Courage Stories

Behind the Scenes of CSDEA Fall Tack Swap November 1, 2014

Attending a local tack swap is one of my favorite shopping experiences. I like the satisfaction of buying and selling tack. This is a great place to find an assortment of used clothing and tack at usually very good prices, plus feeling the satisfaction of finding a new home for any superfluous tack. It is a like a large garage sale with all horse related items. A horse shopper’s paradise! The CSDEA holds two tack swaps a year:  one in the fall and one in the spring. There are several head volunteer organizers that make this event run smoothly; and smoothly they run. Last fall I volunteered...

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AquaPacer: A Great Conditioning Tool

Most people think the AquaPacer, a horse water treadmill, is a therapeutic instrument for horse injuries. But it is also quite effective in conditioning of horses.  Cornerstone, home of the AquaPacer, has had success with many horses including Ruger, owned by Ashley Lembke who shared her story.  “I was looking for an activity to keep my AQHA performance horse, Sir Rey Of Oak, fondly known as Ruger, in shape while I had him home from the trainer. Ruger is an accomplished cow horse with earnings over $15k in the NRCHA and 2013 AQHA World Champion in Amateur Working Cow Horse. While at home,...

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Equine Dentistry: Teeth Floating Explained by Julie Laueux-Parks, DVM

The question of why we worry about horse's teeth is answered by looking at their lifestyle. Horses will forage for 16-20 hours a day to get their daily nutrients and keep their GI tract functioning normally. The average horse needs about 20 pounds of hay each day and all that forage needs to be ground down before it reaches the stomach. This is the primary job of the teeth. In addition, we ask them to perform as athletes: to bend, collect, turn, spin, run and slide. All of these skills require horses to slide their jaws, put pressure on their cheeks, tongue and palate. Improperly aligned teeth...

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Equine Entrepreneurs – Kelly Kennedy of Tail Tamers

Kelly Kennedy, owner of Tail Tamers, is our Entrepreneur Feature this month. Her product philosophy is based on a successful history of producing quality products made out of the best materials at the fairest price. Here is her story. Also please make any comments or submit another Horse Entrepreneur we can feature by hitting reply at the end of this blog. And please don't miss the special discount at the end of this feature. 1) When did you develop an interest in horses and why? I was born wanting a horse. I read every horsy book printed at the time. I wanted to be Billy and have Blaze,...

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Ride Aside: Side Saddle Explained by Amber Asbell

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Aiken, South Carolina. If you are not familiar with Aiken, it is a horse paradise. Almost every discipline can be found there. I was fortunate enough to hook up with Amber Asbell, a sidesaddle professional. I asked her to share her Side Saddle story. "I don’t see how you do it." That’s what they always say. But I say, ”it’s not that hard, it really isn’t.” Imagine the ladies that rode 100 years ago. They generally weren't that strong, and they stayed on! It’s all about body mechanics. Once you learn where your anchor is, you can ride...

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Cowboy Church at Cornerstone Horse Complex

  Cornerstone Horse Complex is delighted to host Cowboy Church. If you do not have a church home, or would like to try something a little different, please come join us for our next service on Sunday, August 17 at 10am. Please note that starting in September we will be moving the time to 5pm on the third Sunday of every month. Cowboy Church is a unique and fun way to share your church experience. I recently attended and did not know exactly what to expect. It is very similar to my regular church, but instead of Contemporary Music they sang Country Western. Pastor Charles Schaal shared...

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Helmet Safety – Always Wear Your Helmet

In honor of Riders4Hlemts International Horse Helmet Awareness Day, July 12, I thought I would remind everybody to WEAR YOUR HELMET when mounted on a horse. Personally I have found lots reasons not to wear a helmet: helmet hair, hot, uncomfortable, doesn’t look cool, others are not wearing, and the list goes on. BUT there is one COMPELLING REASON TO WEAR A HELMET: YOUR SAFETY. Now that I am a mother, I feel it is even more important to set an example for my daughter and her friends. I also have been fortunate enough to have been wearing a helmet the times I have fallen, and I am so glad...

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BEAT THE HEAT! Cooling Relief with Liniment

There are many choices when it comes to liniments: gels, sprays, creams and oils, just to mention a few.  Which one is best for you and your horse?  That will depend on you, and sometimes your veterinarian.  I reached out and asked your favorite products and recipes and am sharing them with you. “I work at a tack store and the most popular is Bigeloil. People use it on themselves and horses. It’s also been around for many years.  A lot of the old-timers say it works wonders.” "My favorite recipe is to mix up in equal parts: original brown color Listerine, witch hazel, and rubbing...

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Tendons & Ligaments: Anatomy and Injuries Explained by Melissa Johnson, DVM

The equine lower limb is an arrangement of bones, tendons and ligaments that give the horse its speed, power, and ability to sleep while standing. The horse’s massive size and athleticism can lead to injuries of these structures that can limit performance.  It is important to understand the structures of your horse’s legs so you can better recognize what can lead to injury and how to recognize injury.A tendon connects muscle to bone to allow the contraction of a muscle to elicit movement in a bone or joint. A ligament connects bone to bone or cartilage to bone and functions in stabilizing...

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Flies, Flies Go Away and Don’t Come Back Another Day!

Summer welcomes many things: wonderful weather, beautiful lakes and sunsets, riding outdoors, and insects, including flies and ticks.  I reached out to find some fly repellent tips and tricks and thought I would share them.   "Skin-So-Soft works great to keep gnats out of their ears and hair lines as well as an ingredient for home-made fly spray." "Putting a small amount of garlic powder in your horse's feed helps reduce ticks.  A recipe I use is one 32 oz. bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon dawn dish soap, one tablespoon garlic powder and one gallon of water.   Mix ingredients...

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