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W E K NO W A T HING OR T W O

ABOUT GUTS Probiotics. They’re good for the gut and the immune system, and therefore good for the overall health of your horse. University studies* found that in order for probiotics to be effective for horses, they must be given at a daily rate of 1 billion CFU of an individual strain. Triple Crown® doesn’t just meet this effective rate, they surpass it, and they’re the only feed that does so. In fact, Triple Crown feeds have 100 times more guaranteed probiotics than any national brand. Maybe now is a good time to take a closer look at the nutrients in your feed.

For more information, call or visit: 800.451.9916 | triplecrownfeed.com/compare

THERE’S NUTRITION BEHIND THE CROWN

*University of Kentucky, 2015. Ohio State University, 2015.

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Table of Contents Feature Story:

Hurricane Harvey Rescue

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Featured Lifestyle:

Palo Duro Rescue Horses

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Cover Stories: 28 Holiday Gift Guide

Lifestyle & Feature: 8 Barn & Garden

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10 From Street to Loved - Fresh is Best 12 Rescue Donation Recommendations CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

24 Friends for Life

Jim Hubbard, Steven Long, Vicki Long, Roni Norquist, Lew Pewterbaugh, Cathy Strobel, Margaret Pirtle, Kelsey Hellmann

27 What I Learned as a Volunteer - Evy Elston

Columns: 34 Tack Talk - Lew Pewterbaugh 38 Cowboy Corner - Jim Hubbard

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Volume 24, No. 8 Horseback Magazine, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397, (281) 447-0772. The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted Holiday Issue 2017 by Horseback Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Horseback Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Horseback Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management. Subscription rate is $25.00 for one year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Horseback Magazine | P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397 | Fax: (281) 893-1029 Email: vicki@horsebackmagazine.com

The holiday’s are the best time to think of and help your local rescue! Kodi Jo Sorenson is the little girl on the Pinto Rescue Horse featured in the Palo Duro Riding Stables article on page 26.

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After A billion feedings, we’ve enhAnced countless lives. now, with your help, we cAn sAve some. Give back with every bag. Since 1991, Strategy® feeds have been trusted to provide the best nutrition to horses across America. In fact, horses have been fed more than a billion meals of Strategy® GX and Strategy® Healthy Edge® horse feed. But we can always feed more, so we’re sending a portion of the profits from every bag sold to A Home for Every Horse*, a coalition dedicated to finding homes for horses in need. Because a billion feedings means even more when you’re feeding change.

©2013 Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

To find out more, visit us online at www.FeedYourStrategy.com *For every bag of Purina® Strategy® horse feed sold, a portion of the profits (up to $125,000) will be donated to A Home For Every Horse and the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

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NEW MEXICO Circle S Feed Store LLC Carlsbad, NM 575/885-8369

Davis Feed and Fertilizer, Inc. Buffalo, TX 903/322-4316

Bunks Feed Barn Hobbs, NM 575/397-1228

Bernardo Farm and Ranch Sply Cat Spring, TX 979/732-5161

TEXAS Johnson Feed and Western Wear Alpine, TX 432/837-5792 Angleton Feed and Supply Co. LLC Angleton, TX 979/849-6661 Arcola Feed and Hardware Arcola, TX 281/431-1014 Lab Supply, Inc. DBA Argyle Feed Store Argyle, TX 800/262-5258 Southside Feed and Supply Athens, TX 903/677-5373 Pasturas Los Alazanes 2 Balch Springs, TX 214/563-9175 Ranch Store, Inc. DBA Bandera Ranch Store Bandera, TX 830/796-3342 Bastrop Feed and Supply LP Bastrop, TX 512/321-3700 Bay City Feed, Inc. Bay City, TX 979/245-2712 Sams Western Store, Inc. Beaumont, TX 409/842-2625 Blue Ribbon Country Store LLC Beeville, TX 361/392-3333

