To halter or not to halter in turnout, that is the question.

Horses without Halters in Turnout

The age old question, should I leave a halter on my horse during turnout? Everyone has their own opinion (as with everything horse 😂), but here are our thoughts and reasoning behind the options.

Horses are gigantic, amazing, strong, beautiful, graceful beings. That also happen to be uber clumsy and really breakable at the worst of times. So why add to the potential catastrophe horses are so good at serving us at the most inopportune times!

Typically when our horses are turned out, they are not being supervised so if something were to go wrong they might be stuck without help for quite some time.

Having a halter on adds to the potential risks your horse may face:

  • Getting the halter stuck on a fence, gate, latch, tree, etc. in their turnout area.
  • Getting the halter stuck on their own shoe.
  • Having another horse grab the halter and hurt your horse in the process by yanking or ripping it across their skin.
Horses without Halters in Turnout

The halter, persay, isn’t the problem. The problem is when that halter gets stuck and your horse panics and thrashes around. This can cause lacerations, fractures, breaks, soft tissue damage, and a variety of other injuries including death. And I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid vet bills at all costs!

So our stance is to leave halters off whenever possible during turnout.

Yes, there are occasions where it is IMPOSSIBLE to turnout without a halter. Example: hard to catch horse, unbroke horse, etc. In these instances, try to use a halter designed for turnout safety. These would be halters with leather breakaway pieces above the crown, or fully leather halters (however, these tend to be a little stronger than the breakaway type). But avoid fully nylon halters and rope halters at all costs! As these are nearly indestructible.

We’d love to see photos of your horse in turnout having fun, comment below!

Horse.com is having a HUGE Warehouse Sale!

Be sure to check out the HUGE sale that Horse.com is currently having to clear out their warehouse and make room for new products. These deals will only last while the products are on the shelves, so order now at these discounts!

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Equestrian Grammar Lesson = Ferrier

Many people spell a horseshoer as “Ferrier”, this is incorrect in American English. The correct spelling is “Farrier”. So now that you know, we will assume when you use the word ferrier, that you are referring to a farrier with a nice hind end 😂😂😂. Or you are from 14th-17th century France and therefore a vampire.

And for your knowledge: It turns out that farrier (which is the current preferred English usage) evolved from the Middle French word “ferrier“, which meant blacksmith (back then, iron workers and blacksmiths were one and the same). Ferrier, in turn, evolved from the Latin word ferrarius which means “of iron”, which is from the Latin ferrum, “iron”. (Taken from here).

How to create an Effective Sales or ISO Ad

We often see a sales or “in search of” (ISO) ad lacking tons of information. Do yourself a favor and include pertinent information in your ad so you alleviate the “tire kickers” contacting you and avoid unnecessary questions. Here are some tips on creating effective ads to sell your item or find something you are looking for.

Sales/Service Ad

ISO (In Search Of) Ad

Include Price & Location Include Budget & Location
Include Item Details such as: Include Item Details such as:
Age of horse/Year of birth or manufacture date Age range or Year Range you are looking for
Color If you have a color preference
Breed of Horse / Bloodlines If you have a breed preference
Gender of Horse Gender preference
Discipline (H/J, Dressage, Western Pleasure/etc.) Specific discipline of horse or service you need
Level of training / Awards If you have a specific level of training needed
Material Item is made from If there is a specific material you require
Service Offered  Service Needed (lessons/training/builder/etc.)
Any other important details (Temperament/Soundness/etc.) Other important details on the item/svc you need
Any other items it comes with (tack/bits/stirrups/etc.) Where you are willing to travel / if they must come to you
If you will accept trades  
   
   

If you think we should add anything to the list, comment below!

If you can’t Give, Do.

Are you involved in any equestrian sport or organization? Chances are, they are a non-profit and rely heavily on participation and donations from members to keep running. If you can join, and/or donate – they will be extremely thankful. But if you cannot help out financially, there are still other ways to give back. Many of these organizations need volunteers to help with events, and MANY other tasks to keep the organization running smoothly.

