Does your horse really need a shelter?

Does your horse really need a shelter?

Misty Kale
Importance of providing shade and shelter for your horses. Lean to vs. barns. What happens when horses are exposed to the elements. What is a lean to.

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Equestrian Tall Boots

Shopping for Tall Boots

Leslie Batistich
Getting back in the saddle as an amateur. Looking to replace my old custom E. Vogels with an off the shelf boot.  Will I be able to find a good fit?

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Pulling a horses main

Pulling a Horses Main for Shows

Misty Kale
Pulling your horses main for horse shows. How to keep your horse looking neat and tidy.

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Horse Careers

Horse Careers

Misty Kale
Careers with Horses - The many different equine job opportunities that may get you excited about working with horses.

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Horse Facts

Celebrating World Horse Day

Misty Kale
World Horse Day Celebration.  Learn more about our four-legged equine friends. This will cover a few fun horse facts that you might find interesting.

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DIY: Natural Fly Spray Recipe

DIY: Natural Fly Spray Recipe

Leslie Batistich

With summer approaching and flys are hatching It is an excellent time to think about fly repellent.  If you or your equine friend is sensitive to chemicals, you might want to consider about alternative fly sprays.  Here is a recipe we found and tested, that is eco-friendly and chemical free.


1 ½ cups water

1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar

1 tsp Eucalyptus oil

1 tsp Citronella oil

1 tsp Tea Tree oil

24 oz spray bottle

I did find that you need to spray more often with this natural, holistic fly spray.  However, I feel that the pay off is well worth it.  

 

Natural Fly Spray - Eco-Friendly Fly Spray - Holistic Fly Repellent 

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picking your horses feet

Get To Know Your Horses Hooves

Misty Kale
Hoof care is one of the single most important routines you can get into when owning your own horse. From getting a flighty horse used to having his feet handled to learning how to spot problems in your horse's feet, here's a look at what care you should be doing regularly and why.

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Equestrian Helments

Back in the Saddle Again - Blog 2

Leslie Batistich

Okay, so this past month there has been a lot of shopping going on in my world.  Lots of trial and error.  Let's just start above the shoulders.  Long past are the days of a stylized genuinely traditional hunt caps.  You know the ones you see in that old hunt print hanging on the wall.  

I reflect back to what I believe was the latter part of 1984, in fact, I think it was the Santa Barbara Turkey Show that we would now have to wear an "approved helmet"  while on the show grounds whenever mounted.  We were devastated.  The thought of a harness and chin strap was appalling and offensive.  Of course, we never thought our brains needed any form of protection.  We felt truly invincible, and style was our only concern.   I reflect back on those days of shopping for a new helmet, and our big decision was a leather skin tone harness and chin strap or a clean plastic harness and chin strap.  In our eyes, they were all hideous.  After spending way too much time in Bob Offit's tack trailer, I decided to go with the leather harness.  For me, it was the lesser of the two evils. If we only had a mirror into the future, we would have been grateful for the more traditional hunt cap with a harness.

Today I received two helmets to try.  One a Samsheild and the other a Charles Owen.  These helmets have moved so far away from that traditional hunt cap of pre-1985.  It is almost shocking to see how big your head can grow with one of these "brain buckets."  Ok before you start scolding me, I am totally cool with progression if it saves my head and life.  I am entirely willing, but there is a sense of loss and loss of tradition.  After trying this on over and over again, I have gone with the trendy very comfortable Samshield Miss.  And I must say I am loving it more and more every time I put it on.  I have a full face, and I felt as though this helps me not look as much like a Mrs. Potato Head. Let's not forget the extra sun protection the larger visor provides.  

Old & New Helmet
While we are on the helmet subject, there is one thing I have found that is amazing.  Who would have thought that a hair net could rock my world? But it happened.  "Back in the day," we would get our hairnets at the local drug store or even grocery store. Well, times have changed.  I took a trip to my local Walgreens and then Rite Aid and then Raley's grocery store only to find that no one carries hairnets.  Looking back now, I am grateful because if they did carry hairnets, I would have never tried the "RWR No Knot Hairnet."  When Smartpak delivered this pricey hairnet and I tried it for the first time I was overjoyed.  I actually picked up my phone and called one of my best horse show buddies from the 80s and told her all about it.  Not that she even rides anymore. But I had to tell her anyways.  We reminisced about using multiple nets at one time to get a clean look in the past.  Now, I use one "no net" and I don't even need a hair band.  Keep in mind my hair is only to my shoulders.   



All in all, I am finding the progress in the hunter/jumper world interesting.  Long gone are the days of discomfort and ill protection.  I must say, I can't wait to see what the next 20 years will bring.

Next stop, shopping for tall boots.


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Celebrate National Pet Day - April 11, 2018

Celebrate National Pet Day - April 11, 2018

Misty Kale
Giving your pet some love on National Pet Day!  Also, if you are looking into adopting a horse, we have provided some links to a number of horse rescue centers.

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hermes and schooling chaps

Back in the Saddle Again - Blog 1

Leslie Batistich
After showing competitively in the 1980s and early 90s, I decided I wanted to start retaking lessons.  So in 2018, I decided to get back in the saddle again. I have dabbled in other disciplines from time to time, but the hunters and jumpers have always been my true love.  It was a great passion when I was growing up, and I was thankful my family was able to support my sport of choice. However, as an adult I did not want to become "horse poor," so I avoided it for a long time and only dabbled in it from time to time.  This blog is about me starting back up in a lesson program with the desire to show once again. 

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