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…

While many farmers are thinking about crops and harvesting them, fall also is an important time of year for pasture care, especially for horse owners. The following fall pasture to-do list for horse owners offers some good tips to keep pastures looking great and give it a boost for next year.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — For many older adults, downsizing often means transitioning to a smaller home, maybe planting a smaller vegetable garden. In Ronald Henry’s case, the big switch came in his early 60s when he went from showing full-sized horses to miniatures, and he couldn’t be happier.

Horse enthusiasts are invited to invest in themselves and their partnership with their horses at a confidence-building clinic Sept. 15-16 at the Leatherdale Equine Center, 1801 Dudley Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Clinician Sarona Bruder will instruct equestrians in developing a partnership with the…

The Northwest Wisconsin Graziers Network and UW-Extension will host a pasture walk at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Happy Hollow Stables, a 60-acre farm operated by Erin Osero and family north of Range.

The 54th annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo will be Sept. 7-8 at the outdoor rodeo arena at the UW-River Falls Campus Farm, 1475 S. Wasson Lane, on the corner of Wasson Lane and Cemetery Road in River Falls.

Horse enthusiasts are welcome to an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Trails End Picnic Shelter, adjacent to the Horse Campground at Governor Dodge State Park in Dodgeville.

Equestrians are discovering the benefits of yoga. They are finding the millennia-old discipline improves their horsemanship as well as physical and mental wellbeing through better balance, flexibility and rhythm with their horses.

A celebration of the paying off of the bank note on the new Horse Barn at the St. Croix County Fairground will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, during the St. Croix County Fair in Glenwood City.

Under the instruction of North American Western Dressage certified judge Amanda Lane-Sommer, eight equestrians and their horses participated in a June 23 horsemanship clinic organized by club member Michelle Rasmussen of Morning Star Stables at the Tomah Saddle Club show ground. The riders l…

Red Barn Blues, a free barn concert featuring Blythe Gamble and the Rollin’ Dice, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. July 28 at Shepard’s Barn, 7556 Marshall Road, Columbus.

DODGEVILLE — Lush forested areas. Two large lakes. Vast prairie meadows and a network of hiking, biking and horse trails. Visitors to Governor Dodge State Park outside of Dodgeville can experience all of this, and it is what brings Janesville-area horse enthusiast Sandy Rogers to the park ye…

MADISON — Some of the smallest animals on earth can be the deadliest. Insects such as ticks, mosquitoes and mayflies are instrumental in causing illness and death in humans and horses.

MADISON — Horseback riders should consider themselves as much athletes as they do their horses. According to U.S. Equestrian team coach Daniel Stewart of Naples, Fla., equestrians are athletes.

Members of the UW-River Falls Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Show Team and Hunt Seat Team competed at the IHSA National Championships May 3-6 in Harrisburg, Pa., where the Western Show Team tied for fourth place overall in the team competition.

MADISON — At this year’s Midwest Horse Fair, world-renowned horse trainer Clinton Anderson advised beginning horse buyers to put “pretty” at the bottom of their shopping list when buying their first horse.

Spring is finally here and the trails are calling. As trail riders saddle up and head out on the state’s public lands, the Wisconsin Horse Council Trails Committee advises equestrian users to be knowledgeable about sharing multiuse trails.

The UW-River Falls Horse Judging Team earned top placements at the Midwest Horse Fair Judging Competition on April 20 in Madison. The team earned first place in the Seniors Team Division, and team member Vicki Payne won first overall in the Seniors Individual Division. The competition was ba…

MADISON — Spike was a fan favorite at the Midwest Horse Fair, and he isn’t even a horse. The Silkie rooster attended this year’s horse fair in Madison April 20-22 and assisted Twain Lockhart, Nutrena poultry specialist, with presentations about the benefits of having a flock of chickens as p…

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is urging horse owners to do their part to stop the spread of a highly contagious horse disease after it has been confirmed in neighboring states. North and South Dakota recently confirmed cases of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy, a potentially fat…

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their horses to protect them from mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Last year, Wisconsin had a record 24 confirmed cases of each virus.

Horsemen and women looking for world-class level horses know those mounts can cost $100,000 or more. Even that price range won’t guarantee the horses will never buck, swerve, refuse a jump or change gait or speed. And those horses still need to be fed, cared for and cleaned up after.

The Midwest Horse Fair has long been and continues to be an important aspect of Stephanie Miesen’s life. One of the veterinarians-on-call at this year’s Horse Fair, Miesen’s history with the event stretches back to when she was 10 years old to the time she and her father first took in the fa…

Fifty-four high-quality two-year-old horses will be offered for sale Saturday, May 5, during the 42nd annual UW-River Falls Colt Sale at the Campus Farm. The horses have been trained by UW-River Falls students enrolled in the “Principles of Training Horses” class under the direction of Natha…

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed into law Assembly Bill 475, legislation that updates light requirements on slow-moving, animal-drawn vehicles. Authored by state Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, and Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield, the bill aims to improve road safety for all drivers. 

The finesse and ability of world-class pommel horse gymnasts is impressive, but imagine the skill needed to do similar gymnastics routines on a horse that is moving. That is the world of equestrian vaulting, the sport of doing gymnastics and dance on horseback.

The Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association is coordinating a trail cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at Horserider’s Campground in Palmyra. Interested parties are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring gloves, rakes, shovels and/​or tree loppers to assist in sp…

Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab is taking action to reduce the number of unwanted horses in the country. The horse rescue organization is sponsoring its first “Do a Good Deed, Geld Your Steed” clinic to offer horse owners an affordable opportunity to castrate their male horses.