Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Wad messy muddy blanket into a ball of ick, put in back of my car.
Drive by laundry mat... scope out any witnesses.
Drive by again. Drop off Maddie who will load the supersized industrial washer with needed coins.
Park, unload icky wad of smelly horse blanket... run to said washer and stuff it in. Have Maddie standing at doorway ready to fake an illness if spotted.
Hit Start, make sure it locks... and run back to car, go for 30 minute coffee.
Arrive 5 minutes before washer finishes. Have Maddie at car/doorway opening back of car.
Step 7: Once it finalizes the last Spin and unlocks... Grab damp blanket and run like hell! Stuff it in the car and DRIVE!
Step 8: Take blanket home, Toss over fence to dry in sunlight.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Friday, April 19, 2013
As many of you have seen our Indie is a very white boy. Keeping him white is a challenge. When looking though the Lucky Braid website I found an article I think was written just for us. It outlines exactly what to do to maintain you white and grey horses.
Here's a link to the article:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Some examples could be:
What bridle to use for what riding discipline?
How to pick the perfect horse for your needs?
Feeding to get the best from you horse?
Breeding to get a potential winner?
How to save money when spending money on your horse?
Why all the bling when showing?
How to get the biggest bang for your buck when buying a trailer?
You know whats so cool about my blog and reaching out with social media. Myself and all of you have hundreds of thousands of expects at our finger tips who all love their horses and want to see each one of us be our best. These are been there done that people.
What do you want to learn? I'll take all the questions and dedicate a post to each of them over the next few weeks until we get all your horse questions answered.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
She is trying to sell her truck and putting it on my blog is the least I can do for her.
Check it out and lets see if we can get it sold.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
“The primary materials used in saddle pads today are open and closed cell foams, synthetic felts, needled felts, pressed industrial felts, woven blankets, gel packs, synthetic cloth, and air bladders. What is interesting about all of these materials is NOT ONE of them was ever originally designed to be used as a saddle pad.”
“The most important of all the pad attributes to look for is compression protection and cooling. How does the purchaser know whether the manufacturers label and claims are true? Answer: They don’t without careful investigation and lots of costly trial and error in purchasing pads.”
Monday, April 15, 2013
Summer from Horse Showing Mom asked me to write a blog post on some tips and techniques on how to buy, sell, and market your new/used horse tack items.
I started my consignment business on Facebook back in October when our barn owner was cleaning out her tack room and was going to toss out boxes of used horse tack. I looked at her and said simply I bet I could sell that! Well months later I am her go to girl to sell her tack items and now have a few more people sending their tack to me also. I knew Facebook would be a great place to start because it is a huge market with tons of pages and groups to share my page on. Before I knew it I was getting people buying things and wanting me to sell for them more than I had room for their stuff and I even ran low on boxes to ship with.
Now for the tips to successfully sell items online and Facebook.
I go by the writing less is more ... All you need is the basic info.
1. NEW or USED
2. Size / Measurements
3. Color / Designs
4. Price ( Open to offers or possible trades )
5. State if shipping is included or not in the price ... You don't want to be stating that at time of sale.
6. Condition ... Even a new item might have something wrong with it.
If selling on eBay or Craigslist ( Which I don't use often )
eBay charges a listing fee ... If your item does sell then your out money.
Tips I have found to use eBay are as follows: please pick a price you would buy these items yourself. I do not use the RESERVE option because most often than not people will only bid once and never get past the RESERVE price because they think they never will. I do however put a starting bid near the price I am looking for but not HIGH.. And I use the buy it now tab. Make sure the pictures show everything, don't cut off parts of the item... Make sure the pictures are well lit, and have a good backdrop behind them. I post pictures of all sides but remember eBay will charge you extra for more than 1 picture. ALSO Make sure you describe the item well, and mostly important state in the ad... No shipping out of the US if you're not planning on shipping out of the country, it will not be cheap.. Also if the item is USED make it KNOWN write in the post USED ITEM SOLD AS IS... It might come back to bite you later if you do not.
Craigslist I have found I get more spam email then real people
Craigslist... Make sure you describe the item well, including price, location, how you want to be contacted ( IE; Phone number, email address est. ) I think after 30 days your post gets pulled down so be aware of that also.
One last thing that I feel is the most important !!
Used tack items loose value ... Do not expect to sell something you paid $60 three months ago for $55.. It just won't happen... I pick prices for our page by going to eBay typing in the item then I click the tab completed listings .. This shows you what the items has sold for in the past 30 days ( Maybe longer )
If something cost $60 I usually price it at half that... Or less depending on it's condition...
I hope these tips were helpful, I am not a writer by any means but I think it's a very important for the horse world to know how to sell stuff and maybe make some money at it.
