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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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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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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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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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