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Another GREAT IDEA! A “HELLHAT” combining a COWBOY HAT with a HELMET – and it looks good! The best part: you can make one yourself!!






I saw in THE TRAIL RIDER magazine, brims for helmets.  I thought it was a great idea!

(PLEASE, if you don’t wear a helmet, consider wearing a helmet.  I know that my helmet saved my life.  You can read my story here.)

And then I saw this post about a Western rider who had a bad accident (fractured skull) so her husband manufactured a brim to go on a helmet for her to wear from then on!

Well, the idea has caught on!  They call their invention the HELLHAT and you can make your own!

This is the woman who started it all… well, her husband started it after her injury… This is Karen!

Fancy!

Make it any way you wish!

You can match the band to your outfit!

You can match the band to your outfit!

HELL-HAT POSSE – HER HUBBY’S INSTRUCTIONS

A reader sent in this link to the woman and her husband who came up with this idea.  The page is called, “HELL HAT POSSE“.  Since it is a FB page, I will put the instructions here, for those of you who don’t use Fb.

Link to the FB page with directions

Step 1 Cut off the Brim

Step 1 Cut off the Brim

Step 2, Place your helmet on the brim and draw a line around your helmet

Step 2, Place your helmet on the brim and draw a line around your helmet

Step 3 you now have a brim with a line on it

Step 3 you now have a brim with a line on it

Step 4 Define your line so it's kind of even

Step 4 Define your line so it’s kind of even

Step 5, cut pies to your line about every inch or so

Step 5, cut pies to your line about every inch or so

Step 6, spray the brim with water to soften up the pies, then press it down evenly over the crown of the helmet. Position so it sits the way you want it when the helmet is on your head

Step 6, spray the brim with water to soften up the pies, then press it down evenly over the crown of the helmet. Position so it sits the way you want it when the helmet is on your head

Step 7, Secure it with a base layer of duct tape. I always leave the base layer on, then I add different colors depending on what I'm wearing. But I never remove the base layer

Step 7, Secure it with a base layer of duct tape. I always leave the base layer on, then I add different colors depending on what I’m wearing. But I never remove the base layer

TIPS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THEM…

I was going to whip one  up today… but I didn’t have time to go out and get cool Duct tape so I didn’t.  However, I did read through here and found some tips.  Also, when I dropped off  my excess tack to a saddle consignment shop in town, I saw some fabulous 2nd hand hats… could be a great idea to find wonderful hatbands and brims!

One tip I learned was to keep the original hat head piece and use it as a hat stand!

You can use the original hat head piece to act as a hat stand for your new helmet hat!

You can use the original hat head piece to act as a hat stand for your new helmet hat!

And, one reader took the time to write out her tips:

“My first helmet I used a Stetson straw hat, used clear Gorilla tape. worked fine but had to cut some of it, to be not so wide. Used rubber cement to fasten on the leather, feathers, stones and concho. So far it’s holding up well.
Second hat I used Duct Tape that I got a Walmart, has a rope design on it. I also tore off some of it to be not so wide. This works well too. I haven’t made a hat band for it as of yet. I want to make some that can be taken off easily and changed out. You can never have too many hat bands!  I bought a new straw hat, $33 I think from Texas Trading Post, it has a 7 inch brim, I wanted more sun shade for me. Used this hat band that came on it.  I didn’t want to paint my helmet, I love my Tipperary Sportage, good fit and very comfortable. It says on the inside of the helmet not to paint it, some have painted theirs. Size of hat for brim doesn’t matter.”

Here are her photos:

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From this…

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To this!

MORE PICS OF HOMEMADE HELLHATS!

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Fancy!

Fancy!

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DECORATIVE DUCT TAPE, WHO KNEW?!

OH, I think this could be great fun!  For me, I’m going to start with my least favorite hat to make mistakes and learn.  Then I’ll go for it with a nicer hat.  I might even add some bling or danglies!!

You can get decorative tape at Michael's Craft Stores or Walmart.

You can get decorative tape at Michael’s Craft Stores or Walmart.

I like this one. A reader found it at Walmart.

I like this one. A reader found it at Walmart.

A GREAT IDEA, EVERYONE!  PLEASE WEAR A HELMET.

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APRIL BUCKET FUND BABIES UPDATE!

You can read their story here!  OK, so Thumbelina crashed but she is better after a hospital stay and plasma.  The rest are soaking up the Foal Lac and stabilizing.  They need lots of FOOD and medical attention because they were ripped from their moms after only a few hours on the planet.  If you’d like to donate, please click here!  STARBUCKS?  SEAT CHANGE?  Thank you!

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Thumbelina at the hospital.

