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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Summer Camp Fair Sponsored by Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding

Sugar, a therapy horse, gives her friend a ride
while Gus supervises.
      On March 31, 2012 Barn Dogs and Eclectics Art Gallery will join forces to host the first annual Santa Fe Summer Camp Fair at La Tienda shopping center.  Santa Fe children's summer camps will assemble to provide displays, information and registration opportunities to Santa Fe families.  The fair will be open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Families will receive welcome packets which will include names and contact information for each camp represented.

     The Summer Camp Fair is sponsored by Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding, a non-profit organization which provides free therapeutic horseback riding to wounded military personnel, their spouses and children, and at risk youth.  For more information about Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding and it's programs, please click on the caption under the picture.

     This site will list all camps registered for the fair with updates added up to the day of the fair.  We have a wide variety of camps registered to date with activities for preschool age children through teenagers.  For information about the fair please contact:

                                     Holly (505) 466-1059
                                     Mekah (505) 603-8811

    Directions to La Tienda

Camps registered for the Summer Camp Fair:

Big Sky Learning
1114 Hickox Street Unit G                            
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Franki Williams
Phone: (505) 428-7575

Creative-Arts-Music & Performance
PO Box 484                                                                        
Tesuque, NM 87574
Contact: Eileen Rogosin                                                    
Phone: (505) 946-0488

Camp Shalom
205 East Barcelona Rd.                                                            
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Leah Lewin Gibbons
Phone: (505) 982-6888

Children's Garden Montessori
710 Old Las Vegas Highway                                          
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Joan Shankin                                                      
Phone: (505) 466-1251

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos
Santa Fe, NM 98507
Contact: Joe Maes
Phone: (505) 471-2261

Little Earth School
321 W. Zia Road                                                                
Santa Fe, NM 87505                                                                          
Contact: Ellen Souberman                                
Phone: (505) 988-1968

Mother's Farm School
3603 State Highway 14
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Contact: Visuddhi
Phone: (505) 930-1838                                   

Sangre de Cristo Raquet Club
1755 Camino Corrales
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Contact: Victor Avila
Phone: (505) 795-3049

Santa Fe Children's Museum
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505                                                          
Contact: Rachael Kissling
Phone: (505) 989-8359 X 104

Southwest Youth Sports of NM
4129 Monte Azul Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Contact: Gary Barela                                        
Phone: (505) 920-6471                                  

Santa Fe Waldorf School
26 Puesta del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87508                                                                    
Contact: Cita Riley                                    
Phone: (505) 467-6431

Talking Hands Talking Feet
Kaleidoscope Camp/Preschool Camp
6A Sandy Lane                                                                      
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Contact: Melanie Zeir                                                              
Phone: (505) 231-5869

Tarnoff Art Center
PO Box 365
4 Wildflower Lane
Rowe, NM 87562
Contact: Laura Tarnoff
Phone: (505) 919-8888

Tumbledown Gymnastics
3214 Calle Marie, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Contact: Elisa Dry
Phone: (505) 473-0926

United States Pony Club of Santa Fe
64 Goose Downs Rd.
Galisteo, NM 87540
Contact: Jeffray Riding              Anne Wrinkle
Phone: (505) 466-8771              (505) 690-2038                                  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Philippe Karl Ecole de Légèreté in Santa Fe

Philippe Karl, renowned in Europe as Ecuyer at the prestigious Cadre Noir in Samaur, France and as a modern day French classical dressage master, has granted authority to two US organizations to initiate and manage separate Ecole de Légèreté (School of Lightness) teachers' courses on his behalf.  Located in Santa Fe, NM and Shippensburg, PA the US Ecole de Légèreré are accepting rider applications until August 2012 with a projected launch date of April 2013.

Eight riding instructors will be accepted into each course, and full-course auditors are invited to participate.  Single-pass spectators are welcome to attend on a per series basis.

At the end of three years, the riders will present their accomplishments during final examinations to Mr. Karl who will, in turn, determine the level of achievement and whether participants may go on to teach as representatives of his Ecole de Légèreré.  Full course auditors will receive a certificate of attendance.

For more information, including application requirements, please visit , or

Monday, February 6, 2012

Equine Retirement Program

Two Contented Retirees

      How do we care for the horses who have been our companions and partners when they begin to age and have special requirements?  This is a problem for many horse owners.  When a horse is able to be ridden regularly living in a paddock during it's off time is no hardship, but there comes a time when many aging horses can no longer be ridden.  Many have health issues that require special feeding and medication regimens.  How do we explain to them that they have to stand in a paddock all day while their friends go to work or on trail because we have jobs and a limited amount of time and no space for a retirement pasture?

