THE GOOD HORSE – “Tuxedo” & Valentine for February
Feb01

THE GOOD HORSE – “Tuxedo” & Valentine for February

By Pamela Robins Editor’s note: Pamela has been through many tests and trials in her life, but the one thing that has been so consistently reliable is a beautiful, Paint gelding named “Tuxedo.” I remember meeting Pamela years ago when she first bought this running quarter horse and what elation and joy he brought into her life. The special bond between these two epitomizes excellent horse care and all its benefits.  When we show empathy and compassion for our equine friends, they almost always repay the favor. For submitting Tuxedo Pamela has won a prize from a local feed store. “Tuxedo is a very flashy 16.2 hand, black-and-white half Thoroughbred and half Quarter Horse. He is also a Registered Paint Horse. If he could talk, he would tell you how handsome, absolutely hysterical, smart, kind, grounded, brave and talented he is. For those that know him, this would make complete sense and for those that don’t, you can see him all over my Instagram and Facebook where I provide a forum for his amazing personality to shine through. I found him back in 2009 on the website dream horse.com. The second I saw him, I felt a lighting bolt strike my heart and I knew he was supposed to be with me – my soul mate. This magnificent creature is the greatest teacher, healer and friend I have had yet in this life. Our bond of unconditional love has carried me through the most difficult times and I am full of the deepest respect and gratitude for him. He still takes my breath away and it is an honor to care for him and to have him as a partner and companion. He also touches the lives of many other people with his gentle and charming ways. He is a magnet for meaningful interactions and I am gracious with him in recognizing and allowing him to explore this part of himself beyond just with me. It is my honor to share his being with others. We have competed in 3 Day Eventing and hold a California Title in Beginner Novice (our first season out and only a year or so after I learned to ride!) and we love to explore the trails together bareback and bosal only. Our relationship runs deep with trust and unconditional love. He is powered by Orchard and Alfalfa as well as a mix of Purina Equine Senior, Beet Pulp, Platinum Performance CJ and Farrier’s Formula. His favorite treats are bananas, carrots, apples and he told the pet psychic about the time I ran out of the soft cookies with the peppermints in the middle! Tuxedo is also the co-author of our...

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Everyday Wisdom – Equine Evacuation and Fire
Feb01

Everyday Wisdom – Equine Evacuation and Fire

HORSE EVACUATION SEMINAR (FREE) By Vicky Beelik of PPI (Plan, Prepare & Implement) Date: March 6th, 2018 at 6:30pm Photos by Elle Newlands of Zentography Where: Malibu Creek State Park, Admin Building (1925 Las Virgenes Rd. Calabasas, CA 91302 Contact Debbie Dimascio –  for more information contact Debbie@malibuoaks.com Editor’s Note: A report came out yesterday that 44% of the State of California has returned to drought classification. A week ago it was believed to only be at 13%. With the severe lack of rainfall so far and decreasing snow pack, coupled with an usually warm winter, these factors all lead to continued fire danger in the upcoming months. Next Month on the evening of March 6th, Vicky Beelik with the PPI Program “Plan, Prepare, Implement” will discuss preparedness in emergency situations. Be sure to save the date to learn preparedness and how to avoid some of the horrible things that happened to horses during the recent Thomas Fire and others.  At least 30 horses died and over a hundred were badly burned and/or suffered severe smoke inhalation.   ...

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Equine Benefits – Calabasas Saddlery – SALE
Feb01

Equine Benefits – Calabasas Saddlery – SALE

The Annual Calabasas Saddlery Sale is on! Julie and her excellent staff did inventory yesterday, getting ready for today and the weekend! Be sure to check out all the great stuff with savings galore! Nothing like being able to try on helmets, boots and half chaps and much more to get the ideal fit. All the hallmark of their great personal service!   ...

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Time Out in the Tetons – By Linda Ballou
Jan26

