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My name is Michelle and I am the account manager for Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Everyday I get to talk with our customers and hear different stories about them and their horses. One gentleman’s story particularly stood out to me. Rick, from Brooklet, GA told me the story about his horse, Buddy.
Buddy was 23 years old when he passed from colic. Buddy had a great life with his owner and best friend, Rick. So much so, that he doesn’t seem to want to leave his side. Two days after Rick lost Buddy, he was standing on his front porch, close to Buddy’s pasture area. Thinking about how much he missed his horse, he heard a nicker. “I looked around for another horse and there was no horses around. I thought gee, Buddy is the only one of the four that would nicker at me,” stated Rick.
Rick went on with his daily routines, not hearing much from Buddy until about a month later when he was visiting him at his grave. Rick heard a whinny like no other, than his friend. He looked to the right where it came from and knew his neighbor didn’t have any horses. He looked over at his other horses and they were eating away. Rick thought to himself, “That whinny was loud, close by and sounded just like Buddy when he would whinny at me. I thought at this time, this is getting strange. So I told Buddy I’m coming out one night and taking a few pictures. I’m not going to plan it… just let it happen,” said Rick.
“Well, a week or so later I forgot to lock a gate. I had just got out of the shower so I had to get dressed and head back out. It was then when I decided I would take the pictures. As I walked though the gate, I put out my cigarette because it could interfere with the picture. What I didn’t know was the smoke was still lingering in the air. When I got to the gate that I had left unlocked, I locked it and took a picture. I though this picture would show something, if anything because that was where Buddy was kept for the last 8 months. I then turned around and took two pictures, just to the right of the tack room, in the direction of Buddy’s grave site. The first picture had nothing in it at all and the second one had a little smoke but nothing other than that. The third ended up full of smoke but also full of horses.”
Rick was surprised to see the shapes and different forms the lingering smoke made in the picture. Could this be the spirit of Buddy giving Rick proof that his best friend is closer than he thinks? At the horse loss group Rick belongs to, they talk together about their beloved animals, which have passed and remember to watch for them in any form they may show up.
“Why has this happened to me? I’m not sure but I believe I’m supposed to convey this on to all who have lost horses. There is a place where horses go, where their spirit lives on and stays near us,” say’s Rick.
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Happy Mother’s Day everyone! This Mother’s Day many of us will be served breakfast in bed. Some of us will get cards and flowers or even chocolates, but there’s one thing that makes every mother smile, a great relationship with their kids and quality time spent together. The two go hand in hand.
Strong relationships rest on an investment in time. Of course, you also need to care for yourself. My mom had a rule; “take care of yourself first, then take care of your loved ones.” It was a good rule. If I don’t take care of my needs (including time to spend with my horse!), I start to get a little grouchy and that isn’t good for my family.
So, how to carve out time for ourselves while still taking care of our families? Below, I share some of the things I did when my kids were young.
Be creative—if, before kids, you were an active rider in your sport, it can feel like things are frustratingly on hold while your children are young. But, instead of a ‘horse life on hold’, think of these years not as downtime, but as some much needed play time. Kids have a way of opening our minds and hearts to the gifts horses share with us. I loved being with our two daughters and son in the barn. We’d ride through a small pine forest nearby or set up little jumps in our indoor. Ground poles became low oxers as we created ‘in and out’ gymnastic jumps…..ahhhh….I can see it all now. Gosh we had fun!
Teach life lessons—horses offer great opportunities to teach responsibility. Our kids learned how to muck stalls, feed and water their horses, brush unruly manes, and pick their horse’s hooves. Caring for a living creature is always beneficial to kids, but caring for a horse is even better. After all, the horse outweighs us by about a thousand pounds. He requires us to have focus and patience. If we’re to get along with him, we need to learn how to see the world through his eyes. Those are life lessons kids will never learn in a textbook!
