Protecting your valuables from theft and contamination

By Administrator on August 15th, 2008
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Important reminders from horsecity.com:
By Eleanor Richards

Horse owners are discovering a trip to the feed store requires an armed guard.
But once the edible “gold” is safely transported to the stable, how is it protected and stored?
As with anything of value, the chances of it being stolen is very high. In this case the thieves are usually horses and rodents.

Commercial feeds, grain and supplements must be stored in a secure location. A room, such as an extra stall, with a locking door is best. Within that room, storage containers with lids that can be locked or fastened securely should be provided. This double protection helps insure the thief will have trouble accessing the treasure.

Several types of containers are available. An old chest freezer with the latch removed (to insure a child does not become trapped) works well. Other popular containers are trash cans. Galvanized metal trash cans work best, as the steel also deters the other thieves rodents (rats and mice).

Secure containers will also help prevent Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. Opossums, skunks and raccoons may have the organism which causes EPM in their feces. Horses may acquire EPM when they ingest grain, forage or water contaminated with the feces.

Regardless of the type of container you choose the lid must fasten securely and be hard for a horse to remove. There is always a chance the feed room door will be left open. Bungee cords may help secure the lid.

Extra bags of feed that will not fit in the secure containers may be stacked on a platform a few inches above the ground. A wooden pallet works well. This allows air circulation around the bags. It is imperative the feed room be securely closed at all times if exposed feed bags are stored.

Feed should be purchased fresh every 30 days and rotated. This means the containers should be cleaned completely and the oldest feed used first.

High humidity can cause spoilage and increase the chances of insects. Even feed stored in containers is susceptible to moisture. If the containers are sweating or show signs of condensation, it is possible the feed will spoil or become contaminated with insects. Insuring proper ventilation and setting up a fan will help. During the summer, when nights are cool and the days are hot and humid, purchasing and storing less feed at one time is smart.

Stables with 20 or more horses may consider buying feed in bulk. While this can be cost effective, you still do not want to store more than a month’s supply at a time.

Clean the bulk bin out completely before refilling. Poorly constructed bulk bins allow the buildup of moisture resulting in spoiled feed. This spoiled feed can hang-up on the sides and may break loose at any time contaminating the feed and causing sick horses.

No matter what type of storage you chose the area must be kept clean. Spilled feed and broken bags will attract unwanted guests.

When buying anything of value, make sure you are buying quality. The feed should not be more than a month old.

Do not be shy at the feed storeyou are the customer. Check the date and refuse it if it is old or does not meet your expectations. Refuse dirty or damaged bags.

Date of manufacturing will be stated on the feed tag, stamped on the bag, or printed on the tear strip along one end of the bag. Many companies use the Julian Date Calendar. For example the date code may read: 08121. The “08″ is the year 2008; the “121″ is the 121st day of the year – May 1st.
Even if the date of manufacture meets your requirements refuse or return the feed if it seems questionable.

Horses can be their own worst enemy. It is up to us to protect them from temptation.

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Troxel Western Hat Helmet

By Administrator on August 8th, 2008
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I want to give everyone an update on the Troxel Western Hat Helmet for which we have all been patiently waiting. Troxel has not as yet released the new hat helmet and plans to do so (tentatively) around the end of August, first of September, but only in a very small quantity at first. The full release of the helmet to the public is expected in October. I’m happy to say that we are taking orders daily (reserve yours today!) for this new addition to the Troxel performance headgear family, so please give me a call at 888-245-7730 and we can send your order in promptly. Size for the hat helmet is based on your hat size. Measure the circumference of your head and give me a ring, and I can tell you what hat size you wear—no problem! Look forward to hearing from you soon!
Geri Gellert
Savvy Sport Saddle
Please take a few minutes and visit us at www.savvysportsaddle.com for a look at our Bob Marshall treeless saddles and Sensation Ride treeless saddles, as well as a wealth of other products for horse riders, horse owners, and horse lovers of all disciplines! Great equestrian products at great prices!