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Sommer Smith

Sommer Smith grew up in rural Oklahoma and fell in love with horses at an early age. Her first horse was a cow pony that she shared with her older sister, but she taught herself how to ride and learned much about caring for her horse through trial and error. Still in love with horses as an adult, she took lessons at a Southern Hills Riding Academy in Tulsa to learn how to ride English, something she had always wanted to do. She learned advanced dressage, showjumping, cross country and competed in novice level events in Oklahoma and northern Texas for a short time.

Later, she discovered the thrill of barrel racing, another sport she had long wanted to take part in. Through friends in the sport, she learned much more about horse care and how to be competitive in the barrel racing world.

Sommer has competed in lower-division barrel races around her state and has worked with some important names in the barrel racing industry. She has won the 3D average in Lucky Dog Barrel races, placed in some A-OK local series competitions for the yearly average, and won series prizes in local divisional races for competing successfully throughout the season. Some larger races she has competed in include the three-day long Lucky Dog race in Fort Smith and some Barrel Bash and Four Star productions events. She continues to grow in her understanding of horses and their care.

12 Best Horse Breeds for Jumping

The best horse breeds for jumping are the horses bred specifically for soaring over the fences. It’s true any horse can jump, but to compete in shows, there are some breeds that stand out as the best.  In general, the best horse breeds for jumping: Breed Jumping Rank Dutch Warmblood #1 Westphalian #2 Selle Français …

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Top 10 Famous Horse Riders of Today

The top ten horse riders in the world today are high achieving, world champions with Olympic experience, and a few medals to their credit. In a time when the sports world is dominated by the NFL, NBA, MLB, and PGA, equestrian athletes often don’t receive the recognition they deserve, though they spend just as much …

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10 Most Famous Horses in History

Some horses have achieved such fame that they just can’t be forgotten. What makes a horse famous? Well, it can be anything from racing fame, Hollywood notoriety, or recognition as a war hero. The most famous horses are racehorses such as Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Man O’ War. Due to the huge popularity and how horse …

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What Fruit & Vegetables Can Horses Eat?

Is it safe to feed fruits, vegetables and certain treats to horses? Horses will usually eat anything we offer them, so safety is a concern when feeding treats to horses. Many fruits and vegetables are safe to feed to your horse as long as you take the necessary precautions. While it seems like anything a …

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10 Most Comfortable Cowboy Boots for Walking in

Where can you find the most comfortable cowboy boots to work, walk, and ride in? They are becoming more popular every day. We have some suggestions on where to begin your search. There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the words Cowboy boots and comfortable did not belong in the same sentence. Made …

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Top 10 Most Expensive Horses of all Time 

Generally, the most expensive horses in the world tend to be racehorses. If a horse is fast – really fast – it can potentially earn hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars in prize money. However, not all of the most expensive horses are racehorses. Top performers in other disciplines such as dressage and show …

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Service Horse on a Plane Causes Outrage (Video)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on an airplane? A military service dog, perhaps, or fellow passenger drying out a pair of sweaty socks by the air vent? Some strange things occur on flights, however, a horse on a plane is a first. A Horse on a Plane? Passenger Shaming on Twitter (@PassengerShame) recently …

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Very British Police Horse Refuses to Work Without a Cup of Tea

Though there may be a never-ending debate over the preference for coffee or tea, a 20-year-old police horse named Jake has made his decision and he’s sticking by it. After sneaking a sip from his rider’s cup of tea one day, it became apparent that the horse had developed a strong liking for his daily …

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How Do Horses Sleep & Do They Sleep Standing Up?

There is much debate over the sleeping habits of equines. Do they always sleep standing up? Is it dangerous for them to sleep lying down? These are just a couple of the questions loving horse owners ask about their animals’ sleep habits. Getting to the bottom of it isn’t as easy as it may seem. …

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A Guide to the Haflinger Horse Breed with 6 Fun Facts

The Haflinger horse breed is originated in Austria and northern Italy from the cross between a half Arabian stallion and a native Tyrolean mare. This cross produced the founding stallion, 249 Folie. This Arabian heritage is often mirrored in the shape of the head in many Haflingers, but the strong musculature comes from the native …

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Paso Fino Horse Breed Origins, Characteristics, Uses & Fun Facts

The Paso Fino is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful horse breeds in the world. Known for it’s alluring gaits and rapid leg action, this breed has become extremely popular in Latin America. Currently, the Paso Fino Horse Association has over 50,000 registered horses and 9,500 members. Paso Fino History and Origins The Paso Fino …

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Marwari Horse Breed History, Characteristics, Uses & Facts

The Marwari is a rare gaited breed of horse that originated in India and is believed to possess Arabian bloodlines in their history. The horse’s exact origins are unknown, but they have become easily recognized all over the world by their inward-turned ear tips, which nearly touch at the top. History and Origins The Marwari …

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4 Best Horse Riding Helmets for Kids

You’ve decided to let your child fulfill a dream of learning to ride. The first step in getting toddlers and small children ready for their first big horseback adventure is making sure they are safe, and no piece of equipment is more important than a safety helmet. To help you find the right horse riding …

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