Boles Feed Company, Inc. Center, TX 936/598-3061 Wise Feed (Main) Chico, TX 940/644-2100 Silvers Pet and Feed Cibolo, TX 210/566-8020 Ricks Farm and Home LLC Clarksville, TX 903/427-3395 Lonestar Ranch and Outdoors Cleburne, TX 817/645-4325 Close Quarters Feed and Pet Supply College Station, TX 979/690-3333 Conroe Feeders Supply, Inc. Conroe, TX 936/441-5549 J and D Country Store, Inc. Conroe, TX 936/756-7667 Lone Star Country Store CC LLC Corpus Christi, TX 361/387-2668 Feed Shack and Tack Smith General Store Corsicana, TX 903/875-8026 Pecos Cnty Feed/Crane County Feed Crane, TX 432/558-2225

Bear Creek/Bells Bells, TX 903/965-4900

Crockett Farm and Fuel Center, Inc. Crockett, TX 936/544-3855

Linseisens Feed and Supply of Bellville LP Bellville, TX 979/865-3602

Dewitt County Producers-Cuero Tx Cuero, TX 361/275-3441

Belton Feed and Supply Belton, TX 254/939-3636

Aggie Feed Store Dallas, TX 214/391-3595

Howard County Feed and Supply, Inc. Big Spring, TX 432/267-6411

Feeders Supply Co. Dallas, TX 214/371-9413

Wheelers Feed and Outfitters Boerne, TX 830/249-2656 Berend Brothers of Bowie Bowie, TX 940/872-5131

Pasturas Los Alazanes Dallas, TX 214/484-3860 Feeders Supply/Feeders Supply 2 Dallas , TX 972/224-5559

horse.purinamills.com Dri Enterprises Ltd DBA NRS Feed Store Decatur, TX 940/627-3949 Del Rio Feed and Supply Del Rio, TX 830/775-5090 D and L Farm and Home-Denton Denton, TX 940/891-0100 Feeders Supply/ Duncanville Feed Duncanville, TX 972/298-3404 Blamar Feed and Surplus Eagle Pass, TX 830/757-6310 United Agricultural Coop, Inc. El Campo, TX 979/543-4104 Elgin General Store LLC Elgin, TX 512/285-3210 Potts Feed Store, Inc. Emory, TX 903/473-2249 Capps True Value Hardware and Ag Fairfield, TX 903/389-4504

Buchanans Feed Hallsville, TX 903/668-2012 Watsons Ranch and Farm Supply, Inc. Hamilton, TX 254/386-3717 Maci Feed and Supply Hardin, TX 936/298-9404 Mummes, Inc. Hondo, TX 830/426-3313 Hieden Feed and Supply, Inc. Houston, TX 281/444-1010 Sam Houston Feed and Supply II Houston, TX 281/591-2443 Cypress Ace Hardware Houston, TX 281/469-8020

Industry, TX 979/357-2121

Cordell Farm and Ranch Store, Inc. Kaufman, TX 972/932-2164

Pecos County Feed and Supply Fort Stockton, TX 432/336-6877

T Bar T Farm Supply Kaufman, TX 972/962-7677

Rendon Hardware and Feed Fort Worth, TX 817/561-1935 Gulf Coast Equine and Pet Friendswood, TX 281/482-7186 Ganado Feed and More Ganado, TX 361/771-2401 Coryell Feed and Supply Gatesville, TX 254/865-6315 Georgetown Farm Supply Georgetown, TX 512/930-4054 Goliad Feed Co. Goliad, TX 361/645-3266 E-Barr Feeds, Inc. Gonzales, TX 830/672-6515

Brenham Produce Co. Brenham, TX 979/836-3523

J and N Feed and Seed LLC Graham, TX 940/549-4631

Producers Coop Assn (Main) Bryan, TX 979/778-6000

Chachere Feed Store, Inc. Dayton, TX 936/258-2670

Arrow Feed and Ranch, Inc. Granbury, TX 817/573-8808

Jakes Feed and Animal Center LLC Longview, TX 903/663-3139 Lufkin Farm Supply Lufkin, TX 936/634-7414

McDonnell Building Materials Co., Inc. Keller, TX 817/431-3551 Kerrville Ranch and Pet Center Kerrville, TX 830/895-5800 Ricardo Ranch and Feed Kingsville, TX 361/592-3622 Hoffpauir’s Ranch & Supply Lampasas, TX 512/556-5444 Laredo Country Store Laredo, TX 956/206-7357 LaVernia Country Store LaVernia, TX 830/779-2600 Llano Feed & Supply Llano, TX 325/247-4126 Bear Creek Country Store Leonard, TX 903/587-0385 Lexington Feed and Farm Lexington, TX 979/773-2782

