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Night Latch

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Now I know you've all been a hairy situation on a horse where suddenly you're channeling your inner Lane Frost. Most riders try to balance themselves on a bucker or crow hopper by the reins, which isn't the most ideal. Cowboys of the old west had what is called a night latch for just those situations.  A night latch is a safety strap that was made out of rope, leather, or even an old belt, which is attached to the saddle to help you stay on an out of control horse. You are using the strap to form a loop to...

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Rodeo Women of the 1800's

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Most women of the 1800's learned to ride out of necessity from helping on the ranch and practicing the skills of the range. From an early age, women could stay in the saddle, break a bronc and rope a steer. In the late 1800's, the younger horsewomen began competing against males in a yearly gathering of herds -which progressed into participating in rodeo's. The first rodeos began in the mid-1800 when thousands of cattle and horses were driven to town for the yearly round-up. The cowboys were eager for relaxation and would compete in tests of skills like roping, breaking horses,...

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Horn Wraps

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Many of us that ride in Western saddles, especially Wade saddles, have noticed a piece of leather wrapped around the horn. That piece of leather, or rubber, is called a horn wrap and it is used for roping.  J.M. Capriola describes the horn wrap beautifully: "Horn wraps made of mule hide or elk hide are used on saddle horns in the Great Basin’s “slick-horn” buckaroo country, as opposed to rubber or being tied on hard and fast as is done in the southwest.   Both of these types of horn wrap allow the dallies to slide as the roper demands, which...

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When I am an Old Horsewoman

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I'm sure we've all read this before, but some days it just needs to be shared again! This was written by Patty Barnhart and originally published in The Arabian Horse World magazine in 1992. "When I am an old horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me
And I shall spend my social security on
white wine and carrots,
And sit in my alleyway of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow
And when people come...

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Summer is Whispering

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Summer is whispering...are you ready? While it feels like we were just bundled up for morning chores, we are now seeking shade by mid day. Are you prepared for working your horses and caring for them in the heat? Here are a couple suggestions for getting acclimated and enduring summer temps.  -Be diligent about providing your horses with clear, fresh water every day. If you water trough sets in the sun, it will heat up surprisingly fast. It's nice to do a mid day check to see the temperature.  -Electrolytes, loose salt, salt blocks and mineral blocks are your friends!...

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