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HelmetCam of us HORSE-SLEDDING!

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Snow Day at the farm means the Show Horses get to be Sleigh Horses!

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Setting, Keeping Horseback riding Goals
The holidays can be extremely stressful for everyone particularly for those with horses. Along with holiday shopping, baking, and plan-making, the horses still need to be fed, cared for, and exercised. Often times, the horses get put on the backburner during the month of December;
sometimes for the benefit of their own mental health, albeit inadvertently. It's the perfect season to take a few minutes to unwind and reassess your past riding year, and create goals for the New Year.

Riding, whether it is competitively, trail riding, or even strictly for pleasure, is often goal-oriented. The goals can be as simple as trying to ride at least 3 times a week to winning a grand prix. Goals give riders something to work for, and serve as a measure of progress. I often recommend setting goals at the beginning of the year, and assessing them every 3 months or so. This gives you several "checkpoints" throughout the year, and plenty of opportunities to re-adjust if need be...Read More

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Quick video of a WONDERFUL partnership. The rider, an 11 year old girl. The horse, a 6 year old OTTB. They first came together when she was just 8, and Dreamer, a 3 year old. Now typically, my trainer would NEVER allow it, recommend it, or condone a child buying a OTTB.

But Dreamer is different. He was just too slow. Didn't want to run. Never actually raced a race, they scratched him. Trainer bought him as a coming 3 year old, gelded him, and put time on him. Child fell in love, Trainer said lets make it happen. The kid has been with this trainer 5 years now. He is a saint of a horse - yes he has his moments, but he is safe, goofy, and pretty loveable. This video shows, what a GOOD HORSE he is, the potential he has (GORGEOUS MOVER!), and the partnership they can develop.

There has been offers for him in the high 5 figures - her answer? You can't sell a best friend.

This horse was purchased for $100,000 as a YEARLING. He was supposed to be a MONEY-MAKER. Is bred out to whazoo. Now he packs a girl around the short-stirrup ring, and her little sister in the mini-stirrup.

His only flaw? He's the biggest WIMP we know. Very brave, never spooky. But if he even thinks he's injured - he wants to be put out of his misery. right. now. He had a gravel once, you would've thought he broke his leg. He was waving it around in the air, and would not bring it within 6 inches of the ground. He hobbled on 3 legs for a week. It was comical. his little girl was in hysterics. He's just a wus!

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Give the Perfect Horse Gift: A Gift-Giving Guide
Whether it's a birthday, a holiday, or just an act of appreciation, giving gifts tends to bring a smile to more then just one face. It can be as fun giving a gift, as it is receiving one. Unfortunately, the stress of finding the perfect gift, often times takes all the fun out of it.

Gift-giving can be especially difficult for those "horsey-folks" in your life. You know, the ones that often times show up 20 minutes late with hay in their hair, and the same excuse about feeding the nags.

Gift-Giving can be made simple with a little bit of creativity. It's not the value of the gift, but the thought, that counts. You don't need a large budget, nor an innate sense of horses, to be able to please the horsemen in your life. Being familiar with the recipient of your gift helps, but even those newly acquainted can be gifted something bound to make them happy...Read More

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Keeping, Maintaining Your Horses in an Unstable Economy
The days of horses being used for labor in the U.S., are becoming a thing of the past. Nearly all horses in the States today are owned solely for pleasure purposes. Some horses are a little girl's companion, others are international competitors, and between those two spectrums is a wide array of horsey activity that is primarily a cause of entertainment. With the country being in recession, many people have had to give up the luxury of owning their own horse. Yet there are others, who although lucky enough to be able to keep their four-legged friends, have felt their budget tighten.

It is important, particularly in unsteady economic times, to set a budget and stick to it. This holds true even in the horse world where unexpected expenses seem to be the norm. It is important to first look at your financial status and debt. After coming to a decision on exactly how much money can be afforded on horses, its time to come up with a horse budget and cut your costs so that all but the direst unexpected expenses, such as colic, can fit snugly into the budget you've provided...Read More

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Tried and True Horse Treat Recipies: "Popcorn Balls"

The following horse treat recipe is a variety of the human "popcorn ball." If made and hung correctly; it will harden and can provide hours (and days!) of entertainment for your equine pal. Similar to the "Uncle Jimmy's" types of treats, these should be hung in an area where the horse can not pin it against anything and bite it. As with all treats, feed in moderation and as a supplement to a well balanced diet...Read More

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New Jersy Horse Farm Tackles Storm
As the Midwest braces itself against blizzard-like conditions and snowdrifts several feet high, those of us at the Jersey Shore are thankful we got pelted with raindrops instead of the white powder.As the rain plummeted and winds increased, Jerseyites ran around to secure their loose outdoor belongings. Me? I found myself on my deck, wearing rain boots and a winter parka, staring at the 15 hungry horses staring back at me. I took a deep breath and ran for the safety of the barn. A little rain and wind can't stop me; I'm the feeder of horses -- in essence, a horsey god.

Well, little did I realize that high winds, you know the gusts over 50 mph, can send horses into a galloping frenzy. I couldn't quite tell if they were running in panic or with the sheer joy of being "at one with nature," but then again it's hard to see when it feels like you're in the middle of a monsoon. I figure a quick shake of a food bucket, will quickly grab the horses' attentions so I can bring them into their 144 sq ft of individual horse hotels (read: the barn)...Read More

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Tried & True - Horse Treat Recipies!
For those horses who enjoy diversity, and their "people" who spoil them! Easy to bake horse treat recipes allow you to show your horse just how much you care. Reward them for a job well-done with a treat baked especially for them. Included is a easy to bake horse treat recipe. Feel free to modify till your hearts content...Read More

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