Simplify—Outdoor sheds and pasture turnout helps to eliminate some of the daily chores, allowing for more horse time. And you’ll find your horse will thrive on all that extra turnout.
Turn drudgery into fun—As children get older, mothers and children can share chores and have fun doing them. Spring barn cleaning with family and friends can become a fun ‘work day’ with a picnic or cook-out to follow as a thank you. We did this every year and it was a great time to get together with everyone and share our horses with loved ones.
Join a group—the United States Pony Club and the 4-H Youth Development are both organizations that teach kids responsibility and how to stay safe around horses. Many breed organizations offer programs for kids as well. Groups offer the added benefit of support for the grownups. Share rides to shows and events, get help navigating the kid competitions, and share your triumphs and challenges as a horse-loving mom. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a single mom…there’s someone just like you trying to juggle a horse life with kids!
Play first—Responsible adults do the chores first and play second, right? Well, yes….but sometimes chores have to take a back seat. Try riding first and then tackle the chores. You’ll be surprised how fast the work goes when you’ve taken time to ride first! And whatever doesn’t get done? Well, that’s what tomorrow is for, right?
Eliminate steps—As you do chores, think about how you can make things easier. Maybe you need a little lawn mower trailer to help you fill those water buckets or a paddock gate closer to the barn. Maybe it’s time to have the feed delivered instead of driving to the feed store.
Think safety—As a mom, I have to include a word about safety. It’s so easy to get distracted when children come to the barn with us, but we must remain vigilant. Children are small and even ponies are large in comparison. Anyone, who’s spent time around kids knows they’re impulsive. Plan on having one adult for every two children. Increase the ratio if your children have friends at the barn who are not all that horse savvy.
Finally, celebrate yourself! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you carve out mommy time for you. Whether you share babysitting time with a friend or race off to the barn while your husband cares for the kids, it’s crucial that you restore your emotional well-being. After all, we know that moms are the glue that holds everything together. Making time for yourself will make you a better mom.
Debbie Disbrow and freelance writer Karin Baril (www.karenbaril.com) have teamed up to write this article. If you have any comments, questions or ideas, we welcome them. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
They always have a great time playing outside, and the weather has been cooperating this week. Summer is almost here!
ELECTROBRAID™ Q & A
by Debbie Disbrow
Q. WHAT IS ELECTROBRAID™?
A. ElectroBraid™ is a permanent electric fence designed especially for horses. It is both a physical barrier and a psychological deterrent. It is highly visible to horses, strong, durable and resilient.
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK?
A. Once a horse receives a painful shock the horse will not go near the fence again. It won’t rub against the fence. It won’t crib on it. And it won’t try to jump over it or go through it or go under. It doesn’t want to get shocked again.
Q. HOW DURABLE IS ELECTROBRAID™ FENCE?
A. The high-grade polyester fiber is the same fiber used in automotive seat belts and parachute harnesses. Polyester resists attack by ultraviolet light, salt, manure and most farm chemicals. The copper develops an oxidized outer layer or “patina” that protects the copper wire from corrosion. The Braid™ carries a 25-year warranty.
Q. WHAT MAKES ELECTROBRAID™ A SAFE HORSE FENCE?
A. There are no impact injuries. There are no sharp points or hard edges. There are no boards to break or splinter. There are no wires to cut or puncture. Horses crib on board fences and rub against it. Even minor cuts can become seriously infected. The worst potential injury with ElectroBraid™ is if a horse is able to wrap a strand of Braid™ completely around a rear leg and struggles. The prospect of such an accident can be virtually eliminated by wiring and grounding the fence correctly, and by keeping the Braid™ taut.
Q. WHY IS MAINTENANCE COST LOW?
A. If you properly install your corner and end posts, they won’t move. Brass and copper components won’t corrode. Occasionally, an insulator might break and need replacement. Little else will need repair. For some reason, lightning rarely touches ElectroBraid™, and if it does, a few hundred feet of ElectroBraid™ may need replacement, and perhaps an energizer. If a tree falls on the fence, cut it off and the Braid™ will spring right back. Horses don’t crib on ElectroBraid™ or rub against it. The fence is seldom, if ever, damaged by storms, including ice storms and tornadoes. Repairs are quick and easily done by hand.