Coopers Country Store Stephenville, TX 254/968-5633

Engledow Farm and Ranch Supply Palestine, TX 903/723-3210

Allied Ag Services, Inc. Stonewall, TX 830/644-2411

Big Country Farm Center Paris, TX 903/785-8372

Temple Feed and Supply, Inc. Temple, TX 254/778-7975

Reeves County Feed and Supply Pecos, TX 432/447-2149

D and D Feed and Supply Tomball, TX 281/351-7144

Luling and Harwood Farm and Feed LLC Luling, TX 830/875-5423

D and L Farm and Home Pilot Point, TX 940/365-3129

Mabank Feed, Inc. Mabank, TX 903/887-1771

Wells Brothers Farm Store Plano, TX 972/424-8516

Standley Feed and Seed, Inc. Madisonville, TX 936/348-5272

NA Ag LLC/ Anderson Ag Supply Refugio, TX 361/526/5018

Spring Creek Feed Center Magnolia, TX 281/252-5400 Mansfield Feed Mill Mansfield, TX 817/473-1137 Williams Feed Store Ltd Marlin, TX 254/883-2401

Huntsville Farm Supply LLC Huntsville, TX McGregor General Store LLC 936/295-3961 McGregor, TX 254/840-3224 Lindemann Store

Noonday Feed Store, Inc. Main Flint, TX 903/561-5622

Damon Farm and Ranch Service Center Damon, TX 979/742-3317

S and S Ag Center LLC Groesbeck, TX 254/729-8008

Orange Grove Coop (Main) Orange Grove, TX 361/384-2766

Sheffield Farm and Ranch Supply Mexia, TX 254/562-3818 Ark Country Store #2 Midlothian, TX 469/612-5050 Walden Farm and Ranch Supply, Inc. Millsap, TX 940/682-4667

Rockdale General Store Rockdale, TX 512/446-6100 Round Top Farm and Ranch Round Top, TX 979/249-5666 Eagle Hardware Farm and Ranch Royse City, TX 972/635-7878 Holt Ranch and Feed LLC Royse City, TX 469/723-3230 Sabinal Grain Co. Sabinal, TX 830/988-2215 Grogan’s Farm & Ranch San Angelo, TX 325/227-6870 Tibaldos Feed and Supply Santa Fe, TX 409/925-2735

Southwest Hay and Feed Co. Steinhausers (Sealy Store) Mission, TX Sealy, TX 956/580-1717 979/885-2967 C and S Feed and Producers Cooperative Farm Supply Seguin, TX Montgomery, TX 830/379-1750 936/597-4050 D and D Retail LP DBA Scotts Crossing Farm Store Seguin, TX Murchison, TX 830/379-7340 903/469-3122 Garners Feed and Seed Boles Feed Company Sherman, TX Nacogdoches, TX 903/892-1081 936/564-2671 Berans Agri-Center Middle G Cattle Co. Shiner, TX Naples, TX 361/594-3395 903/575-1869 Somerville Farm and Ranch Needville Feed and Supply Somerville, TX Needville, TX 979/596-2224 979/793-6146 Struttys Feed and New Braunfels Feed and Pet Supply Supply, Inc. Spring Branch, TX New Braunfels, TX 830/438-8998 830/625-7250 Springtown Feed Berend Brothers-Olney and Fertilizer Olney, TX Springtown, TX 940/564-5671 817/220-7656

Texas Farm Store, Inc. Uvalde, TX 830/278-3713 Northside Ranch Pet and Garden Center Victoria, TX 361/573-5000 Waco Brazos Feed and Supply, Inc. Waco, TX 254/756-6687 B and S Farm and Ranch Center Waco, TX 254/752-0777 Bar None Country Store Waco, TX 254/848-9112 Haney Feed and Farm Supply Waller, TX 936/931-2469 Ark Country Store Waxahachie, TX 972/937-8860 Wharton Feed and Supply, Inc. Wharton, TX 979/532-8533 Berend Brothers Wichita Falls, TX 940/723-2731 Walkers Feed and Farm Supply Willis, TX 936/856-6446 King Feed and Hardware, Inc. Wimberley, TX 512/847-2618 Berend Brothers, Inc. Windthorst Windthorst, TX 940/423-6223 Tri County Enterprises Winnsboro, TX 903/342-5328 Poole Feed Supply Wylie, TX 972/442-4844 Yoakum Grain, Inc. Yoakum, TX 361/293-3521

