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How to Shoe Your Horse Properly for Winter Conditions

This is a useful article this time of year, which interviews Marvin Beeman, DVM, MFH, on shoeing your horse for winter conditions, such as for foxhunting.  It has instructions for your farrier, on both welded borium studs and borium tipped nails.  Borium and borium nails are available from Oleo Acres: http://www.oleoacresfarriersupply.com/prod/nails.html

We have had good luck with Duratrack Borium Nails, Mustad borium, or Capewell Borium head nails, but when it really snows in December-March (and more importantly when it melts but the North-facing slopes are slick), you’ll be wishing you had the welded borium studs and not just the nails.
“Borium” when people speak of “borium shoes” is tungsten carbide shaped into a soft steel rod.  The rod is 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick. To apply borium to a shoe, you need a set of acetylene welding torches, welding glasses, welding gloves, a safe work area, and the skill and training to weld. To apply borium, your farrier will first shape the shoes to fit the hooves, just as you would for summer shoeing. Before you nail the shoes on, add the borium as follows: Stack the shoes on top of each other, which helps avoid wasting heat. As you add borium to the top shoe, the next shoe down heats up, as well.  Work on one spot at a time. Add a spot of borium to each heel and two spots at the toe, just ahead of the first nail hole. Get the spot up to welding heat and heat the borium rod at the same time. When the steel begins to puddle, pull the welding tip away, adding borium as you go back and forth with the welding tip and the borium.  For a little traction, make […]

By |December 6th, 2013|Foxhunting|Comments Off on How to Shoe Your Horse Properly for Winter Conditions

Looking to Get Your Kids Involved in Foxhunting?

Two new publications for juniors are now available from the Master’s of Foxhounds of America! My First Foxhunt Coloring Book is a fun, illustrated coloring book for kids to learn about foxhunting. Visit the MFHA website or Facebook page each month for a “page-a-month” free download. The Kids’ Guide to Foxhunting is a lighthearted introduction to what kids need to know to get involved and stars our favorite model. Order your copy today

Click here for a free preview:

MFHA Kids Book 10-17

 

By |November 21st, 2013|Foxhunting|Comments Off on Looking to Get Your Kids Involved in Foxhunting?

Antelope Hunting and Steve’s Meat Market

We recently went on an antelope hunt in Wyoming and we have to say the antelope meat tastes great.  We saved the backstraps and tenderloins for steaks.  We took in the four antelope quarters for processing at Steve’s Meat Market www.stevesmeatmarket.com.  The four quarters weighed 38 pounds in on the bone, 28 pounds after they trimmed it, which resulted in 42 pounds out with pork added for a great special deal which was advertised as $95.00, but with all the extra hamburger and other fees resulted in a total bill of $138 after all was done, which was very fair.   We got the Jumbo Sampler:

1-1/2 lb. JBC Burger, 1-1/2 lb. Breakfast Bulk, 1-1/2 lb. Italian Bulk, 1-1/2 lb. Chorizo Bulk, 2 lb. Italian Link, 2 lb. Polish Link, 2 lb. Salami, 2 lb. Summer,  2 lb. Jalapeno Cheese Log, 2 lb. Cheddar Dogs, 2 lb. Old Style Franks, 2 lb. Bratwurst, 2 lb. Smoked German, 2 lb. Chorizo Link, 2 lb. Jalapeno Cheddar Link, 1 lb. Jerky, 1 lb. Stix

The only thing that wasn’t worth ordering again was the Breakfast Bulk sausage.  It helped that this antelope was grass fed on the ranch lands, not sage brush fed on the plains.  But we have to rave about Steve’s Meat Market, as it is simply the best game meat processing and quality sausages we have ever tasted, at a fair price.  Even the hamburger is awesome.

They also feature creative modern taxidermy by RhinOriginalz, which is worth checking out.  http://www.rhinoriginalz.net/Metal_Coating.html

Others have recommended http://www.rockymountainmeats.com but we see no reason not to stick with Steve’s Meat Market, as everything we got back from them made from our grass-fed antelope is awesome in taste and wrapped in the highest quality […]

By |November 20th, 2013|Wingshooting|Comments Off on Antelope Hunting and Steve’s Meat Market
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    Colorado Mills opens a new U.S. Polo Association store today.

Colorado Mills opens a new U.S. Polo Association store today.

Colorado Mills opens a new U.S. Polo Association store today.  The brand carries clothing for men, womenand children as well as accessories, luggage, watches, shoes, home furnishings and more.  While many think this brand is a knock off of RL Polo, it is actually the original polo gear and is made under an exclusive labeling agreement by Jordache.

A portion of all the USPA clothing sales benefits the United States Polo Association (USPA), which was created on March 21, 1890 by H. L. Herbert. The USPA was formed to act as the national governing body for the sport of polo in America and Canada. The USPA is dedicated to growing recognition for polo, organizing tournaments, establishing rules, creating educational programs, coordinating interscholastic and intercollegiate competitions, and providing the handicaps for polo players all over the country.

The organization is continually creating new programs for people to learn the sport and develop American players, as well as maintaining guidelines for the safety and wellbeing of the polo ponies. There are over 250 clubs registered with the USPA and over 4,500 members. The USPA is always growing and building stronger roots for the sport of polo.  For more information visit:  www.uspolo.org.