     Goose Downs Farm in Galisteo has an answer.  For 20 years they have provided quality retirement conditions for their aging competition horses (it's an absolutely beautiful property.  I'd love to retire there!).  This past year several of their retired horses, who had reached age 30 and above, passed on.  They have the experience, they have the equipment and they have the space to care for up to 10 horses.  You can find more information on their web site at or by calling Tom or Jeffray at (505) 466-8771.

     This might just be a dream come true for you and your aging friend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carhartt Jackets That Transition Into Spring

     With warmer weather just around the corner we're feeling ready to shed our heavy winter clothes.  Carhartt has items for men and women that will help us ease into the warmer weather.  To see detailed information, including price, on these and other items, please click on the "online store" button at the right.

For women:

WC011 Camden Wool Parka

      The Camden Wool Hooded Parka in winter white is warm enough to keep out the winter chill but with a decidedly "heading into spring" look and feel.  It is made from 16 ounce 50% wool/50% polyester and lined with Carhartt's arctic quilt lining.

WK111 Sherpa Sweat Jacket

     Heavier than a sweatshirt but lighter than a winter jacket, the Sherpa Sweat Jacket has an 80% cotton/20% polyester shell and a 100% cotton lining.  The sherpa lined collar is stylish and snuggly.  It has a metal zipper, drawstring waist for a stylish fit and button flap pockets.  It's just the right weight for those days when there is still a nip in the air but the winter chill is definitely fading.

WK127 Sherpa Hooded Sweatshirt

A little lighter than the Sherpa Sweat Jacket, but definitely a heavyweight sweatshirt, the Sherpa Hooded Sweatshirt is made with the same 80% cotton/20% polyester outer and 100% cotton lining with a 100% polyester sherpa lined hood.  It has a metal zipper front and two front pockets.

WK100 French Terry Track Jacket


  The lightest of the group is the women's Track Jacket.  Made from 95% cotton/5% spandex french terry it's a midweight sweatshirt with a full length metal zipper, two front pockets and no hood.

For men:

J233 Sandstone Sherpa Lined Jean Jacket

 The sherpa lined Denim Jean Jacket combines traditional jean jacket styling made from 11.74 ounce 100% cotton denim with  sherpa lining in the body and quilted nylon lining in the sleeves.  It has a button front and button-adjustable cuffs and waistband.  The Duck Jean Jacket has the same styling but is constructed with a 12 ounce 100% cotton sandstone duck outer layer.


J294 Soft Shell Hybrid Jacket

 The Soft Shell Hydrid Jacket is a new style from Carhartt and the perfect weight for going from winter into spring.  The lower garment is made from 8.5 ounce 94% polyester/6% ripstop nylon bonded to a polyester grid-textured fleece.  The upper garment is made from 100% nylon quilt.  It has a durable wind and water resistant finish.  There is a media port in the upper left inside pocket.  It's lightweight but warm and breathable.

J360 Sandstone Active Jac

    The men's mesh lined Sandstone Active Jac has a 100% cotton shell, with 100% polyester body and hood lining and 100% nylon sleeve lining.  It's lightweight but tough.  Just the right weight for spring layering.

J149 Thermal-lined Hooded
Zip-Front Sweatshirt

          The Thermal-Lined Hooded Zip-Front Sweatshirt was our best selling men's jacket/sweatshirt last year and so far this year.  It is made from 12 ounce 50% cotton/50% polyester (no shrinking) with a 100% polyester thermal lining which retains warmth.  It has a full length brass zipper.  It has the same warmth factor as the mesh lined sandstone Active Jac but is softer and more flexible.

K350 Midweight Mock Neck
Zip Front Sweatshirt

     The Midweight Mock Neck Zip Front Sweatshirt is lighter weight and without a hood.  It is made from 50%Cotton/50% polyester, has a mock neck collar, raglan sleeves and a full length antique finish brass zipper with a storm flap.

S296 Canvas Shirt Jac
Flannerl Lined

     Finally, the Flannel Lined Canvas Shirt Jac is one of the most versatile articles of clothing on the market.  Made from 9 ounce 100% cotton canvas with a 4 ounce 100% cotton flannel lining it is both warm and tough.  Some of our customers wear it as a shirt in the winter with a tee shirt under it and a jacket over it.  Others wear it open over a flannel shirt or a long sleeve tee.  Either way it looks good and lasts.

