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What New Years Resolution do you wish your horse would make?

What New Years Resolution do you wish your horse would make?

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in A Horse's View, Life

 

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Peace is a Journey, Not a Destination

I have talked quite a bit about traveling to see the country with our boys and because we are looking for the area of the country we would like to live in but there is another reason that runs with these. We also know that there are people out there that we would like to spend time with.

Westfall's visiting with Lew and Melody Sterrett

Westfall’s visiting with Lew and Melody Sterrett

We have spent the last three weeks at Ransom Wind Ranch in Chickasha, Oklahoma with Lew and Melody Sterrett. I first met Lew at Equine Affaire in 2004 when I walked into one of his ‘Sermon on the Mount’ demonstrations. Jesse remembers me calling home and telling him that there was a man he would really enjoy meeting.

Over the years our paths have crossed but spending a chunk of time together didn’t work out…until now.

Although we have enjoyed many things during our stay here from riding with our kids on a section of the Chisholm Trail to seeing the Festival of Light display by far the most valuable thing that the Sterrett’s have given us has been their time.

Melody’s dad, Dr. Dale, is 86 years old, still rides and took our boys out to work with him building fence on multiple days. Dr. Dale has done many things in his life including starting Miracle Mountain Ranch as well as being the former president of Practical Bible College…you can bet that the boys learned more than fence building during their time with him. And did I mention he still saddles up his own horse and heads out to ride?

Jesse and I have benefited greatly from Lew and Melody giving us their time as both an example of a married couple as well as their coaching with our marriage. They have been married twenty years longer than we have and have a wealth of knowledge that they have willingly shared with us. It is interesting to me that it is often easier to search out help if we want to improve our horses…but we fail to do the same if we want to improve our marriage. Although we will be pulling out this week you can be that we WILL be stopping by again…and yes Lew, you can take that as a warning, lol.

Peace is a Journey Not a Destination

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Inspiring, Life

 

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Connecticut Supreme Court ruled horses as “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious”

“Hi Stacy! I plan on spending the rest of my working career in the equine industry, hopefully as an instructor, giving people the opportunity to receive a strong foundation with an overall knowledge on horses, how to ride, and starting them off showing. With that, I am somewhat worried as to were the industry is going. I am from a part of New Jersey about 30 miles outside New York City where I get asked all the time about my opinion on the on going protests to get rid of the carriage horses that live and work there. Between situations like this, as well as events like when in Connecticut a boy was bitten by a horse and the case was taken to the Connecticut Supreme Court and ruled horses as “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious” due to one specific case, what do you think the future of the equine industry if things like this are passed? So far people have been able to fight and be the voice of the horses and have been able to save them so far, but if change that is not in favor of the horses are made, how do you think this will effect the equine industry? What are your thoughts on what is going on? And what are actions that educated horse people can do to help educate others and save the industry that makes up ours lives that we love so much?”-Rachel D.

Thank you for brining this to my attention. After reading your question I searched the internet and read an article titled, “Horses the Next Pit Bulls? Connecticut Supreme Court Finds That Horses Are Inclined to Be Mischievous, but They Are Not Presumed to Be Dangerous” on the Hodgson Russ Attorneys website.Texas equine law sign

As a horse owner, it is frustrating. These people chose to approach animals that were confined…it isn’t like they were chased down by a loose horse. They made a mistake. It is a shame that the child was bitten but his parents chose to put him next to an animal. Any animal carries the ability to do harm and generally the larger the animal the greater the natural risk. Hamsters bite all the time, they just happen to be small. I have never touched an elephant but someday I want to touch one, and maybe even go for a ride . Even though I have this desire, and I do hope to go to Thailand some day, you can bet that I won’t be randomly approaching an elephant without being within arms length of that animals handler!

Thankfully many states do have laws that offer some protection for equestrians. I’m not an attorney and I’m not offering legal advice but the general idea is that many states recognize that there is ‘inherent risk.’ These laws are not intended to allow owners to be negligent, but they do allow that equines are not risk free.

