You Know You’re a Horse Person When:

  1. You like going to Tractor Supply.
  2. You love the smell of a horse.
  3. You have carrots in your refrigerator.
  4. Your pockets have hay in them.
  5. Your favorite shoes are cowboy boots.
  6. Your everyday attire includes a cell phone holder studded with rhinestones.
  7. You talk to your horse like its a kid.
  8. You laugh when the horse you’re driving farts in your face.
  9. The board check is paid before any other bill.
  10. Your house is “decorated” with bits, saddles, bridles, halters, blanket racks, trunks, trophies and ribbons.

Can you add to this list? Leave your addition in the comment section below.

 

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Last Chance for Cat N Conejo

If you have been considering Cat N Conejo, this is your last chance. The price on Cat N Conejo has been reduced to $3000 o.b.o.

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I have owned Cat N Conejo since she was three. I love this mare, but with my work schedule I just don’t have the time she deserves.

Cat N Conejo would make an amazing High School Rodeo horse for your son or daughter. She was started as a cutter and works cows like a pro.

Cat N Conejo is a 2006, 14 hand, sorrel, quarter horse mare and an excellent all around horse:

-reined cow
-cutting
-sorting
-reining
-with the right rider could excel in barrels and poles
-started as a cutter and works cows like a pro
-used on a competitive trail
-loads, ties, washes, up-to-date on shots, stands for the farrier

Cat N Conejo is a AQHA registered mare by Catalano out of Dual N Montana. She has High Brow Cat, Peppy San Badger, Dual Peppy, and Montana Doc on her papers.

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Price: $3000 Or Best Offer

Please direct all your questions to Diana Brown, she is the owner, at 209-345-8507.

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Cat N Conejo is located at Peachwood Horse Boarding in Ceres, CA

Are you ready for another winter? Is your horse?

Another summer has come to an end and horse owners need to make management plans for the cooler seasons ahead. For horses, cold weather does not mean coming in from the cold, but being assisted to withstand the cold as comfortably and healthy as possible. However, horses have special needs during the cold weather to assure they will stay healthy and in good condition. Horses are very tolerant of cold conditions; in fact, horses tend to be far more stressed by heat than by cold. From the horse owner’s standpoint, winter management gets very basic: routine health care, feed, water, and shelter. Any winter, be it mild or severe, will be easier to deal with if you have prepared in advance.

Peachwood Horse Boarding has paddocks available for your horse.

Contact Linda Javine at 209-538-8470 for prices.

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Keeping Your Horse Cool

Source: thehorse.com

Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, offers the following tips to help keep your horse healthy and cool as we approach the first day of summer:

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1. Choose cooler turnout times. If your horse has a stall, but is turned out for part of the day, provide turnout during the cooler hours. Overnight is ideal, but if that’s not possible, have the horse go outside as early as possible during the day. Remember, the summer heat can also take a toll on the quality of your pasture. You might need to provide additional feed as the grass becomes sparse to maintain proper body condition and energy.

2. Provide shade. If your horse lives outdoors or if he must be outside during the day, provide relief from the sun. A run-in shed is best. Trees are a source of shade, but as the sun moves, so will the shade; ensure that, regardless of the time of day, the trees are offering shade.

3. Move the air. Fans are a great way to help keep the air moving in the barn, but use them wisely. Always ensure that your horse can’t get a hold of cords and plugs.

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4. Mist your horse. If you are fortunate enough to have a misting system for your horse, use it. As moisture is absorbed from your horse’s skin, it will take away some of the heat. Frequent mistings are far more effective than a single dousing with a hose.

 

5. Provide fresh, cool water and an electrolyte source. Make sure your horse has plenty of fresh, cool water. A bucket hanging on a pasture fence will get warm and the water will no longer be appealing. Left long enough, the water will also become stagnant and unhealthy. If you are providing clean, cool water and your horse doesn’t seem to be drinking, then encourage it by providing a salt block, or even by misting hay with salt water. If your horse is sweating a great deal, water laced with electrolytes can help keep its body in balance. Whenever you offer electrolytes, however, be sure to offer a second source of fresh water, as well. Not all horses will drink electrolyte-laced water, so providing a source of water without them will ensure your horse keeps drinking. Also, too many electrolytes can be harmful.

6. Slow down the work. Don’t think that because your horse has been working intensely at 1:00 p.m. every day that it can take the heat when the temperature tops 90°F. If you have to work your horse in the heat, lighten the work or spread it out over a couple of short sessions. This is especially important when the humidity is high, contributing to the poor quality of the air your horse is breathing. Cool your horse down slowly, and offer frequent sips of cool water. Take the tack off as soon as you’re done and sponge the horse off again with cool water.