     All of the above styles can be found in our Santa Fe store or at our online store at  Sizes or colors that are not in stock can be special ordered and take approximately 10 days to arrive.
Items can also be drop shipped directly from Carhartt to your home or to a third party.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is It Too Early to Think About Fly Control?

    Well, it's probably never too early for that, but if you use fly predators or are thinking of trying them, now is the time when most of the fly predator companies run specials.

     When we moved to Santa Fe from California 6 years ago we had never had the horses on our property but we had seen plenty of stables full of flies.  It was a concern.  The property we bought had the barn set up about 100 feet from the house.  We loved having the horses right there but knew flies would be an issue.  We decided to try fly predators and actually started the program 2 months before the horses arrived.

Cashel Quiet Ride Fly Mask
with ears and extended nose.
     That first summer there were plenty of flies both in the barn and in the house.  To be fair, after the dogs had run through the screen door twice, we just left the back door open when we were home.   We used fly spray, put up fly traps and the horses wore fly masks.  The second summer we wised up and started sprinkling some of the fly predators in the back yard as well as in the barn and paddocks.  We also installed a dog door. That year the fly traps caught about half as many flies.  The third year people who came to the barn started asking "Where are the flies?" and we realized there were virtually none.

     We're still vigilant about picking up the manure in the morning and evening (we spread it on a galloping track and harrow it into the dirt) and we still put up fly traps, but there are very few flies to catch.  We use fly spray when we go out on trail.  With no flies at the barn the horses seem especially bothered by them on trail.  After a few rides where Sunny threw his head around so continuously and vigorously that I was afraid he would fall off the trail I invested in a Cashel Quiet Ride fly mask that fits over the bridle and that solved the problem.

     We started with Arbico Organics and we've never had any reason to change.  They ship out of Arizona, are very pleasant to deal with and are very helpful.  You choose your area of the country and how many horses you have and they suggest a plan or you can make up your own plan.   The predators are shipped every three weeks during fly season with instructions.  We still order the 2-5 horse plan even though with Hans gone our large pony and 2 miniature horses probably only add up to one horse.  It seems better to be safe than sorry.

     This year we are starting over on a new property.  We just ordered for the summer.  Through March 31st Arbico is offering a 10% discount, 3 free boosters (an extra order of larvae for whichever dates you choose) and a $10.00 coupon for other Arbico products.  Our fly control program for this summer will cost $176.00.  We will have to buy another bottle of fly spray for the trail.  It took 2 summers to use up the last one.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Isn't Finished With Us Yet

     With the almost springlike weather of the last few days it's easy to forget that it was February when we experienced -30 degree weather last year. It isn't time to put away our winter clothing yet! One of the most requested items last winter (and earlier this winter) was warm gloves that still allowed contact with the reins when riding. We've found four good winter gloves from SSG in Canada - where they surely know what it is like to ride in the cold.

SSG Style 2450 - Lined Work N Horse

     The first is the lined Work N Horse. Riders love the flexibility of this glove. It's made with pliable leather and lined with Thinsulate for warmth without bulk. One of its best features is the dome fastener cinch at the wrist. These are warm, pliable, don't get stiff when wet and are the most economical at $21.95. We carry them in dark brown and sizes 6-11.

SSG Style 6400 - 10 Below Equestrian

     Our best selling glove this year is the 10 Below Equestrian.  This glove is constructed like a  ski glove with a thin palm for riding.  It offers complete waterproof protection (not just water resistant).  It has a Thinsulate and polar fleece lining and (one of it's best features) a knit cuff which really holds in the warmth.  The 10 Below is black with a reflective strip.  We carry all sizes from 6-12 and it costs $29.95.

SSG Style 1650 - Winter Ranche
  Image is not available for black.
     Another popular glove, with both the riding and non-riding crowd is the polar fleece lined Winter Rancher.  This glove is made from soft but tough North American deerskin, lined with polar fleece and has an elasticized wrist.  There are no finger seams on the palm side of the winter rancher and they are incredibly comfortable and look good enough to wear as a driving glove with street clothes.  We stock them in black in sizes 6-11.  The winter rancher costs $36.00.
SSG Style Winter Training Glove.

The last glove is the most expensive, but very warm.  The Winter Training Glove is made from drum dyed goatskin leather for wear and grip.  It's lined with Thinsulate plus a layer of polar fleece and has a knitted cuff to keep out the cold.  It comes in black and costs $39.95.  We stock sizes 7-12.

     One final note:  we also carry SSG silk liners which will make any glove warmer.  They come in small, medium and large and cost $8.95