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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Monday, October 06, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Horse Blankets!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Winter is around the corner and you may be starting to think about your winter coat, winter riding pants, boots, gloves, and perhaps, even your horses' possible need for a blanket. Some people use them and some don't for a variety of reasons. This is a personal choice.

Winter horse blankets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_blanket are used for protecting horses from the elements, especially in cold climates. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, weights, and sizes. Some are made for primarily indoor use like the the stable blanket, designed for maximum comfort and warmth rather than maneuverability. Whereas the outdoor turnout blanket (turnout rug) is designed to be weather resistent, and accomodate better maneuverability. Some manufacturers have even designed accessories like a hood, sleezy sleapwear http://www.ss4horses.com/ , and more!

Have you checked your horses' blankets yet? Do they need repairs, cleaning, waterproofing? Do you have the appropriate type for the various weather conditions (many people have multiple blankets for wach horse)? Does your horse not have a blanket and maybe he needs one?
This week's task is to examine your horses' blanket needs and take action! Please consider reading a few of the resources below (whether you blanket or not).

RESOURCES:

How Horses Keep Warm
http://www.paardnatuurlijk.nl/index_js.htm?
http://www.paardnatuurlijk.nl/weetjes/howwarm.htm

Learn how to choose, purchase, use, clean and maintain horse blankets in this free series of video guides.

http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/4958_horse-blankets.htm

When to Blanket Your Horse in Winter
http://equisearch.com/horses_care/health/winter/blanket_101904/

Horse Blanket Q&A
Blanket manufacturers answer some of your most common questions about the use and care of blankets for your equine partner.
http://www.equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/tack_apparel/miscellaneous/eqblanket2649/

Horse Stable Blanket Selection and Care by Cherry Hill
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Horse_Newsletter/stable_blankets.htm

To Blanket or Not to Blanket
http://www.petplace.com/horses/to-blanket-or-not-to-blanket/page1.aspx

Blankets and Sheets Buyer's Guide
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?c=15498&aid=1566

Turnout Blanket Buyer's Guide
http://www.doversaddlery.com/turnout-blanket-buyers-guide/a/254/


*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

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