A Viroqua-area horsemanship center is applying the Winston Churchill philosophy, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” to the inner lives of those seeking deeper spiritual discernment.

Searching for people from the back of a horse can be effective for rescuing the lost. The members of the Whitewater Area Mounted Search Team and Rescue know this and have been providing their services to authorities to help with locating missing persons.

Horseriders Campground in Palmyra is one of the premier horse campgrounds in the Wisconsin State Parks system. Drawing visitors from all over the Midwest thanks to its many amenities, including campsites with electricity and horse corrals, shower house and flush toilets, lighted pavilion and…

Before there was gunpowder and firearms, there was archery. In the time when the bow and arrows were among the most feared weapons, some of the most formidable archers were mounted on horses.

MADISON — Melisa Pearce believes humans owe horses an apology. She believes people should apologize for not appreciating the service horses have given to humankind over the ages. Despite the lack of an apology and acknowledgement of their gifts, Pearce has found horses are still willing to g…

The Morgan horse has proven its worth in a variety of equine disciplines, including dressage, show jumping and driving. Known for its speed, courage and gentle nature, the Morgan also is America’s first native breed.

Forty-five high-quality 2-year-old horses and 10 aged lesson horses will be offered for sale at the 43rd annual UW-River Falls Colt Sale on Saturday, May 4, at the UW-River Falls Campus Farm, 1475 S. Wasson Lane, River Falls.

March 11 was a big day for Lil Ruf Rider. After the long ride from California, he walked off the trailer at his new home at the Campus Farm at UW-River Falls and promptly had his first new experience. He stuck his nose in the deep snow, his eyes got big, and it was obvious that he did not qu…

The Wisconsin State Horse Council presented a full slate of honorees at this year’s Midwest Horse Fair. The organization recognized four people for their lifetime of service to the horse industry as well as a Director of the Year, a Horseperson of the Year, a Show Judge of the Year and a Hor…

A Wisconsin horsewoman has been chosen to represent Minnesota in the rodeo world. Last fall, Paige Storlie of Holmen was crowned Miss Minnesota Rodeo queen from among the 12 applicants vying for the title.

Imagine six athletes riding bareback around a half-mile track at full speed, then jumping off, mounting a second horse, flying around the course, changing horses again and then rounding the track one more time.

Since 1979, the Midwest Horse Fair has been providing an experience for equine enthusiasts and the public through exposition, education and entertainment — and this year will be no exception. For the event’s “ruby” celebration, organizers have packed many memorable events into this year’s ro…

Bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Civil War-era cavalry to life, the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard is sure to draw a crowd in their second appearance at the Minnesota Horse Expo, set for April 26-28 at the Minnesota State Fairground in Falcon Heights, Minn.

After outstanding results at regional finals Feb. 23-24 and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semi-finals March 15-16, the UW-River Falls IHSA Western Team now has their sights set on IHSA nationals in Syracuse, N.Y., May 3-6.

For more than 40 years, Barbara Knopf has dedicated her life to the rescue of abandoned and abused Morgan horses. And now, on 80 acres of rolling countryside outside La Valle, these same horses are rescuing the nation’s veterans.

Through her business ReRide Horse Tack, leather craftswoman Vicki McAllister gives used or damaged tack a second life, and at the same time, helps worthy causes. She is proving recycling can have multiple benefits.

Old-fashioned wintertime fun was on the schedule at Wisconsin State Horse Council Foundation’s Winter Day held Feb. 9 at Springbrook near Burnett. The free event drew between 500 and 600 people who enjoyed the scenery, activities and refreshments.

As winter keeps its grip on Wisconsin and the rest of the Midwest, horse and other livestock owners are wondering whether their hay supply will last until the first crop is harvested or the animals can go on pasture.

For Stefanie Reinhold, a certified equine massage practitioner and horse wellness specialist at Reinhold’s Horse Wellness in Beloit, it was Cody, a bucking paint gelding, who provided day-to-day proof of the life-changing results of equine bodywork.

Horsemanship instructor and trainer Ellie Jensen seems to have come up with the right ingredients for wintertime fun. She and her crew held their annual Bond, Bake and Ride event Jan. 26 at Circle E Equestrian Center in Seymour.

Horse owners are finding essential oils can be a valuable component of their animal’s well-being and more than a few are educating themselves about incorporating the oils in their horse management program.

ASHLAND — At the 33rd annual Sleigh and Cutter Rally, it didn’t take long to parse out competitor from spectator. Folks in the 5-acre field adjacent to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center bundled against the January cold in colorful synthetic fabrics, or wrapped themselves in fur and wool.

Jessica Routier has been riding horses from a very young age — before she can even remember. She entered her first competition when she was 6 years old and has earned numerous accolades throughout her rodeo career.

The Northwoods Harness Club will present the 33rd annual Sleigh and Cutter Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.

For Charlene Boom and her husband, Rodney, traveling around the country with their horses for trail riding has become a major part of their life. This past summer was no different, with a trip out west.

Every athlete can benefit from massage, even equine athletes. Equine massage has been gaining popularity among horse owners, especially for horses used in physically demanding activities. According to Lindsay Thomes, it can also help aging horses maintain overall health.

A 34-year-old dream of horse campers at Governor Dodge State Park is on the trail to becoming reality. The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park Equestrian committee is working to make the dream come true through its fundraising campaign.

“If the saddle doesn’t fit, don’t use it” is the guiding principle for saddle fitter Stacy Hockel. An independent saddle-fit advisor and equine bodyworker, Hockel of Vernon helps horse owners with determining how well their saddle fits themselves and their horses.

The trick to mastering trick riding is top-notch instruction and a steady mount. Those elements are offered at trick riding clinics held at Dover Stables near Waterford. The stable held its most recent trick riding clinic Nov. 16-17 with professional trick rider Veronica Painter.

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association has named Dr. Judith Batker the 2018 WVMA Veterinarian of the Year, an honor she received during the organization’s 103rd annual convention Oct. 11 in Madison.

When equine reiki therapists talk about a flow of energy, they are not referring to the effort it takes to round up cattle, jump over rails, run a gymkhana pattern or travel over miles of trails. They are talking about a universal life force that can aid in relieving stress and discomfort.

Mikao Usui, a Japanese spiritualist who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is considered the originator of reiki. During a spiritual retreat, Usui reported feeling subtle vibrations above his head. Upon returning home, he found the experience instilled in him a gift of healing …

Governor Dodge State Park, located in southwest Wisconsin’s unique Driftless Area, features over 25 miles of scenic horse trails. With more trails than can be explored in a single day, riders wishing to camp at the park with their horses currently use an aging, crowded facility where they pa…