Confidence is the Key

Self-confidence: The mark of a champion. That secret ingredient that all great athletes seem to possess, regardless of what level they compete at.  Here’s how to get it and keep it:

By |June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Confidence is the Key

Rattlesnake Bites in Horses

We had quite a Colorado adventure at the hunt yesterday.  It was at a different more rural fixture, where there are few gates, and no cell phone or internet.  We only hunt there once a year, so it is also easy to be a little off on directions.  And there was only 8 in the field.  We were a long way from the trailers and Lauren and I had just asked permission to leave the field, as she hurt her finger when Snickers took a stumble.  We were alone just our daughter and I.

Anyway, on the way back, Snickers got bite by a Western diamondback rattlesnake.  We thought he just stepped on the snake as it slithered off, rattling.  But then Snickers went to raising his foot and was immediately lame and after 30 minutes of trying to hand walk him back, he couldn’t move, could barely breathe, and was really close to dying. We were still a long way from the trailer. Luckily, I was able to back to him with the trailer, as our daughter bravely waited by herself.  I encourage all horse owners living in the West to read this article, so you can know what to do a little better than we did, but I figured that a tourniquet, sucking the venom out, and/or lacerating the wound were all out of date recommendations, as I knew they were for bird dogs. He is doing well, following his antivenin and is expected to make a full recovery, following his antibiotics and other treatments. Read the article please, it might help save your horse. I was surprised at how severe a reaction it was, as I heard that horses getting bitten in the […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rattlesnake Bites in Horses
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GFC/FC/AFC Sniksoh Spank’s Hank ( Fld. Ch. & Amt. Fld. CH. Sniksoh Little Rascal x Amt. Fld. CH. Decan’s Blazin Bye )X Dan De Katey Bar the Door JH ( NSTRA BBB’s Lucky Strike x Spanky’s Little Rascal My Pick Missy JH )puppies were born May 19, 2016!  AKC registered.   Breed by Jeff Hoskins and Dan and Denise Collins, Dan-De Brittanys.  Hank is pure class on the ground and on point. Great hunting and trial dog that was easily trained/handled by his amateur owner. His pups are very stylish with strong noses and point, back, and retrieving instincts.  We are finding Bouce to be very stylish and with a great nose.


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Whitening Spray for Grey or Paint Horses

For keeping grey or paint ponies white, white, use 1/3 wintergreen alcohol to 2/3 water in a spray bottle, with a few drops of cowboy magic shampoo into the bottle, is equally as good as any of the green spot removers.

It’s inexpensive, easy and very effective!

By |October 20th, 2016|Foxhunting, polo|Comments Off on Whitening Spray for Grey or Paint Horses

NATO Rolex Watch Bands

What is so special about a Rolex Milsub (Military Submariner) NATO or G10 watch strap… which almost looks like the $15 straps from E-bay?. Well there is a big difference.  The original issue straps are really special. Quite stiff when they are new, but they get soft after wearing. The structure of the material feels complete different then all the newer straps, and the soft structure and length of the strap (my original issue one is just 10.5″, which fits me nicely in the tucked back style, but the length has increased over the years as people have become larger in size than they were decades ago.  Rolex does not sell them anymore, so you can’t get them. So people are spending in excess of $100,000 for a Rolex Milsub and then they are forced to wear it on an non-authentic NATO strap from E-bay.

The closest thing to it, and the current model of the G10 issued straps is the one made by Phoenix.  But keep in mind the suppliers have changed over the decades, and so has the material, color, and length of the G10 straps.  The Phoenix straps can be purchases on Ebay from mickie500 is the Phoenix Straps guy who works at Phoenix and moonlights in selling these at night on Ebay.  He is very responsive and the straps ship quickly.  Think about ordering 3-4 at at time, in order to balance out the cost of international shipping.  The Phoenix brand is sold by Corvus and Silvermans, at a much higher price, but I have found it is worth ordering from them on the off chance the supply comes from another older supplier (I have been fortunate in this regard at least once).  The Phoenix are also sold […]

By |August 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NATO Rolex Watch Bands

Mancala and Bao

We just picked up a new Bao board to add to our Mancala games.

