Nicker Notes

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Newmarket, a small market town in Suffolk, lays claim to being the birthplace of British racing. The first recorded race dates back to 1622, and......

I wrote about the packhorse librarians in an article published in The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked Magazine a few years ago. I am thrilled......

Though the decade of the 1980s ushered in the birth of the ‘natural horsemanship philosophy and training method, these nascent nuggets linking horse...

Timing is everything, and the timing of a virtual bookstore for horse lovers and readers couldn't be better!...

In the bleak Welsh midwinter, kicking a gift horse named Mari Lwyd may cost you a song and a mince pie!...

For the past few months, I’ve been working on some online networking with horse enthusiasts and professionals. Thanks to an excellent marketing ...

Calendars wiped clean. Face masks a fashion statement. Social distancing measured in feet not inches. I am waiting for historians and media pundits to...

If dipping or soaking your horse’s hay conjures visions of wasted water, contaminated liquid, and too much time seeping away...

In the past, soaking forage was a popular method to both decrease dust, allergens, mites, spores, and other respiratory irritants...

Dusty hay harbors allergy triggers. Low levels of these fine particles irritate a horse with sensitive respiratory airways....

As horses age, their ability to thoroughly chew and digest hay and grain may be affected. A tooth extraction, disease, or a dental abnormality like sh...

Yesterday I shared Part 1 of this piece that explores the role my horse played during a summer of grief. Today, I bring you Part 2....

Are you on week two, three, or five with staying at home? Are you and your horse chomping at the proverbial bit desperate to escape your boredom and a...

Near the end of February, I launched a freshly designed Equi-Libris website. Excited and inspired by the incredible work of EquiLuxe Marketing on the ...

A broodmare too old to produce. A failed racehorse prospect. A chronically lame workhorse. Each year, thousands of horses like these are sold at publi...

Established in 1935, as part of the Works Progress Administration, the Pack Horse Library Project provided books and magazines to rural Eastern Kentuc...