Welcome 2nd REF Foster Horse

Hi REF Community,

I want start by saying “Thank You” to those individuals who were able to attend the Hope For Horses fundraiser this past Saturday night!! Your support is greatly appreciated!!

I would like to welcome our latest foster addition “Bay Horse”!  I know this is a terrible name but was hoping you all would take a few moments to check him out and see if you think of a name more fitting.  He is a very stout and handsome Westphalian Warmblood gelding with a great deal of personality.  He is a bit mouthy so please watch yourself around him (no hand feeding treats 🙂 as Tanya and I will be working diligently on his manners these next few weeks.  Elyssa Armstrong has already given her name suggestion of …Flynn Ryder from the movie Tangled.  If you like this name or come up with another name please e-mail me or leave it in the comment box outside the barn office by this Friday July 15th!!

I am so proud of how well Maximus has settled in…and want to give a huge “thank you” to Tanya Striebeck as REF and I would not be able to foster Maximus nor “Bay Horse” without her training and support!!

Maximus Update!

Maximus has made tremendous strides these last 2 weeks here at Rider’s Edge Farm!!  Tanya has been diligently working Maximus on his ground manors and ride-ability.  Today was the 2nd time she rode him…and he walk, trot cantered in the round pen while remaining calm and relaxed!  We are extremely pleased with his progress and look forward to moving his training from the smaller confines of the round pen to our large indoor arena.  Tanya has exposed Maximus to the indoor, the mirrors as well as the occasional traffic from other sport-horses doing their work.  He seems to handle the traffic nicely and will soon be ready to ride in the arena as well.

Thank you to the REF community for their continued support with the fostering of Maximus!  We also would like to thank Amanda Kaplan for her generous donation of Adequan as we know Maximus will greatly appreciate it!

Stay tuned for more information regarding Maximus’s progress at Rider’s Edge Farm.  As always we are looking for sponsorship to help off-set the ever growing costs associated with caring for Maximus.  If you or someone you know is looking for an amazing opportunity to sponsor a kind-hearted and athletic foster horse please contact Vanessa Howard via Facebook or through our website at…

www.ridersedgefarm.com or www.facebook.com/ridersedgefarm


REF’s New Foster Horse Maximus!!

REF would like to welcome our newest equine addition…Maximus!  He is a Handsome 16.3h Holsteiner Gelding. Maximus has settled in nicely: getting to know his other herd-mates, learning how to respect the halter and embracing the reality of my 2 young daughters thinking he is the “Real” Maximus from the movie “Tangled”!

His story is one of abuse and neglect…but we are looking to focus on his exceptional future rather than dwell on his unsavory past!

Please help join me in welcoming Maximus to the REF Community!  If you or someone you know would like to come meet Maximus or learn more about how you can Sponsor him through his fostering experience please don’t hesitate to ask.  As you know…horses can be very costly, so any help is greatly appreciated!!

We are very excited to see Maximus grow here at REF.

Beautiful Friday!!

Yesterday was a busy Friday!  I began my day with the sun out and the ground beginning to dry!!  It’s amazing how the sun has become a direct link to how the day can go.  I was up bright and early ready to work with my first horse of the day.  He too was excited about the beautiful day…so he was a bit fresher than planned but who could blame him?  I certainly didn’t.  He eventually settled down into our typical morning routine and finished excellent!

Then I was off on my first of I imagine many visits to “Hope For Horses” an amazing non-profit equine welfare organization founded in 2001.  I had the honor of meeting the staff, owners as well as the dedicated volunteers at the barn…but most importantly the animals.  There was a large pig snuggled up in a horse cooler taking her morning nap, 2 mini donkey’s who just arrived from the Nordstrom’s Sale, Abby (grey Hinnie), Brody (black mini horse), Josie (Chestnut mare), Sugar (Appaloosa mare) , Cantour and Zigi (2 large Sport-horse type  Warmblood geldings).  All the horses were extremely well cared for, in good weight, willing to be social with me as well as their fellow farm-mates and enjoying the much needed sunny day! I really enjoyed my visit and look forward to many more in the next few weeks.

Then it was off to take my beloved Golden Retriever Rocco to the vet…as he has degenerative arthritis in his low back…which requires me to learn how to give an inter-muscular shot! I have done it with my horses…but never to my dog. Luckily Rocco was the perfect patient, so I should be able to give the future shots at home.

