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Embrace Winter – A Survival Kit

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For all the rest of us horsey folk who are not currently in Arizona, while yet, another cold blast of winter comes in – fear not! I have come up with a Winter Survival Kit for surviving a Canadian winter. In Canada.

It was necessary. The lack of Vitamin D was making me a little cranky.

I decided that perhaps I should stop shooting at the snowman in our front yard and embrace winter instead. Find a few items and activities to help ease the cold winter blues. After all, the season doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. I may as well get used to it.

Since I’m furthermore trying to leg up my mare to attend the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in February at this time, (Yes, I’ve decided I want to go. Depending on my mare and whether or not she is sound and physically able – another blog for another time,) there were a few necessities required to combat winter in the barn too.

So without further ado, here are my top 16 items to beat winter:

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1. Mesh Rug from Back on Track – During the winter months, the Mesh Rug is the perfect blanket to be used as an extra rug underneath, as a transportation rug, or as a cooler. The Mesh Rug has a lining of polypropylene fabric infused with melted ceramic powder, offering your horse a variety of therapeutic benefits – all while your use it to dry your horse off after a winter ride! On the exterior, the rug has a thin mesh layer for maximum breathing qualities.

www.backontrack.com

 

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2. Yeehaw Liptints from Cowgirl Dirt – Any Canadian female knows how important it is to always have lip balm in your back-pocket in winter. But it’s even better if that lip balm has some sass. Introducing Cowgirl Dirt! These  lightly citrus flavored lip tints are formulated to soothe and deeply hydrate your lips while adding the perfect color to finish off the cowgirl picture. Available in Hollywood Dun It, Flicka, Champion, Seabiscuit, plus many more!

www.cowgirldirt.com

 

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3. Heated Hose from Pirit – If you have an unheated barn (like we do in our second facility), you’ll appreciate the benefits of a heated, heavy-duty hose. Pirit Heated Hoses are used to provide a constant source of water in freezing temperatures. Now available in approximately 12′, 25′, 50′ and 100′ lengths.

www.pirithose.com

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4. HV Polo Mercedes Sweater – Available from Greenhawk, this sweater features a fitted silhouette with an oversized collar and front pockets for additional storage.  The full zip and fitted sleeve cuffs and bottom keep me warm in our unheated arena and stylish when I actually hit the town. For groceries. ‘Cause I’m a Mama. And that’s my big outing for the week. :)
www.greenhawk.com

Furminator

5. Furminator – With a 5″ deshedding edge, the Furminator can help reduce your horse’s winter shedding by up to 90%. Stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your horse’s topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair.
Actually, it’s unbelievable how much hair comes out! Horses love it. There’s no pulling or tugging. Smooth and simple. Great for use now if you’re trying maintain your horse’s show coat in this nippy weather, or an absolute necessity come Spring.

www.furminator.com

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6. Happy Toys, from The Happy Toymaker – If you have a farm kid, or two, the Happy Toymaker is guaranteed to craft you something with heirloom quality. Jerry Sims, better known as “The Happy Toy Maker” has been happily creating toys for kids that may single-handedly express the western way of life better than any other plaything around. Sims’ handmade trucks, trailers, rodeo arenas, feedlots, chutes, corrals and barn set-ups are as unique as they are comparable to the real thing. We recently had him make semi-trucks for our twins that represented their personalities. With brands, bucking horses, tractors and their individual names branded into the sides of these life-like toys, our kids finally have something no one else does!!
www.thehappytoymaker.com

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7. WET 998K, Muck Boots Canada – You need serious boots if you live in Canada. With stretch-fit topline binding, these boots from Muck Boots snug the calf to keep warmth in and cold out. 100% waterproof, lightweight and flexible this boot has a molded outsole that is rugged, aggressive and durable. With a comfort range of -28ºC and up, we have several pairs of these clogging up our front door…

www.muckbootscanada.com

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8. Sno-Man Kit – If I were to pick one single item from this Winter Survival list, it would be this! With a kit complete with buttons, a hat and a carrot-nose, your kids will have everything they need to build a snowman. Then, take the blue, red and green Snow Markers to draw non-toxic images or play Tic-Tac-Toe in the snow. Great Canadian outdoor fun!

www.walmart.ca

Bio-Gel

9. BioGel – Biogel is a soothing, grease-less therapeutic gel made from a unique blend of natural organic ingredients that has been veterinary tested and approved. Veterinarian studies confirm that wounds showed excellent healing speed and Biogel can promote the formation of healthy wound beds that persist without bandaging. In our circumstances, Biogel is a must for any horses with old wounds that have to face hard snow crusts in the pasture.

