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How to Blanket Your Horse for Winter or Rain

Blanketing 101 – Adapted to Colorado From a Dover’s Newsletter
Here, in Colorado are the answers to these most commonly asked questions to help you make your horse comfortable this season.  For blanket repairs and cleaning, we think that Kerry Martin, KLM Blanket Cleaning and Repair is the best that we have ever found and reasonably priced at (720) 341-4955.
1. Why so many blanket weights?
Horse clothing manufacturers offer a range of weights in their blanket collections to allow the perfect choice for every horse based on its personal needs and its environmental conditions. The weight of a blanket refers to grams of poly fill between the inner and outer layers. The fill insulates a horse from the cold by trapping its body heat; the higher the number of grams of fill, the warmer and heavier the blanket will be.

Lightweight turnout blankets from some manufacturers have 100 grams of fill in the center. Other manufacturers refer to their turnout sheets as lightweights, so be sure to take note of fill when shopping for a light blanket. Mid-weight or medium weight turnouts have 180 to 200 grams of fill. Heavyweight turnouts typically have 300 to 440 grams of fill.

For Colorado, we recommend that you get a turnout sheet and a heavy weight waterproof turnout blanket.  You can double layer them when it is really cold.

If you don’t have a groom that lives on site, the Horseware® HorsePal Monitor and App, exclusively FREE with a Rambo blanket purchase, can help you understand and predict your horse’s blanketing needs accurately. Using actual data, HorsePal eliminates guesswork in choosing your horse’s coverage on any given day. A small monitor inside the blanket senses and records the inner temperature and humidity. That temperature, […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Foxhunting|Comments Off on How to Blanket Your Horse for Winter or Rain

The Horse

“The horse is not here to reward your ego, to compete with you, to punish you the horse responds to who you are, how you feel, what you think, and what you do the horse is here to enable you to learn how to be a better you, and that is a blessing”  – Joanne Verikios

By |October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Horse

Bird and Fish Knives

This is Paul’s knife, which is what we like for blade shape and size.

These came with a cross draw sheath, meant for carrying on your left front hip.

Sold for $900 that Damascus came from one of the best Damascus makers in the world the bolsters are made from meteorite the handles are mammoth tooth and I did file work down the back.

The fixed blade is 7 1/4 inches and would be $350

Made with a stainless Damascus blade meteorite bolsters blue mammoth ivory handles and did file work down the back

By |October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bird and Fish Knives

Eye of the Tiger

 

Tigers Eye Stone is a powerful stone that aids harmony and balance, and helps you to release fear and anxiety.  It stimulates taking action, and helps you to make decisions with discernment and understanding, and unclouded by your emotions.  Traditionally it was carried as an amulet against curses or ill-wishing, and is known to give you courage, self confidence and strength of will.  It enhances creativity and is one of the stones that aid kundalini awakening.  This natural crystal balances the brain, so it may be of benefit to help those who are suffering from mental disease or with personality disorders.  The largest numbers of Tiger Eye Stones are found in South Africa, but it also comes from Brazil, India, Burma, Western Australia and USA.  The meaning of this stones name relates to its resemblance to the eye of a tiger or cats eye. Its color is yellow brown to golden brown and it is very attractive with lovely bands of color through it.  While it is not really classified as a quartz crystal, it could be said to be in the quartz family, as it is a variety of quartz with inclusions of fibers of gold asbestos which gives it the golden color.  These stones are profound amplifiers of energy, similar to most quartz crystals, and will boost the energy of any other crystals you use it with.  Tigers Eye stone will integrate both hemispheres of the brain, and aid those with scattered energy to resolve any mental conflicts.  It helps you to be clearer mentally, and will charge the intellect as it allows you to remain calm and grounded through the changes.  It is as simple as keeping the stone within your aura, so it will be of benefit to you. It is […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eye of the Tiger

Archery Tips and Places to Shoot Archery

Places to shoot archery around Douglas County Colorado:

Elizabeth:

http://www.frontierarcheryclub.org/

Parker:

http://www.fullrutarchery.com/

Highlands Ranch:

https://hrcaonline.org/classes-camps-activities/backcountry-wilderness-area/hikes-activities/archery-range

11478 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Sedalia:

Columbine Bowmen Archery Range

 

Watch this video for proper form:

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By |October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Archery Tips and Places to Shoot Archery

Yoga

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is a practice that started in India, and is now very popular in the United States and around the world. Yoga has gained a lot of attention lately – maybe because it is a fun and easy way for both adults and kids to feel healthy and happy. For children, yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match. Here is what children (and adults!) can learn from yoga.
Yoga teaches us about:
• Body movement – to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. Postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.
• How to breathe better – to breathe deeply and fully and become more aware.
• How to use our energy more effectively – we feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
• How to quiet the mind – we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.
• Balance – we learn to be aware about the need for balance in our lives and making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
• To be the “boss” of our bodies – to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard.
• Taking care of ourselves – Yoga is a great way to move our bodies, feel healthy and support a good night’s sleep!

By |October 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yoga

Recurve Bow – Traditional Archery

Our daughter started with a toy bow from the RenFest and graduated up to a small compound bow.  While it isn’t a Black Widow PX, she has now started with a Cabela Ranger Recurve Bow  in a right hand 62:, 25# setup.  but then decided that the PSE NightHawk was better, in a right hand 62″ 25# setup.  We started with what we were given, which was the Cabela’s Stalker Extreme 4 L/W feathers arrows, 340, 65/80, 9.3 GPI, with 5/16″ 75 gr. easy pull field points in a 31.5″ uncut length.  We found they were too long and heavy, and swapped them out for Stalker Extreme 45-65, in 29.25″ length, 500, 7.3 GPI, with 75 grain, 9/32″ diameter bullet points.  We use a hay bale with  a Morrell Target.  We have a finger guard and ketoh arm guards.  She is also experimenting with the much lighter 28″ Beman ICS Hunter Junior arrows, which are 7.3 GPI and 600, feather fletched.  PSE recommends Razorback or Desparado arrows at 30″ and 800 spine for up to 40 lbs.  Replacement limbs can be ordered from any retailer or from 800-824-8261 drop shipped to  your location.
Cabela’s Stalker Xtreme™ Arrows Feathers, Per 6

Outfitted with 4″ feathers, tradition meets technology
Microsmooth surface finish is quiet and easy on rest and targets
Added mass for better kinetic energy
Straightness factor to ±.003″

We started with our customer-favorite Stalker Extreme shafts, improved the straightness factor to ±.003”, and then outfitted each with 4” feathers to come up with an arrow you can count on for consistent, reliable performance with broadheads and field points alike. The high-strength carbon-composite fibers and unidirectional, carbon-filled core contribute to each arrow’s light weight and professional-grade performance. […]

By |October 11th, 2017|Archery, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recurve Bow – Traditional Archery

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:

https://www.competitivedge.com/self-confidence

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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    SNIKSOH EQUIPAGE HANK’S DAN-DE CHECKS IN THE MAIL (“Bounce”)

SNIKSOH EQUIPAGE HANK’S DAN-DE CHECKS IN THE MAIL (“Bounce”)

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.

 

 Kate Kate

 

 Hank

 

 

By |February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on SNIKSOH EQUIPAGE HANK’S DAN-DE CHECKS IN THE MAIL (“Bounce”)