THE GOOD HORSE – MARCH ***REPEAT*** for 2017
Mar01

THE GOOD HORSE – MARCH ***REPEAT*** for 2017

PARK PLACE STORM  is once again HOM for March! Storm just turned 28 years strong  and deserves recognition once again after surviving what was likely a small tornado that took out his shelter a few years ago. A large tree toppled the roof of his paddock, trapping the Morgan gelding under the wreckage. He waited patiently for hours until daybreak when barn hands literally cut through twisted, metal pipe to free him.  As some of his human herd gathered to celebrate his 28th birthday, we felt his story from 2014  was worth repeating.  “Storm” Survives  “The Storm” Storm is an accomplished 25-year-old Morgan. Yeah, I know it’s another Morgan, our third in a row! But there’s just something about this breed that just keeps amazing us! Storm is handsome and good-natured and on February 26th, in the early morning hours, this 14.1 hands, gelding would be put to the test. As torrential rains and heavy winds rolled through the valley where Storm is kept, trees were toppled and a good-sized tack shed blew over on it’s side. A large tree fell crushing the roof of Storm’s pipe corral, leaving it totaled and uninhabitable. However, this seasoned vet found a place in his paddock where he was safe. Had Storm been a taller horse, he probably wouldn’t have fared as well but his body type along with his calm, unfettered nature left him unscathed. Standing, yet barely able to move, Storm waiting patiently for the 7:00am feed time when the Barn Manager came to his rescue and safely cut him out of his pen. We are in awe of this horse’s bravery and level-headedness in a terrifying situation. We applaud Storm and appreciate fate for being so kind to him and his owner Michelle.  And that’s why Smart, Savvy Storm is our Horse of the Month for March. Know a horse we should consider for Horse of the Month?  Let us know about your GOOD HORSE by contacting us here....

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The GOOD Horse – Gorgeous Gio is HOM for February
Feb02

The GOOD Horse – Gorgeous Gio is HOM for February

  Gio is the GOOD horse! Beautiful horse and owner are featured this month and are the proud recipients of prizes courtesy of Bright Star Saddlery of Simi Valley. Bright Star is determined to be the one stop shop for Ariat and Kerrits riding apparel. So its only fitting they would supply this month’s winner with a water-resistant riding coat by Kerrits. Scarf and Jewels also from Bright Star.    I’ve known Gio since the day he was born, and I instantly fell in love when I saw that snip and his big brown eyes. His sire, Honor Hill Shadrach, was a personal favorite of mine. He only threw fillies over the years, but one year, he finally had 2 colts. The breeder decided to keep one has her future stallion, and Gio was then gelded because his head was too long. Lucky me!! He then became mine when he turned 2. His sire passed away shortly after, and so I ended up with the only colt by Shadrach that was ever offered for sale. Gio is now a coming 6 year old Morgan gelding. He can be stubborn like his daddy, but he is incredibly smart and willing. In true Morgan fashion, he LOVES people and thinks everyone wants to be greeted by him. He’s more curious than anything, and not afraid of very much. He loves to play and be social with other beings; horses, dogs or otherwise. There is nothing he won’t do, he is very trusting and loves to please. He is already an exceptional partner at his young age, so I can only imagine what a great horse he will be for years to come. Gio still has quite some growing to do, so his diet consists of Alfalfa and Grass. He is fed 3 times a day, as well as a small ration of grain with his supplements and electrolytes. I use slow feeders to keep him busy or from eating too fast, although he is quite good about taking his time. He has great energy, always ready to go and slightly spunky, but never gets overexcited with a rider. He is a happy, healthy boy who loves to get out and work. I look forward to many years of riding and adventuring with my boy!   Happy Horsing!...

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Happy New Year to the GOOD HORSE
Jan05

Happy New Year to the GOOD HORSE

Our Horse of the Month for January “Bucephalus,” is owned by veterinarian Dr. Rhiannon Fenton. Dr Fenton writes what is so special about this young, mustang gelding and also has won a prize from Agoura Feed of Agoura Hills, California.   “Bucephalus” a.k.a. Boo Boo, is a 15 year-old Sulphur Spring Spanish Mustang Gelding. He was privately bred in Palos Verdes, Ca. He is quite the athlete and charmer having learned to work cattle, perform beginning level dressage, hack hunter/jumper in the arenas, jump kayaks on the beach, blaze trails and swim in the ocean. There isn’t anything Boo Boo isn’t up for. His mind is sharp and his body is fit thanks to his mom’s holistic veterinary medicine practice. Acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, muscle testing, regular blood testing, therapeutic blankets, chiropractic, natural balance dentistry and proper fitting saddle just produced a round of clean X-rays.” Happy Trails, Dr. Rhiannon Fenton...

