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Sundays are good shopping days, don’t you think?!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips

Hubby and I are back from our lovely Brokeneck Mountain excursion.  In case you missed it, Hubby fell off his mountain bike badly and hit his helmeted head on the boulders of Moab, Utah.

He was very lucky.  Surgery fixed the worst parts and the others will heal.

We got home yesterday.

Both of us are really, really wiped.

But, this morning I looked out the window and there were 11 horsey faces begging me to come out and play.

So, I did, sort-of.


Being fried, I knew it wasn’t the best idea to do anything new or exotic, so I just spit-shined everyone and made sure they didn’t have any gaping wounds.

Here is the gate that I tied back up. I'm on Rojo's side. The arrow is over Norma's head who is eating with her buddies...

Remi demanded a bit more attention and she go it – even though I kinda think she helped Norma break-out of the pasture she was sharing with the new horse, Rojo.  Yup… when we arrived home, Norma was still in with Rojo, keeping him company.  I told her what a good sport she had been to help him through his first week and she did make it quite clear that she wanted back in with her homies across the fenceline.

I didn’t oblige.

A few hours later, Norma was back in her homie pasture with Remi and the Shetlands.

The gate was hanging by its latch.  The hinges were cleanly slipped.  Rojo was looking bewildered.

I’m not sure, but I think the donkey persuaded the older Mustang (and most powerful mare on the ranch) to spring her.  Remi’s face had a few dings on it and she is really the only one tall enough, strong enough and smart enough to so masterfully disengage the gate from its setting.


So, when I was out grooming today, Remi beckoned to me…

Remi:  Hey, my turn.

Me:  I’ll get there

Remi:  Uhhh.  See that gate?

Me:  Yup

Remi:  I could do that any day of the week… I’ve only not done it because I love you and I know you love me because of those awesome rubdowns you give me.

Me:  And…

Remi:  So, groom me and I will remember that you love me…

Me:  OK.  Sounds like a fair blackmail to me

I caved and gave her a huge massagy rubdown.  She loved it.

I’m guessing the gate will remain up for a while…


I wanted to reacquaint myself with Poco Rojo (Little Red), the Mustang I adopted and brought home a few days before Hubby’s accident.  This morning, Red was a bit leery of me and was turning away when I entered his pen.

I needed to establish a rapport again.

What better way than to go grazing together?!  He could graze on grass and I could graze on a nice catalog.

So, I released him into the uppermost paddock where the grass is beginning to reemerge.  I sat on a rock and chatted about all the things we could purchase from the catalog I had just received and carried up there.  It was the Hoofprints Holiday Edition.

Like a good buddy, Red pretended to listen and remained within a body length from me while I regaled him with all the Christmas items listed.  I don’t think he was really into shopping, but like a true gentleman, he obliged me.  The best part was that he kept his face bent towards me.


Anyway, here are some highlights of our research…

This is Rojo... notice him walking away from me... Hmmmm. We needed to spend some time together.


First of all, they are online so you can go there and shop for yourselves.  Here is the link.

What I like about this catalog is that it was started for farriers (where a farrier could purchase equipment, forms, business cards…) and has evolved into a no-nonsense cool horsey stuff catalog.  Usually, what you find in here you cannot get everywhere.  I like that.  And the owner, Gina, writes the reviews herself so you can blame her if you don’t like a product (just kidding).   But you know what I mean – she has picked all the items herself.  That is a very nice touch.


They have MANY Christmas cards! I loved this one... but I loved a lot of them.. This is the place to get your horsey Holiday cards! Click to go to this page - but you should browse the rest!


Everyone needs a 2012 calendar! This one is close to my heart with before/after photos of rescued auction horses. Yahoo! Love it! Great photos and great stories. Click to order!


THIS IS ON CLOSEOUT!! I love a great deal and this book has been on my list! Click to go to closeout page.


This book looked great to me! A picture book with stories! Click here to go to the book page.


I thought this was unique and a great idea. Sympathy cards specific to equines. All of the cards have lovely verses. You can click here and go to that page to read the verses.


