Trainer’s Tips with Dan Whitt

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Trainer’s Tips with Randy Jacobs

Check out our new Trainer’s Tips grooming videos with World Champion Halter Horse Trainer, Randy Jacobs!

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Solve Equine Stomach Ulcers with GastroEase

Perfect Products - GastroEase

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Annie Oakley Perfumery Products Are Here!

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Annie Oakley, 1860-1926

Exciting news! We now are selling Annie Oakley Perfumery products! Annie Oakley has a unique history and offers fragrances for men and women, inspired by Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter!

Owner and founder, Renee Gabet, is a pioneer and innovator in the western manufacturing industry, and Annie Oakley is the only perfumery in the United States.   The company originally started out in the Gabet’s kitchen in 1980 as the family began mixing perfumes in their country kitchen and shipping orders from the front porch. Now, the perfumery ships world class bottles of fragrances annually to retailers and loyal consumers all over the world!

Annie Oakley Perfume

Annie Oakley Floral fragrances surround you with soft, gentle scents. Created from the most fragrant and lovely of nature’s flowers…pure white lilies, dusky roses, bright gardenias, and lush jasmine.  Choose from Annie®, Indian Musk®, Morning Dew®, Honeysuckle, Sunset®, and White Lily®.

Annie Oakley Eau de ToiletteWild West® is a fragrance as spirited as those who wear it, infused with fresh bergamot and a bouquet of white florals, rich amber and rare vanilla.  Surround yourself with bright sunshine!

For more information and to experience these fragrances for yourself visit Schneiders at sstack.com!

Understanding Hot vs. Cold Equine Therapy

Therapy-InfographicVisit Schneiders for all of your therapy needs, whether cold equine therapy or hot equine therapy is needed.

Noble Equine – Innovative Riding Gear

Noble Equine® creates products that exceed the needs of their customers with quality and function, while delivering exceptional value.

In late 2011, Noble Equine® saw an opportunity to build products for riders that include features they need and deliver them at a value. Pulling together riders from all disciplines, the Noble Equine product development team asked, “What do you need in your riding gear that is not available today?”

Armed with a long list and a blank drawing board, the Noble Equine team of designers worked in close collaboration with riders across the country to develop products designed specifically for their needs. After numerous product development meetings and countless rounds of designs, we are excited to introduce the Noble Equine line of gloves, socks, bags, and knives.

One of Noble Equine’s most popular bags is the Ringside™ Pack. The Ringside Pack was developed with much attention to detail, filling this utilitarian bag with tons of versatile compartments. A fully padded laptop sleeve, helmet compartment, and side pocket to secure a crop are just a few examples of these equine inspired features. While carrying around a full bag, you won’t sacrifice comfort with ultra-padded heavy-duty straps that hold up to the wear of everyday use. Featuring the hook and loop logo, this bag can proudly display one of the many custom discipline patches, or an equine saying that will allow your personality to shine. Discipline patches are free with purchase of any Noble Equine Performance Bag.

Noble Equine is NOW AVAILABLE at Schneiders!

Fire Halters- An Easy Safety Measure For Your Barn!

It’s safe to say that a barn fire is every horse owner’s worst nightmare.

While visiting Stachowski Farm last week, the Schneiders crew discovered a fascinating safety measure that I personally have never seen before. By the barn door, under two fire extinguishers, was a rack full of red halters with red and white leads attached.

Fire Halters

Fire Halters at Stachowski Farm

Upon closer inspection, we noticed that the chin pieces had been removed and the lead ropes threaded through the brass attachment.

Fire Halters Up Close

Fire Halters Close-Up

In case of a fire, your first objective is to safely remove your horses from the area. Seconds count. In this situation, you don’t have time to run around looking for halters for everyone. Even if you have halters and leads on each stall door, trying to fasten buckles or tie rope halters on panicky horses wastes valuable time. With these particular fire halters, handlers can slip them on quickly and go. Having them all in one place so everyone knows where to find them saves even more time.