Without these financial and time donations from the people that believe in their organization, they would not be able to keep running and providing the service that they offer.

So if you can’t give, DO!

2017 Equestrian Demographics in Colorado

Every year, we take a survey of the equine owners/riders/enthusiasts in Colorado to gauge the demographic base of these people. We then share this information with anyone that may want to utilize it! Whether you are an organization trying to garner sponsors or advertisers, a business looking at new ways to advertise, or any other person/organization; we encourage you to take a look at the information in this document.

Here are those results:

2017 Surveyed demographics – 2017-Surveyed-Demographics.pdf

USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic January 2-4, 2018

Watch the USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic from January 2-4, 2018. Use promo code RobertDover18 for a free fan membership. Read More

Horse Hauling; What the new regulations & laws mean for you

Horse Hauling - what the new regulations and laws mean for you

With all the recent changes to regulations regarding horse trailering, it’s no wonder many of us are left dazed & confused. Get the details here on what you need to do to stay legal while hauling your horse, or anyone else’s horse!

ELD’s or Electronic Logging Devices

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The new ELD mandate requires that the vehicle used for hauling be fitted with the device under the following conditions:

  • The vehicle used in hauling is a commercial vehicle
  • Hauling activities fall outside of the exemptions for livestock and/or agriculture transport (it is important to note that the majority of the show industry will fall outside of this exemption.) 1
  • The driver is required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) due to the combined weight of the truck and trailer.2

Learn more through this American Horse Council Brochure.

CDL or Commercial Driver’s License:

The introduction of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate brought to light concerns about Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) requirements from the entire equine community. The AHC put together the following information to act as a guide for those hauling horses both commercially and as an individual.

If you have any questions, the AHC recommends contacting your state department of transportation for further clarification on CDL requirements.

How do I Know if I Need One?

Drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) since April 1, 1992. That being said, a truck and trailer can be considered a commercial vehicle without the requirement that you obtain a CDL. The AHC would like to note that the requirements for a CDL or CMV classification have been in effect for quite some time, and are not new developments along with the ELD mandate.

However, you will need to obtain a CDL if your vehicle falls into the following categories:

  • Combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR)3 of 26,001 or more pounds, providing that gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds. So, for example, if your truck weights 11,000 pounds, and your horse trailer has a GVWR of more than 15,000 pounds, you would be required to obtain a CDL.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWRof 26,001 or more pounds Each state has their own set of regulations in addition to federal requirements for a CDL, so it is important to research and understand the laws in your respective state before applying for a CDL.

Learn more through this American Horse Council Brochure.

1) MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/FAQ/WHAT-“COVERED-FARM-VEHICLE”-CFV.
2) GVW OF 25,001 OR GREATER.
3) GCWR IS THE VALUE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/REGULATIONS/RULEMAKING/2012-21017.
4) GVWR AND GCWR ARE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATED WEIGHTS, NOT THE LOADED WEIGHTS FROM THE BILL OF LADING OR THE SCALED WEIGHT OF THE VEHICLE.

Information taken from https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

and from http://www.horsecouncil.org.

The only thing Horse Owners celebrate when it’s winter…

Winter Solstice

WINTER SOLSTICE IS UPON US! 💕💕💕 Winter solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 9:28 AM on Thursday, December 21. What that means for us? The days start to get lighter again so we will have MORE HORSE TIME!!! Read More

Get Ahead of Thursday’s Weather and Colic

Get Ahead of Thursday's Weather and Colic
Get ahead of bad weather and colic for your horse!

We are going to go from a high of 60° on Wednesday to 22° on Thursday (in the Parker area) with a snowstorm moving in overnight (80% chance of snow). This is prime weather for colic. Between the barometric pressure changes, rapid temperature drop, and moisture in the air – horses can colic much easier. This can be due to many factors.

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