7. Stick to a schedule. Within the parameters of keeping him cool, try to stay as close as possible to his normal schedule. Too much change at one time can be an invitation for colic.

Consider using a fly sheet to help protect white or gray horses from sunburn.

 

breaktime8. Avoid sunburn. Horses, especially white horses, can suffer from sunburn. Even those with white socks and blazes, pink noses, or hairless patches from scarring can be susceptible. Using a fly scrim can help. In addition, applying sunblock to small, particularly vulnerable areas can be effective. Staying out of the sun’s harmful rays will, of course, be best.

9. Clip horses with longer hair coats. Clipping is important, especially for those with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, or Cushing’s disease). While some coat can provide protection from the sun and insulation, a long, thick coat tends to hold heat and makes it difficult for the horse to cool down. Be careful not to clip the hair too close, however, as it provides some protection from damaging rays.

10. Know your horse and signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke can happen anytime your horse is exposed to excessive heat that his body cannot handle. Heatstroke can happen if exercising in hot conditions, but be aware that it can also happen if standing in a hot stall or trailer.

How to Write a Fictional Story about Horses

Horses can make for a very interesting topic for a story. Many people are fascinated with these beautiful and expressive animals and many authors have chosen them as a subject for their works — “Black Beauty” is a good example. Even for those who know little about these amazing creatures, horse stories are very exciting and fun to write.

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  1. Learn about horses. If someone who knows a lot about horses reads your story, you want them to get the sense that you know what you’re talking about. Read up on horses online and at your local library. If you can, spend some time observing real horses and interacting with them. If you can’t get to a place with live horses, watch videos with horses to get a sense of how they move and behave. You should know some horse words such as hand, furlong, martingale, etc, and something about horse colors and breeds.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-2
  2. Choose the horses for your story and their personalities. The names can say something about the horse’s character. For example, a horse named “Flame” might be wild and rebellious, maybe a stallion, and likely bay or chestnut colored. Think about why the horses in your story act the way they do. What were they like when they were young? Who were their parents? How do they act around people? Around other horses? How do people or other horses perceive them? Try to have horses in your story with a variety of different personalities. No one wants to read about a bunch of horses who all act the same. Try to make your horses stand out from the “herd”.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-3
  3. Choose your human characters. While humans are not always essential in a story about horses, they are frequently present. They should be just as fully developed as characters as the horses are. Since your story is going to focus on horses, think about how your human characters react to them. Does the person have a favorite horse? A least favorite horse? Is she an experienced rider or a novice? Did she grow up around horses or did she live in the city until now?aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-4
  4. Pick a setting for your story. Obviously, your setting will be determined by the kind of story you write. It can be a stable, a farm, a riding school, the wild plains, a secluded wilderness island, or just about anywhere you might find horses. Get as specific as you can. What other animals live on the farm? Cows? Pigs? Emus? How many horses are at the riding school and how many people attend it? Does your setting have secluded trails through the woods or wide open space as far as the eye can see?aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-5
  5. Do some pre-writing. List the characters, both horse and human, as well as the setting, and some specific details about them. For example:
    Hudson (horse): Clydesdale, bay, old, smart
    Danielle (girl): 14 years old, blond hair, owner of Hudson
    Start to think about how the different characters may react to each other and what conflicts might emerge. You may also want to draw pictures to help you visualize the story.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-6
  6. Think about the main conflict in your story. Some possible conflicts include:
    An orphaned foal struggles to survive in the wild.
    A band of wild horses are brought to live on a farm.
    A horse is purchased by a cruel owner.
    An old horse and a young rider must learn to work together.
    A group of people acquire a wild horse and try to tame it.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-7
  7. Decide on events for your story. The events should relate to the main conflict in your story. For example, if we have a story about wild horses coming to live on a farm, some events that could happen are:
    A headstrong mare gets loose and runs away.
    The foals like the humans, but worry about losing the respect of the lead stallion.
    The humans try to ride one of the horses for the first time.
    The horses confront the emus over their grain greediness.
    One of the horses is ill and the humans must nurse him back to health.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-8
  8. List some events and put them in order. Write some notes about each one you will include.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-9
  9. Write a rough draft. Keep in mind that you are still in the planning stage, and this is not the final copy. Don’t worry about spelling and punctuation yet.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-10
  10. Edit the rough draft with a pen or pencil. Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and any other errors you made. it may help to use a bright color so you can see what you changed.aid82795-728px-Write-a-Fictional-Story-About-Horses-Step-11
  11. Complete the final copy. You may wish to type it, or you can simply write the story on paper.