Non Horse Accident

Equine Mine Archive on January 14, 2010, 7:02 pm


I got into a bad accident yesterday and the only way it is connected to horses is that I was driving FROM the barn. I was sitting at a flagger stop by a construction zone and all of a sudden WHAM! A car plows into me from behind. Felt like a got hit in the head with a bat. My face hit the steering wheel and I have a 2 inch cut across my lid and a giant mass on the back of my head. I got to ride in an ambulance...I think my poor little Geo Tracker is totaled. She was such a good little car...sad
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Celebs to the rescue

Equine Mine Archive on January 11, 2010, 4:38 am


Sheryl Crow is working to halt the roundup of 2,500 mustangs in Nevada which began last month. "My main concern is that horse numbers not be dwindled down to where they can become extinct," she said, fearing the roundups are leaving mustang herds with too few breeding horses.In an interview with The Associated Press, Crow said the romantic symbols of the American West are being sacrificed, in part, because of ranchers' drive for land. She disputed the government's position that booming mustang numbers
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Get him a pony!

Equine Mine Archive on January 8, 2010, 6:14 pm


This is my nephew, Weston. My brother and his wife say they don't want any ponies, but I think Weston has other ideas. Since they won't cave, he has taken to riding Vader, the black lab. Not sure if Vader is enjoying his time under saddle, but it is clear Weston wants to be a cowboy.
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"Banging" a Tail

Equine Mine Archive on January 7, 2010, 6:24 pm


Maddy has been blessed with a thick, healthy tail. It grows so fast, sometimes I trim it up and it seems a few weeks later it is brushing the floor again. I do put a conditioner on about once a week and I use Laser Sheen every time I brush it out. She also gets a cup of flax a day which may contribute as well. Some would look at that long tail and scream "Don't cut it!" I trim it because of a horror story I heard once. A friend of a friend had a Lipizzaner with a tail that dragged on the floor.
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2010 off to a good start

Equine Mine Archive on January 4, 2010, 3:34 am


A group from the barn hit the trails today. The three of us headed out in search of new trails for the new year. This winter has been so dry and even with the snow last week, there have been lots of perfect days to ride. Last weekend, I went out with the barn owner, Tammy. It seems that everyone is working on their water crossing skills and for good reason. We crossed quite a few extra large puddles and streams. We only had one little incident, Mike rammed a tree with his knee rounding a corner.
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Happy New Year

Equine Mine Archive on December 31, 2009, 11:13 pm


Happy New Year Everyone. Looking forward to an exciting 2010.
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Avatar the Movie

Equine Mine Archive on December 27, 2009, 11:43 pm


I saw the movie "Avatar" this weekend in 3-D. It is a visual epic with those funny glasses on. Things seemed to float right in front of your face and you almost get woozy from the rides on the backs of Banshee dragons. The premise...a paralyzed former Marine is sent into the forest in the body of an avatar to make friends with the Na'vi tribe. The information collected will help the government learn more about them so better able to fight, destroy, and steal their land. Think futuristic "Dances
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Christmas Horse Cookies

Equine Mine Archive on December 24, 2009, 7:47 am


Great idea for all you out there that want to get in a little holiday baking and make something yummy for your horse. I found this recipe a couple years ago and it sat and sat and sat and this year I slipped on my apron and fired up the oven. It is a pretty easy recipe for Apple Carrot Horse Cookies.Here is the recipe:1 cup of grated carrots1 cup of grated apples2 Tbsp. corn oil1/4 cup molasses1 tsp. salt1 cup rolled oats1 cup flourCombine the ingredients and blend well. Drop the dough by spoonfuls
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Kerrits Sale

Equine Mine Archive on December 5, 2009, 11:22 pm


This unassuming little red building out in the Gorge holds some of the most coveted apparel for the equestrian, Kerrits brand clothing. To our delight, once a year they have a WAREHOUSE SALE!!!I went with two friends, Tammy and Nicole. We made the trek out to Hood River, visions of breeches, jackets, and fleeces dancing in our heads. The strategy...get there early and you are more likely to find samples and irregulars and cheap, cheap, cheap prices. We got there so early, we had to kill some time
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Legendary Art

Equine Mine Archive on November 29, 2009, 4:06 am


There was an open artist studio in Portland today that I went to check out. Near the back I spotted them....a whole herd of beautiful sculpted stoneware horses. The artist is Jan Rentenaar. You can see more examples of her work here. She says, "What you see here is myth made reality by the hand of a sculptor." My IPhone pics don't do them justice. These horses are stunning and as you stand back and look, you see characteristics in each one that resemble the horses we know. I ended up getting a beautiful
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Thanksgiving