I headed back to REF where I was able to work one more horse and give Opus and Elyssa their lesson. They were both super through the gymnastic…which always makes for a great day!

Zach and the girls picked me up at the barn and we were off to catch the ferry to Treasure Island. We are enjoying a beautiful Saturday on the beach digging for clams, fishing off the dock and eventually taking a ride in my brother’s new boat!

I am off to join the party and hope everyone is having an outstanding weekend!

Anderson Equine Saddle Fitting Services

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Dawn’s mission is…”to ensure that you and your horse are fitted properly in your saddle, to assure the best behavior and freedom from lameness, so that you can better enjoy your time together.  After all, a happy, healthy horse makes for a happy, healthy rider.”

Dawn specializes in English saddle fitting, reflocking, and repair services, She takes great care to see that your saddle is properly cared for, and that you and your horse are fit as perfectly as possible, because you deserve nothing less.

For more information about Anderson Equine Saddle Fitting Services…Check Out www.andersonequine.com


Much Needed Spring Day At REF!!

Redmond Horse Boarding "Have it your way"Today was literally a breath of fresh air!  I woke up to the sun being out and happy horses grazing in their pastures.  I can’t emphasizes enough how beautiful and peaceful the farm was on this bright Spring day!

I spent the day exercising our REF horses, giving much needed baths and hand walking through our horse friendly neighborhood.  I didn’t realize a simple walk could turn into an expedition: whether it be intercepting the FedEx semi truck, or the adorable mini pony at my neighbor’s house.

I enjoyed talking with friends at the farm, teaching my evening lesson and spending quality time with Zach and our 2 girls in the ever growing garden.

I have to say…Zach and I are really enjoy living and working at Rider’s Edge Farm.  We have been spending a great deal of time redeveloping our REF website as well as learning more about how we can best support our awesome community of horses and owners.

I know the weather forecast does not hold much hope for additional Spring days…but the taste of Spring today was a much needed treat!!


Exciting News from Rider’s Edge Farm

Hello! We have some exciting news to share with you. Effective March 1st Vanessa Howard will become the new “CEO” of Rider’s Edge Farm. Vanessa and I are thrilled to be making this change as we all prepare for a prosperous 2011 and beyond. Our vision for Rider’s Edge Farm is long term and will remain so, focused on delivering a wonderful experience for all of you and your horses. Vanessa will help all of us achieve this goal. With any change come lots of questions and concerns. Please know that Vanessa and I will ensure a seamless transition for everyone.

Vanessa and I have always had a strategic goal to create an environment where horsemanship and learning can be pursued by riders at all levels of ability and desire. Rider’s Edge Farm provides that environment. Of course, all of you are what makes this riding community come alive. We are honored by your presence and we will continue to build our programs based on your feedback and insights.

I’m delighted that Vanessa can now return to the horse business and devote her skills and talents to running our operations. As you know, our granddaughters are turning four and two, which is a magical point in time wherein a mom can resume work and pursuit of her professional goals. For me, this is a dream come true. I love what we do here and now I get to enjoy it as a rider and grandmother, knowing that Vanessa will continue the vision and take Rider’s Edge Farm to another level.

Vanessa will be meeting with all of you to ensure a smooth transition. Her approach to the business will be consistent with the values you have come to expect. I look forward to the continuation of our fun filled and supportive learning environment which is a hallmark of Rider’s Edge Farm.

While many questions will arise and be answered later, there is one question I want to address right up front. “Marianne is not going away. On the contrary, I will be actively enjoying our community as a teacher, participant, and spending time riding and helping Skylar and Madison learn our wonderful sport.”

In the words of the late, great Ray Hunt: “It’s not so much what we do, it’s how we do what we do”.   And so it is with Rider’s Edge Farm. Please join me in welcoming Vanessa to her new and much deserved role.

Ride on my friends,


Horse Trailer Covers – What You Must Know Before Buying Them

If you own a horse and enjoy taking your horse out for rides through different destinations such as camping trails,the beach, or other various destinations then you understand the importance of having a horse trailer. You want to ride your horse on so many different trails but the only way to get your horse to all of these different locations is with a horse trailer. What happens to your trailer when it is not in use though?