www.performanceequineusa.com/biogel.aspx

 

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 10. Canadian Maple Whisky – Take the best Canadian rye whisky and add Canada’s finest maple syrup. Add a little coke, ice, and on a cold winter’s night you’ll be in paradise. No kidding.

www.highwood-distillers.com

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11. Waterless Shampoo – Get rid of unwanted green-spots in between baths with this rinse-free shampoo. Cleans and shines with even the toughest of spots and no sticky residue! Add in the nourishing extracts of alfalfa, rosemary and chamomile and Trot the Spot Rinse Free Shampoo is the perfect product to help your horse look and feel its best.

www.greenhawk.com

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12. Ultimate Hoofpick – Are you tired of wimpy hoofpicks? The Ultimate Hoofpick was designed by a horse trainer who was fed up with picks that couldn’t hold their own when it came to yet, another hoof filled with concrete-like mud. Or in our case, snow and ice. An ergonomically correct, unbreakable handle with a rubber, easy grip and a wider pick angle makes this hoofpick a solid and effective tool. The Jackhammer of hoof care comes in two sizes and easily tackles packed-in mud and snow.
www.ultimatehoofpick.com

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13. Touch and Feel Ponies, Book – If your a Mom who understands the importance of books in your children’s young lives, you will love this little sturdy hard cover book! From furry manes to silky ribbons, this little book lets your kids explore all sorts of textures in a sturdy book that encourages preschool learning. Perfect when it’s too cold to outside!

www.dk.com

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14. Todd Bergen, “Framework of Performance” DVDs – When the mercury drops below -20 degrees Celsius, it’s just too darn cold to ride. So why not do some armchair riding instead? Todd Bergen recently released his new, “Framework for Performance” series and in this 2-DVD set, he explains his philosophies on body control, turnarounds, run-downs and stops, lead changes and cow work. Bergen gives viewers over 4.5 hours of cutting edge instruction – guaranteed to relay his real world approach to horse training.

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15. Glysomed – There’s no way around dry, chapped hands in the dead of winter when you spend much of your time in a barn. Glysomed Hand Cream locks in moisture to relieve and help prevent dry skin. Plus, its triple-action formula of Glycerine, Silicone, and Chamomile provides indispensable care for rough and dry hands. You can take away the sun, you can take away the warm temperatures, but don’t touch my Glysomed! :)

www.glysomed.com

Constructive-Eating

16. Constructive Eating Utensils – Feeding kids creatively. These products have won numerous awards and since they are perfect at keeping children engaged during meals, it’s no wonder! With tractors, bulldozers and pink fairy garden tools fashioned into forks, spoons and “pushers,” these utensils help even the pickiest of eaters to have more productive meals. And since we recently struggled through the flu season, I found these nifty little tools very beneficial in encouraging my kids to consume chicken noodle soup when their appetites dwindled.

www.constructiveeating.com

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15 Horse People of the Year. In honor of our 15th anniversary, we profile 15 Canadian horse people who make the horse world a better place.

Common Sense or Cowboy Cool?
More western riders are opting to trade in their stetsons for helmets, still, perceptions are slow to change. In this issue, we profile four western riders who in the minority – they wear helmets.

Ready to Trim?
New science and theories show why the trim is the most important component of a healthy hoof.

Oh, the Adventures You’ll Have
Think a job in the horse industry is low paying or only available to those who want to be vets, farriers or trainers? Think again, and check in on the great jobs in the horse industry we profile for you this issue.

Diagnosing Lameness
Four common scenarios and best methods of treatment.

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Read our compilation of tips by top riders.

Slow it Down – Lengthen it Out
Dean and Pat Ross show you how to get your horse ready for English events.

Cedar Crest Farm
Gilbert and Rhonda Thompson and the owners of BL Whiz Kid.

Spooking: Frustration or Opportunity
Jonathan Field plants the seeds of trust and communication.

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Barn Sour or Barn Sweet
In this two-part installment, we show you how to make your horse comfortable in his own company.

The Stock Market
Back by popular demand, experts analyze the worth of equine investments.

Kicking ‘Em Out Back
Everything you need to know before kicking your equine companions into the back pasture for the most challenging Canadian season.

Young Guns
Preserving the future of rodeo by giving kids a helpful start into this high-profile sport.

