Top 10 Marguerite Henry Books

Top 10 Marguerite Henry Books

What horse-loving child hasn’t devoured one of Marguerite Henry’s books? Henry wrote with enthusiasm and feeling, making her stories timeless masterpieces that are sure to touch the heart. While she has written many books that we could heartily recommend for readers of all ages, we have whittled down the list to ten of our absolute favorites. Looking for some summer reading? Try these.   10. … Continue reading Top 10 Marguerite Henry Books

2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

Taking on a reading challenge is a fun way to broaden your reading selection and therefore your knowledge base. Homestead on the Range is happy to announce our first annual reading challenge. We would like to challenge to you commit to finishing 12 books before the end of the year (about one a month). The theme for our first reading challenge is the Chisholm Trail, … Continue reading 2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

Get Ready for January 2017

Get Ready for January 2017

January is a great time to plan for a new year! Take some time to shape your philosophy and develop a farming or gardening approach. Plan a garden. Discover community-supported agriculture. Learn the pros and cons of gardening in Kansas. Study the farming practices of the Plains Indians. Define sustainable agriculture. Preserve Kansas heritage. Evaluate the interstate highway system. Find out how compost gardening works. … Continue reading Get Ready for January 2017

Get Ready for November 2016

Get Ready for November 2016

Hard to believe that November is already just around the corner!  Take some time on those chilly fall evenings to learn from nature and pull inspiration from innovative farmers and gardeners.  And while you’re sitting at the table with family this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for the simple things. Learn lessons from the bison. Discover that you can farm. Eat your egg yolks. Explore … Continue reading Get Ready for November 2016

Get Ready for August 2016

Get Ready for August 2016

Even when the afternoons are too hot for outdoor work, you can still make the most of the time with research and planning. Spend some time studying business, marketing, nutrition, animal health, and more. Consider new ways to direct market your beef. Find out how reproduction and animal health are related. Discover 96 horse breeds of North America. Build a sustainable business. Learn what kobe … Continue reading Get Ready for August 2016

Welsh Pony

Welsh Pony

The Welsh Pony probably comes from ancient Celtic stock, as it was already found roaming across Wales at the time of the Roman invasion.  It was always a strong, hardy little pony, and it must have received approval from the Roman conquerors, since it was sometimes used to pull chariots in the arenas. After the Romans departed, however, the Welsh Pony was largely left to … Continue reading Welsh Pony

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred

Horse racing was long a popular pastime among the royalty in Europe, but in no country did the sport of kings influence the culture as it did in England.  Britain was home to horse races as early as the Middle Ages.  When King Henry VIII took the throne and founded the royal racing stables, however, the sport became serious business. The second major event of … Continue reading Thoroughbred

Suffolk Punch

Suffolk Punch

The story of the Suffolk Punch is that of a quiet farm worker, lacking in incredible incidents, but nevertheless important.  The breed’s lineage is obscure, but ancient, with written records tracing back to the 1500s, yet already referring to the horse as the “Old Breed.” For centuries the Suffolk Punch worked the heavy clay fields of its home in eastern England.  No one sought to … Continue reading Suffolk Punch

Standardbred

Standardbred

The multipurpose horse was a common fixture in early American society.  Few could afford to keep a horse simply for pleasure.  Those who took time out to indulge in an informal race against a neighbor expected their horse to go back to plowing, hauling, or providing transportation afterward. But not all races involved galloping full tilt down the street or across the field.  Some horses … Continue reading Standardbred