So I did a thing…

Most horse people are dog people! I have cats too but honestly, my dogs… are all rotten!!! Well, I have two heelers, baby girl is now 13 and my blue heeler, Cole, we are not sure how old he is so I will say 4! Then we have Gunther! He is half lab, half wiener dog. Mama was the short one! He is now 9! I went to a family friend of a friend to pick up a mattress and put comes this little turkey…. he is half corgi, half mini Aussie! And Auggie! I’m a big cow dog person. I love their personalities and their ability to learn and be protective! This little five month old pup came out and peed on my foot. Of course, I went into dog mom world and began to correct him. He listened…. and the owners said “you can take him! He is free! 🤦🏼‍♀️ Dang I’m a sucker!

Of course, I just informed my husband that I did a thing… he did the whole “uh huh..” I know he was not 100% on board as we have not had a puppy in 13 years!!! I miss having one that bonds to me right off and I know we will have a long life together! Every cowgirl needs a good dog! So I have four now but still!

Cole and Slick

God is funny about me and my animals. Every dog I have had in my life since I left home for college, came to me naturally. I didn’t seek out a breeder and buy a puppy. I saw a puppy and begged said breeder to let me have one! My first heeler was Ruger! Man he was a son of a gun! Awesome dog! Might bite someone he doesn’t like but always there to protect me! He went over the rainbow bridge at age 9. I miss him so much! I took in a lab named Jackson when Ruger was two. Jackson was a hot mess! He went to live with a good friend about three years later! He had a great life as a farm dog! Colt45 was my 2nd heeler! He was a pup when Ruger passed. That dog was always my husband’s dog!!! didn’t like truck rides. Prefered to be at home. But always happy! He lived to be 13!!!! Died at home peacefully when I went to get my son from school. It was totally random. The vet said he most likely had a heart attack. Gunther came into our lives when my son was two! Went to check on my horse while he was at the trainer! Little stinker came up and licked all over my son! Yup, she said I could have him…. great little home dog!!!! All 25# of him! Cole, our recent heeler, came from the local shelter. After Colt45 passed, I was browsing. In my brain I wanted a full mask, male, blue, under age 5. I figured it would take a long time. Several folks tagged me on his post…. he came home Christmas Eve 2019!!! Neat dog! He is a love!!!! Three was a great number!!!!

Cole, Gunther, Gauge

Alas… Gauge is getting older. I’m a huge believer in having a puppy learn from their elders. Something about the dominant dog teaching the little one how to act has always given me great success when I did rescue! So when Slick came in… they are already forming a good pack! She has taught him that mama is head of the pack but she is my number 2! Cole found his inner voice and is teaching the tiny one to have respect! All together, they are teaching Slick that the back yard is THE PLACE TO BE!!! And is mama let’s you go out front, that is special!!! Daddy is the other alpha and you better listen to him as he is responsible for Mama! So far so good!

Cole telling me how he feels!
The pack leaders ignoring the pups

Having dogs is work. I’m not going to lie. You have to take responsibility for them. Care for them. Train them. Love them. But once you bond and they bond, it’s so hard to let them go! My baby girl gets to go to the races still. She is getting around pretty good! Thanks to Summit! Cole gets to go too when baby girl wants to chill! Now little tike has gone to the vet (for the horses), Home Depot (for fencing) and to the neighbor’s house so I can groom his horses! He is super chill away from home! I hope all of you have a dog to keep you company!

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New Year…New….

I really don’t care much for the New year, new me phrase! I like me the way I am! Many people think of the new year as an opportunity to change themselves. I do it a little different! I plan to grow! Not change but grow! Whether that be in mind, spirit or body, I shall move forward! I would like to learn more about horses and how they work. In fact, I think I will find some cattle and give sorting a try! I am still going to barrel race! No doubt about that! But I have two cowy geldings that would be a blast to just work some cattle and enjoy learning more about how they work! I used to team pen back in the day! I was pretty darn good at it too! It was something I did to keep my barrel horse from being bored! Splash and Lynx both really love cows! So that is my goal this year. Lets learn something new!

