Courage Stories

CanDoCowgirl Courage Page

Lydia is a 16 year old girl who uses the can do approach in every aspect of her life. Lydia has a Traumatic Brain Injury and horses have been the one constant before and after her injury. Her love for riding has helped her overcome many obstacles. She has her beloved Bella who started out as her therapy horse. The doctors were not to thrilled with her wanting to take up riding again but she has shown them that with her courage and determination she has been able to overcome the many challenges they said she would never do. Including walking. She knows she may never receive an award check or hold...

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Horses Don’t Come with Training Wheels – By Tessa Anderson

I am currently raising two beautiful girls, born 14 years apart.  My first daughter, now nearly 20 and a freshman in college is a beautiful young woman, who is navigating the road to self-dependence.  My second born child is in the first grade, and learning how to be a child.  Two different genres: with two very different souls involved that are bound by the ties of family and a love for horses. As a child my oldest daughter struggled with immense health issues, her battle scars still ever apparent in her daily life.  She had chronic health problems often dictating long hospitalizations,...

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Horse & Farm Insurance: Mistakes to Avoid by Tina Langness

First and Foremost - Choose the right agent – someone with farm/horse business savvy. Choose an agent that will come out, meet with you, walk your property, talk about your specific needs, and offer advice and worksheets on how to best inventory your personal and business property. Also an agent that meets with you yearly to go over any major or minor property changes, inventory changes, etc. Even if it’s as simple as adding new fencing, a tractor, a lean-to, electric or water lines , you will want to add these changes to your properties policy. My best advice is to video tape your entire...

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Theft Prevention at Horse Shows by Tina Langness

What deters a thief from stealing from one person vs. the other? I have a few ideas for you to protect yourself and your property while at shows or other horse related functions.  As I have first-hand experience having cash stolen from my tack stalls as well as someone breaking into my horse trailer and stealing everything. The first myth is horse people do not steal from horse people. This is completely false and everyone must be treated on the same level playing field. I hate to be pessimistic but I’ve learned the hard way and anyone, including your own clients can steal from you. It’s...

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WikSmart Coolers: One Woman’s Journey into Invention and Business by Misty Caston

A popular dream is to start your own business and/or invent something. Misty Caston of Wiksmart Coolers did both.  She realized that properly cooling a horse quickly after riding in the winter can be a challenge, especially in Minnesota. So I asked her to share her story as our “Guest Blogger.” A Horsewoman’s Journey into Invention and Business Have you ever had an idea that made you say, “Hey, I should invent this?” Well, I did; and I did! Here is the story of how the WikSmart™ Cooler came to be a real thing and not just an idea. And of the surprising lesson I learned along...

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Track Your Horse’s Weight this New Year

Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, saving money and eating healthful foods. I have found that horseback riding can meet all of the above resolutions. I seem to burn a lot of calories while riding and doing barn chores, thus helping me lose weight and stay fit. I save money since I am at the barn instead of the mall; I usually get hungry after riding, so I snack on my horse’s carrots and apples, resulting in eating healthful foods. It seems of all the New Year’s resolutions, losing weight is the most popular; barn chores and riding are effective...

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Horsin’ Around at Christmas: Holiday Traditions

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent with family and friends,” Margaret Thatcher Our family had some Christmas traditions when I was growing up, now I have added a few new ones. Besides going to church and exchanging presents, we like to make a fresh batch of horse treats to share with our horse and his friends. I thought it might be fun to reach out and ask what horse traditions you have for Christmas; I had some interesting traditions shared: “We go on a sleigh ride.” “I love to ride in the snow.” “We take our Christmas family photo...

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Horse MRI— A Positive Experience by Lynne Pernsteiner

It started with lameness When our young Quarter horse "Fancy" came up lame, we consulted with our equine veterinarian  She performed an extensive lameness exam, including a physical work-up, a radiograph and an ultra-sound imaging of Fancy’s front leg. Unfortunately, nothing was found so we decided to try “resting” our horse—which is not as easy as it sounds! Several months passed without a sign of improvement so we called our vet back for more testing. This time she tried blocking nerves to pinpoint the troubled area and discovered that the injury was low in the fetlock. During...

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No Stirrup November

Every fall I try to include “No Stirrup November” on my riding calendar. I have found riding without stirrups has helped me with my balance and to develop a better seat. Please remember I AM NOT A TRAINER and am just sharing my experience, as each and every horse and rider combination is different. I start by riding for 10 minutes with my stirrups crossed in front of my saddle after each ride. Then I gradually add a few minutes each time I ride to reach my goal of riding 30 minutes without my stirrups. I also plan on riding without stirrups at least once a week for the remainder of the year. In...

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Mon Cheval Dressage Schooling Show Rocks Cornerstone

Mon Cheval Training Center held a Dressage Schooling Show at Cornerstone Horse Complex on October 26, 2014. There was a huge turnout of riders and more than 100 spectators. With more than 50 rides, a pumpkin decorating contest, costume classes and a fabulous potluck, it was a huge success! The show featured Dressage, Western Dressage, Bareback Dressage, English Equitation and Suitability, Egg and Spoon, Ride-a-buck, Costume Classes and a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Mindy Price, trainer for Mon Cheval Training Center, was very pleased with the level of competition. Jim Hatch was the judge...

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