Trainer Directory
Choose your mentor from this roster of some of Canada’s most talented horse trainers.

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Defining Equitation
Develop your seat with Jonathan Field’s advice for becoming an active rider.

Blanket Buyers Guide
Custom made or off the rack, we give you a clue about the latest fabrics, fills and fashions – everything you need to know to protect your horse from the elements.

Step Up, or Step Off
In this exclusive book excerpt, 15-time reining world champion Craig Johnson, helps you refine your rundown and utilize fencing drills to the fullest.

Top Notch Quarter Horses
Our October breeder profile features a Stony Plain family with a great deal of heart and love for the western performance horses.

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Through the Crystal Ball
A look at pre-purchase evaluations. The associated truths and misconceptions you need to know before you buy your next prospect.

Raising a Healthy Hoof
The role genetics, movement, shoeing, diet and early care play in the development of your horse’s feet.

Horse Health Products
Some new, some tried and true. 10 health products that might be beneficial in your equine medical box.

Equine Ulcer Report
New research about Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome reveals useful – and surprising – results.

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A Complete Guide to Selecting and Caring for Your Horse

This video gives solid advice for selecting the right horse, care and feeding,
effective communication and safe handling, grooming,
exercise and hauling. With Dana Hokana.
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Price: $28.95

A Healthy Horse, the Natural Way

A horse owner’s guide to using herbs, massage, aromatherapy, homeopathy and other natural therapies. Discusses how and when to use a combination of these therapies and when to use them in conjunction with veterinary treatment.

Price: $45.95

All Horse Systems Go

SC Book – If only one comprehensive horse care were to be chosen for a library, it should be this extensive and well-illustrated reference. Written by a horse vet specialist, it packs in not only the anticipated horse care and health solutions chapters, but includes tips on fitness, conditioning, and much more. Small color photos throughout add interest but the meat is in the chapters of medical insights backed by a practicing vet’s long-time experience: chapters which can save a horse’s life whether consulted quickly in an emergency or used as preventative points.

Price: $51.95

Anatomy in Motion – The Visible Horse

This DVD contains slow-motion studies of the English and Western gaits. It is clear and understandable for 4-H or Pony Club groups, but comprehensive enough to be of interest to other equine professionals.

Price: $45.95

Anatomy in Motion – The Visible Rider

Peggy Brown wears a custom-painted “skeleton suit” to show how a rider’s body works when riding. She demonstrates in all gais in English and  Western. Guaranteed to help identify good and bad posture

Price: $45.95

Barn Guide To Horse Health Care & First Aid

A guide to basic equine health procedures that will prove invaluable in your barn. Turn to the job you need, hang the book on a nail, and go to work. Large illustrations and straightforward instructions.
HC fold-out book • 124 pages
 
Price: $28.95

Concise Guide to Laminitis in the Horse

SC book –  A guide that shines light on this unpredictable and traditionally misunderstood disease with accessible information and current thoughts on prevention, treatment and recovery.

Price: $17.95

Concise Guide to Medications, Herbs and Supplements

The most common drugs, hormones, supplements, and herbs for horses are discussed and evaluated in this long-trusted guide. New products have been added to the already extensive guide for better understanding.
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Price: $17.95

Concise Guide to Navicular in the Horse

SC book – $19.95  – The facts imparted in this guide will help owners formulate a rational approach to the prevention and treatment of laminitis. It is meant to be read and discussed with one’s veterinarian and farrier. Use it as a first line against this dreaded disease.

Price: $19.95

Concise Guide to Respiratory Disease

Chapters include the anatomy of a horse’s respiratory system, techniques your vet uses for diagnosing problems, how those problems are treated, and common issues in the upper and lower airways. There are also chapters specific to four of the most common respiratory issues: shipping fever, strangles, heaves and EIPH (exerciseinduced bleeding).

Price: $17.95

Controlling Your Horse’s Speed

DVD 1 hr 45 min. Total control is the single most important aspect of training. Gain control of your horse at the walk, trot or canter. This training applies to any style of riding and to any level rider from novice to advanced. Control the elevation of your horse’s head to help him calm down, while developing shoulder control, side passing, bridle control and a better stop

Price: $45.95

Dr. Kellon’s First Aid Guide Book

SC book – 254 pages – In addition to step-by-step instructions on what to do in case of an emergency, Dr. Kellon provides a rating system to help determine the urgency of the situation. Directions are clear in the color-coded pages equipped with index and appendices

Price: $38.95

Dr. Kellon’s First Aid Guide DVD

DVD – Learn to care for wounds and other major injuries as well as how to diagnose and treat acute conditions in all major organ systems with step-by-step demonstrations.

