Category: Lifestyle

What Does Your Western Hat Say About You?

What Does Your Western Hat Say About You?

| July 17, 2017 | Reply

What DOES Your Western Hat Say About You? Are you and your hat meticulous or murky?   Does your hat shape compliment your face and is your hat shaped properly for competitions and/or everyday use? I recently spent time with Craig Strein, a trusted friend and expert in the area of many things, including hats.   While […]

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In Search Of:  Meet MAX

In Search Of: Meet MAX

| April 28, 2016 | Reply

For the past 20+ years, my husband and I have been busy balancing careers and our family life.  We have raised two strong, independent, horse-loving daughters and we’ve purchased our share of horses for each of them to pursue their dreams in the show arena and more importantly to learn some valuable life lessons, outside […]

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The Rides

The Rides

| July 7, 2015 | 1 Reply

By Marthetta Blakley  | July 6, 2015 How can I write a book about Songbird Ranch without writing about the horses? After all, it’s the love for horses that got me here in the first place. I was the child who clamored to ride a horse at any given opportunity. I was so naughty, crying […]

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Meet Our Newest Contributor from the Songbird Ranch, Marthetta Blakley

Meet Our Newest Contributor from the Songbird Ranch, Marthetta Blakley

| July 7, 2015 | Reply

Every once in awhile, if you’re lucky, you meet someone like my friend, Marthetta.    Accomplished & talented Singer/Songwriter, rancher/owner Songbird Ranch, horsewoman, devoted advocate for children, friend, daughter, sister, writer….and cowgirl, in every sense of the word.  They don’t come any better than Marthetta. Marthetta hails from Idaho and has more grit, determination, talent and heart […]

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How To Choose Horseback Riding Boots

How To Choose Horseback Riding Boots

| May 21, 2015 | Reply

Functionality, support and style are the three reigning traits of horseback riding boots. Whether you prefer the tall, elegant look of black field boots, or the casual comfort of a good fitting paddock boot, all equestrian boots should fit snugly and provide foot and ankle protection. Before you can begin to think about style choices […]

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2015 Time to Ride Challenge & Spirit Riders

2015 Time to Ride Challenge & Spirit Riders

| May 1, 2015 | Reply

Our focus at Horse Family has always been to unite, educate, promote and build the alliance between individuals, families and their horses.   Today, while reading through the hundreds of emails I receive each day, this one caught my eye because it’s something that ties in closely to our objectives & goals and it is something everyone can […]

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The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 4

The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 4

| March 6, 2015 | Reply

Q:  What is the biggest challenge you face when you’re shooting? A:  It’s hard to get a good shot sometimes because if the model looks good, the horse might be moving or if the horse is perfect, the model might not be ready.   It’s challenging when you’re shooting with animals involved.   I always tell people […]

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The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 3

The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 3

| March 5, 2015 | Reply

Q:  What would you tell a young person, passionate about horses and photography, that wants to follow in your footsteps? A:  There are so many resources out there, take advantage of them!     Get involved with Photoshop groups, find a photographer willing to assist you, to teach you.   Be a phenomenal assistant to a photographer you admire.   […]

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The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 2

The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 2

| March 3, 2015 | 2 Replies

Laura McClure – Part 2 (continued…Read Part 1 of this interview, here) My daughter was reaching high school age and I didn’t want to raise her in Las Vegas, so we moved.   We were heading to Tuscon where I was planning on taking my stallion to visit a friends dude ranch for the weekend, to […]

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The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 1

The Remarkable & Talented Laura McClure – Part 1

| March 2, 2015 | Reply

I am someone who loves photography and I have great appreciation for the artists/photographers who have the talent & passion to share images that tell a story.     Famed photographer, Laura McClure is absolutely one of those people. Laura McClure is truly a remarkable women and an incredibly talented Western Artist / Photographer and I […]

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