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Female Jesse James...Belle Star

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The “female Jesse James”…the “bandit queen”…..all names associated with one person, Belle Starr. Belle began her life on February 5, 1848 as Myra Maybelle Shirley in Carthage, Missouri. Her father, John Shirley, was a successful farmer and owner/operator of the Carthage Hotel. Belle was an educated woman who attended the Carthage Female Academy. Belle’s family moved to Texas, after Belle’s brother was killed during the Civil War riding as a Southern guerrilla. Her family traveled to Texas in two Conestoga wagons. Belle, only 16 at the time drove one of those wagons. After the war, in 1866 Belle married a...

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Horse Identification Methods

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In light of the terrible fires we’ve had in California, we’ve compiled information on different identification methods available for our horses and other livestock. At times, owners are not home when a fire or other disaster starts. Horses are sometimes left on their own to figure out an escape. Sometimes friends, family and/or first responders are forced to open gates and let livestock go.  How can our horses be identified and protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Permanent identification methods such as traditional branding and freeze branding are excellent options for identification, when ownership is in question. ...

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Basques and the first Thanksgiving in America

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Basques and the first Thanksgiving in America The first actual feast of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Basques on April 20, 1598 in what was to become the United States, in present day El Paso, before the Mayflower survivors held their thankful feast in 1621. The feast was led by Juan de Onate during his expedition north from San Geronimo, Mexico to colonize New Mexico.  Basques Hold the First Thanksgiving Feast in America One of our most honored annual traditions is Thanksgiving. Most Americans celebrate this holiday on the last Thursday of November. It is a continuance of the celebratory feast...

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Leather Tack & Winter Weather

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The Problem - Winter weather is no friend to leather, especially polluted rainwater. Microscopically, leather is made up of collagen fibers. During tanning, hides are soaked in chemicals to prevent its fibers and their bonds from decomposing. Natural fats and oils are tumbled with the hides to keep the protein bonds from drying out and to make the leather supple.Protein bonds must be lubricated and kept supple, this is the key to long lasting leather. If the bonds dry out completely, they shrink, become brittle and break. Once broken, they are permanently weakened. Soaking leather in oil may make it...

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Winter Trailer Care

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The trails have been long and your rides have been great, now it’s time to prepare for winter!   Winter is going to be here before we know it!  It’s time to winterize your horse trailer. All types of horse trailers will benefit from a good scrubbing, inside and out.  If you make sure that all waste and dirt are removed, it will help keep your trailer looking good for longer. Here are a few things you’ll want to do: Remove your floor mats, scrub them thoroughly.  Clean away all hay and manure, scrub your floor boards and rinse them...

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