But this still leaves A LOT of grey area. And that leaves room for lawsuits.

I wish I had an easy answer. Education and prevention will both be key. Thanks for getting me thinking about this issue.

What do you think?

Ohio equine law sign

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Members Question

 

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What’s in your first aid kit for your horse?

If you have had horses for longer than a week you probably have some kind of a first aid kit. It might be as simple as some ointment you picked up while you were buying feed or it could be enough equipment to rival an equine medical clinic. It is also likely that the longer you have had horses the more items you have accumulated. First aid kit for horses

My items start with the basics. An ointment for minor cuts or scrapes (I have Novalsan), another ointment to keep flies away from cuts and scrapes (SWAT) and vet wrap if that cut or scrape is somewhere that it can, or should, be wrapped up. Vet wrap, or other self sticking wrap, will deteriorate in the unopened package so be sure to replace it if you have had it sitting around for awhile. It is incredible frustrating when you need it, have it, but then find out it won’t work. Scissors are a must have also. My husband carries all his shoeing supplies so I also have a variety of larger cutting tools available at my horse trailer for bigger jobs.

A thermometer is a great diagnostic tool and your vet will be happy if you have already done your homework. Practice taking your horses temperature now…it is no fun to be training a sick horse while you are stressed.

I keep a digital thermometer around because they are unbreakable but I dislike that the batteries die especially in the cold weather. At my house thermometers have a cycle: 1)grocery store  2)medicine cabinet for humans 3)barn for horses. Once they go to the barn…there is NO COMING BACK!  Then I buy another one at the grocery store. I could save myself this hassle if I would buy another mercury thermometer, but I had one break in the house (it was still in stage 2 of the life cycle) and I learned that cleaning up mercury is a nightmare. 

When we packed up to begin traveling I made sure that we had Banamine on board. It is only available from your vet and comes in both an oral paste or a liquid. Obviously you will need to talk to your vet about this one. It is an items that I always travel with because it is the first thing that a vet will give a horse if they suspect colic. Having it on hand makes it easier when I call the vet because, if they want me to give some Banamine and watch the horse before they make a house call, I have it ready to go.

These are five of the items that made it into my first aid kit. What are the minimum items you would recommend to a new horse owner?

What items would be in your ultimate first aid kit?

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Life, Thought provoking

 

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A Horses View: The good and the bad

Newt the horse diary

Newt, the horse, is keeping a diary.

Dear Diary,

Hello Diary, this is my first time doing this but with all of my traveling I want to make sure I remember it all. The good and the bad.

The first good thing I want to remember is my first time swimming. It was scary at first because the ground was all squishy but then it got fun. It made me snort. I hope I get to do it again.

The bad thing is I got in trouble. Mom told me not to beg for treats…but I keep forgetting. The kids have been sneaking me treats and then I got all excited and kept stopping other people. It’s really hard to remember which ones give me treats and which ones don’t. I will try harder tomorrow.

Well, thats all I have for now. I’m headed to bed. We just got to a new place today and I bet we will do something fun tomorrow.

Newt, the horse, signature

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in A Horse's View

 

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What you would recommend for de-icing walk ways for horses?

“I was wondering what you would recommend for those of us in cold weather states for de-icing walk ways for horses. My horse is stall boarded with turn in and out. The path between stall barn and pasture is concrete and ices up in the winter. I’m just curious what kinds of things people use that are safe for their feet.”-Becky G.snowy horse

I generally have used some form of dirt like sand, gravel. I had an indoor arena so I always had access to sand. The idea is that sand adds some grit and the dark color attracts the sun.

When I have been in a location and dirt wasn’t available I have used bedding from the horse trailer or a nearby stall to reduce slipping. It isn’t as pretty but the slightly dirty bedding often works better because it doesn’t blow away as easily. Also if there is moisture in the sawdust it will freeze to the ice which stops it from blowing away and gives it grip.

