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
Explore the fascinating evolutionary journey of the horse, from its tiny forest-dwelling ancestors to the modern steed. Encounter scientists who are unlocking the genetic basis of horsepower and decoding their emotional intelligence.
We wanted to share a product that we have been using for a while
The Porta-Grazer™ comes in 3 different sizes: Mini, XL, and Corner Feeder. The image to the right shows approximately how many flakes each size will hold. We personally use the corner feeder, as it holds enough hay to last in between 3 feedings throughout the day/night for large warmbloods. So no more being on a feeding schedule/deadline before your horses tear down the barn!
Porta-Grazer™ is a no waste natural feeding system that promotes better health for horses while allowing substantial savings of time and money to those who care for them. We all know that horses need feed available 24/7 to meet their digestive requirements, but sometimes the quantity of hay that would take is too much for the horse calorically, as well as financially for the owners. The Porta-Grazer™ slows down the intake of forage for your horse, allowing it to still eat all day, while not using as much hay in the process. The Porta-Grazer™ also offers a drain on their models, so if you have a need to soak your hay, you can do so easily and drain the water out no problem.
A few reasons why you might want to consider the Porta-Grazer™ for your horses or facility:
We are lucky enough to have a rep that sells them locally (based out of Parker, CO), and she even offers week-long demos so you can try before you buy! (Trust me, after you try, you will want to buy!!)
Colorado Porta-Grazer™ Rep:
US Equestrian is pleased to introduce the following 2018 Horses of Honor because of their tremendous achievements over the course of the season. Each year, US Equestrian names a National Horse of the Year and an International Horse of the Year from the Horses of Honor roster. Winners are determined based on the results of online voting, which is now open through Thursday, January 3 at midnight. The 2018 National and International Horse of the Year will be awarded Saturday evening, January 12 at the Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla.;
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