Bonnie Davis Hoof Prints and Camp Smoke
by Bonnie Davis
An avid trail rider and horsecamper for over 40 years, Bonnie Davis has presented workshops, lectures and presentations on maintaining, preserving and developing trails, horsecamps and trail riding.

THANKSGIVING

By Bonnie Davis, November 28, 2016
Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. And each year I find something that Nic (or for that matter any of my horses) loved! It all started about 30 years ago and now has became sort of a 'tradition'. Plus it helps to get rid of left-overs that wouldn't fit into the refrigerator. The first time I took some stuff up to the horses, they sort of sniffed 'em, looked at me, sniffed again and then began to eat. Ultimately they discovered even sprouts taste good -- after they've been rolled in a little butter, cinnamon and sugar. But before any vegetable was introduced into their diets, I did some research to make sure they were horse healthy. In Sam's (one of my past trail horses) case... Read More

Bonnie Davis Hoof Prints and Camp Smoke
by Bonnie Davis
An avid trail rider and horsecamper for over 40 years, Bonnie Davis has presented workshops, lectures and presentations on maintaining, preserving and developing trails, horsecamps and trail riding.

FROM THE END OF THE TRAILER

By Bonnie Davis, October 12, 2016
In case you're wondering who's at the end of the trailer, it's me.  NIC.  Bonnie is my partner but she's been under the weather so I trotted in to help.  After all I spend a lot of time standing at the end of the trailer.  That's because I'm a TRAIL HORSE and darn proud of it because I WORK at being a trail horse.   Some folks don't consider us trail horses as working horses but let me tell you, WE work!!  My partner, Bonnie, and I have covered some of the most beautiful trails and country in this Nation.  Thousands of miles over the years.  We've crossed rivers.  Gone down mountains on trails of granite.  Plowed through snow.... Read More

Bonnie Davis Hoof Prints and Camp Smoke
by Bonnie Davis
An avid trail rider and horsecamper for over 40 years, Bonnie Davis has presented workshops, lectures and presentations on maintaining, preserving and developing trails, horsecamps and trail riding.

SQUARES & RECTANGLES

By Bonnie Davis, September 16, 2016
It seems to be the biggest concern when going horsecamping -- where to put everything IN THE TRAILER!!  Space is a valuable item!  Where to put it?  How to pack it?  What to pack?  When it comes to actual packing, the important thing to remember is 'squares' and 'rectangles'  plus I always follow my motto 'if I can't use something at least 2 ways, I won't take it with me'!   Regardless of what it is, items pack together easier, simpler and quicker if put into squares and rectangles.  They just naturally fit together.  So planning what to put where may take a couple trips to finalize but when done, one will be amazed at how much can be gotten... Read More

Cate Lamm Rescue Report
by Cate Lamm
Follow the blog of Cate Lamm, editorial assistant of The Trail Rider and a past trainer with the Colorado Horse Rescue, as she rescues and retrains a neglected Clydesdale-Thoroughbred cross. Along the way, she discovers that rehabilitating a frightened horse gives her self-confidence, as well—and that she and Banjo are on a journey together.

Wild Mustangs: What You Can Do

By Cate Lamm, August 24, 2016
Working with Sensei, a once-wild mustang stallion rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management, awakened my compassion for wild horses. Sensei’s journey was full of trials and tribulations, pain and loss, but lucky for him it has a happy ending. That’s not the case for thousands of mustangs in the United States.   You’re likely familiar with the plight of wild mustangs like Sensei and the loss of their grazing lands. This awareness may have led you to ask, “What can I do to help?” Sensei’s courageous heart, deep intelligence, and unexpected gentleness have led me to ask the same thing.   When I see how far this little brave mustang has come... Read More

Bonnie Davis Hoof Prints and Camp Smoke
by Bonnie Davis
An avid trail rider and horsecamper for over 40 years, Bonnie Davis has presented workshops, lectures and presentations on maintaining, preserving and developing trails, horsecamps and trail riding.

LOADING -- in the dark!

By Bonnie Davis, August 15, 2016
Horses load into trailers all the time -- or the majority of them do.  But once in a while a horseowner may be faced with loading a horse in the DARK.  At the barn, an emergency trip to the vet!  When horsecamping, a sudden emergency evacuation.  It was during one of those 'emergency' loadings from a horsecamp during a forest fire evacuation that I learned 'emergencies' in darkness addsa whole new dimension to loading a horse INTO a trailer.     Back home safely it was time to work on night-emergency loadings.  Here's a few tips I used back at the barn to help that  horse realize loading in the dark is no worse than loading in the day... Read More


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