Price: $64.95

Equine Massage Book

SC book – 256 pages – Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, RMT, introduces the techniques you will use during a message, its integral role in sport therapy, and then presents a series of routines designed to target specific trouble spots and various disciplines.

Price: $34.95

Equine Massage DVD

DVD 90 minutes – This video offers demonstrations for every chapter of the book. The sections on individual techniques and complete routines are especially valuable.

Price: $59.95

First Aid for Horse and Rider

This book provides advice from both a DVM and an MD about handling all the common injuries and conditions that can arise when people and horses come together.

Price: $14.95

Fitness in Motion

Specific exercises name targeted muscles, are illustrated with clear photographs and explained in words. A chart summarizes the purpose, frequency and duration for each activity.
Spiral bound book
 
Price: $34.95

Give a Horse a Second Chance:Adopting and Caring for Rescue Horses

HC book. 186 pages. How is a rescue horse different? What do people need to know to be a good partner for a previously abused or neglected equine? A complete guide to giving healthy and productive lives to deserving horses.

Price: $26.95

Healing Horses Their Way

SC book  Every horse needs their owner to read this book. Equine nutritionist Marijke van de Water has done an extraordinary job of helping thousands of horses. Includes natural health programs o successfully treat a variety of equine health conditions including digestive disorders, colic, cribbing, parasites, immune conditions, respiratory disorders, laminitis, metabolic syndrome and detoxification. Know how, what and when to feed grass, hay, and grain. Complete with successful case studies.

Price: $45.95

Help Me Help My Horse

Book. Develop a partnership and working relationship with your horse. Help your partner to understand the cues, when to teach a new lesson getting consistent performance and understanding learning cycles.

Price: $30.95

Horse Anatomy – A Coloring Atlas

SC Book. This anatomy atlas is split into sections covering every aspect of the equine anatomy by system. Drawings outline each system, organ features, common ailments, diseases, and functions.

Price: $43.95

Horse Conformation

The most comprehensive guide to the horse’s body – inside and out – ever published. From the Equine Research Center. The comprehensive text focuses on ideal and abnormal conformation features, balance and symmetry, relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability, colors and markings, anatomical elements, teeth and aging, digestive, neurological, respiratory and circulatory systems, and the relationship between structure and function. Highly recommended.

Price: $28.95

Horse Health Care

This pictorial how-to book illustrates basic health care, from the daily check to vital signs, wound care and vaccination.
SC book • 160 pages
 
Price: $22.95

Horse Hoof Care

Cherry Hill teams up with Richard Kilmesh to address the topics of hoof care and horseshoeing. This book covers what every horse owner needs to know about this critical key to a horse’s overall health and well-being.
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Price: $22.95

Horse Housekeeping

Authoritative, inspirational, highly accessible, full of common sense and downto- earth advice, all of it based on twentyfive years of experience, the Korda’s book is a basic resource for anybody who wants to keep horses in a safe, content, healthy, and cost-effective way at home, from detailed lists of things you need to have on hand to the basic (and not so basic) dos and don’ts of horse care.

Price: $24.95

Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Complete with comparative charts, useful sidebars, and practical insights, it guides you in making decisions about optimal nutrition and preventive care for your horse.
HC book • 304 pages
 
Price: $34.95

Horse Lover’s Encyclopedia

A-Z entries offer insight into all aspects of English and Western horsemanship. Everything from equine health issues to horse breeds is covered in this amazing book.
SC book
 
Price: $29.95

Horse Owner’s Veterinary Handbook

HC book – 538 pages – This easy-to-navigate reference tool includes almost every conceivable veterinarian concern – from snakebites to reproduction and parasites. The graphic photographs are helpful in identifying a problem.

Price: $49.95

How to Use Leg Wraps, Bandages & Boots

SC Book, 112 pages. Leg coverings are not the easiest things to use, and can be the sign of what separates a professional from a novice. This book explains wrapping the correct way, as well as different types of boots and caring for leg ailments.

Price: $20.95

How Your Horse Moves

A unique view of how a horse uses its body is presented in a graphic and easy-to-follow way. It will help you improve your riding and your training. Discover the true effect of riding and training on each part of the horses body.
 