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Texas Caviar If you’re not from Texas, or somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line, then perhaps you don’t observe the annual eating ritual on New Year’s Day when the black-eyed pea takes center stage on dining tables across the state. Most of us wouldn’t consider starting the New Year without them. So what is the origin of this New Year’s tradition? Apparently during the Civil War, Union troops burned all southern crops except the black-eyed pea that they considered livestock feed and not fit for human consumption. Texans were overjoyed to find the pea still in the field. Hungry and hard-pressed by the perils of way, they turned to the pea as a primary staple of sustenance. The tradition states that those who eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day will have good fortune follow them all year long.

It’s Winter - What to Plant Now? You might be surprised at your options! The standard answer is...LOTS. Pre-chilled Tulip bulbs, Daffodils, Dutch Iris, Crocus, Iris, Hyacinth, Leucojum, Spanish Bluebells and more. • Very cold hardy veggie transplants such as Kale, Broccoli, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Pak Choi (you can also seed spinach outdoors), Cardoon. • Cool season and perennial herbs - Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Curry, Mint and more.

• Perennials such as Salvias, Turk’s cap, Scabiosa, Rudbeckia, Hellebore, Evergreen ferns, Leopard plant, Heuchera and much more. • Pansies, Violas, Iceland poppy, Snapdragons, Alyssum, Gerber daisy, Dianthus, Cyclamen, Primrose.

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• Roses, Hollies, Indian Hawthorne, Nandina, Mahonia, Camellia, Yew,Passion vine, Carolina Jessamine, Cross Vine...much more • Any container grown tree; Italian Stone pine, Atlas cedar, fruit trees (all), Japanese maples, Flowering trees (Mexican Plum, ornamental cherry, peach, etc.) Shade trees (Maples, Oaks, Pistachio, etc.


Easy Gingerbread House If you are not gifted or crafty enough to put together a gingerbread house, then you aren’t alone. I am sure that there are many more of us who love the look but refuse to even try to stick everything together with icing. But for us – there is the Easy Gingerbread House. A Nordic Ware Bundt cake pan in the shape of a gingerbread house. With this pan, your gingerbread house is not only easy to make, it tastes delicious, too. These cake pans are available as single or double houses. It’s one stop baking. Find your favorite gingerbread recipe, whip it up and pour it into the pan – bake it – and tap out a complete gingerbread house ready for decorating. Nordic Ware has several different styles and sizes, so you can make a whole village easily.

Tasty Snow Balls!

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer Ingredients: on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and • 1 c. butter (no substitutions) vanilla until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with • 6 tbsp. granulated sugar rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in • ½ tsp. vanilla extract flour and salt just until blended, occasionally scraping • 2 c. all-purpose flour bowl. Stir in walnuts. • .13 tsp. salt • Shape dough by rounded measuring teaspoons into • 1 bag walnuts 1-inch balls. Place balls, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large • 1¼ c. confectioners’ sugar cookie sheet. Bake cookies 13 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. • Place confectioners’ sugar in pie plate. While cookies are hot, with metal spatula, transfer 4 or 5 cookies at a time to pie plate with confectioners’ sugar. Gently turn cookies with fork to generously coat with sugar. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. • Repeat with remaining dough and confectioners’ sugar. Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 1 week or in freezer up to 3 months.

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ala was a street dog tortured, tormented, and injured with machetes in her short life of one year. Her health was bad. She was about 15 to 20 lbs. underweight as testified by two vets (you can see from the photos), when we took her in as an emergency rescue. She has gained 5 or 6 lbs. so far feeding raw frozen Fresh Is Best®. Her stool is normal now (was huge, mushy and stinky when eating kibble), she smells normal, the stool as well, and I am even under the impression, her restless behavior calmed down. Here is what happened over the past weeks: • Nala’s stool firmed up nicely. • Much less poop than with the kibble and less stinky as well. • Nala had lots of issues with yellow eye goop, all gone without medication. • She came with a suppressed immune system, after many weeks of antibiotics, anti-

