Favorite Half Pads

Favorite Half Pads

1. EquiFit T-Foam Non-Slip Contour Pad – equifit.net
2. Ultra ThinLine Contour Pad – thinlineglobal.com
3. Jump Original Ogilvy Memory Foam HalfPad – ogilvyequestrian.com

The EquiFit theraputic pad uses the T-Foam memory foam that is always so comfortable for horses. This pad maximizes support, disperses pressure points, absorbs shock, and helps prevent back soreness. I have always loved the EquiFit brand and though I have never used this pad, I have always wanted to try it.

The ThinLine pad has always been a favorite for many. It is great for horses that don’t need a lot of padding underneath the saddle. It flexes and moves with your horse, has great shock absorption, and offers closer contact between horse and rider

The Ogilvy pad is somewhat similar to the EquiFit one although there are a few different features. This pad uses anti-slip, moisture-wicking materials. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It also uses a memory foam that gives great shock absorption. This is another product that I have been dying to try on my horse.

link EQUIFIT, THINLINE, OGILVY

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Bodeen’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

We all love to spoil our little nuggets, thats for sure. And what better time to do that than the holidays?! Here is a dog treat recipe that I am dying to try for my pups! Paula Deen’s recipe for Bodeen’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits look so good I might eat them myself.

Bodeen's Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits by Paula Deen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup nonfat Milk
1 Egg
1 cup Peanut Butter, smooth
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon Baking Powder

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and peanut butter. Add in the flour and baking powder to make a very stiff dough, using your hands to work in the last of the flour if necessary. (Paula’s note: as a general rule, most homemade dog biscuits do well with 1 part liquid to 3 parts dry. You can customize the recipe by adding and subtracting ingredients your dog likes.)
Flour a work surface and roll out dough to a 1/4” thickness. Cut into desired sizes depending on the size of your dog. Bake on a parchment lined baking tray for approximately 20 minutes. Turn biscuits over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Bodine’s Dog Biscuits can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

link PAULA DEEN

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Half Moon Equestrian Centre – Montego Bay, Jamaica

It is getting COLD and I do not like it one bit! Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica would be the perfect escape for a warm and relaxing time. Half Moon was built on a perfectly shaped crescent beach in the 1950’s by a group of wealthy individuals as an exclusive vacation resort for their families. They offer many activities including amazing ocean swimming  on horseback – check out the video, it looks like it would be so much fun!

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

 

Half Moon

Check out the video HERE

links: Half Moon at RockResortHalf Moon Equestrian Centre

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DogTV

Now pooch can have his own channel to watch while left home alone. DOGTV offers scientifically developed programming tailored to your nugget’s vision and audio that will keep him/her stimulated, entertained and relaxed without any commercials or reruns. People who use it simply love it, they say that it’s brilliant at easing their anxiety and captivating their attention, leaving you with quite a content pooch. How cool is that!?

DogTV

DogTV

link: DogTV

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Ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC

It is extremely sad that way too many horses are getting injured and even dying on the streets of NYC. This holiday season let’s join the efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages.
The documentary BLINDERS shows the reality of how horrible the horse-drawn carriage industry in NYC really is. Many organizations including PETA have launched campaigns and bring attention to the problem. There’s even a very awesome solution which would maintain the historic and romantic feel of the tours while offering jobs to current workers of the horse carriage industry: New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) supports a legislation to phase-out horse carriages in NYC and replacing them with a fleet of vintage-replica electric cars – the 21st Century horseless carriage. NYCLASS and the ASPCA have pledged to find all 220 NYC carriage horses loving retirement homes and assure that no horse will be sent to slaughter. Everyone can help the horses and this cause: we can start by going HERE and by simply not supporting the horse carriage industry.

blinders

injured horse

carriage crash

NY Times – Horse carriage collides with car

heat eshaustion

Horse collapses in Central Park due to heat exhaustion

electric car

NYCLASS – electric car

NOTE – There is a lot of information on the horse-drawn carriage issue online, along with opposing points of view. Equestrette is our little space online where we express our individual thoughts. We respect everyone’s opinion, we encourage and will approve and reply to respectful comments only, regardless of differing points of view.

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Green – interactive pet feeder

Boring meal time for pooch or kitty? No more plain bowl of food that is empty in less than 5 seconds with the Green interactive feeder! We actually don’t have the gulp-eaters at home, quite the opposite, our nuggets could care less about their food. That is why I think this feeder would be great: they would have to work for their food and it would be fun and entertaining -at least for me to watch them.
I know for sure Boogie the poodle would give me an are-you-kidding-me look, and Daisy the jack russell would say yay!! play time! I can’t wait to get one for them.

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link: Green – Interactive Pet Feeder

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Miniature Guide Horses

I’m amazed at how smart and wonderful horses of all sizes are to us. People have been helped by these great creatures throughout history and today the smallest breeds continue the tradition by helping assist the blind in the same way dogs are used. Miniature horses are officially approved by federal guidelines to be used as guide animals as stated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The average weight of minis is around 50-100 pounds, they can live in your home and are allowed to go just about anywhere their owner wants to go. The Guide Horse Foundation is a great organization that has a ton of information as well as ways all of us can help out. They point out some key advantages to using Miniature horses to assist the blind:
 
Miniature Guide

CUDDLES – The Guide Horse Foundation

• Guide minis are very clean and can be housebroken, they do not get fleas and only shed twice per year.
 
Miniature Guide

TONTO – Show Horse Gallery

• Miniature horses have the advantage of living much longer lives and can assist for about 20 years while dogs might be of service for only 6 years.
 
Miniature Guide

TWINKIE – The Guide Horse Foundation

• With the right training and desensitization, horses stay calm in chaotic situations, and they remember danger for decades due to their phenomenal memory.
 
Miniature Guide

CONFETTI – Equus Caballus

• Horses have excellent vision, their independent eye movement can track potential danger with each eye, plus they can see clearly in almost total darkness.
 
Miniature Guide

PANDA – Equine Wellness Magazine & the Clicker Horse Training

• Trained horses are very focused, not easily distracted or addicted to human attention so they don’t get excited when petted or groomed.
 
Miniature Guide

CALI – Mail Online

• Horses are naturally safety oriented, they look out for danger and guide their master along the safest and most efficient route avoiding obstacles.
 
Miniature Guide
link: THE GUIDE HORSE FOUNDATION

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