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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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Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery Part 2

Last week we featured the first of a two part series on Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery.  This week we will complete her success story.   What is your biggest success story? My biggest success is that I LOVE my work.  Of course there are still stressful moments – it IS a job, even if it doesn’t feel like it most days (which is great!).  I am so lucky!  It was worth the leap, and I highly recommend following your dreams!  The rest seems to work itself out.  I am so glad I purchased the store from Nan. Was it hard to follow in Nan’s...

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Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, Owner of St. Croix Saddlery Part 1

There are many inspiring entrepreneurs.  For the next two weeks we will feature the story of Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery. She manages to operate several successful businesses and be a dedicated wife and mother.   When did you develop an interest in horses and why? On my fifth birthday, my parents gave me the choice of going to Valleyfair, the State Fair, or on a 30-minute leadline pony ride.  Can you guess which one I chose?  Those 30 minutes of heaven aboard Wally the pony were the best of my five years on Earth thus far, and I was absolutely sold on horses after that!  ...

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Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show Rocks Cornerstone Horse Complex

Mon Cheval Training Center held a Dressage and Equitation Schooling Show at Cornerstone Horse Complex, on February 16, 2014. There was a large turnout of riders and 100 plus spectators. With more than 50 rides and 8 flat classes, it was a huge success! The show featured Dressage, Western Dressage, English/Western Dressage Suitability and English/Western Dressage Equitation classes. Mindy Price, trainer for Mon Cheval Training Center, was very pleased with the level of competition. Cindy Anderson was the judge and Karen Otto scribed, both did a wonderful job. Leah Lombardo, riding Pharaoh, won the Champion...

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Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter

Exercising your horse during Minnesota winters can be difficult.  Usually you have the challenge of a horse with a heavy winter coat and unpredictable temperatures.  Some people choose to body clip their horse, which makes the cooling down process quicker, but others do not have this option.  After a good work out horses need to be properly cooled down before putting them back outside or trailering them home.  If they are not properly cooled down they risk the chance of catching a chill, which can make them more susceptible to infections or other problems. Misty Caston, owner of Wiksmart...

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Massage Magic

Professional and recreational horse owners often use Equine Massage Therapy to prevent and relieve stress, aid in recovery of injuries, increase circulation, mobility and range of motion and improve performance. Monique Anderson of HorsEASE.com says “massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body in order to achieve specific goals of drainage, relaxation or stimulation and of releasing muscle-related problems such as trigger points and stress points. It contributes to the overall economy of the body and promoting a good supply of nutrients to the muscle groups.” “A...

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Blanketing Your Horse

Deciding to blanket your horse can be a big decision and usually needs to be decided before the onset of winter on a horse by horse basis.  For the past few winters I have not blanketed my horse on a regular basis as he is a draft cross with a heavy winter coat and my thinking was that mother nature gave him enough protection.  With my previous horse, a Thoroughbred, I chose to blanket him as mother nature did not seem so generous. Many articles have been written on horse blanketing and I encourage you to do your own research before making your decision but hopefully my experiences will be helpful....

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Judging WSCA Shows

The 2013 WSCA Championship Horse Show starts today and after recently attending a few WSCA  shows I became curious to learn how they are judged.  While there are many judges I contacted Tina Langness, APHA Professional Horseman (www.tinalangness.com) and she was very informative and she shared the following information with me. Depending on how the WSCA show bill is worded it must be judged accordingly.  WSCA has three classifications for the English classes: Open English Pleasure, English Hunt Seat Pleasure and English Saddle Seat.  And it also has three classifications for Western classes:...

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Getting the Most from Lessons and Clinics

Over the years I have have taken many lessons and attended a few clinics and each one has been beneficial.  To get the most out of these of these one needs to be open minded, listen very carefully to what is being explained and ask clarifying questions to understand what the instructor is asking them to accomplish.  It is especially important in a group setting to listen and ask pertinent questions as not to be disruptive to the other students. Usually there is so much valuable information being shared with you that it is almost impossible to retain it all.  Having a lesson buddy that can take...

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Welcome Sasse!

Mindy Price of Mon Cheval Friesians is proud to announce the birth of Sasse Von Z who was born 8/21/13 and is a miracle baby as she was born a month early.  She was strong and a fighter and is doing very well in spite of the recent heat wave. "Her sire is Zorro and dam is Seade Von Borstow. Zorro is a Sport Predicated FEI Dressage Stallion and Seade is the daughter of Femke who was one of the highest scoring mares in history at her keuring to become a Star," Price said. “A judging (keuring, in Dutch) is an evaluation of horses here in North America, by officials from the Netherlands.  Once...

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