." and eventually wind up to the reason he was eating oatmeal. He taught me that to tell the story, you often have to tell the story behind the story, to show the road, the people and experiences that lead up to that moment. So, if this story weaves a bit, you've been...

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Essential winter riding gear for your lower body: skirts +moosehide boots+ and the best bareback pad, ever.

I bet you never thought you'd read moose-hide boots and riding skirts are essential winter riding gear, but, ladies, you are about to be converted.  Ever notice how winter riding clothing guides tend to focus on outfitting the top half of your body? Tons of jacket options, gloves, helmet covers, and neck covers. Yes, we do need to keep our core warm, but, our legs, toes, and behinds seem to, well, get left out in the cold.  We've all struggled to find cold-weather riding options to keep our lower halves warm. Although there are some good winter riding breeches and insulated riding pants out there, they never gave me the protection I needed from these Alaskan winters.  In this winter riding guide, I've outlined what keeps me warm, working and riding my horses year-round...

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A Guide to Choosing Your All-Weather Riding Skirt

Which skirt should I choose? Hands down, this is our most frequently asked question. The answer is always the same: it depends on what you want to do, and when and where you are doing it. Arctic Horse All Weather skirts offer so much versatility:  wear them teaching/taking lessons, working outside, running errands, hiking, and going to dinner. These skirts are gorgeous and do their job so you can do yours. All skirts are made in Alaska by women making a living wage, and we use American Made materials as much as possible.  Although choosing one skirt can be difficult (imagine choosing only one jacket for all seasons/activities?), being specific about your comfort preferences, and your local environment can really help narrow it down. All of the skirts...

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To Big Love

Some days, while riding along, it really hits me what a miracle it is to sit on the back of a horse. That these magnificent creatures even allow such a thing, lays my heart wide open, every time.  Alaska lays my heart open like that, too. Before I started Arctic Horse, I was a wildlife biologist, and my work took me all over the country, and internationally, as well. And everywhere I went, I could connect with the land, but, not like Alaska. The first moment I crossed into Alaska, it had every piece of me. Verdant green like I'd never seen, turquoise rivers, white capped butcher paper mountains, and so deeply wild. Alaska was immediately my home, it was an instant recognition that this place...

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