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Caring for horses follows the cycle of the seasons. Summer’s lush grassy fields and barns bursting with fresh-cut hay turns to winter’s challenges, of fields churned to mud and hay stores depleted as the cold days wear on.

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Horse keeping is a daily round of chores during any time of year, but in the cold and wet days of winter, new challenges come to the fore. For a healthy horse, pay special attention to feed, water and turnout during winter.

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On Thursday, November 16, Brandie Johnson of Woodland noticed that her 9 year old mare, Canella, seemed a little under the weather. On Friday she ran a slight fever, and by Saturday she was not eating and developed explosive diarrhea. After a visit with her local veterinarian, Johnson transp…

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Theresa Schimmel-Spencer of Vancouver is no stranger to horses. Growing up in a family who bred and raised Arabian horses, she rode and competed from an early age. But she got busy raising her family, and horses were set aside in her busy life. 

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On Thursday, October 5, Dr. Aimee Witherspoon of Clark County suffered an irrecoverable brain injury as a result of a fall from her horse, and she never regained consciousness. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 8 with her four children by her side. 

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The premise behind so many sports, be it soccer or hockey or American football, is to get a ball into the opposing team’s goal area. The sport of polo is no exception, though players must use a mallet to hit the ball while riding horses instead of using their hands or feet to launch a ball i…

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It’s easier now more than ever to buy a horse trailer in Clark and Cowlitz counties. Given the vast horse community in both counties, one may only need to ask their neighbor who in the area has a trailer for sale to find what they need. And if that doesn’t work, there are multiple Facebook g…

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Just as summer has recently faded to fall, fall will fade to winter before we — and our horses — know it. 

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When Karen Stevens was 17 a veterinarian told her and her mom there was nothing to be done about one of their horses and he needed to be put down. 

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“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” An aging person is “long in the tooth.” The well-known idioms date to an earlier time but their origins are as true today. The sayings stem from the fact that you can learn a lot about a horse by simply looking in its mouth.  

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During the last weekend in June the temperature in Clark County crept over 100 degrees at times, but the blazing heat failed to deter the horse enthusiasts who gathered at the Clark County Saddle Club for the Legends Saddle Series.  

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Cuss, a 7-year-old paint horse in Yacolt, has experienced a fair amount of physical discomfort in his life of barrel racing. The pain he felt at the end of last month may never be topped though.

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For those interested in rodeo but uncertain about its terminology, the following are a few terms to know, courtesy of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).

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Demonstrations harkening back to the Mongolian masters of the Asian steppe or the Hungarian horsemen who carved out their European kingdom with bow and stirrup will be on display this month as Volcano Ridge Mounted Archers will host an open house ceremony event June 17.

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Traveling around the Pacific Northwest with domestic horses isn’t as hassle-free as it once was. Washington, Oregon and Idaho used to have a three-way agreement allowing interstate movement of horses without the requirement of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test — or Coggins test …

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Ashlynn Slechta of Battle Ground had been looking forward to her freshman year on the equestrian team at the beginning of the season.

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The Vancouver Rodeo is one of Clark County’s most popular and glorified events of the year. Each year roughly 8,000 people attend for a wild four day ride of ropin,’ ridin’ and buckin.’ As part of the annual affair, there is always a queen. This time around it’s county resident Ali Diegel.

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Throughout their shared history, horses have had a long and storied partnership with warriors. Bucephalus was so loved by Alexander the Great, he named a city after him. Comanche is cited as the lone survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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There is a group of mysterious female riders around these parts. Perhaps you’ve seen or heard of them. They don’t cause any harm in the community, in fact they do just the opposite. Their proclaimed mission is to inspire and connect through a variety of events and adventures.

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For those looking for a memorial of a particularly loved horse, a novel opportunity for a tribute is available through one Clark County artist.

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Saying Lacy Jo Evans was born into a horse riding community would be an understatement. Her mother grew up gaming and barrel racing and her father was a bull rider. It was a natural evolution for her and her brother — who has been shoeing horses in North Clark County for over a decade — to b…

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A horse with a history in Clark County passed away last month, notable for becoming adept at gaming more than halfway into his long life.

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The best barrel racer in the United States between the ages of 12 and 16 lives right here in Clark County.

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Sometimes you just need a hand to get through a rough spot. That’s the theory behind Ripley’s Horse Aid, a program of Clark County Executive Horse Council which provides short-term aid vouchers for horse owners who are having financial difficulty providing basic care for their horse. 

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When it comes to transporting horses, having a working and adequate trailer is important to getting precious equine to and from different events and outings.

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Sports fans and athletes have a plethora of sports to enjoy in this country and around the world, and those options include equestrian events. Equestrian sports have a deep-rooted history and have inspired some avid fans, including those enamored with the sport of barrel racing.

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Last week, Battle Ground High School’s newest equestrian gaming coach helped readers get to know her by climbing down from her horse for a chat with The Reflector about, among many things, coaching, riding and why horses are better than dirt bikes. 

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Riding helmets are a source of strong opinions among horseback riders. Views on helmets range from “every ride, every time,” to “never have, never will.” 

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Tucked into an urban forest of second-growth timber, just west of the Clark County Event Center, 350-acre Whipple Creek Regional Park is a gleaming green jewel of the Clark County parks system. Situated squarely in one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the county, it is also a living ex…