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1. Teaches patience.
2. Teaches a horse to remain calm while their feet are caught in something the horse didn’t expect.
3. Gives the rider the option of overnight restraint without a fence.
4. Let’s you do ranch chores when your horse doesn’t ground tie. (Okay, maybe this isn’t a very good reason when there’s fence work to be done!)
We ran across this video on Western Dressage of Oklahoma’s Facebook page. It’s funny!!
According to The Horse Riding Site, horse back riding offers many health benefits. The benefits are more than just physical in nature, but also include emotional and psychological ones as well. Riding horses and especially trail riding lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, and gives you a happier outlook on life. The physical benefits from the calories burned, muscle development, and fresh air provide advantages similar to other forms of exercise. The big difference is many people won’t regularly attend the gym, but trail riding is fun so participation is easy. Weight loss is a natural result and especially since the tendency to eat diminishes when you are active and busy. Undoubtedly, trail riding is good for you!
We want to take a moment to thank you for following horsesfortrail and to wish you a wonderful New Year! Make sure this coming year that you reserve plenty of time on the trail with a good horse!
Merry Christmas from the horsesfortrail team to all of you! We hope your holidays are filled with great joy and special time with family and friends!
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at horsesfortrail! We are grateful to God for this wonderful country, our family, our health, our lives, and our horses. This is truly a remarkable time and place to live. Enjoy the day and we hope the holiday is good for you and yours!
The Rogers Co. Sheriff’s Department is making the most of its resources and putting to use the often overlooked assets in the community, the people. In this case, the horse people. The department has formed a mounted rescue patrol to assist the sheriff’s office in activities such as searching for lost children and assisting in rescue operations from horseback. Rogers Co. is a rural area with large areas of woods and places hard to cover by vehicles, particularly in rescue operations. Wisely the department is using horsemen with steady, willing, and calm horses to conduct the activities. The participants will be auxiliary deputies, but without authority to actually enforce the law.
There are specific qualifications that must be met:
1. Be At Least 21 Years of Age
2. Have Your Own Horse
3. Have Your Own Tack, Trailer, and Towing Vehicle
4. Complete An Application
5. Pass a Background Investigation
6. Pass a Horse and Rider Evaluation Process
(There are no County residency requirements.)
The horses used must be able to handle the unexpected situations that you encounter in search and rescue operations. Obviously the Sheriff doesn’t need bad situations made worse by volunteers who bring horses that are high-strung or incapable of getting the job done. It is a wonderful way to give back to the community and really render aid to those who need assistance in emergency situations. More than just writing a check or making a monetary donation, the volunteers truly lend a hand when needed.
Looking for horse feed, equine products, or horse supplies, you might check out Bixby Farm & Ranch. Yep, you guessed right, they’re located in Bixby, Oklahoma. If you want to do business with a family owned and operated business, they are located at 16614 South Memorial. Stan’s been in business there for longer than we can remember ( yeah, we know that’s only a week for our memory ). He’s been around for a while and knows a lot about feed, quality of feed, and general nutrition. In fact, it is hard to buy feed without Stan telling you what’s in it and what he recommends. The store is opened 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday and Saturdays 8am to noon. If you haven’t been there, you should stop by sometime.
We predicted earlier this year that hay prices would settle to more reasonable levels. The last two years of drought has been hard for most types of agriculture in Oklahoma. Farmers and ranchers had some difficult years. Now everything looks a little greener (pun intended). Actually things look really green and nice. August this year has been spectacular with lots of rain and the grass in the pasture thriving. Hay prices have fallen back to reasonable again and will certainly benefit the equine industry. We are grateful for the much-needed rain with all the other blessings God gives us. Life is good!
We are grateful to live in this great country and feel truly blessed God has given all of this to us! We can’t imagine living any other place!