By |November 7th, 2013|polo|Comments Off on Colorado Mills opens a new U.S. Polo Association store today.
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    favorite tips and tricks for tying a stock tie or four-fold tie, notes on clipping horses, and how to care for your quality leather tack.

favorite tips and tricks for tying a stock tie or four-fold tie, notes on clipping horses, and how to care for your quality leather tack.

Here are three of our favorite tips and tricks for tying a stock tie or four-fold tie, notes on clipping horses, and how to care for your quality leather tack.

How to Tie a Hunting Stock

Notes on Clipping Horses by Dr. Beeman

2013 Notes on Clipping Horses from AH and Pony Club in Color

The Care of Quality Leather Tack

By |November 6th, 2013|Foxhunting|Comments Off on favorite tips and tricks for tying a stock tie or four-fold tie, notes on clipping horses, and how to care for your quality leather tack.
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    Colorado Governor Warns Feds Not to List Sage Grouse as Endangered Species

Colorado Governor Warns Feds Not to List Sage Grouse as Endangered Species

The Associated Press is reporting that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he is urging the federal government not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species.  We couldn’t agree more, as this is a blanket move by anti-development folks that have gotten a few animal rights activists groups behind them for a sweeping change that would harm local energy, commercial and agricultural development in Colorado.  These proposals are overly strict measures being sold as a story to protect the bird, but in fact they are intended to prevent development and restrict hunting and ranching operations.  The story reports that:

Hickenlooper said he has urged federal officials to consider the region’s economy and “look at the public-private partnerships that have been so successful in Colorado as a model on how to get things done.”  “Given the unique landscapes and natural resources in Colorado, a Colorado-based solution is more practical than one handed down by the federal government,” Hickenlooper said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency is under court mandate to determine by 2015 if sage grouse deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to finalize plans to designate protected habitat by October 2014.

Colorado, like other states, is looking for provisions that would protect the species while not infringing on business or community development of the land.  The bird’s habitat is on land that is also used for grazing, oil and gas production and community development.  Stringent management for the bird “will kill us” economically, Mesa County CommissionerRose Pugliese said.  Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the amount of energy development that could be placed off-limits would be devastating. Resources such as natural gas and other minerals worth $34 billion might no longer be accessible if the […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Wingshooting|Comments Off on Colorado Governor Warns Feds Not to List Sage Grouse as Endangered Species

Galloping Gourmet Cheese Straws

Just in time for hunting season, here is one of our favorite cheese straw recipes, which was recently featured in Covertside Magazine.

Galloping Gourmets Cheese Straws As Featured in Covertside

By |November 5th, 2013|Picnic, Recipes|Comments Off on Galloping Gourmet Cheese Straws
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    For our older hunt horse, our vet recommends the use of both Adequan and Legend

For our older hunt horse, our vet recommends the use of both Adequan and Legend

Determining the appropriate medication to treat your horse’s joint problems is a crucial part of treatment. Adequan and Legend are two drugs which are commonly used this link explains how they differ in a fabulous article by Craig Roberts, DVM, an equine veterinarian.
So for our older hunt horse, Littleton Equine Medical Center recommends the use of both Adequan and Legend.  We also give it to one polo pony who has signs of navicular.  As for the Adequan, he gets 5cc’s IM, in the muscle of his neck, one time every 4 days for 7 doses.  After the last dose, repeat again three months later.
 As for Legend, you give that once a month, around the same time each month.  It is 4cc’s IV, in the neck.
Consult your veterinarian, but we have found this regime works very well for our horse.  They are happy to be back to work with Opening Day just behind us, which was a grand day behind a fast pack.  Our farrier likes http://www.jefferspet.com/products/formula-707-joint-essentials  as a less expensive option, but we feel the injectables are better absorbed.

By |October 16th, 2013|Foxhunting|Comments Off on For our older hunt horse, our vet recommends the use of both Adequan and Legend

Your Horse Deserves a Healthy Rider

This just in from our doctor, Jack England, MD on vitamin supplements that athletes such as polo players should consider and why.

Vitamin Supplements for Athletes

By |October 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Horse Deserves a Healthy Rider

Hunter’s Broth from Breakfast at Covertside

Those new to witnessing the grandeur and pageantry of a foxhunt are often transported back a century or more to a long lost time.  This is no more so than in France, where mounted followers still pursue stag, roebuck, wild boar, hare and rabbit with different packs of hounds.  Even the French hounds look a bit from a bygone era, as they still have a sliver of wolf-blood breed into many of the French breeds.  But the riders are in their full glory with sabers and French hunting horns, accompanying their long frock coats and boots turned up to protect the knee.

Sometimes cooking also takes you back to a bygone era, an era when things were made simply and at home, before commercialization took over everything including much of our cooking.  This recipe takes us back not only to the era when soups didn’t come from a can or box, but for us, it also takes us back to Le Château de Champchevrier in the Loire valley where the Bizard family, who has lived in this grand palace in the forest, has been hunting stag there since 1728.  They serve a version of this hunter’s broth in a gathering room next to the stables after hunts where it can often be cold and damp, as a way of refreshing and warming the hunters who stand by the fire where it is kept warm in a hanging caldron.

In French cooking, a consommé is a type of clear soup made from richly flavored stock that has been clarified, a process which uses egg whites to remove fat and sediment.   A broth is a liquid in which meat, fish or vegetables have cooked when the goal is also to […]

By |October 14th, 2013|Foxhunting, Recipes, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hunter’s Broth from Breakfast at Covertside