Thank you! Tanya McBurney ~ https://www.facebook.com/
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Check out Michele's website at http://www.southendtailextensions.com. You can also find her on facebook, Southend Tail Extensions.
Southend Tail Extensions specializes in custom made tail extensions. The owner, Michele Hansen, lives near Rockglen, Sk., where she ranches with her husband and three children. She has been involved with horses most of her life and has had the opportunity to show in both English and Western events.
How do you save money when traveling to shows?
Here's how we roll! It sleeps 11. If you need a place to stay "Hotel Donily" is always free!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
She wasn't hurt badly, thank you Lord, but she did get a broken toe out of it and it scared her really bad. Scared mommy too!
I wanted to remind everyone that horses are dangerous. They could be broke beyond broke but one little thing like jumping out of grass can set them off and it can become dangerous very quickly. Always be alert to the things around you. As parents we need to be alert for our children. I should have thought forward to what would happen if he spooked, but I became to content just visiting. Horses are animals and they ar very unpredictable.
Safety first every time you are with your horse!!
One more thing. Never, never ever wear flip flops or no shoes around your horses. He would have crushed her foot if it wasn't for her boot!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I got the best email today. Andis Clippers is sending me a few of their products to review on my page. I'm taking them to the pinto show for everyone to try out. After the show I'll do a give away. Keep checking back to see what clippers I get and what I'll be giving away.
Here's her message:
She has gotten better lately do to some great horse people around her. We rode with some people on here and they really helped by being nice and also ignoring her. LOL. Meaning just riding and talking so she could get comfortable.
She takes roping and other cow work with Byron. For the first couple of months she could not practice if other people were around. Byron was great with her and got her to do it and not care if others were around. She actually learned, thanks to great people at the barn that they loved watching "that little girl who is better than them". LOL. She's 10 and tiny.
Now what I'm posting about. LOL
She's in 4-H this year. I'm afraid she will get to fair and "shut down". She did shows from 5-7 yrs old and did fine.
I told her to pretend it was Byron in the arena that was the judge even if there was more than one. To pretend it is the people from his barn watching and the people who was at our house to ride that is sitting in the arena watching. She really liked that.
What other things would you recommend for a shy child when it comes to doing something big like the fair?
Summer Donily please feel free to blog about this. You can get advice from the people who following your blog. :)"
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
For all those who show and just can't afford a trainer what other training/lesson options do you use? Do you watch videos? Go to clinics? Read books?
What are some of your biggest tips for saving money in this area?
This question came to mind. How often do you show?
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saddles? A friend of mine has a saddle she purchased about 4 months ago. Her horse started acting really sore in her back a few days ago. The barn trainer is pretty sure its the saddle not fitting correctly and now its starting to make her sore.
There's a two part question to this post.
First it was suggested she get a custom saddle made for her horse. When she called our local saddle maker he stated he starts at $3,000.00. UGH! She's a mommy on a budget like me. Is there any other cost effective solution for her? She is a single mom doing an awesome job by providing the opportunity to ride for her two daughters. But $3,000.00 is a bit out of budget. I know you can get your horse measured for a saddle, but it also comes with a pretty big expense. Any suggestions would be great!
Second once you have a horse with a sore back from a saddle what are some tips to help the soreness improve? Are there any home remedies you have used to help with the pain and to make the recovery speedy?
Thank you in advance to all my readers for your suggestions. She will feel very blessed by your responses!
Here's the link and I have copied and posted the article below.
"One of the most important pieces of advice I'd like to give to parents and trainers who just cannot seem to keep themselves in check along the rail of a flat class....
Refrain from yelling change diagonals; change leads; sit a step; look up; smile; blah blah blah.....
The only thing yelling from the rail does, is point out to the judge (that's me), that your student or child is doing something wrong and I, the judge (that's me), should look to see what they are doing wrong.
This is my opinion and other judges may differ on opinion but for me (and many other judges), I will not count off for a wrong diagonal if it is changed within a stride or two. I will not count off for a wrong lead if it is immediately corrected unless I need a tie breaker for placings. I may write the back number down on wrong lead pick-ups in a canter/lope if they change directions and I want to see if they can 'cue' for the correct lead/the horse picks up the correct lead, but at a schooling show for sure, I may note it, but it doesn't mean I'll completely kick you out of the placings if you post on the wrong diagonal for a stride or two picking up the trot. It would have to be a dead heat with another rider in contention for placing for me to worry about a stride or two off the correct diagonal at the trot in an equitation class whether it's a medal or short stirrup division.
So my advice to trainers and/or parents yelling from the rail during a flat class.....
- think twice about whether the rider needs your advice
- remember this is a show (schooling or otherwise) and not a lesson
- will your commands be heard by the rider or the judge?
- maybe this could be a good learning opportunity for the rider (short stirrup and the like division).
- how much does my voice carry?
- will the world end if this rider does not win the blue?