Price: $34.95

Lameness

SC book –  This highly acclaimed book analyzes the causes, diagnoses, and management of the myriad causes of lameness. Defining and identifying the lame leg; spotting gait abnormalities and non-muscular causes; physical examinations and evaluations; diagnostic tools and other tests; the role of the veterinarian and farrier in prepurchase examinations.

Price: $32.95

Massage Techniques

HC Book – Superb photographs and detailed line drawings, in addition to an in-depth discussion of the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems of the horse as they relate to massage make this a vital reference source for all who are interested in massage.

Price: $28.95

Miniature Horses A Vet Guide

SC Book. Providing all the information needed to safely and correctly treat Miniatures, this guide gives special attention to Miniature-specific problems and concerns.

Price: $32.95

Riding For Life

A horsewoman’s guide to lifetime health and fitness. Syndicated columnist and physician Rallie McAllister offers women riders the tools they need to get maximum enjoyment through healthy lifestyle choices.
SC book • 224 pages
 
Price: $26.95

The Book of Miniature Horses

HC Book. 160 pages. The complete guide to caring for and showing this diminutive breed.

Price: $29.95

The Horses Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book

Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises on why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider, western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse, ensuring the saddle fits the rider, proper use of saddle pads and accommodating conformational challenges.

Price: $37.95

Western Saddle Fitting for Comfort

 

Ensuring your horse’s comfortable and free to move is a focus of master saddle maker, Todd Bailey, as he demonstrates how to measure your own horse.
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Price: $34.95

Western Saddles How to Fit Pain-Free

DVD 45 min. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises on why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider, western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse, ensuring the saddle fits the rider, proper use of saddle pads and accommodating conformational challenges.

Price: $34.95

Whole Horse Wellness Guide

The first and only book of its kind to combine traditional veterinary care with holistic treatments for an integrated medical approach to the care of horses.
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Price: $45.95

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Blessed are the Broodmares

A classic source book on breeding and foaling including the latest information on drugs, medications, immunizations and an all-new chapter on difficult births.

Price: $34.95

Blessed are the Foals

HC 44.95 – Beginning with delivery, emergencies such as failure to breathe, to rise and to nurse are addresses along with developmental conditions. A classic equine bible on the foal’s first year.

Price: $34.95

Breeder’s Guide to Mare, Foal & Stallion Care

SC 304 pages – An excellent guide to help breeders sift through the myriad of details about breeding and focus on what’s most important to the health and well-being of their animals.

Price: $22.95

Bringing Up Baby

John Lyons offers his proven program for starting young horses on their way to becoming reliable partners. In 20 progressive training sessions, laid out in clear photos and concise step-by-step instructions, Lyons demonstrates how to start a weanling horse. Each lesson builds on the previous one using stress-free, conditioned-response techniques so that the young horse is never over-faced. A bestseller!

Price: $28.95

Early Learning Imprint Training with Dr. Miller

VHS – These techniques take just minutes during the imprinting and critical learning times which occur in foals as soon as they are born crucial training at the right time that can last a horse’s lifetime.

Price: $45.95

Foal Handling The Lyons Way

DVD – Sacking Out vs. Desensitizing – Making the round pen a safe and stress-free environment for your foal.  Preparing your foal to accept the halter and bridle and Teaching your foal to yield to pressure from the halter and bridle.  Step by step guide to prepare your foal for the farrier. Safe trailer loading and transporting of your foal.

Price: $45.95

Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America

SC book Most horse breed books are written for European readers but this book was written specifically about North American horses for North American readers. This comprehensive guide features in-depth profiles and photographs of the breeds that call North America home.

Price: $34.95

The Book of Mules

Book A book about mules and other equine hybrids such as hinneys and zebra crosses. This wonderful book also contains information of how to choose, breed, and use mules.

Price: $26.95

The Book of the Draft Horse

HC book This book is all about the wonderful heavy horse breeds including Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians.

Price: $26.95

The Color of Horses

SC Book. 128 pages. This longtime classic doesn’t just categorize horse colors, it explains why they exist, with a perfect blend of art and science.

Price: $26.00

The Stallion

SC Book 228 pages – A complete breeding guide for stallion owner’s. The definitive source by renowned author James McCall.

Price: $28.95

Ultimate Guide to Horse Breeds

SC book Once formulated as a landscape Encyclopedia, this wonderful book is now in a portable, gift-giving, paperback format. With its beautiful, full-colour illustrations, it is the perfect addition to any horse lovers library.

Price: $14.95

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