From Street dog to loved... Nala’s Journey to Recovery

by Stacy LaPoint

• •

• •

fungal meds, prednisone, and surgeries for inflamed lymph nodes, bad infected skin etc., we have NO issues anymore, no more infections, and wounds healed nicely. She had a bad body odor, all gone. We even think, her behavior changed, she seems more stable, calmer, and less restless. Her fur got better, but still want to see more improvement. Still needs to gain weight. So

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far a 6 lb. weight gain. About Fresh Is Best® As president and founder of Fresh Is Best®, I started my company to achieve my goal... goal of producing a humanquality, raw, grain-free, natural pet food and make it available to care-givers on virtually any budget. As an avid pet lover, I began my interest in pet nutrition when my dog Jade, a 6-year-old German Shepherd, was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease (an auto-immune disorder) in March of 2000. It was that research, to help Jade live with the disease, that led me on a journey of changing my own way of thinking about pet nutrition, food, health and longevity. I named the company with the belief in mind that pets are our truest companions and are deserved of whole fresh foods for a healthy long life. Now, 15 years later, Fresh Is Best® continues to serve fresh whole food, to dogs and cats all over


the United States. I have 3 cats and 2 dogs – ALL RESCUES. They are eating machines and they love everything we make - they get to sample every batch of food. I always take it home as soon as it’s ready and that way I get to personally see and use every batch. The cats love the Freeze-Dried Chicken Cat food the best - they do love the other flavors but there’s something about the chicken that they seem to get super enthused about. All my animals love to get any of our Freeze-Dried Meat Treats as often as possible. As a very small company, we’ve always focused on helping pets here in the USA. We donate product samples and gift baskets to charitable fundraising events hosted by shelters and rescues all over the US. We also financially sponsor the Milwaukee County Dog Parks and I serve on the board of directors for an organization called Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP).

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When you place an order ad a special bag to donate to your local rescue they need all of our support. Fresh Is Best Natural Pet Food 866-617-7735 Toll Free Milwaukee, WI Holiday Issue 2017- Horseback Magazine [ 11]


RESCUE DONATION

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Cloud Foundation www.thecloudfoundation.org Habitat For Horses www.habitatforhorses.org DURASOLE KEEPS YOUR BEST HOOF FORWARD!

DURASOLE Durasole creates a tough, living pad between your horse's sensitive sole and the world's hostile environment. • Antibacterial, antifungal designed to thicken & toughen the sole and frog. • Effective for thrush & white line disease. • Ideal for lengthy use on chronically thin-soled horses without fear of drying out the foot.

True Blue Animal Rescue www.t-bar.org Sire www.sire-htec.org Kountry Katz Feral Rescue www.facebook.com/ Kountrykatzferal/ Flying Fur Animal Rescue https://flyingfuranimalrescue.org (cont. on pg. 14)

Available from ALVIN FARRIER SUPPLY Two locations to serve you: 2498 C.R. 145 Alvin, TX 77511 281-331-3636

Dealer Inquiries Welcome!

16915 FM 2920 Unit B www.alvinfarriersupply.com Tomball, TX 77377 alvinfarriersupply@yahoo.com 281-290-9550

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org Triple Me Mac Equine Rescue tmmes@gvtc.com P. O. Box 66 Bulverde TX 78163 Dog Ranch Rescue www.dogranchrescue.com Adopt A Pet .com www.adoptapet.com Bluebonnet Equine Rescue www.behs.org

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Available at your local Nutrena® Dealer! Alvin, TX Steinhauser’s 281-388-0388