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THE GOOD HORSE – Have a very “Monty” Christmas
Dec02

THE GOOD HORSE – Have a very “Monty” Christmas

‘Tis the season for giving back and “Monty” delivers. This handsome, buckskin was rescued 5 years ago and his owner Sarah has never regretted her decision to adopt him.   ****Thank you Calabasas Saddlery for your generous gift to our Horse of the Month – “Monty.” “Monty found me when he was a three-year-old. He was living in a large pasture, eating alfalfa cubes, and had been abandoned by his previous owner. I wasn’t in the market for a second horse, but he would just stand at the fence and look at me with his piercing brown eyes. So I adopted Monty – and had no clue that he would be the horse love of my life. Monty is the kindest, sweetest, safest horse I have ever known. He will jump around a course of fences for me, or pack my husband, kids, and friends around on a trail. He has dabbled in dressage, and will happily jump in the trailer and ride out wherever you would like to go. We like to joke that he posts for you, because his trot is ground covering and so smooth. He also didn’t seem to notice the reindeer antlers that I have recently attached to his halter. I wasn’t sure how Monty would adapt to his recent move to Hidden Hills, but so far, he is happier than I have ever seen him. He lives with his long time pasture-mate, Cloud, who is a 19 year old paint mare. She leans on him for everything. They get a mixture of organic timothy, orchard, and alfalfa, that I pack into porta grazers. These grazers slow down their eating, and also make a great toy. Monty loves to flip is over, and roll it around. Once in a great while though, he will roll it through the fence. I fill the feeders 2 or 3 times per day as needed – and support the hay with individualized Platinum Performance packs, and coolstance copra. For Christmas, Monty is getting a larger pasture so that he can kick up his heels when he is feeling fresh. As for now, he enjoys his view onto the road – whenever people and kids walk by, he pokes his head out, and is sure to get a pet or a kiss. I am beyond grateful to have Monty in my life – and every time someone asks me if he is for sale, the answer is always no.”                            Happy Holidays –...

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HOM for November – “Sgt. Reckless”
Nov01

HOM for November – “Sgt. Reckless”

Recently, a memorial statue was put in place at Camp Pendleton, CA honoring a Marine (an equine Marine, that is) named Sgt. Reckless. This little chestnut mare earned her stripes in the Corp and respect from Vets who fought in the Korean war, who remember her with fondness. This quote is taken from the Sgt. Reckless website. “Enemy soldiers could see her as she made her way across the deadly ‘no man’s land’ rice paddies and up the steep 45-degree mountain trails that led to the firing sites. ‘It’s difficult to describe the elation and the boost in morale that little white-faced mare gave Marines as she outfoxed the enemy bringing vitally needed ammunition up the mountain,’ Sgt. Maj. James E. Bobbitt recalled.”During this five-day battle, on one day alone she made 51 trips from the Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites, 95% of the time by herself. She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost FIVE TONS! — of ammunition), walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute. And as she so often did, she would carry wounded soldiers down the mountain to safety, unload them, get reloaded with ammo, and off she would go back up to the guns. She also provided a shield for several Marines who were trapped trying to make their way up to the front line. Wounded twice, she didn’t let that stop or slow her down.” If you care to donate to the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Fund, here is the info:  donations can be made through Paypal or by credit card their store at...

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Halloween Haflinger HOM for October
Oct01

Halloween Haflinger HOM for October

  By Nina Ausley Subscriber/contributor Thank you for selecting Tommy Haflinger to be the October Horse of the Month! ****HOM winners, Nina and Tommy will receive a gift basket from the friendly Malibu Feed Bin. He actually came to live with my herd in October of 2011. At that time I was struggling with the decision to retire my 26 year old Polish Arabian horse, Sammy. I knew it was time, but I didn’t want to give up riding. I saw Tommy’s picture in a Horsetrader ad and fell in love. Tommy adjusted easily and it was perfect because he was already being fed the same exact diet my other 2 horses were on: Orchard Grass Hay supplemented with Timothy Pellets and Safe Choice Original low starch horse feed as well as a little bran and a mineral block, of course. Tommy became fast friends with my Miniature Horse, Ziggy. They love to play together and are kept together in a wonderful setup with a huge paddock with a barn that has large stalls and plush shavings that they can enter and leave as the doors are always open to the paddock. Like other readers have mentioned, I have a hard time seeing horses locked up in a stall all day. I feel that my horses have stayed sound and heathy because they are able to roam around all day. They enjoy visiting people at their fence line at one end and eating up at the top at the other end of their property. They are fed 3-4 times a day so they can keep food in their system like a grazing horse. I consider Tommy to be a unique and special horse. He is a great representative of his Haflinger heritage. His sire, Winterschon CCF, was the first gold classified stallion in the United States, imported from Austria and represents the most current and sought after bloodline in the world (according to Cabin Creek Haflingers where Winterschon stands at stud). All modern purebred Haflingers must trace their ancestry through seven different stallion lines: A, B, M, N, S, ST and W. When I registered Tommy Haflinger through the American Haflinger Registry, I found out that his registered name is really Wes RRR. His name indicates his bloodline as it starts with his sire’s first initial. Tommy follows the breed standards as he has been a sound, healthy, easy keeper, with a great disposition and work ethic. He has taught me so much about patience and persistence through our dressage lessons. He is also extremely sure footed on trails and seems to glide over rough terrain. I was told when I...

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