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The Easy Does It Ranch

I have known Bill White for many years and have known about his passion for his Easy Does It Ranch. In fact I have been there to ride my horse and camp out in this beautiful place. For the past 14 years Bill has been able to rent this beautiful 41 acres with a cabin on it every year through donations for the sole purpose of holding several 1 week camp experiences for teens who are recovering from living in families with alcohol and drug abuse. These teens come from recovery programs in their local home towns in NC, VA, SC, MD and DC. They are assigned a horse to feed and care for and ride while they are there during the week. They are assigned the usual chores and duties that come along with ranch life including helping the chuck wagon cook with meal preparation.They also attend 3 12 step meetings each day and ride the horses every day. The camp is free to the kids with the help of the ranches sponsors and all proceeds that the Easy Does It Ranch takes in from fundraising events throughout the year. The sponsors not only donate money to get the kids there but several donate the use of their horses and horse supplies, feed and equipment throughout the camp weeks.

Bill recently notified me that the owners of this property have decided to sell it and Bill is trying to raise the money to purchase it through Go Fund Me and word of mouth. I can’t say enough about this program. I feel so strongly about it that I asked Bill back in the summer if I and my horse could come and volunteer to help out next year if there is a next year. We all know what positive things horses can do for the mind and the body. Many of these kids have never been around horses or even been out in the country camping. Many have written to Bill later and told him what a difference this experience has made in their lives. Many come back and volunteer each year. Please, if you can, go to www.easydoesitranch.org and donate to a much needed cause.

Happy trails and have a blessed day.

Belonging to a Herd

     I recenly read and article titled "What Humans can't teach: The Importance of Herd Socialization for the Performance Horse written by Allison Nicole Shultz in the Eclectic Horseman magazine. It was an excellent article discussing the reasons horses, especially performance horses, should be raised in a herd. The writer stated that the reason why the potential sport or performance horse is kept in a barn and stalled for most of his or her life is the risk of injury that would derail a promising career. There are risks but sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks.

     For years I have watched our horses interact with each other and never cease to be amazed at the like, the love, the anger, the indeference, the playfulness,the competitiveness, and the concern they show for each other at different times. I often call them 1000lb toddlers. If one gets out of line, another one might show signs of iritation and walk away or shake a head to show disdain for the one out of line. It is both funny and enlightening to watch these wonderful creatures show almost human emotions.

     The writer suggests that living in a herd teaches respect and manners and once the herd hierarchy is established the new horse will know his place and become secure within the herd dynamic. Without this socialization the typical performance horse becomes insecure, and will exhibit signs of cribbing, weaving and overaggresiveness with both other horses and people. She describes the benefit young horses growing up in pastures with other young horses and their mothers learning balance over terrain, abstacles and streams which subsequently builds good bone, strong feet, atheletic ability and brave character. This way of life results in better atheletes and happier horses.

     My point exactly. Here at My Happy HorsePlay we want and encourage everyone to keep their horses happy and help make those less fortunate to live out the rest of their lives happy. Happy horses make better horse/human partners. You can go to Shop Now and pick out something from the unlimited horse products and supplies at horse.com to make your horse and you happy. Have a blessed and awesome day. 

The latest fall good deals

     As horse owners we are all happy that summer is over and fall has made its yearly arrival. I hear the joy in voices of all my horse friends and see the postings on fb describing the wonders of fall during trail rides and year end horse shows. We feel good because our horses feel good. They show us everyday through there running,bucking, kicking and playing in the pastures. They too are celebrating the return of fall. It appears that the time is now for shopping for those items that will be needed now and in the coming cold months of winter.The Farmers Almanac is forecasting a severe winter so we need to get ready. Horse.com has their winter blankets on sale right now for as much as 36% off. I decided to look for a good pair of muck boots that would keep my feet warm and dry this winter. Well I found them at horse.com Nobel Outfitters Muds boots The most comfortable muck boot for winter to keep my feet dry and warm. Horse.com has a lot of horse products and supplies for all things horse. Regardless of your equine discipline there are tons of equine supplies, products and "stuff" for you to prepare your horses for the coming winter. Now hurry and go shop. Remember we are mobile so you can shop from your smart phone. Happy fall riding.

Update on Website

Horsetackusa.com is up and running. While the home page is still being tweeked, all of the functions are working well and we are now an official place to go shopping. As a customer you will get all of the same benefits when shopping from my website as you do when shopping from horse.com. All you have to do is key in horsetackusa.com and either click on shop now, store or any of the horse.com banners to go directly to horse.com. The website is also mobile ready. Remember 25% of all commissions paid to horsetackusa.com will go directly to Fiona’s Foster Fund to help foster rescued horses. Please make horsetackusa.com your first choice when shopping online for all of your horse needs.