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Newt made the News…his TV debut!

This is Newt’s TV debut. Notice how he is trying to sneak closer to the camera. Maybe he was trying to get across the idea that he was going to be at Jeffer’s tomorrow too during the Weaver Leather Pop Up Clinic.

Photobomb the video? Videobomb?

Yes, Newt will be at the demo too.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Life, Video

 

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Equine Massage Therapy Courses: Which do you recommend?

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What equine massage school would you go to?

I guess everybody is unique. I love, and benefit from, chiropractic and massage work done on my own body. My husband thinks both are just O.K.

I have seen horses that have had both of these responses; some seeming indifferent and others who had dramatic improvement in performance.

So here are my questions: Have you ever taken a massage therapy course for horses? If you use an equine massage therapist: do you know where they were certified?

I realize that a two day weekend course won’t be as intensive as a two year course but I am thinking of looking for a short course to take. Newt and I had a talk the other day (actually I was doing some YouTube massage techniques on him) and he agreed I should take a course. He liked what I did but wanted more.

A quick google search came up with Equissage, The Masterson Method, as well as several schools that vary in length from a few weeks to a few years. Does anyone know about these programs?

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Life

 

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Staying at show grounds, fairgrounds and friends houses while traveling with horses

 “My computer has been messing up I may have missed posts about your travels. How is it going with the bad weather? I have been concerned as last said in Texas and planned on being in Dothan, Alabama Saturday.” -Edee S.

I apologize for the lack of updates recently. We have been making our quick trip across the country and have also been squeezing in some visiting along the way. We spent Saturday night in New Mexico at Armstrong Equine which is a place we chose because we knew the family from the reining world and had mutual friends. The great news is that they also offer overnighting horses for anyone traveling through La Mesa as part of their business. I saw my first foal of the year while we were there and although we wanted to stay longer it became apparent that if we wanted to get ahead of the ice storm we would have to leave in the morning.

Barbra Schulte & Stacy Westfall, both inducted into Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 2012

Barbra Schulte & Stacy Westfall, both inducted into Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 2012

Sunday became the great race against the storm. We did managed to stay just ahead of it for the entire trip although we could feel the wind and temperatures dropping. We drove a longer stretch that day than we would have chosen normally but with the cool weather the horses were fine. They were happily munching hay and drinking water when offered. Newt seems to feel an obligation to drink a sip each time it is offered and my boys were having fun seeing how many times he would force down one more sip.

We found a facility that hosts horse shows just outside San Antonio to stay the night at, The San Antonio Rose Palace.  Many people we know who travel with horses look for rodeo grounds, fairgrounds or show facilities to over night at. One person even said that in a pinch you can often call the local sheriff who can unlock the fairgrounds. We haven’t actually tried that yet but it could be useful information down the road, especially in an emergency type situation.

We were just outside the freezing zone but we were also tired of traveling which lead to our next great idea: go visit Barbra Schulte! I have known Barbra for years but the last time I had seen her was in 2012 when we were both inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. I had to laugh because we had been playing ‘phone tag’ all last week and then I called her and asked if we could pull into her place and spend the night…quite a change of events! Not only did she agree but she also volunteered to cook us dinner. What a blessing it was to have a short day of driving and a long time to visit with friends.

Tuesday we hit the road again and drove into Louisiana making it possible for Jesse to say he had visited his 47th state. Only three left to go: Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. From where we are right now we only have about a six or seven hour drive to Dothan, Alabama where I will be speaking at Jeffers on Saturday.

How are the horses handling this quick-ish trip? Amazing. We took them out for a ride today and they were fresh and spunky. Even after some play time in the round pen they were both bright eyed and excited when we climbed on. They are very fit from all of our riding in Arizona and Southern California and combined with the 40 degree drop in temperature has left them acting a bit more like deer rather than horses. It makes me happy to know that the travel is easy for them.