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Thumbelina this morning! A new girl!

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A pile of SAFE babies! There are 8 all-together.


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IS YOUR BRIDLE, HEADSTALL OR HALTER TOO TIGHT?! This is how you know!






(First off, please know that I am once again working on the email subscriber system.  My quick fix isn’t holding up so I need to migrate everything over to a new system and then a new delivery method, sigh.  I’m not that computer savvy so it hurts my head to do this.  As I’m working on this email delivery issue, you can always go to the home page or FB page to read the daily blog!  Thank you for subscribing!  Sorry for the inconvenience!)

IS YOUR BRIDLE, HEADSTALL OR HALTER TOO TIGHT?!

A reader sent in this article and I found it very interesting.  So, I’m passing it onward.

The original article is linked here.

Click image to go to original article.

Click image to go to original article.

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This is something Manolo is quite fanatical about, always adjusting nosebands, flashes, browbands and making sure the buckles do not push into delicate structures or the poll strap does not push against the horse’s ears (and of course checking bit fit).

A quick look at what cranial nerves DO reveal how important their well being is and why properly fitted tack is paramount. There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves. They have a role in:
Balance
Heart rate (sensory and motor control of viscera including heart, lungs, and bowel)
Hearing
Smell
Vision
Eye movement
Neck muscles that move the head
Sensation from the face
Motor to the muscles for biting, chewing
Facial expression
Taste from the anterior 2/3rds of the tonque
Taste from the posterior 1/3rd of the tonque
Tearing (lacrimal gland)
Salivation from the parotid gland as well as not from the parotid gland (different nerves)
Sensation and some motor to the pharynx
Swallowing (motor to the muscles of the soft palate, pharynx and larynx)
Vocalization (motor to the muscles of the soft palate, pharynx and larynx)
gastrointestinal peristalsis
Tongue movement

Our friend Diane Schell created this useful illustration showing the 12 pairs of cranial nerves and where they are in relationship to bridles potential pressure point.There is an important nerve Diane did not highlight in red. It comes out on the side of the lower jaw. It is a general sensory nerve for the skin of chin and lower lip.

Veterinarian Massimo Da Re followed up with additional insights on cranial nerves, the brain and limbic system:

The head of all vertebrates is one of the most important parts for the life of the individual: It is home to the brain that has the delicate task to process the information that comes from the body and from the outside world and return to the various parts of the body with essential indications for life.

The brain encodes what the sense organs perceive and organize the existence of the individual. The brain also reads the feelings of the heart which is the true center of life.

In the head are located vital organs: hearing, smell, sight, taste, touch. ( and breath)

Think for a moment about your horse, observe how important its highly mobile ears, his large nostrils, his very expressive eyes are for its essence.

Finally the mouth. The horse lives with his mouth: eats, vocalizes, works, relates to the outside world. It contains more than 4 billion nerve endings and is closely associated with a portion of the brain called Limbic System, responsible for the control of emotions and learning: think about this before acting with your hands on your horse’s mouth. There are no horses “deaf” or “hard” in the mouth, pain receptors can not be deleted nor go out: horses fight oral pain in different forms: some rear, others pull on the reins, while others seem to be resigned and have havy mouth.

Study well this beautiful and useful image and use the equipment on your horse with awareness and respect : avoid too tight nose-bands, make sure briddle and bit fit well.

Be careful with the halter, especially if it is made in rope or fabric that are too thin: they can lead to excessive pressure on the nerves of the face; always remove the halter when the horse is free, in stall or outside in the field. Be gentle with your hands, both when you lead the horse and when you ride.

The subject is vast and deserves full days of discussions!

Thank you Massimo and Tellington TTouch Cavalli Italia.

The artist responded by the popularity of this image by creating a line of products bearing it. We are not involved besides sharing it for your convenience: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/facial-nerves-and-the-importance-of-bridle-fitting-diane-schell.html

Source: www.HorseAdvice.com and the Merck Veterinary Manual and this fantastic article from Tuft university: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/sports/neuro2.html

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APRIL BUCKET FUND – Emergency in Progress!  Photos on Thursday!

I heard last night there is an emergency recovery going on at the same Rescue that has Big Girl.  They are picking up 5 ‘soon to be orphaned’ foals from a feedlot in Washington state. Their mothers are shipping to slaughter tomorrow (no, we cannot save the mothers, we tried – but we can save the babies if we get there asap) so they are racing up to Washington to get the babies before they are shipped to a long term feedlot to grow and fatten them up.  I don’t have photos but I will by Thursday.  If you’d like to donate to help with all the milk replacer, coggins, housing, transportation and medical attention these babies will need, click here!

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