Horse Channel

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Horse and Dog Treats

     We're always looking for good quality, new products and when our customers can vouch for a product and ask for it specifically we'll try our hardest to get it.  Speedi-Beet and Formula-4-Feet from the United Kingdom are a good example of this.  We were asked to carry them, we researched them and by gosh they are incredible products.  We now sell them locally and ship them to customers in Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas!  Having a client base of intelligent pet owners who want the best for their horses and dogs and who are willing to spend time researching products is like having our own research and development department.
     The latest request was for grain free dog treats from a manufacturer in Canada.  These treats, made by Dog'n it in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada are made with natural grains, fruits and spices with no added salt, fat, sugar or preservatives and are baked or dried.  Some are wheat free and some are grain free.  We have:
Pumpkin and Cinnamon

Grain free:  Made with pea flour, crushed flax, pumpkin, molasses, cinnamon and baking powder

Peanut Butter and Banana

Grain free:  Made with pea flour, crushed flax, fresh banana, natural peanut butter, cinnamon and baking powder.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Wheat free:  Made with rye flour, oats, crushed flax, natural peanut butter, fresh banana, cranberry, blueberry, molasses, cinnamon and baking powder.

Dog'n it treats cost $8.95 for a 1 lb. bag.

     We also found that through their sister company, Royal Equine, they have a very good line of horse treats.  Like the dog treats these are made with natural grains and fruits with no added fats or preservatives (some of the flavors do contain sugar) and are baked or dried.  We have:

Orchard Apple

Wheat free: made with rye flour, barley flour, flatted barley, barley granules, sugarcane molasses, fresh crushed apple and cinnamon.

Honey and Molasses

Wheat free: made with rye flour, barley flour, flatted barley, barley granules, sugarcane molasses, and honey.

Candy Cane Crunch

Wheat free: made with rye flour, barley flour, flatted barley, barley granules, sugarcane sugar and peppermint.

Royal Equine treats are comparably priced to Beet Treats: a 2 lb. box costs $9.95.

Santa Fe Pony Club

     A chapter of the United States Pony Club will be opening in Santa Fe and this is truly wonderful news for children who are interested in horses and riding and for their parents.  The United States Pony Club is a national organization (Pony Club itself is international with clubs in the United Kingdom and other European countries) with local clubs in every state and national headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

     Children ages 8 and up who join USPC learn safe, responsible riding and horse care and take part in organized horse rides and activities with others who share their love of horses.

     The new Santa Fe Pony Club is sponsoring a fantastic horse camp this summer which will take place at Goose Downs Farm in Galisteo.  Children do not need to own a horse or belong to USPC to participate in the summer horse camp.  They will ride (at any level), learn horse care, play mounted games and have a swim party!  Some of my daughter's best summers were spent at week after week of horse camp and some of her closest friends were made there.
     You can find a lot of information about USPC at  For more information about the horse camp or the new Santa Fe Pony Club please contact Jeffray Ryding at 

Horse Blanket Washing and Repair

Horse blanket wash and repair update:  Shelly will no longer pick up blankets for wash and repair at Barn Dogs - it is just too far for her to come regularly.  Blankets and saddle pads can still be dropped off for wash and repair at Desert Wind Saddlery on Airport Road on the other side of town.  Sorry.  We tried!
The Blanket Lady is back!  Shelly Gibbs is taking over the horse blanket cleaning and repair business left behind by Carol Helms when she moved to California.  Shelly's business will provide the same services for roughly the same prices .  You may leave your blankets, in a plastic trash bag, at Barn Dogs with instructions for cleaning and/or repair and Shelly will  pick them up, service them and return them to Barn Dogs where you may pick them up again.  Since she lives on the other side of town, Shelly would rather pick up several blankets at a time so if you are bringing a blanket or blankets maybe some of your friends or other people at your barn would like to send theirs at the same time.
      Shelly will also clean and repair wool saddle blankets.  If you have questions about pricing or services you can contact Shelly at