Horse trailers can be very expensive as anyone who owns a horse or enjoys riding a horse already knows. If you have already invested a great deal of your hard earned money in to a trailer then you know that a trailer cover is needed. The trailer cover is going to protect your trailer from harsh weather and elements. It is also great for protecting your horse if needed as well, just while the horse is away from its stall of course.

What kind of trailer for your horse do you own as you need to know this information in order to choose the cover that is right for you. If you own a goose neck trailer then the cover will most likely be more expensive simply because goose neck horse trailers have a tendency to be a bit larger than the regular trailers.

There are many different options to choose from when searching for a cover for the trailer. The best option is usually what is refereed to as a “universal fit”. The universal fit horse trailer covers are made for regular trailers and goose neck trailers and are made to fit any and all different types of trailers. This is because they are made very large but can be tightened to fit around the trailer ensuring that it is a perfect match every time.

As always when searching for different trailer covers the best possible option is almost always online. If you search the internet for horse trailer covers then you can almost always find covers that are just right for your trailer as well as finding the best deals and bargains. So search the web and compare prices and you will have your new cover in no time at all.

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Snake Bites in Horses

Horses are most commonly bitten by poisonous snakes, such as rattlesnakes, copperheads and coral snakes, in the spring and summer months. Horses at pasture are often bitten on the nose and head. Bites to the head and nose are true medical emergencies. These may cause swelling of the nose and surrounding tissue, making it difficult for the horse to breathe. Bites to the legs are less common and less serious, and usually occur during rides through snake-infested areas. In addition to swelling, the venom causes tissue destruction and blood clotting problems.

If Your Horse is Bitten by a Snake

  1. If you see or hear snake when riding, move away from the area.
  2. If you think your horse has been bitten, move away from the area, dismount and examine the legs for blood, swelling or puncture marks.
  3. Slowly hand walk the horse back to the stable or trailer.
  4. Keep the horse calm.

Treatment of Snake Bites

If you are unsure whether your horse was bitten, clip the hair on the legs and examine for dark oozing blood, puncture holes (1 or 2), swelling or discoloration of the wound area. If you find a snake bite after clipping away the hair, apply cold packs to the area. Do not apply ice directly to the skin, as this will freeze the skin and further damage the tissue. You may be initially unable to determine if your horse has been bitten. Observe your horse’s legs or muzzle for 1-2 hours for signs of swelling, blood, or discoloration. Medical treatment involves the use of antibiotics to prevent infection at the bite site and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.

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Of Horses and Names

What’s in a name? Everything, apparently. Where naming your Thoroughbred is concerned, you need to follow a lot of rules set forth by the Jockey Club. And they’re not few nor are they hassle-free to follow.

To make it easy to monitor all age groups for the races, January 1 is the set birthday of all horses. You must register your horse within a year after its actual date of birth. Take note that you can’t register an equine that has been artificially inseminated, cloned or whose embryo has been transferred. The horse must be the product of an actual physical mating. To be eligible for registration, the foal’s parents must be registered with the Jockey Club and to prove parentage, it must undergo a DNA or blood test.

You have to name your horse by February of its second year or suffer late fee charges. You submit six names to the Jockey Club, the first one being your most preferred. The long and short of it is that the ultimate decision as to which name to give your horse actually lies with the Jockey Club.

However, there are a lot of prohibitions to follow when choosing a name for your horse. For instance, you may not use more than 18 characters, spaces and punctuation marks included, for your horse’s name. Your horse’s name must not also end with horse-related terms such as “filly,” “colt,” “mare,” “stallion” or others of a similar nature. You may not use initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B nor can you use names of graded stakes races or racetracks. And if you’re thinking of naming your horse after a winner in the Kentucky Derby for the past 25 years, forget it. You may not use any name of any past winner of a graded 1 stakes race.

If you want to use numbers to name your horse, you can only do so for numerals above thirty and this must be spelled out. However, numerical designations such as “2nd,” “3rd” and so forth may not be used regardless of whether this is spelled out or not. Vulgar, obscene or offensive names that could potentially humiliate, harass or disparage any religious, political or ethnic group is definitely not allowed.

This is just a beginner’s introduction of the long list of rules for naming your horse. This gives you an idea of how tough it is to come up with names for your equine. Apparently, for racehorses, everything is in a name.

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