Want to implement this safety measure in your barn? Simply invest in one halter (like this one) and lead (like this one) per horse. Cut the chin piece and throat piece off the halter so you are left with the nose piece, cheek pieces and crown piece alone. Then clip your lead to the brass ring on the right side of the halter and slide the opposite end of the lead through the brass ring on the left side.

Fire Halter How-To

Create your own fire halters!

Now your fire halter is assembled and ready to go! Keep your halter(s) in one easily accessible place in case of emergency, and let everyone at your barn know where to find them.

Do you keep fire halters at your barn? What other creative safety measures do you implement?

Inspiration From a Rescue Miniature Horse, Zorro

Back in November 2012, Schneiders ran a Facebook contest for a free bucket of Cosequin goodies. Little did we know when we randomly chose our winner, Stephanie Fitkin, that we would be introduced to one of the most inspiring horses who has beaten the odds, all thanks to the care of a passer-by.

Meet Zorro.

Zorro is a happy camper with a coat full of fluff and a tubby little tummy, but things weren’t always this way. After Stephanie sent us this photo when thanking us for her prize, she proceeded to tell us Zorro’s story.

“I was told he was in a traveling circus for the first 2 years of his life as the ‘World’s Smallest Horse’. He was a mini foal, so of course he was small. They were in western Washington when he escaped into a field with other horses and they could not catch him before having to leave town, so they left him. He lived out there for 3 years trying to breed the mares. I have no idea if he succeeded, haha.

“He was then sold to some people who thought he would be perfect for their little kids to ride. They would put their kids on him and of course he would buck them off….no training, barely halter broke and still a stud. They would beat him for it to the point he could not stand up (the guy would brag about that)!  When I found him, he was tied to a tree having eaten the bark to stay alive with a too tight halter digging into his face.

“The first time I walked up to him (circumventing the pit bull dogs tied to various trees on the property) he looked at me with dead eyes and no hope. With a little mumble from him, my heart was his. The Sheriff said there was nothing he could do because they did have a bale of hay on the property.  Even though it was moldy straw, he said it was not his job to judge the quality of hay people feed their horses. Long story short, I ended up buying him.

“They said he was a mini stallion and worth at least $1000.00.  What could I do but beg, borrow and sell some tack?  I knew that on top of the purchase price I was looking at a lot of vet and farrier bills. He came to me scared and very defensive of himself, and for good reason.  He would run from you or, if cornered, attack you.

“It took a lot of patience and time. I would spend hours just sitting with him and reading to him, just so he could get to know my voice and not feel threatened by me.  I now can let him loose on my property and he has free range and will come when I call him.  My sister nick named him ‘puppy’ because he will always come and check on me if he can’t see me.”

We couldn’t believe what we were hearing, and the before-and-after photos are night and day. Stephanie posted more photos of Zorro on our Facebook and it looks like we’re not the only ones in love!

Cowboy Magic soon picked up the fun on their Facebook page, sharing Zorro’s photo in one of our stable sheets. With almost 5,000 likes on his photo, it turns out he is a great model!

This gave us an idea. We hadn’t shot any new photos of miniature turnout sheets in awhile, and we couldn’t get over how adorable Zorro is and his incredible story. We contacted Stephanie and sent her a Tekno-Fleece Mini Warmer and StormShield Miniature Turnout Sheet to try. Unfortunately we sent the wrong size in the Tekno-Fleece Warmer

But the StormShield Turnout Sheet fit great! Zorro will now star in our Spring 2013 catalog. Be sure to check him out on page 33!

 

Rebecca Ray and Beautiful Draft Horses

Check out Rebecca Smith’s beautiful horses! We’re so glad she let Tinsel model our Big Fella blankets! Check out Rebecca Ray Designs here.

Horse Treats: How To Make Pony Pizzas

Here’s a fun and simple recipe to share with children so they can make horse treats!  Pony pizzas are a great way to encourage creativity while making tasty treats for horses!Pony-Pizzas