Features

A Selected Portfolio of My Work

In feature subjects I pursue, I am attracted to the unexpected or untold story. What is the daily life of an equine surgeon like? What happens to draft horses too old or too injured to work? And, how far will a horse owner go to solve the puzzle of her beloved companion’s threatening and mysterious health condition? Read a selection of my work below and sign-up for NICKER NOTES for publication announcements and information about upcoming equine literature classes.

Horses

2020 AMERICAN HORSE PUBLICATION AWARD WINNER
First Place: Horse Care Single Article, circulation over 20,000
Third Place: Publishing Division

A diagnosis of headshaking can be a life sentence of pain to a horse and end any career for a rider. British and American researchers have been exploring different ways of “resetting” the trigeminal nerve through electrical stimulation. Learn more in my article on new treatments for headshaking in the Winter Equus Magazine. If your horse is a head shaker, the article will change your perspective!

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Single-digit temperatures. Water trough skating rinks. Ice crystal whiskers. When a riding day becomes a reading day, brew another cup of coffee and start catching up on your reading.

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A broodmare too old to produce. A failed racehorse prospect. A chronically lame workhorse. Each year, thousands of horses like these are sold at public auctions in the United States, exported to Canada or Mexico, and slaughtered for human consumption.

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In Santa Fe, horses play central role in more than westerns.

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Health

When the decision was made to euthanize Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, the team of equine surgeons who had labored for eight months to bring the colt back to soundness and health lost a friend. But what is daily life like for the quintessential equine surgeon operating on horses without the glare of celebrity?

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Headshaking or allergies? Join the odyssey to equine wellness.

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History

2020 AMERICAN HORSE PUBLICATION AWARD WINNER
Honorable Mention: Feature Article circulation under 15,000

The Union Army’s victory in the Civil War ushered in freedom for thousands of enslaved African-Americans, yet, life in the war’s aftermath continued to be plagued with lynching, segregation, and prejudice for many especially in the east and south. The guns may have gone silent, but echoes of war still raged. Follow the story of the Buffalo Soldiers!

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Established in 1935, as part of the Works Progress Administration, the Pack Horse Library Project provided books and magazines to rural Eastern Kentucky to broaden literacy in homes and schools. Horse history notes the librarians, mainly women who traversed rocky, remote, and muddy terrain fifty to eighty miles each week. In many cases, a visit from a packhorse librarian was a family’s only access to library service. Deep in an area where the only means of learning about cultures far beyond Appalachia, the Packhorse Librarians Project fostered much more than education and curiosity, the program gave birth to a mind’s flight.

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PHONE: 505-946-7171
EMAIL: [email protected]

7 Avenida Vista Grande, B7-490
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508