This made me laugh out loud so I put it in here. Click to see more mule prints.


I thought these gloves looked awesome! Click here.


We love Sweetbird Studios! Even though I have witten about both of these pendants previously, they are still favs of mine. Click here to see.



Thank you for enduring the same chatter as poor Rojo.  However, the catalog does have lots of fun stuff so please take a gander.  NO AFFILIATION!  I am just sharing.



Equi-Spa, one of my very favorites, is having a buy 2 get the third FREE!!  And, shipping is always the same low price!

Time to stock up!

So, here are what they are offering with the 3rd one free:

–THE BALM (which is THE BOMB!!  LOVE IT!  I use it on all cuts.  In fact, it healed my eyebrow wonderfully!  It also keeps flies off tender faces.)  click here


–SHOWCOAT CONDITIONER (this is a ‘leave-in’ conditioner – yay!):  click here

–NOT SO SWEET ITCH GEL (I use the gel form all time for hot spots and itchy tails):  click here

*shipping fees are donated to the BUCKET FUND!

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September Bucket Fund receipts, a small update on HOPE and the Deal of the Month!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips


I am back from ranch hunting in the Paso Robles, CA area.  So far we have not been able to match our dreams with our pocketbook.


Our Real Estate Agent keeps telling us that this will take time and not to become discouraged.  So, we are believing her and also crossing our fingers behind our backs, just in case. ;)


The September Bucket Fund was dedicated for the UNLUCKY 29 Mustangs from Twin Peaks who were shipped to Michigan and left to starve.

Luckily, we were able to help raise the money to aid DreamCatcher Santuary in bringing back the first 9 who were released into freedom on DreamCatcher Sanctuary’s wild acreage!

There are a few more of the Unlucky 29 who have been turned in and will also come home to California this Spring!

Linked here is the original post about the plight of the UNLUCKY 29.

Here is the dramatic post about the first 9’s release into freedom!

We raised $1830 to help these Mustangs!  Thank you, Thank you to all of the HORSE AND MAN Group well wishers and donators!  Wonderful, wonderful!!  It is incredible to watch these Mustangs inhale their freedom again!

The first $1000 which helped haul the initial 9 horses back to safety.


The second receipt which was collected for the second group of Mustangs who will come home in the Spring!



Our October Bucket Fund is dedicated to the little knock-kneed 6 week-old filly, Hope, who was left in a field to be coyote dinner by her breeder.  Yikes.

This is Hope... no longer coyote food.

After being rescued by an alert neighbor and turned over to Alder Hill Farms, Hope is healing from the make-shifts splits that were put on her legs (don’t ask…) which created gruesome sores.

The Bucket Fund will help pay for Hope’s corrective surgery and after care.  You can read her story here.

Poor knock-kneed Hope... she was left out for the wolves to eat.

Knock Knees are fixable!


As I am writing this post, we have collected $900 IN ONE DAY towards the total needed ($2500) for surgery expenses and aftercare!  $900 is enough make the deposit to schedule the surgery – so this is terrific!

Alder Hill Farm has made Hope’s surgery appointment for Wednesday, the 12th!  I will send to Alder Hill Farm whatever money we have this Friday and then continue to collect throughout the month for the balance of her surgery (hopefully) and maybe even some left over for her intensive aftercare.


This is Hope greeting her neighbor the goat.


Wahoo!!  I will have updates as soon as they send the surgery pics and post surgery information.

So far, so good!

This is Hope's nursenanny and her kid!

Here is Hope chowing down on her dinner. She is becoming much stronger for her surgery next week!


If you’d like to read more about Hope, please click  yesterday’s post.

If you’d like to donate to Hope, please click here.  THANK YOU!



Just an fyi… many of you don’t know that if you order Equine Chia through HORSE AND MAN, they will donate to the Bucket Fund.  So, if you need Chia (I love it for filling in the toplines of my older horses as well as coat/hoof health), please order it via this link and the Bucket Fund will benefit.

Click if you need Chia!


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Click here to donate to help Hope!



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