For places that I was just leading the horses I have used salt also. In theory we give horses salt blocks, so using a safe form of salt shouldn’t be a problem if the horse chose to eat some. You could talk with your farrier and see what his thoughts are concerning your horses feet. If the horse is being lead over the area vs. standing in salt all day I would guess the farrier would view it differently.

I have also known people who put something down before the area ices up such as hay, straw or gravel. The idea is that when the surface freezes the texture or lack of smooth surface will provide some grip.

Whichever method you use be sure to test it with your own feet. Sometimes adding something on top of ice, like straw for example, actually makes it MORE slippery.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Members Question

 

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Complete list of Jobs that involve horses (almost)

“I am in love with horses and your blogs. Unfortunately I live in the city with no access to horses. I am sixteen and curious if you could give me a few possible jobs that involve horses, outside of vet and farrier.” Thanks Paula S.

I remember when I was a kid the only jobs I could think of that involved horses were vet, farrier and jockey. For some reason I over looked some jobs that were right in front of me, for example, magazine writer. I read a horse magazine but didn’t really think about all the job opportunities that were offered inside of that: writer, photographer, editor, etc.

The list will be really, really long when you really think about it. So long in fact that the shorter way to find the answer may be to start with some of your other strengths and then see how they could intersect with horses. If you love long car trips, you could be a horse hauler. If you love kids, you could specialize in beginners camps. If you like braiding hair or grooming, you could become a groom on the hunter circuit. If you have a background in something like music ask yourself how that could intersect with horses.

Full time job grooming horses

This website has jobs listed for grooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can start a list here and then people can add comments with more job ideas. I will try to remember to update the list:

  1. Barn Manager
  2. Horse Trainer
  3. Stable Hand
  4. VetTech
  5. Farrier
  6. Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  7. Horse Sitter
  8. Horse motel owner
  9. Assistant Trainer
  10. Riding Instructor-many levels, basic to Olympic
  11. Clinician
  12. Groom
  13. Stall Cleaner
  14. College Professor
  15. Stunt Rider or Double
  16. Circus Performer
  17. Web Designer
  18. Social Media
  19. Graphic Designer
  20. Mounted Police
  21. Writer
  22. Horse Artist
  23. Horse photographer
  24. Show photographer
  25. Magazine photographer
  26. Movie producer
  27. Screen writer
  28. Professional Rider
  29. Horse Show Manager
  30. Judge-many levels from Open show to breed specific
  31. Ring Steward
  32. Course Designer-trail, jumping, etc
  33. Jump Designer
  34. Mounted Guide-work for someone or own your own
  35. Design Horse Communities
  36. Dude Ranch Hand-work your way up to manager
  37. Dude Ranch Manager-work your way up to owner
  38. Dude Ranch Owner
  39. Horse Camp Owner
  40. Horse Camp Counselor
  41. Carriage Driver-weddings, events, downtown
  42. Rodeo Crew
  43. Rodeo Promotor
  44. Rodeo Clown
  45. Rodeo Pick Up Rider
  46. Jockey
  47. Racehorse Trainer
  48. Horse Expo Manager
  49. Exercise Rider
  50. Outrider at track
  51. Breeder
  52. Breeding Manager
  53. Broodmare Manger
  54. Stallion Manager
  55. Foaling Attendant
  56. Breeding Technician
  57. Massage Therapist
  58. Rehabilitation
  59. Equine Dentist
  60. Nutrition Specialist
  61. Feed Store Owner
  62. Feed Sales Rep
  63. Custom Leather Work
  64. Silver smith
  65. Inventor
  66. Clothing designer
  67. Gun smith (mounted shooting)
  68. Saddle maker
  69. Bit maker
  70. Announcer
  71. Auctioneer

What can you add to this list?

 

 

 

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