Another thing I am super excited about is Summit! This product has changed my horse and dog management! My vet was shocked at how fluid my horses are moving! My 13 year old red heeler is actually playing with her siblings! She found a new lease on life! She has terrible hip dysplasia! She was beginning to get a little depressed last summer. I started her on Summit and WOW. She is jumping and running around like a pup! My retired gelding, Gabe, is back to giving lessons! He was 100% lame before starting on Summit. Now he is the horse I put the scared kids on to build their confidence! Heck, I even get on him and ride him around. He has also found a new lease on life at age 20! Splash and Lynx are rockin’ out on it as well! Last month they announced the new human product called Pure C4S. I took my loading dose and have taken one of my maintenance doses. My only complaint is that I feel good and too more than what I should, being out of shape and such! One thing I know about this product is that the longer you take it, the better you feel! My horses and dogs are proof of that! I would love for you to try it too! Check it out at www.summitjp.com/resbarrelracing

Watch out world! With my horses feeling like Rockstars on Tour and my body healing, we are going to blow the doors off!!! What doors? Not sure. But we will find doors to open!

My other goal or something I would like to grow….is my Faith. My Faith in the Lord and how he will provide! I think we all are befuddled by the state of our country right now. I have watched in wonder at the world crumbling around us. At the same time, God has blessed my home! I have gained more students! I have grown my company! My husband still has a good job! My son is doing great at his new school! RES is doing good! Then I go outside of my bubble and see all the masks being worn. All of the protests. All of the “madness” and all I can think is…when will this calm down?? In God’s time. That is when. I need to quit questioning HIS time. I need to pray more. I need to spread HIS LOVE more. I need to look at ways I can help MORE. I am not much for cold weather so I will do this from afar for the moment! But soon….soon I will be back out in the world spreading HIS LOVE!

With this post I leave you with one more thing. Stop and count your blessings! Count your loved ones twice!

Pain and Athletes.

When you are riding horses, in competition, you are riding an athlete. If you are using your horse to gather cattle, work the ranch or check fences, you are riding an athlete. In my opinion, all horses are athletes! Well, broodmares may not but they are still carrying around a lot of extra weight!!!! I do have a point… hold on…

Any time you stress your body to achieve a goal, your body must recover. Wether it be to get those miles in or finishing the fence that you have been building, your cells NEED to recover! Same goes for animals! Throw in some aches and pains…. and think about how you feel the next day! But, you as a human, can make the choice to lay low or push past. Our animal athletes do not get that choice. So how do we help them? What’s the game plan? Do you want your equine partner to have a bad day? Let’s see if I can help with that!

Gabe The Babe giving a lesson! He is 20!

So I have 3 geldings, Gabe who is now 20, Splash who is now 19 and Lynx sitting at 14! Seems odd that everything in my pasture is finished out training wise! Such a change for me! Anyhow, these geldings all have various things going on. Old injuries causing arthritis, being power houses when you ride or in Gabe’s life, being fat and lazy! Because I use my horses for lessons and two of them for barrel racing, I need to keep them feeling their best! First I will say, they are on an excellent feeding program! Next I will say they are ALL ON SUMMIT!!!!!! Summit has changed their lives! www.summitjp.com/resbarrelracing

Summit has helped them recover, restore and perform to their best of their abilities! It’s truly an amazing product! It is Chondriton 4 Sulphate! There is now a human product as well! Pure C4S!

So not only do I choose to take care of these equine athletes biologically, I also choose to work them out. Each horse has their own plan. Obviously, Gabe gets less work outs than the other two! Lynx gets the most! Splash gets at least 3 days a week! But I always start out with walking then trotting then loping. Lynx’s workout goal is 3 miles. Splash’s goal is also 2.5-3 miles and Gabe is more like 1.5 miles. I found that getting their heart rate and respiratory system moving helps them during the work day as well!

As far as soreness issues, I have found that for both me and my horses, Summit if helping beyond all expectations! I noticed that they are more eager to work out on day two. They are not near as grumpy on day two as they were before Summit came into our lives!!!! Lynx can easily handle a two day race now and even a three day! He no longer stocks up in his stall or fizzles out on the second/third run! 😱 Splash is just ready to rock out! I have to slow him down a little to get him to warm up! But he is a lot more consistent in his warm ups now!

Overall, I feel like we may be expecting our horses to recover and repeat without thinking about how they feel. By adding in something to help with recovery, you will be helping them to be their best!