Q. WHAT MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?
A. Walk the fence line to confirm your fence has not been damaged. Check the voltage regularly. Once or twice a year, mow weeds from under your fence. In the spring, make sure no fence posts have been heaved by frost.
*Ask about the 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty with all ElectroBraid™ chargers.
If you wondered which dog in the world has it best? That would be our little Sophie, RAMM’s ‘mascot.’ This little Bishon went to the spa today and you won’t believe what she has done! First step, cutting and trimming her manky and long fur. Her personal groomer works to help her maintain her spectacular looks. Once her fur is trimmed, after many breaks, “George” allows here to soak in her dog tub, where she is given an invigorating bath. It’s her time to close her eyes and feel all the doggy stress of the world wash right off her! No expense is spared with her Parisian shampoo and conditioner. After that, she’s with her stylist who lovingly blow dries her fur – all the while making sure her coat is soft, silky, and full! With all of that work – she almost looks like a shiny Cadillac coming out of the Top Shelf car wash. Our little lady is magnificent and her fur is glowing.
But things don’t stop there, oh no. Our Princess Sophie also has her Mani-Pedi as well. George works on her nails and buffs and polishes them to sparkling beauty. Yes – we’re still talking about a dog here (don’t be jealous). Ha! After that special time, she then goes to the last phase of her spa day – finishing touches that make her the most pampered, er – beautiful doggie in the world. Our little lady gets some last-minute primping and brushing, and after a spritz of Eau-De-Woof! – she’s finally ready to conquer the world and return to RAMM.
At the end of her spa day, she always has that look in her eye that says – “That’s right. I deserve to be treated like the doggie royalty I am.” Short of a facial – our girl gets the full treatment. So yes – she IS one pampered dog!
Have you ever had a true friend that understood?
You know, that someone who seems to understand how you feel~that after you have been with them for a while, you know you feel so much better by the time you have to leave them. (Until the next time you see them ….
As horse people, we are fortunate if we have ‘one’ horse in our lifetime that we unequivocally connect with at an extremely deep level. If you have ever experienced this, it’s as if your horse knows you’re exact thoughts, feelings and next move. You can walk in your barn and begin to feel the connection before you walk down the aisle and see your horse who greets you in his/her usual way. There is a trust, that cannot be explained – you can work with your horse and others could not remotely have the same connection or ride that you get. Maybe you have a horse with a ‘quirk’ that simply could not be tolerated by someone else. But none of that matters when trust is established. It’s like a friendship where both parties excuse the other for any ‘mistakes’ with out any judgement. And as time goes on…
both horse and rider cover for each other when you have a special bond with your horse. Your horse knows every move that you will make and you know every ‘shake of the head playful ‘hop’, before it happens! It is as if you synchronized and within minutes of leading them out of their stall or pasture, they are ready, willing and able to accommodate your needs.
We are so fortunate to have that bond as many people never have that opportunity to experience it. And if you are fortunate enough to have even one horse that you share that true and strong bond with, you know it is something that you may only experience once in your lifetime.
I’m hoping that you can spend more time with your horse, if you have not been able to lately. I’m also hoping that by spending more time with him/her, you will be able to grow in a closer way than before. I believe we are accountable, in a bigger way, for the animals that are in our care. Take time to truly enjoy them and you may find that you have a deeper connection with your horse than you realized!
Have you ever had a friend that truly understood?
Someone that believed in you~ more than you did?
And helped you reach new levels that you did not believe
you could attain? This post is for those that wear an ‘unseen’ crown
and deny taking any credit for their acts of kindness and selfless giving.
I hope someday, that I can give back even a pittance of your unselfish giving.
Thank you, Debbie.