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MEET TEANA

Today I want to introduce you to a person whom I greatly admire. She is my horse trainer, friend and mentor when it comes to “all things horse”. Her name is Teana Mazzarone Hodge and her farm is located in Pender County in Southeastern NC.
While I could write in much detail about all the ways Teana has helped me with my horse, I want to tell the part of her story that began about 4 years ago when she adopted her first mustang and the continuation of that dream which began on Jan. 22nd, 2016.
After Teana adopted her mustang, a gorgeous bay mare age 6, she had 120 days to prepare for the ultimate show at Mustang Million in Texas which would culminate with her dream come true. Her girl, named PT (short for Perfect Timing) was smart and willing which led to quick first markers: haltered and leading on the first day, on her
back on day 3,  saddle on day 4. Before I knew it she was hauling her to other farms to work in other rings to get her use to other places. Even though it was Teana, I was amazed at how quickly she was riding her just like I ride my 15 year old horse.  But then one day this wonderful journey came to an abrupt end. The necropsy report revealed that PT had suffered a broken neck while in the wild but the bones had fused back together only not exactly the way they were before the break leaving them fragile. While in her stall and with one swing of her head the fused bone came apart severing her spinal column. Teana was heartbroken and devastated as were those of us who were following their progress. The dream was over.
Fast forward to Jan. 22nd, 2016. Teana brought home her new mustang, a 5 year old mare born in the wild near Sweetwater, WY. As of this writing she may be named Sweet Girl. Thus the journey begins again.
I look forward to following this wonderfully talented young woman as she progresses using natural horsemanship methods to gentle her mustang and teach her to become the horse partner that Teana knows she can be.

Look for more articles, pictures and videos on this website to keep up to date on Tean’s progress.

Don’t forget to click on the shop now buttons at HorseTackUSA.com for all of your horse products and supplies at horse.com. Remember that by shopping from here 25% of the commissions go to a local rescue league to help fund foster care, feed and other needs to care for abandoned and abused horses.

Remedy for “Scratches” using horse products you already have.

After reading an article written by Heather Smith Thomas published in a 2001 issue of Anvil Magazine I decided to try this remedy. I was pleasantly surprised that I could order each of them by going to my website Horsetackusa.com and clicking on shop now where I purchase all of my "everything horse" products.

I have had my horse"Tank" for nine years and he has always had a growth on his 2 back feet in the pastern area where the foot bends. I have tried many things and actually got rid of the growth on one foot by simply putting vaseline on it for a long time but the growth on the other foot would diminish but would grow back.

I finally decided to try this remedy so I purchased all of the ingredients from horse.com while on my site horsetackusa.com and mixed them together in equal parts. I had rubber gloves and I would advise you to use them. I followed the directions to clean and dry the area each night when my horse came into his stall and then applied the mixture to the growth liberally. 

At first it seemed that nothing was changing but finally the growth started deteriorating when I would brush it with my hoof brush. After about 4 weeks it was smaller and then one day I was cleaning his feet and noticed one side of the growth was just hanging loose so I pulled on it gingerly. To my surprise the whole thing came off. For the first time in 9 years he is scratches free.

The first ingredient is benzimidazole dewormer drugs, found in horse paste wormers. Some of these are fenbendazole (marketed as Safe-Guard or Panacur), cambendazole, oxybendazole (marketed as Anthelcide EQ), oxfendizole (trade name Benzelmin ) and mebendazole. I ordered Panacur. The next ingredient is nitrofurazone ointment (an antibiotic salve), and one part DMSO. Considering how long it took I would advise you to order 2 paste wormers.

If you are like me you try to take care of your horse in the best possible way that you can afford. Many equine products can be costly and don't always work. My vet sold me something (I can't remember the name of it but it was $20+ in a very small tube that never did anything) These items are fairly inexpensive especially when purchased online at your favorite horse supply site and what a wonderful feeling when you see it working.

 

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.

Fiona’s Foster Fund

Last year I launched this website in memory of a friend’s foster filly who died of complications from colic. This beautiful filly had such potential and my friend had agreed to foster her and participate in a really awesome program called Lope Rescue ( more about this in a future blog) developed by another friend of mine who is a trainer and an Ambassador for the American Mustang.

The website was created to provide financial incentives through donations to people with the place and the heart to foster rescued horses but do not have the money to feed and care for them.

With the relaunch of the website I have added another benefit. My website has now gained the approval of horse.com and their partner Ebay Enterprise Affiliate Network. Now everyone can go to horsetackusa.com or my companion site Myhappyhorseplay.com and click on the horse.com banner or click on the shop now or store in the menu browser and it will take you to the horse.com online store to shop. With your help by shopping I will donate 25% of the commission earned by my website to Fiona’s Foster Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) corp.

You will still be able to donate a monthly amount if you wish but this way all you need to do is shop for all those things we all need for our horses.

In the coming days, weeks, and months I will continue to provide the link to my website and all the latest news regarding what we are doing to further this project. Please come and help us help horses.

About Us

When I launched this website last year I got the cart before the horse so to speak. Now that the dream is in better focus I am relaunching it so that I can offer shopping with horse.com to all who go to my site and click shop now. With the approval of horse.com and their partners at Ebay Enterprise Affiliate Network earlier this year anyone can go to horse.com from my website and shop. Commissions from those sales will be paid to the website and 25% of all commissions will go to Fiona’s Foster Fund. You will still be able to click on the button to donate directly through paypal and 100% of those donations will go to Fiona’s Foster Fund. Now everyone who shops at horse.com can do it through horsetackusa.com and help us to insure a brighter future for rescued horses.

About Fiona the Yearling

About Fiona the Yearling that Fiona's Foster Fund is named after……