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There are wild fires blazing all around us right now… I just purchased 9 MANE STAYS.

There are wild fires burning all around us.

Honestly, I’m holding my breath every time I see a plume, wondering if the wind will blow it our way.

The Cal Fire Department says that since we had so much rain, there is a lot of grass (fuel) on the ground.  Oy.  Luckily, so far, the fires near us have all been in unpopulated areas, right outside our vicinity.  Scary.  My heart goes out to all of those who are IN the fires.  Unbearable tragedy for some.

Today, I purchased 9 Mane Stays – just for my peace of mind.  (No affiliation)

Here is a quick image of what it does… it is spring loaded and it just clips right onto the horse’s mane.  (You fill out all of your information on the card inside ahead of time.)


I have written several posts about micro chipping, cattle crayons, spray paint and Sharpie on the hooves… but for me, I think the Mane Stay would be the fastest and easiest way to ID my horses before I had to open the gates.

(We live in a valley and the Fire Dept blocks off the access when there are fires.  So, most likely, I’d have to release them.)

Knowing I could write out my info way ahead of time, and have these things ready to clip on their mane in an instant, sounds very good to me.  To be honest, if it wasn’t so hot here all the time, I’d clip it on in the beginning of fire season and just leave it there.

I just figure that for me, having these on hand, would make me feel more secure.  If I had to open the gates and let them go, at least they will all have the same, obvious ID tags.


It takes about 2 seconds to attach the Mane Stays to the mane.

Click here to watch the video.

Click image to watch the video – it is very quick.

MANE STAY IS OFFERING A DEAL RIGHT NOW!  – get yours!  (No affiliation)

When I contacted ICE Products about purchasing my 9 Mane Stays, they offered this deal:

Please direct your readers to where they’ll find lots of information and photos. Please include a mention that if someone’s horse or mule doesn’t have enough mane hair to make a secure attachment, the tail works just as well. We feel it’s important that the animal be wearing highly visible identification that can be seen from a distance, so placement high on the body (such as the mane) is best. Our product doesn’t replace the need for a microchip, tattoo or brand–permanent identification is excellent. But in the midst of an emergency, you want something that anyone (neighbor, first responder, etc.) can read without special knowledge or equipment.


Go to this website and use the below codes!

For your readers, if someone wants to buy one they can use code HORSEMAN and save 10%. For two or more, code HM15 will save them 15%.


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On the actual day of my birthday, I got up very early to go on a short (I had to get back to work…), but lovely trailride.

I chose to go to a private ranch where they offer trail rides on their property;  I called Crystal from Central Coast Trailrides.

Click image to go to their website.


I was given Stella. She was a big, beautiful, copper colored QH who had been there, done that… but still had a lot of getupandgo in her! Perfect. I knew I could relax (she takes care of her riders) but I also had horse beneath me, if you know what I mean…

Other than being in a saddle that wasn’t my saddle, I was totally comfortable.  The setting was gorgeous – rolling oak studded pastures.  We went over hill and dale, met with a buffalo (sculpture), rode next to a pond (lovely), rode through trees (lovely) and chatting the entire time.

I loved it!

And to top it off, they provided cold water and a sweet, cute, roomy and darling bathroom to change out of riding clothes into back to work clothes.

A perfect day.

This is Stella. She was a lot taller than my horses!

Here we are at the top of the property. I swear, from the distance, this buffalo looked very real.  That is the large vacation rental house on the property.  I think it sleeps 3000…  OK, just kidding, but it was BIG.

I had a lovely private ride with Crystal. She was adorable, hard working and totally into giving an experience to her clients. In addition to the natural scenery, I was in love with the mixed metals and recycled woods on all of their buildings. Crystal’s husband is in construction and he used reclaimed materials whenever he could.

The lovely, cool, clean lake.

Here is a cabin on the property. (They have 3 vacation rentals on the property.) I just love all the mixed materials.

The outdoor area for the cabin – again, this was created using reclaimed materials.

We gabbed the entire time! Poor Crystal probably had a back ache from turning around in the saddle the entire time!  She had a really cool bracelet and belt bag. I meant to ask her about those but forgot.

Back at the barn, the family goat was in the feed vehicle – of course!

Here she is, hanging out with me as I drank my water.


After my ride, I drove through the tiny town of Creston, CA and found this store... I purchased a cute, lightweight top.

I bought a handmade scarf slide for Hubby.

I found this cute, little store in Creston. The owner makes chaps in the back… I loved that the old building still had leaded windows!  People actually use this hitching post.

A sweet little store.  I purchased a cute top for myself and a handmade scarf slide for Hubby.



If you are anywhere near the area of Paso Robles and love horses and want to ride in any of the glorious riding venues here, call Crystal!  She can take you all over the County with her horses – and show you the very best trail riding place.  Or, she will guide you and your horse on these trails.  She knows them all!

Central Coast Trailrides.    Here is their FB page.

This photo is from their website. The horses run free on 15 acres when they are done for the day. Nice.

Gorgeous Paso Robles sunsets…

OUR JUNE BUCKET FUND HORSE:  SAMSON… BLINDED BY HIS OWNER AND STARVED, he was walked for 5.5 hours out of the Grand Canyon.  Can we help right this wrong?!  Click here to read his story.    Click here to donate!

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