Many people are in an uproar about the Congress' new ruling on the use of horse meat in America. The blogosphere has been full of complaints and I've seen comments on blaming President Obama as a "horse killer". How could our leaders think it is a good idea to slaughter Black Beauty? How could anyone take a bite out of Secretariat? Before everyone starts protesting the Seabisquit Sub-of-the-Month, there are some things we should all understand on this new source of legislature. While I, personally, do not find the idea of eating horse appealing, is there more to this story? I did some digging around and found out some information on this new rule. Take a look at this explanation at the Equine Extermination Law and see what you think before you decide to start Occupying Horse Farms. Read more...
Submitted by: Kathy C.
It was love at first sight nine years ago when I first saw a team of Haflingers while at a Christmas tree farm searching for that perfect tree. The flaxen mane and tail, the quiet disposition, the work ethic caught my eye. Shortly thereafter I was in the market for a Haflinger that was trained to drive and to ride, and the rest is history. I've owned a Halinger gelding for 8 years now, and each year has been a treat as he continually surpises me with his intelligence, his curiosity and his kindness. Read more...
I have a large basket full of horse product catalogues sitting in my living room. Periodically I pick one up (there are about forty pounds of these), and quickly put it down because of too many choices; it's too overwhelming. But here are products that I know work having had personal experience with them. I've found out over the years that quality lasts, and that there really are products out there that do what they advertise they will do.
1. Natural Look CatchMask
For years I've bought 2 sets of fly masks because in their idle time my horses like to pick at the masks which appear foreign to them. With the colors matching their coat colors, we don't have that problem. As an added bonus, there is an opening that allows me to hook up my lead line. Clever!
2. The THY Enterprise sports bra
The unique fabric of this garment makes it very comfortable and extraordinarily smooth. It\'s continuous flament adds to the confort as does its moisture wicking properties. For those of us who trail ride for several hours, every bit of comfort counts. These products are used by the military and we all know the extreme conditions our troops endure.
3. Best Shot Vitalizing Mist Detangler
I do believe that fairies come during the night to twirl little knots in the manes of my horses. The Vitalizing mist is the most effective detangler I've found and the most economical. I keep it in my truck so as we enter the trail the horses are well groomed with shiny coat and hair.
4. Best Shot One Shot Waterless Shampoo
I use this waterless formula on my horses and my dog so it does double duty. My dog is always finding decaying matter in the yard that beckons him to roll; this is a great solution. Again, I keep this product in my truck for cleaning sweaty horses after ridi! ng. It\ 's all natural and the botanical aromas are wonderful.
5. Best Shot Lemon-Aid Oatmeal Shampoo
My Haflinger's tail is so full that he soils it frequently. I've tried several products and this is the only shampoo that will stand alone in removing manure from his tail. It's nothing short of a miracle. Wished that I had this product 6 years ago. His mane and tail have never been blonder.
I will continue my search for products that make horse sense. And I will only include those products that I use personally and that I have tested to be sure that they deliver what they advertise. I too have a dusty collection of products in my barn that did not work out and like you I didn't have the time or the energy to return. So Happy Trails and will keep youi posted.
Posted by Kathy Cockfield