Karen Griffiths

Ken Seifer prepares to climb into the saddle of Bob, a horse who  was traumatized by a farrier. After working with Seifer, Bob can now stand quietly and calmly while his hooves are tended. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Trainer teaches horses to trust human companions

and respected by — the horses they train. Ken Seifer strives to become that… Continue reading

 

When Lindsey Crouse moved  her family and horse rescue operation from Ramona, Calif.,  to Sequim, she also brought her Cowboy with her. Standing at 76.5 inches he’s the world’s biggest steer, in contrast to Crouse who is 68 inches tall. Visitors are welcome to drive by to see him at his pasture Serenity Acres Horse Rehabilitation at 123 Ward Lane in Sequim. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Serenity Acres in Sequim a safe place for rescued animals, at-risk youth

WOW! THAT COWBOY is one gigantic hunk of beef! Currently residing in a pasture off Ward Lane in Sequim, the giant Holstein steer stands 76½… Continue reading

 

As Fox-Bell Farm Assistant Coach Chloe McGee guides Cooper through a series of jumps, he sails over each one with room to spare.  The farm adopted Cooper from a local rescue facility, trained and schooled him, and now he’s one of its lesson horses for more experienced riders.  (Meghan Lawson/Two Red Dogs Photography)

HORSEPLAY: Rescued horses offer much to their human companions

I APPLAUD PROFESSIONAL trainers who regularly take in abandoned, neglected and/or rescued horses to properly train and prepare for a hopefully long-term and good home.… Continue reading

 

When Daisy was surrendered to Olympic Peninsula Equine Network, she had been neglected, foundered and was suffering pain caused by her grossly overgrown hooves. She had to be medicated before the farrier could trim her hooves. (Olympic Peninsula Equine Network)

HORSEPLAY: Horses, ponies are a lifetime commitment

“OH, LOOK AT that adorable little pony. Honey, wouldn’t our grandbabies just love it if we brought her home?” OK, so perhaps, like me, you… Continue reading

When Daisy was surrendered to Olympic Peninsula Equine Network, she had been neglected, foundered and was suffering pain caused by her grossly overgrown hooves. She had to be medicated before the farrier could trim her hooves. (Olympic Peninsula Equine Network)
Sequim Scout Troop 1498 gears up to attack and trim back overgrown native roses, blackberries and brush along the trails at Layton Hill Horse Camp. They also camped and learned trail safety rules from the Peninsula chapter of Back Country Horsemen. (Carrie Kalina)

HORSEPLAY: Scouts good place to learn, make friends

ALWAYS LEAVE A place better than you found it. It’s a tenet I learned as a wee Girl Scout way back in the 1960s, and… Continue reading

Sequim Scout Troop 1498 gears up to attack and trim back overgrown native roses, blackberries and brush along the trails at Layton Hill Horse Camp. They also camped and learned trail safety rules from the Peninsula chapter of Back Country Horsemen. (Carrie Kalina)
Equitese Pony Club members, from left, Maria Timmons, Molly Lance, Hailey Gallagher, Kimberly Gallagher and Philippa Lance paint new poles to jump over at the Heron Pond Farm Equestrian Center in Port Townsend. The club held a fundraising  car wash last summer so they could purchase the materials needed to update, rebuild and build new poles and other jumping equipment. (Christine Headley)

HORSEPLAY: Local horse organizations for youths

Positive equestrian activities for kids

Equitese Pony Club members, from left, Maria Timmons, Molly Lance, Hailey Gallagher, Kimberly Gallagher and Philippa Lance paint new poles to jump over at the Heron Pond Farm Equestrian Center in Port Townsend. The club held a fundraising  car wash last summer so they could purchase the materials needed to update, rebuild and build new poles and other jumping equipment. (Christine Headley)
When a footbridge over Lonesome Creek, located on the popular West End’s LaPush Beach Trail, needing replacing, three organizations collaborated on it. Quileute Tribal Council provided materials, including 30-foot-long steel I-beams for the bridge stringers, the Olympic National Park provided the drawings and oversight of the project and Back Country Horsemen Mt Olympus Chapter members provided volunteers to remove the old bridge and replace it with materials that will last many years. From left, Mt. Olympus volunteers Mike McCracken, Larry Baysinger, Rich James and Ray Sutherland (orange hat). Representing the Quileute Tribal Council are, from left, and Tom Jackson, Doug Woodruff,  Skylar Foster and Tony Foster. (Sherry Baysinger)

