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Karin Livingston
Fort Collins, Colorado
Karin Livingston contributed to award-winning content as a reporter/editor for McClatchy Newspapers, was a career 4-H horse leader, and is author of the young-adult horse novel, Winning Bet.
Interests: Good writing and everything about horses.
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If you've ever tried to attach drip fittings that are cold and stiff, you know it can be a hand killer. Whenever possible, I use Dripworks supplies. They beat anything you can buy off the shelf, but since Dripworks us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at MyHoofPrints
Showing horses takes a lot of energy and fluids, and a big ice chest full of food and drinks from home keeps us going while we’re on the run. Nobody has time the day before the show to cook up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at MyHoofPrints
The awards committee at our saddle club came up with a neat party favor one year, the pocket halter. A finely braided strand of rope, about eight feet long, attached to a metal ring, and boasting a leather “tail”, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at MyHoofPrints
For a true story about heroism and hope, read Molly the Pony. This little gray mare survived Hurricane Katrina only to be abandoned and later attacked by a pit bull. Infection set into the wound and her front leg was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at MyHoofPrints
Sometimes you just need to play. Horses, especially the well-schooled veterans, get sick and tired of the drill. Turning these ground poles into a serpentine backthrough caught my gelding's attention, and made him a lot brighter for the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at MyHoofPrints
If you ever had an idea on how to improve the USDA, this is your chance to get it out there. The American Farm Bureau Federation is conducting a survey to determine how well USDA programs serve farmers and ranchers.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at MyHoofPrints
These 10 horse health questions come from the Colorado 4-H Horse Project Manual. The one about horses drinking water even beginner 4-H'ers can answer, because hey, no water equals one sick or dead horse. Answer all 10 of these with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at MyHoofPrints
... you top your Christmas tree like this. Angel horse Christmas tree topper. You might also enjoy Fortune Cookie, a horse-crazy, illustrated Christmas romance, available instantly at Amazon. Free read: Blue Christmas: 'Drops of blood along the mare’s route' Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Here is another sneak peak at questions that can earn you a free badge on our sister site, Mane-U. General Robert E. Lee's closest companion and devoted horse was who? Cisco Kid television sidekick Pancho had a horse named what?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Mane-U Horse Safety Badge How is your horse safety IQ? Our sister site, Mane-U, has a great selection of free quizzes and online badges you can earn and share. Here is a sneak preview of the questions you'll see on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Every now and then, something turns out really right. I would add the return of genetically pure bison to our very own Soapstone Prairie Natural Area to that category. Don't try to attend, however. According to the Denver Post, spectator... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Looking for horsey Halloween ideas? Plans are afoot at our place for all sorts of creations, weather permitting. Meanwhile, here are a few from years past: Halloween 2013 A little of the angel and devil in all of us ...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
I wonder what the Fort Collins City Council, or even the Larimer County Commissioners in charge of surrounding areas, will do with the challenge tossed out by city council member Gino Campana as he explores Fort Collins' path to a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
(Originally published July 2009.) The Thoroughbred gelding had been jumping the green and white, two-foot flower jump for days. This was just another routine schooling. As the horse cantered the line, his rider balanced over the balls of her feet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
I wanted nothing more than to wake up at 6 a.m., wander out in my pajamas to feed my horses, and stand -- cup of coffee in hand -- watching them munch hay. I’m not kidding. -- Michelle Anderson, Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
How much do you know about vesicular stomatitis? Take this quiz. STATE VETERINARIAN'S OFFICE (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Two Colorado Counties Tips for Livestock Owners and Veterinarians Horses on two Montrose and one Delta County premises tested positive for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Pollination is an essential part of the web of life, and nowhere is it a more essential than when growing our food. - High Country Gardens If you enjoyed my 'Beauty and the bumblebee', you will enjoy this article by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
This bumblebee on one of our roses reminded me to recommend the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees, which is about honeybees, not bumblebees, and will make you think twice about ever hurting a bee. Check out our Flower Farm at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Our condolences go out to the family of brand inspector Lyle David Horn, Wellington, Colorado, who passed away suddenly June 15 of sudden cardiac death. Many thanks to The Coloradoan staff for doing the research to confirm this information. Our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Legolas is one of those guys who are cheerful no matter how early in the morning it is. You might also enjoy: Just an old goat Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Calypso the Mustang, age five, with Cayla Stone, Samba the Mustang, age two, with Madison Olver. LOVELAND, Colorado - I followed a couple of friends, Cayla Stone and Madison Olver, also a student of Cayla's, into Day 1 of the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Applause for Deb Neely, recently featured in The Denver Post. To me, a neighborhood full of little stands featuring everybody's creative gardening and garden products is a sign of a healthy community. "Everybody should have access to nutritious, organic food,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
Contrary Farmer Gene Logsdon highlights an alarming trend. The amount of hay going overseas is on a near straight-line trajectory. I once had a hay guy tell me his prices spiked because regional ranchers had exported their hay, which reduced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at MyHoofPrints
"If you want something changed, you have to stop waiting for someone else to do it. You are the change! This is your canvas, you should paint it. Your health, and the health of your community, is your responsibility and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at MyHoofPrints