Equine Mine Archive on November 26, 2009, 8:05 am


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy your friends, family, and food.
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Shrinking Equus

Equine Mine Archive on November 19, 2009, 8:03 pm


I just got my December issue of Equus Magazine. I have been getting it for years because I enjoy the fresh information. I think even on the web, you can google horse related topics and it is very limited. Especially if you want to learn about equine science. Equus is always forward thinking in their publishing of studies and research on horse health and advancements in care. Sometimes the content available online seems as arcane as some of the training methods that are out there. Just in this issue,
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Lucky Friday the 13th

Equine Mine Archive on November 13, 2009, 6:48 pm


I promised a story from "The Mane Event" about survival, well here it is. This is a story about luck on this Friday the 13th. On December 4, 2008, the SPCA in Frasier Valley received a call about a pack of abandoned dogs. Upon arriving on the scene of the abandoned property, they heard a noise coming from a dilapidated shed. They entered and saw a shape huddled in the corner. It was an abandoned horse, surviving in this barn for possibly 5 months. He ate wood and his own feces and licked the condensation
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Love this

Equine Mine Archive on November 10, 2009, 4:56 am


Isn't this a beautiful painting? I love it. I saw it on a first Thursday Artwalk in Portland, Oregon a couple weeks ago. For a mere $600, it could be mine. (Gasp!) It is big, like 5x5. I have always been drawn to circus books, pictures, and paintings. Maybe in another life, I ran off and joined one. I don't enjoy going to them. I find myself feeling sorry for the animals, but the images and the lifestyle have always been intriguing. Maybe I just love those beautiful white horses. Oh, I love this
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Weston

Equine Mine Archive on November 6, 2009, 6:54 am


I realize he is not wearing a helmet and lots of people will be upset by that...but I had to post this pic anyway. My brother just sent me this photo. It is my little nephew Weston sitting on "Jessie". I love seeing him up on a horse. My brother and I grew up on the backs of ponies, so I hope Weston has the same kind of childhood. My sister-in-law doesn't like horses, so I think his only opportunity for riding will be when he comes to visit his aunt Julie or visits grandpa.
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Maddy in the Mud

Equine Mine Archive on November 5, 2009, 7:42 am


"I head out to Maddy's run and think to myself, "she is not too muddy today."She turns to head my way, looking good, showing off her new trace clip. I love that Maddy is always curious. If I go out to her pasture, she can't resist coming over to check out what I am doing.As she gets closer...I start to see her left side. Yep, I knew it was too good to be true. She is muddy, caked, my little pig trapped in a horse's body. The great thing about my new barn is that the mud is very minimal, even when
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Trainer's Challenge

Equine Mine Archive on November 3, 2009, 8:02 am


The Trainer's Challenge is something we have all come to enjoy at most expos. If you haven't seen one, the premise is simple. Selected trainers take unbroke horses and see what they can produce after 3 days of training. The challenge usually has a judging criteria, 10% horse, 60% trainer's ability to train the horse, and 30% the trainer's ability to translate to the public. The three contestants at The Mane Event this year were, Ken McNabb of RFD fame, Martin Black out of Idaho, and Bruce Logan
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The Mane Event

Equine Mine Archive on October 26, 2009, 10:46 pm


This weekend was "The Mane Event" up in Chilliwack, British Columbia. It is a three day horse expo offering plenty of vendors, training seminars, and a trainer's challenge. The cool thing about going to a Canadian horse expo is that you see many exciting and different products, mostly European. I fell in love with a few items and managed to scrape up enough cash to come home with a few of them. Move over Oprah...here is a list of Photogchic's Favorite Things.Oh my gosh! These boots, Tuffa Suffolks...I
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Jockey Dies after Fall

Equine Mine Archive on October 19, 2009, 6:26 pm


I find this article interesting, the horse involved was aptly named "You Reap what you Sow." In no way do I think this jockey deserved his fate, in fact I am saddened by his death. He probably went to work every day; starving, injured, uninsured, and under payed. The name is ironic and directed at the failure of racing commissions across the country to better regulate the industry. In most cases, jockeys ride without health insurance. If they are injured, they continue to ride because they need
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Equine Bandana

Equine Mine Archive on October 12, 2009, 7:43 am


I asked a good friend who hunts a lot, "How much orange do I need for hunters to see me?" He said "Truthfully.....I would paint your whole horse." So I started thinking about safety ideas and then I started googling. There is a company in Maine called Protectavest that makes all sorts of orange horse safety gear. I went to Ebay and they had one of their bandanas up for bid...I got it for $9.95. I emailed them and asked if they would throw in an orange helmet cover at good price and they did so.
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