How about a little horse…around your neck?
Jun01

How about a little horse…around your neck?

How about a little horse…around your neck? These silver plated necklaces are on sale at Kolh’s. Perfect belated gift for the horse loving Mom or the soon-to-be graduate who also loves horses....

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How about a Little Horse on your license plate
Mar01

How about a Little Horse on your license plate

  How about a little horse  on your license plate? When it comes to expressing yourself and your interests  there are so many options these days to let others know you are part of the horse community.   We love these different license plate frames which we found on the Cafepress site. We tend to go for the more humorous ones but there are plenty of frames covering all the disciplines and breeds.   Here are some of our favorites:  ...

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How about a little horse in your … dreams?
Jan01

How about a little horse in your … dreams?

  How about a little horse in your … dreams? Horsey PJS should do it. This cute, blue and white, PJ pant by “Tea and Crumpets” comes in soft flannel and sports an appealing equine pattern. Sold by Calabasas Saddlery, http://www.CalabasasSaddlery.com/ This PJ was a big hit over the holidays, and can still be special ordered.             The “Lazy One” PJ brand is a popular item at  Bright Star Saddlery http://www.brightstarsaddlery.com/and comes in different patterns and  styles. Bright, happy color combos and the soft jersey fabric make this PJ irresistible, cozy and warm.    ...

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Why REC (Recreational Equestrian Coalition) Matters
Nov20

Why REC (Recreational Equestrian Coalition) Matters

  By Subscriber/Contributor Ruth Gerson, President of REC   In keeping with our Mission Statement, REC (Recreational Equestrian Coalition) is actively involved in the community informing the public and policy makers about access to, and the use of, diverse recreational opportunities throughout Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). REC will protect and defend the region’s natural diversity and promote public/private partnerships to preserve and expand visitor-serving recreational facilities.           Following that mandate, we have a track record of ensuring that politicians listen to our perspective and hear our reasons for protecting and promoting equestrian uses and activities in LA County and the Santa Monica Mountains. When the California Coastal Commission (CCC) was trying to evict horses from any property with an oak tree, or when LA County tried to restrict equestrian uses in Triunfo/Lobo Canyon, or when early drafts of the North Area Plan threatened agricultural and equestrian uses, or when LA County and the CCC wanted to severely restrict the use of existing equestrian properties with outrageous requirements and obstacles — REC was there. REC was there negotiating for far better policies than what were originally offered. During the past several years in dealing with the CCC and LA County in finalizing the LCP for the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone, REC obtained many important concessions for equestrians and will continue to fight to keep horses in these mountains. As we enter the new year of 2016, we must stay strong and resist any and all attempts to change policies in the North Area Plan. There should be more public/private partnerships in order to develop and expand visitor-serving recreational facilities in the SMMNRA. This is HORSE COUNTRY, and we want it to remain so without any more obstacles that prevent us from enjoying our chosen lifestyle.       By Ruth Gerson – President of...

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Why Mustangs Matter…By Nona Green
Oct31

Why Mustangs Matter…By Nona Green

Editor’s Note – the plight of all horses matters whether they are wild or domesticated.  They deserve to be respected and treated humanely on all levels because horses bring a unique, and special-brand of solace to the world. Whether you volunteer at a local animal shelter, or are in rehab or therapy where they use horses as “helpers,”  or even as a horse owner riding  trails or competing, you understand this.  So on November 15th come to Malibu and see a special screening of UNBRANDED at Starfield Farms. Come out and support the good causes  happening at Big Heart Ranch and Wild Horse Sanctuary. You’ll be glad you did. UNBRANDED, the Movie – it’s All About the Mustangs By Subscriber/Contributor Nona Green Since 1941, when world-famous horseman Egon Merz hung his hat at Escondido Beach, Malibu has attracted equestrians. Today horsey types still enjoy trail rides, hunting with hounds, and superb training facilities. Before countless other entertainers followed, Elizabeth Taylor trained in Malibu for National Velvet. How fitting a venue then is Malibu, at the gorgeous Starfield Farms, for an exclusive screening of UNBRANDED. The film was honored to receive the Audience Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival. The film is brilliant on many levels – from the cinematography to the light it shines on the plight of wild horses. No spoilers here -this is a must see film, whether you are a mustang advocate, rancher, cowboy, hippie, surfer, or snowboarder. The funny bone and the adventurous spirit will both be tickled and prodded. When: November 15 4PM – eat and greet fellow equestrians, animal lovers, thrill seekers (if only vicariously) 5PM screening under the stars. Where: Starfield Farms 28357 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu 90265 A contribution of $50 pays for gourmet hor d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be available. All proceeds will go directly to Big Heart Ranch – Malibu, and Wild Horse Sanctuary. For tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unbranded-malibu-movie-night-tickets-19137080523 or email nona@agourahorseproperty.com for the...

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My “Ride-Along” with the LAPD – By Glenn Cooper
Oct26

My “Ride-Along” with the LAPD – By Glenn Cooper

  My “Ride-Along” with the LAPD By Subscriber/Contributor Glenn Cooper Imagine getting up early on a Saturday morning when all you really want is to get some extra “zzz’s” because it was a tough week.   But instead you find yourself grabbing that first cup of coffee, heading out to the barn, getting your horse ready, and loading them in the trailer for the big day ahead. You drive over to the Los Feliz, Atwater area to meet up with over 100 other equestrians with the same intention. Like you, they also got up at the wee hours of the morning to be part of a unique ride that only comes once a year. It’s an exceptional ride with the brave men and women of the LAPD Mounted Patrol Unit and was I glad I got out of bed to ride with them! Each year, the LAPD Metro Division, Mounted Unit ride from their training stables on the streets of Atwater, and then along Los Feliz Blvd. to the entrance of Griffith Park. All vehicle traffic is stopped while this amazing herd of beautiful horses ride along the streets and into the park.    This is an important fund raising event that helps purchase new horses for the LAPD Mounted Patrol Unit.   Even if you don’t own your own horse, there are horses you can rent to take on this beautiful ride up to the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign. This ride is over three hours, but LAPD has it down pat.  There is always fresh cold water for you, water for your horse, power bars, apples and carrots (for your horse) at each of the short break stops. There’s even a special LAPD truck pulling ‘Hollywood’ porta-potties in case you need it. On top of Mount Hollywood, over looking the city, one of LA’s finest LAPD Helicopters did a flyover with lights and siren to add to the festivities. This was the first year my wife and I participated in this event and were inspired to do so after  reading the article by Mrs. Robin Targon on the Equine Addiction Inc. Website. We definitely are doing it again next year. Oh, and by the way there’s a great BBQ lunch at the end of the ride, a silent auction, raffle prizes, Go Country 105, and great new friends.   See you next year! Cowboy Up! Glenn Cooper...

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