We had so much fun hanging out with Charlie!

November 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Christmas spirit! Before we begin, we want to remind everyone that we are hosting shows for 2017 and will have 50 stalls in our gorgeous show barn for trainers to rent. Book now to reserve your stalls or our first-rate facilities for your next clinic!

Special Feature: Horse-Approved Holiday Treats!

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to start getting into the Christmas spirit, and for many of us, that means baking! From jealously-guarded family recipe for cookies to pies and cakes, we often associate December with the scents and tastes of homemade baked goods.

But why not include your four-legged friends in your holiday baking? A quick Google search reveals so many options for homemade treats for horses, and we’ve rounded up a few quick and easy recipes so you can spoil them too. To see the entire list of recipes, check out https://eventingnation.com/for-the-eventer-that-has-everything-holiday-horse-cookies/

First, let’s go with a no-bake, no-fuss recipe with only two ingredients! It doesn’t get any easier!

Easy No Cook “Apple Snaps”

(Recipe originally by Holistic Hoof and Horse Care)

4 Cups Bran (Wheat or otherwise)

4 Cups Unsweetened Applesauce

  • Mix ingredients together until batter is doughy
  • Roll out batter with rolling pin
  • Cut into squares or shapes
  • Allow dough to dry (takes about 24 hours) and serve

If your horse adores peppermints, then give these easy cookies a try! You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry or can easily find them at your local grocery store.

Peppermint Patties

1/3 Cup Oats

1/3 Cup Grain (plain)

1/3 Cup Molasses

1/3 Cup Flour

Peppermints

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  • If you prefer, use food processor to chop Oats and Grain into a finer texture
  • Mix together all ingredients except for peppermints.
  • Form cookies using spoon/scoop/hands and place on a lined cookie sheet
  • Take a peppermint and place it in the middle of each ball of the cookie dough, pressing down to flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 21 minutes or until golden brown. May need to let them dry out.

And finally, if you’re feeling adventurous with health foods, grab those fresh apples and some flax for these cookies! If you already use sweet feed, then you’re already well on your way to making them.

Apple & Flax Horse Cookies

1 Cup Sweet Feed

2 – 3 Cups Wheat Bran

1 Cup Flax Seed

1 TSP Salt

4 Large Apples, Shredded

1 Cup Molasses

.5 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

  • Mix molasses, brown sugar, apples and applesauce in bowl.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Gradually combine wet and dry ingredients together, only using enough of the wet ingredients to make a thick dough. Add more bran if necessary.
  • Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with oil.
  • Drop batter onto cookie sheet in tablespoon amounts. Flatten with a fork.
  • Bake slowly at 300° F. for 1 hour, turn cookies over and continue to bake for another 45 minutes until thoroughly dried.
  • Reduce heat if cookies begin to brown excessively or to burn.

Let us know your favorite horse holiday treats in the comments as well!

Word in the Herd

Christmas Festivities with Family!

Marie’s son Ben came to visit from England, and towards the end of his visit, the family heading to Fayetteville to enjoy their Christmas festival. As part of the entertainment, Jean Hill and the Flat Creek Contra Dancers put on an excellent show with over 60 dancers in their group!

Those contra dancers are so stylish! Marie fits right in with them!

Those contra dancers are so stylish! Marie fits right in with them!

Charlie Hutton comes to visit!

We had a rare treat when Charlie Hutton came to visit! He was based out of Clearview for years as one of the most widely renowned Western horse breeders and trainers and moved out of town just over a year ago. He happened to be passing through the area, and we had a grand time catching up with him and Nancy Whitley!

We had so much fun hanging out with Charlie!

We had so much fun hanging out with Charlie!

Lost and Found Dogs!

November was apparently the month for lost dogs to show up at the farm, and we relied on the power of social networking to reunite two adorable fur babies with their families. First, a shetland sheepdog showed up at the house, covered in mud and looking quite lost!

This poor baby showed up at the farm lost and confused without her family!

This poor baby showed up at the farm lost and confused without her family!

We had an incredible outpouring of support from our Facebook community, and thanks to your posts and shares, Sassy was reunited with her overjoyed parents.

Sassy was so happy to go home with her family!

Sassy was so happy to go home with her family!

The very next day, a stunningly gorgeous intact female Siberian Husky appeared at the farm, and once again we reached out to Facebook to find her owner. We had so many offers from well-meaning people who would have given her a new, loving home, but luckily we found her original owners, who were all too happy to see her again. Huskies are notorious for being clever escape artists, even in a fenced back yard.

The moral of the story here is to take every precaution in case your dog goes missing or escapes a fence. Keep them leashed at all times when outside your home or property, train them for off-leash recall, and make sure they are microchipped and/or wearing a collar with your contact information.

Cowboy Church

We were delighted to host Mike Fann, Byron, and the drill team from Thousand Hills for Cowboy Church. Marie wanted to video the drill team, but her horse Tucker had a meltdown! He apparently did not approve of the the big flags and riders charging around!

Tucker didn't like the flags or drill team!

Tucker didn’t like the flags or drill team!

But otherwise, cowboy church went off without a hitch, and nothing beats a church service from horseback!

Getting ready to watch the drill team!

Getting ready to watch the drill team!

Arena Reports

Don Charest has been on the road this month at the Color Congress, and he and DMC Show Horses showed incredibly well!

Congrats to Beth and Don for their outstanding performance!

Congrats to Beth and Don for their outstanding performance!

In fact, they won so many awards that we may have to rearrange our wall decor!

We may start running out of wall space soon...

We may start running out of wall space soon…

Equines and Services for Sale

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Corona was our Christmas mascot last year!

Corona was our Christmas mascot last year!

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along great with other horses on trail rides. In fact, he’s so laid back that people who have never met him are often shocked to learn that he’s a stallion!

Diego, 5 year old gaited flashy TWH gelding – $2500 OBO

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

Diego is a 14.2 hand chestnut and white spotted TWH gelding, solid broke and fun trail horse for the advanced beginner rider! We have taken him trail riding numerous amounts of times. He will lead or follow and also rides out on his own just fine. His gait is as smooth as silk and will go all day long, anywhere you point he will go. He is sure-footed and will go through water, over logs, and over bridges. He is up to date on all shots, vaccinations, and Coggins and good for the farrier. The only reason for sale is we are reducing stock, so Diego is ready and eagerly looking for his next trail buddy! He does well at all the local fun shows due to his eye catching appearance and solid gait. Click this link for more photos and a video! http://www.equinenow.com/horse-ad-1059309  

Upcoming Shows and Events

We are officially done with hosting events for the year! Watch this space as we get closer to the New Year, and we’ll update as we book dates for clinics, shows, and other events!

Comment Questions: What’s your favorite holiday baking recipe for humans and/or horses?