By |May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mancala and Bao

Berbere (Ethiopian Seasoning Blend)

Berbere is the flavor backbone of Ethiopian cooking, a cuisine built around heavily seasoned meats and stews served with a spongy flatbread.  It translates well to Southwestern cooking and we just picked up a huge bag from Pasqual’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Berbere works as dry rub for meats, a seasoning for stews, lentils and grains — even as a tableside condiment.  As with so many traditional seasoning blends, what goes into berbere varies from chef to chef but most versions begin with a base of ground chiles, ginger, fenugreek, cumin, cloves, coriander, cardamom, black pepper and salt.

The good news is that you don’t need to know squat about Ethiopian food (though it’s totally worth getting to know) to enjoy berbere. Here are some of my favorite uses:

• Blend a can of tomato paste with honey, salt and as much berbere as you can handle. It makes the best barbecue sauce.
• Sprinkle just a bit into the cheese sauce of your favorite mac and cheese. The smoky, spicy change will blow you away.
• Use it straight up as a dry rub for baby back ribs, steaks on the grill — even for oven-roasted chicken.
• Sauté minced onions and garlic with vegetable oil, stirring in berbere. Thin with more oil or with broth, buy rhinocort online.
• Blend with softened butter then spread over hot-off-the-grill corn on the cob. Or add minced garlic and use for garlic bread.
• Add a bit to the pot when browning meat for a beef stew. Or sprinkle just a pinch over a bowl of chicken soup.
• Mix just a bit into prepared pasta sauce, or mix it directly into meatballs.
• Add a bit to ground beef when browning it for tacos.


By |May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Berbere (Ethiopian Seasoning Blend)

Types of Hay for Weight Gain in Horses and Vitalix

Earlier this decade, Colorado and the Western States were plaqued with wild fires and, after several years of drought, hay prices skyrocketed.  It was just a few years ago that most of Colorado hay went to other states which were rampent with fires, draught and tornados, such as Kansas and Oklahoma.   But now after two years of very wet summers, hay prices should have returned to normal, but that never seems to occur.  It seems that growers and suppliers get used taking higher profit margins, in part to make up for bad years and in part from lack of consumers to demand lower prices.

There are many different forms of hay, the best of which are Mountain Grass and Timothy.  Alfalfa is great for putting weight on horses and is cheap to feed but we have buying phentermine online.

The most common form of hay is the small square bale, which can weigh approximately 45 to 100 pounds each.  The weight depends on how they’re baled, type of hay and moisture content.  Compressed bales are also increasingly seen.

We have found All-Species Vitalix (125 lb. tub for $65 in 2016) to be great for putting weight on hunt horses or polo ponies in pasture, where feeding grain or pellets is often more difficult.  Feeding a scoop a day of pellets from ProAdvantage® Grass Formula Diet Balancer by Progressive Nutrition, topped with 1/2 cup of corn oil.

By |May 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Types of Hay for Weight Gain in Horses and Vitalix

Cafe Pasqual’s, Sante Fe, New Mexico

Our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe is Geronimo’s followed closely by Cafe Pasqual’s.  Here are some of our favorite recipes from “Cooking with Cafe Pasqual’s: Recipes from Santa Fe’s Renowned Corner Cafe” by Katharine Kagel September 3, 2014 (Ten Speed Press).

By |April 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cafe Pasqual’s, Sante Fe, New Mexico

Favorite Recipes from the Green Chile Bible

Three of our favorite unique recipes from The Green Chile Bible: Award-Winning New Mexico Recipes, was published on Oct 31 1989, by Albuquerque Tribune (Author). It’s our favorite cookbook to gift to others when they ask “What do you do with all that green chile you peel each year?”

By |April 5th, 2016|Recipes|Comments Off on Favorite Recipes from the Green Chile Bible