Butt Rope Beware

I hate to wake you up with a big ol' b-hole in your face picture, but hear me out - this is important. Can we talk about trailering for a minute? This is the hind end of our new paint girl. It's obviously from a "butt rope" session that went ...

Sharing Grief

I shouldn't have to write this post, but I’m going to. I shouldn't have to do a lot of the things I do here at the rescue, but I do, because I made a commitment to animals who were betrayed, abandoned and tossed aside by their owners. I made a ...

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

Have you ever wondered why the world of horse rescue is a predominately female driven endeavor? Well, so do we! (*Especially* when we're all cycling together!) Historically, Cowboys tell a fascinating story. They are the legends movies and books ...

Enjoy The Ride

A few days ago, I was walking down my small lane with a young mule. He had been here for only a few days and had minimal handling experience. He had a bad habit of running past/through me, but we were working on it each day and making progress. As we ...

Stop Insisting And Start Assisting

When you're a busy trainer like me, you gotta find unique ways to keep horses worked and on schedule. One of my favorite ways to do that is by ponying. It allows me to work on 2 horses with 2 completely different goals during the same exercise. P ...

Sudoku Training

When people ask me about our training program, they always ask what “style” of training I do. I never have a good answer for them...the horses here are all so different, it's impossible to maintain much consistency when it comes to curriculum. In ...

New Arrival: Whit (Alternate Title: Sometimes We Don't Like Peopl ..

  Here is a more thorough video of "Whit" and his poor old body. Please know we don't post or film these videos to be cruel or sensationalize their situation. This is our daily reality and it is important to us that our foll ...

Take It Or Leave It (We Hope You'll Take It)

As many of you know, 4 years ago while on duty as an Animal Control Officer, I sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) along with neck, back and shoulder trauma. I feel like a broken record every time I type that out but I have to remind myself that ...


In the days leading up to the New Year, I was hoping (and trying) to sit down to write the obligatory post about how far HiCaliber has come in 2013 - our accomplishments, our statistics, our thank you’s, adoptions and those we said good-bye to. I had ...