Time Out in the Tetons – By Linda Ballou

Editor’s note: Next month horsey authors Linda Ballou and Maryann Ridini Spencer will hold an event in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Ballou will define: “How Wai-nani embodies female empowerment and how writing her story gave Linda the courage to move forward with her writing life.” Time Out in the Tetons  By Linda Ballou  Lballou6@sbcglobal.net “I followed three wranglers, each with a string of pack horses loaded down with supplies, up the narrow trail tracing Grays Ridge. The Spotted Horse Ranch, fast falling away, looked like it a tinker-toy town sitting beside the Hoback River, a silver vein snaking through the center of a broad, green valley. The view was a reminder that a good horse can get folks where they can’t get to on their own. We made our way to an alpine meadow resting at about 8,200 feet with vistas of the snow-streaked Grand Teton range to the north sparkling beneath full-blown skies. Cooler temps at the top of the world with sage meadows framed in velvet green forests soothe the mind, as well as the eye. Non-riders of all ages have lots of fun choices. Nearby activities include rafting on the Snake River, swimming in Granite Hot springs, tubing down the Hoback, and some great fishing. Jackson’s historic district is a fun to walk around, even if you don’t care to buy Native American jewelry at good prices, you can cruise the over 30 western art galleries or visit the homespun historical museum. Just north of Jackson on a knoll that overlooks the largest Elk Refuge in the world is a gallery that houses an outstanding Animal Art collection. The Elk summer in higher meadows, but many birds can be spotted in the marshy flats the “Wapiti” call home in the winter. On the all-day ride shared by all the guests—grand parents, cowgirls and boys, Indians and chiefs—climbed steadily up a shady draw. Pink wild rose, blue harebell brightened the scene while the intense thrum of the cicadas filled the air. Sage hen wings whirred as they lifted from our path. Once aloft the plateau, we did a little trail blazing through a meadow of yellow arrowroot where we flushed a couple of stray elk. Our ride home took us across a ridge with heavenly vistas. We covered a lot of ground with some steep climbs and tricky footing. Our fit, well-mannered mounts, remained calm though it all allowing even the greenest dude to enjoy the grandeur of our countries remaining wild-west. I wish-boned walked my way back to the rocking chair waiting for me on the porch of my log cabin. There, I was lulled by the hushed conversation...

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Everyday Wisdom – Traveling and Horsing Around
Jan22

Everyday Wisdom – Traveling and Horsing Around

By Author – Linda Ballou Think you can’t travel and include horses in you itinerary – think again!  When the rental outfit says “experienced riders,” they mean it. Team Ride Andes (both 2 and 4 legged members!) would like to wish you a very happy new year. We do hope that you can join us in 2018 on one of our rides journeying through magnificent South American scenery: private tours and set date departure options in Brazil, Chile-Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay.  www.rideandes.com for more details or contact us rideandes@rideandes.com, Whatsapp +593 999 738221. From all the fun photos from our 2017 tours, we selected this one- he is just yawning! Our very best wishes for 2018 Happy riding! Ride Andes Do you enjoy working with horses, are interested in learning Spanish and being part of a traditional South American community? Volunteering with us is a great way to explore Ecuador and gain a unique perspective of the country. If you are interested in volunteering in 2018/19 please contact volunteer@rideandes.com Private tours available throughout the year for any riding level. Family groups and ‘non riders’ welcome. We are now on Instagram! Follow us for photo and video updates. Tag us @ridesouthamerica – we would love to see your pics. Meet Eric (Eric the dog, not Eric the horse – he is in the photo to the left). Eric the dog & Erica the dog & Rex the dog are all rescued canines now living with various Ride Andes Ecuador staff & friends. We donate a lot of dog food as well as collars, leads, brushes, nail clippers etc., so if you are coming out to ride with us in one of our destinations and would like to participate, free to email us & we will let you know what you can bring out for animal charities and other organisations & schools that we work with. URUGUAY – winter sunshine along the coast on a new exciting route for 2018, do request the itinerary, see below for next date. UPCOMING RIDE ANDES TOURS for first half of year: 3rd-10th February ECUADOR, Colonial Haciendas, spaces available. 27th February COLOMBIA: now full. (October date to be published shortly). 1st-8th April URUGUAY Beaches & Estancias– winter sun. New itinerary! Spaces available. 3rd – 10th June, Pantanal Wildlife, BRAZIL. Spaces available. 13th-20th June, ECUADOR, Colonial Haciendas, spaces available. Ride Andes Horse Riding Tours. Ecuador, Uruguay & Across the Andes (Chile-Argentina) and now also BRAZIL (since 2013) & COLOMBIA (since 2016). Private tours for all riding levels & set date departures for experienced riders...

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Equine Benefits – Its All About the Socks!
Jan20

Equine Benefits – Its All About the Socks!

As weather gets cooler, we look for all the ways to stay warm while we ride. There are some accessories we can’t do without  – like socks! Here are a few of our favorites which can be purchased at Calabasas Saddlery and Malibu Feed Bin. Kerrits – Kerrits socks are the best . The wear well, are super stylish and functionable. Love these Bamboo socks by Joules. Cute Designs and the short socks are just enough to keep feet warm in an insulated, waterproof boot.  These “Footies” by Noble outfitters make for a great paring with  fleece breeches and insulated riding boots. Perfect when you don’t want a thick sock.  Happy...

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