- does the tri-color ribbon mean more than the lesson to be learned by the rider?
- are you more obnoxious than an entry that makes the judge wait 10 minutes for your trainer to be done in the other ring?
- do wheaties get soggy in whole milk or skim milk?
Yep, that last one will really tell you if your yelling, is just hurting your rider more than helping regardless of the type of show.... schooling show and/or rated show and/or breed show and/or any show. Schooling show just means it is a show that is not sanctioned by a higher governing body. It doesn't mean every (or any) class, is a 'lesson'. Yes, it's a learning tool but as the 'rail yeller', please ask yourself
- does the judge need you narrating your riders mistakes?
- are you helping that rider or just pointing out their mistakes to the judge?
For all those parents who have riding experience, how do you watch your children ride without controlling the way they ride? I find if I don't give her direction she complains the entire time that he won't listen to her. So how do I just zip it and let her figure it out. I hate sounding like crazy show mom. I swore I'd never be the mom on the side lines coaching my kids, but I am! Help! I don't want to take the fun out of her riding, but I want her to ride right when she is practicing.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
How do you balance your time between showing horses and family?
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Does anyone know of any shows coming up at the fair grounds???
I'm a very creative person. I feel the most myself when I can creating something. Whether is be painting, general crafting, sewing..ect. I also love spending time with my family. My daughter doesn't have a horse show this weekend so we are laying low. She currently is play Wii with her younger brother and dad. It nice to see her have some fun!
What do you do on your off time?
Friday, April 5, 2013
Kenny is our current trainer whom we travel with to breed shows. He, Sharon and the rest of his training team have made showing a true joy for Maddie. From the moment we started riding under him Maddie has been supported not only in the arena, but also out of the arena. She is fully prepared to enter any class she rides in. Kenny makes sure she has all the tools to be successful with her horse. As a mother its hard to trust others with my children, but he is almost a better parent to her than I am at times. The positive affirmation in which he encourages her with makes even a bad ride good. If you've had a chance to have him as a trainer, judge or friend you can completely understand when I say he is one of a kind and you just don't find them as good as he is.
Here's your opportunity to tell all my readers about your trainer and the difference they are making in your life!
How do you balance between practicing and just enjoying a ride??
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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I asked the own to send me a little something about her business. All her information is below.
My business originated because I had three daughters showing western, hunt seat, saddle seat, gymkhana, etc. etc. Along with that, my son was riding 4-H rodeo events. I made almost all of their clothing. As time went on, people noticed the outfits and I began sewing custom clothing. My business has expanded to include not only custom clothing, but all of the supplies needed for the home seamstress to Sew Their Own Show Clothes.
I offer sewing patterns, rhinestones, fabric, lambskin, ultra suede, shirt and chap zippers, glue and hot affix applicators and other sewing supplies. I teach sewing lessons - private and group with special discounts for 4-H groups. I have written four books about sewing equestrian wear (#5 in the works) and produced two instructional sewing DVDs - one for making chaps and one for sewing a rail shirt.
You can find me online at www.showclothesunlimited.com, at multiple trade shows (Equine Affaire - ohio, Midwest Horse Fair - WI and Pinto World in OK). People are welcome to call me directly with their sewing questions and supply needs. If I don't carry something, I am more than willing to search for it. 8110-346-2305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if you need any more information
Please, please take a look at her page. Really study the pictures and lets see if we can bring this baby home!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
She is running a very fun contest I'd love to see everyone get involved in. Who couldn't use something free. Besides you get to brag about your children and their horses!!
Check out her site at http://www.facebook.com/TanyasConsignmentShop
See details below for her current contest!
1. Photo per person
2. Photo's must belong you to you! ( No borrowing friends or googling )
3. Photo's must include the following things to qualify; Kids & Their Pony ( Horses )
Can not have a adult pictured... Just the child and the horse.
4. Photo contest entries must be emailed in by Saturday April 6th by 4PM
Voting will start April 7th at 6AM ( Pacific Standard Time )
5. To enter email your photo in at Tanyamcb09@gmail.com with info about your horse and child... Name, Age, Breed.
6. Voting will run till Wednesday April 10th @ 6PM
Winner will get
1st Place Free Shipping on any ONE item under $20.00
2nd Place will get a Jewelry Set ( made by me ) Of your color choice.. Will send a picture of my colors.
3nd Place will get a bag of horse treats with their order.
If you would like to have you business featured on my blog please send me your business information including your website or facebook page. If you're having anything special you'd like me to promote send me that information as well.
Can't wait to start supporting my fellow horse business's and friends!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I have my own ideas on this question but I'm wanting to know what you think.
Monday, April 1, 2013
I am grateful for every ones input whether it's good or bad. I think the best people to have in your life are those who are honest with you and will tell you when you need to rethink what you're doing.