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Life, Members Question

 

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Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Video

 

Today’s challenge: Do something you did when you were a kid.

Go sit in the barn and tell your horse all your dreams, color with crayons, write a silly story, make a snowman (I prefer snow horses) sit on the floor for no good reason.

It is strange, and interesting, how simply doing something slightly out of ordinary makes you think slightly different thoughts.

Every new day is another chance to change your life.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Life

 

With all the travel you’re doing has the climate change affected the horses?

“Stacy, With all the travel you’re doing has the climate change affected the horses any? Do you do or give them anything extra? I know from driving a truck you can be in shorts and 90 degree weather and in 24 hours be in sub freezing temps. It caused a lot of cold symptoms with me.”-Jeff B.

We haven’t had issues with the travel negatively affecting the horses. There are probably several reasons for this. We knew we were going to be traveling to a variety of climates with the horses so we began blanketing them in the fall. This has given us the ability to regulate their ‘coats’ easily. We have seen other horses that were hauled into the warm weather in Arizona that had grown full winter coats. At night the temperatures dropped and we put blankets on ours and during the day the temperatures were in the mid to high 70’s and our horses could be naked. The other horses didn’t have that flexibility. Does the reduced heat stress make life easier on the horses? My guess is that it did and may have helped us keep them healthy.

We have kept their feed consistent although we do buy hay along the way. It has been easy to get consistency in the hay because most of it is coming from irrigated fields and the bales are amazingly similar. We also transition any hay changes gradually.

Our horses were also accustom to travel before we began this bigger journey. They have been hauled to horse shows and other places to ride all of their lives. They are also young, four and six, which makes them a bit more like teenager humans…very resilient.

Another possible key is that we are making a s-l-o-w trip unlike what you described. We tend to work our way to one area and then stay there for awhile. If we do happen to make a bigger move, several days of travel in a row, we skip riding the horses and pay close attention to any changes we may need to make in their blankets, windows or vents.

I worried some before the trip began about how we would handle things if a horse did get sick and then it dawned on me that I would handle it pretty much the same as if one of my children got sick. A few years ago on a trip to Colorado one of my sons woke up not feeling well. We were on our way to see the four corners but we stayed an extra day in the hotel. One extra day turned into two and then three. We never did make it to the four corners…but our son got feeling better and we just skipped that part of our trip.

Below is a video of our horses having fun on a hot day last week in California!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Life, Members Question, Video

 

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Another version of Pony Express-o

Newt is my 'pony express-o' delivery system

Newt is my ‘pony express-o’ delivery system

Although it is true that I rode my horse through the Starbucks drive-thru while I was in Norco, California, I don’t always go out for coffee. Our motorhome living has encouraged me to learn how to make my own lattes at ‘home’ which turns out to be MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE than going out for a latte everyday.

I did a lot of Google searches and watched a lot of YouTube videos before I conquered the art of making my lattes at home. I can’t quite match the top coffee shops in the country but I can make a latte that my tastebuds prefer over most coffee shops…including Starbucks (gasp!).

Although I could do an entire blog on the art of making a latte at home I will only mention in this blog the importance of the fresh roasted coffee bean. Everything I read told me that the beans needed to be roasted and used within two weeks. The beans should also be kept whole until moments before making the coffee which means grinding them just prior to brewing. I know, it sounds complicated, but as Starbucks is over Fivebucks per cup…its worth learning.

One advantage of traveling around this much has been trying out different coffee beans. It turns out one of our favorites is Elemental Coffee Roasters in Oklahoma City. Not so good if you happen to be in California…oh, wait, that isn’t a problem…they ship! Problem solved.

This is a photo of me packing my saddle bags with my fresh roasted coffee beans that arrived in Norco, California one day after I did. I ordered them online and they were in transit at the same time I was…then we both arrived in Norco for this photo. After a short ride back to our motor home I was sipping my homemade latte…aka espresso delivered by pony. Pony Express-o.

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Life, Video

 

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