In case you haven’t heard yet, there is a big snow storm coming tomorrow. All the news channels are covering it. If you want to see your weather forecast, check it out here. In many areas, the rain will start tonight and will slowly turn into snow with snow continuing into Thursday. This storm will also be accompanied by very strong winds.
Now, what we care about? How to take care of our horse and livestock!
Good luck and stay safe in this storm (and be sure to tag us in fun snowy animal pictures on social media!).
The Colorado State Animal Health Laboratory is moving April 1. They will not be shutting down during their move. But please keep in mind this move when you are sending samples, to ensure they get to the correct address. If you are worried about a delay in processing due to delivery to the wrong address or anything else for your coggins test, clients are welcome to drop off samples at the new lab starting April 1st.
The new address is:
300 S. Technology Ct.
Broomfield CO 80021
We are lucky to have Colorado State University here, they offer an exceptional team of equine vets to the community. Dr. Pat McCue has done a series on the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory Facebook Page regarding foaling. If you plan on breeding, we highly recommend watching this to further your education!
We highly recommend following their Facebook page too, so you don’t miss out on any educational videos and articles!
You may have heard about the mountain lion attack here in Colorado recently. We wanted to share the information with you so you can be informed.
On Monday, Feb. 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space a trail runner was attacked by a juvenile mountain lion. The victim was able to defend himself from the attack, resulting in the death of the mountain lion (by suffocation). The runner was then able to leave the open space property and get himself to a local hospital.
These attacks are not common in Colorado. But if you ride or hike, remember that Colorado has wildlife and to always stay attentive and vigilent.
This serves as a reminder that living in Colorado means living among our wildlife. Here’s what to do if you encounter a mountain lion: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeLion1.aspx
Let’s face it, as a horse owner, we have all relied on a boarding facility at some point to be able to enjoy our equine friends. And unless you are really blessed, most of us will always require a boarding facility to be able to enjoy horses.
Boarding facilities offer us so many amenities, they really are a blessing to us; a blessing that a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and money go into so we have great facilities available to us for the riding and care of our horses.
We know owning a horse is not cheap, but you would be surprised the favors that boarding facilities are actually doing for us, based on the actual cost to operate one VS the cost they charge us.
So in hard costs per horse, that is already $183/month (or $255/month for a little more hay).
Now we are up to $273/month (or $345/month with a little more hay).
We are up to $573/month with these additional costs (or $795/month with a 1/2 bale instead of 1/3 bale, and $15/hr labor instead of $10/hr labor).
This does not take into consideration the specialty insurance the facility needs to have to be able to board your horse and have you ride there, the cost of the tractor and attachments (mowers, drags, plows, etc.), maintenance for facility and facility equipment, water and electricity, facility repairs due to horses damaging items, etc.
So if you have a facility you enjoy boarding at, and the cost is under what we outlined above… your facility owner is probably not making any money (and actually your horse being there is costing them money in the bigger picture). So before you complain about how much your board is, keep that in mind!
Having a great boarding facility also gives us the option to go on vacation for a week, or not see our horse for a day as needed. Providing us with a LOT of flexibility to enjoy our lives outside of horses.
And remember to support your facility owner by taking lessons when offered, participating in clinics and events, and just being sure to thank them once in a while for the wonderful facility they make available to you.
If you happen to love a horse person, one of the ways to their heart is DEFINITELY through their horse. So here are 10 affordable gift ideas every horse lover will love! Click on any of the images to link to the page to purchase them!
Lettia Rhinestone Padded Leather Halter – $69.99
Woof Wear Color Fushion Dressage Saddle Pad – $69.95
Lettia CoolMax Western Saddle Pad – $89.99
Word Necklace Live Laugh Love Ride – $12.69
Great Grip 8Pc Grooming Package – $47.49
Eqyss Avocado Mist Conditioner Detangler – $20.99
Lettia Sparkly Polo Wraps – $29.99
Stud Muffins Horse Treats – $9.70
Bling Horse Hat – $22.19
Horses are Where the Heart Is Hoodie – $30.49
The Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival is going on this weekend. They happen to be live-streaming the classes for us to enjoy! Keep an eye on their FB Page if you want to live-stream, or we will be updating this page with links as they are
Ride Schedule: http://horseshowoffice.com/info/2019/37-69/Ridesch.pdf
Click here to watch the fifth broadcast of the day; CDI-U25 FEI Young Rider Grand Prix (16-25), CDI-J FEI Junior Individual Test, CDI 3* Intermediate A, CDI 1* Intermediate Freestyle, CDIW Grand Prix Freestyle.
Good News! The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act has been reintroduced as H.R. 693 by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ron Estes (R-KS), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Chris Collins (R-NY)!
The PAST Act will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to finally put an end to the abusive practice known as horse soring (Big Lick) – the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds using chains, caustic chemicals and other cruel methods to force an artificially high-stepping gait that wins prizes in some horse shows. Though it’s been illegal for over 50 years, this abuse is still rampant in some quarters.
The PAST Act has earned broad bipartisan support – in the last Congress, it had 290 House cosponsors and 46 Senate cosponsors. It’s time to get this bill over the finish line!
If you are a horse (or livestock, or land) owner in Colorado, you want to know about the CSU Extension! The Extension is dedicated to serving current and future needs of Coloradans by providing educational information and programs that safeguard health, increase livelihood, and enhance well being.
The CSU Extension Office and Agents offer their educational program through a variety of methods including web-based platforms, social media, traditional group meetings, one-on-one contacts, and diverse electronic program delivery channels.
Some of the main areas they cover are (Click each link to take you to the CSU Extension Department Website):
Your CSU Extension Office/Agent can help you figure out the best way to mitigate weeds on your property, ways to get low-cost tree seedlings, ailments and space requirements for chickens, soil management practices, crop fertilization, manure management practices, Colorado forage guide, horse health concerns, wildfire preparedness for livestock owners, and so much more!
Specifically for small acreage