Horse Channel

Friday, October 29, 2010

Horse Vacation in Ireland

Gypsy Vanner horse pulling a modern day gypsy wagon.
    Have you ever dreamed of a horse riding vacation In Europe or Asia?  Over the years I've had friends who took riding vacations in England, Ireland, Spain, Mongolia and Africa (one I never would have thought of) all of whom think it was one of the most exciting and wonderful things they have ever done. Some return to the same place repeatedly, even riding the same horse. Others try several different trips.  Recently Sally Quillen returned from a horse trip in Ireland and has graciously allowed me to post some pictures on my website.  If looking at these pictures doesn't make you want to take the same trip, nothing will.
     Does anyone else (Robin, Mary, Caroline) have pictures of a riding trip they've taken that they'd allow me to post?  We'd all love to see them and maybe seeing what you experienced will help those of us who think that sounds like a great idea for someone else realize such a trip is within our reach.  There are many horse vacation facilities in Ireland.  Sally's trip was with An Sibin Riding Center which can be seen at
     To see more pictures from Sally's trip check out the Horse Riding Vacation Gallery.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Consignment Items

                                                                                                                                               Barn Dogs accepts horse related items on consignment.   Consignment items must be clean and in good condition.  We take a 20% commission on saddles and larger items and 10% or 15% on less expensive items.  We have saddles, bridles, breastplates, halters, training equipment, saddle pads and blankets, boots and clothing.  Check the consignment section at the right to see some of the items we have in stock right now and come in to see more or talk about leaving items for sale.

Horse Books

     Beyond Borders book store, which accepts new and used books and sells them at huge discounts to fund several charities, has begun bringing brand new horse books to Barn Dogs where we sell them for $2.00 each and send the money back to Beyond Borders.  These are unused books on every topic from horse care and riding to beautifully illustrated "coffee table" books.  Some of these books retail for $30.00 in book stores.  People are finding instructional books and adult and child fiction as well as beautiful gifts for friends and family at an impossibly low price.  The books are always changing as new books come in and go out at a fast pace.  Stop in to see what titles are available today.  For more information about Beyond Borders and the projects they support visit

Monday, October 11, 2010

Winter Horse Blankets

     Winter horse blankets are in stock.  We're carrying the Shires brand from England which are very well constructed and reasonably priced.  We have two weights:  330 gram which Shires recommends for horses that will not be clipped for the winter and 440 gram which Shires recommends for horses that will be body clipped or need extra warmth for another reason.  These are just suggestions.  You'll have your own opinion about which weight will work best for your horse.  The blankets also have different denier counts.  And what does that mean, exactly?

     Like the thread count for fine linen, denier refers to the tightness of the weave of the outer shell of the blanket.  The higher the denier count, the tighter the weave and the more wind and water resistant the fabric.  All turnout blankets are also coated with a waterproofer, but time, the elements and washing will cause it to wear off.  The second consideration is the weight of the blanket's fill.  The higher the weight, the warmer the blanket.

     We have in stock the Stormbreaker and the Stormcheeta.  The Stormbreaker has a Shiretex 600 denier outer shell and 330 gram fill.  It comes in black windowpane plaid.  The Stormcheeta has a Shiretex 2000 demier outer shell and 400 gram fill.  It comes in navy or poppy red(!).  Both have an optional matching neck rug available.

     If you would like to see a chart and sizing instructions go to

     We have all of the available sizes stocked and can still order from the company if we run out.