HORSEPLAY: Roadblocks in volunteer trail work

Wildfire impact on the National Forest Service budget

When a footbridge over Lonesome Creek, located on the popular West End’s LaPush Beach Trail, needing replacing, three organizations collaborated on it. Quileute Tribal Council provided materials, including 30-foot-long steel I-beams for the bridge stringers, the Olympic National Park provided the drawings and oversight of the project and Back Country Horsemen Mt Olympus Chapter members provided volunteers to remove the old bridge and replace it with materials that will last many years. From left, Mt. Olympus volunteers Mike McCracken, Larry Baysinger, Rich James and Ray Sutherland (orange hat). Representing the Quileute Tribal Council are, from left, and Tom Jackson, Doug Woodruff,  Skylar Foster and Tony Foster. (Sherry Baysinger)

HORSEPLAY: Volunteers make trails more accessible for horse riders

Back County Horsemen Peninsula Chapter widens parking area for horse trailers

HORSEPLAY: Keep up to date with local groups

HORSEPLAY: Keep up to date with local groups

Get involved with 4-H, other area horse organizations

HORSEPLAY: Keep up to date with local groups
HORSEPLAY: Longing to be on the trail with friends again

HORSEPLAY: Longing to be on the trail with friends again

Margaret Salstrom offers a safe place to park

HORSEPLAY: Longing to be on the trail with friends again
HORSEPLAY: Watch out for wildlife on the trails

HORSEPLAY: Watch out for wildlife on the trails

DID YOU HEAR about the bear jumping out at two horses and riders at Miller Peninsula State Park? On July 29, a bear suddenly burst… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Watch out for wildlife on the trails

HORSEPLAY: Just kick it off the trail

DISMOUNTING AND KICKING the road apples, otherwise known as horse manure, to the side of the trail is what we equestrians are asked to do… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Volunteers keep Olympic National Park trails maintained

HORSEPLAY: Volunteers keep Olympic National Park trails maintained

ISN’T IT WONDERFUL to be able to explore our Olympic National Park trails again? As more trails open to the public, it’s good to remind… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Volunteers keep Olympic National Park trails maintained
HORSEPLAY: A family with their hands, hearts full

HORSEPLAY: A family with their hands, hearts full

THEIR MARRIAGE READS like an old-fashioned love song lived in modern-day life. Tara Black is Sequim Animal Hospital’s large and small animal veterinarian, providing equine… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: A family with their hands, hearts full

HORSEPLAY: Keeping pests away from your horse

HAVE YOU HEARD this joke? When talking to a person who annoys you, just slap them on the shoulder and cry out, “Mosquito bite!” Admittedly,… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: High school equestrian championship dreams dashed

HORSEPLAY: High school equestrian championship dreams dashed

HAVE YOU HEARD the saying “Go big or go home?” I think all who participate on high school athletic teams dream of taking home the… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: High school equestrian championship dreams dashed
HORSEPLAY: Be a leader for your horse

HORSEPLAY: Be a leader for your horse

ARE YOU A leader or a doormat? When it comes to horses, it’s important for you to assert yourself as their leader and not their… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Be a leader for your horse
HORSEPLAY: Using your extra time to bond with your horse

HORSEPLAY: Using your extra time to bond with your horse

CLOSURES PROLONGED! SCHOOLS are now closed for the academic year, Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the state’s stay-home order because of the coronavirus until May… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Using your extra time to bond with your horse

HORSEPLAY: Taking comfort in our daily routine

CRITICAL TIMES ARE hard to deal with is how the Bible describes the era we’re living in, and believer or not, we’re all feeling the… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Local teams place at regional competition

HORSEPLAY: Local teams place at regional competition

OUR TWO HIGH school equestrian teams from Port Angeles and Sequim just completed the first of three Washington State High School Equestrian Team qualifying meets,… Continue reading

HORSEPLAY: Local teams place at regional competition