Cibolo, TX Silvers Pet & Feed 210-566-8020

Magnolia, TX Steinhauser’s 281-356-2530

Rosharon, TX Arcola Feed & Hardware 281-431-1014

Alvin, TX Stanton’s Shopping Center 281-331-4491

College Station, TX Close Quarters Feed & Pet Supply 979-690-3333

Magnolia, TX Spring Creek Feed Center 281-252-5400

Sealy, TX Steinhauser’s 979-885-2967

Bellville, TX Harrison Farm Service 979-865-9127

Conroe, TX Conroe Feeder’s Supply 936-756-5549

Magnolia, TX WD Feed & Supply 832-454-2515

Seguin, TX Producers Cooperative 830-379-1750

Belton, TX Belton Feed & Supply 254-939-3636

Corsicana, TX Olsen Feed 903-874-4812

Manchaca, TX J&B Feed & Hay 512-282-4640

Spring Branch, TX Strutty’s Feed & Pet Supply 830-438-8998

Boerne, TX Strutty’s Feed & Pet Supply 830-981-2258

Edna, TX Jackson County Feed 361-582-3816

Needville, TX Needville Feed & Supply 979-793-6146

St. Hedwig, TX St. Hedwig Feed 210-667-1346

Boerne, TX Wheeler’s 888-249-2656

Elm Mott, TX Miller Hay & Feed 254-829-2055

New Braunsfels, TX Producers Cooperative 830-625-2381

Temple, TX Temple Feed & Supply 254-778-7975

Brenham, TX Cattleman’s Supply 979-836-4756

Floresville, TX Lubianski Enterprises 830-216-2132

Pearland, TX D&D Feed 281-485-6645

Tomball, TX D&D Feed & Supply 281-351-7144

Brookshire, TX Steinhauser’s 281-934-2479

Floresville, TX Dittmar Lumber 830-216-9200

Pipe Creek, TX Barrel House 830-565-6303

Victoria, TX Dierlam Feed & Ranch Supply 361-575-3224

Bryan, TX Steinhauser’s 979-778-0978

Giddings, TX Carmine Feed & Fertilizer 979-542-2446

Port Arthur, TX Five Star Feeds 409-736-0777

Victoria, TX The Other Feed Store 361-572-3811

Bulverde, TX Bulverde Feed 830-438-3252

Hempstead, TX Steinhauser’s 979-826-3273

Port Lavaca, TX Melstan Feed & Seed 361-552-5441

Waco, TX Buzbee Feed & Seed 254-757-1557

Caldwell, TX Homeyer Feed & Supply 979-567-9355

Hempstead, TX Waller Co. Feed & Fertilizer 979-826-4003

Richmond, TX Steinhauser’s 832-595-9500

Waller, TX Waller Co.Feed 936-372-3466

Cameron, TX Cameron Farm & Ranch Co. 254-708-0205

Houston, TX Hieden Feed & Supply 281-444-1010

Rockdale, TX Whiteley Farm Supply 512-446-3541

Willis, TX Walker’s Feed & Farm Supply 936-856-6446

Carmine, TX Carmine Feed & Fertilizer 979-278-3111

La Vernia, TX Big Bear Home Center 830-779-2514

Rosenberg, TX Steinhauser’s 281-342-2452

Wimberley, TX Wimberley Feed & Pet Supply 512-847-3980

Centerville Centervillle Feed & Supply Co. 903-536-2735

Madisonville, TX Standley Feed & Seed 936-348-2235

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HURRICANE HARVEY

RESCUE By Lynette Starr

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for last minute supplies as the weather had been clear with only a few rain showers. But that all changed on the way home.

That night we started having tornadoes bounce around our pastures and our town became a nightmare. Kayla Cadenhead and I went to the next town over

Rain and grass was hitting the windshield on the truck so hard we could only see in between the movement of the windshield wipers. We knew there was a tornado near and

urricane Harvey has affected more people than anyone could have imagined even if you had lived through Hurricane Carla.

we prayed for protection for it not to grab our truck and become airborne. We noticed lights blinking thinking it was police directing the now closed roads. We were wrong. As the rain and wind cleared by changing directions we discovered we had been following the local storm chaser van! We had a clear weather road toward volunteer fire fighter with Danbury -Kole Cadenhead’s home outside of town. We turned off of one county road onto the road they live on and it disappeared as the weather turned bad fast. A path cleared again in front of us and again we could see the storm chaser van. We thought they had turned off. The tornado had been between us and the seven mile stretch and was bouncing around the county roads. We ran into their home only to hear the local fire ems radios sending alarms. Kole explained that other tornados were on the ground and the one we were behind driving had lifted a local man into air as he was taking supplies inside his home. The tornado went down behind the homes along this county road tearing down huge old trees, barns

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and moving a home on blocks sideways, while other tornados tore up the opposite side of town- including my family home and barns. We did not know the extent of damages until the next few days. We had moved the horses out earlier that day due to the bayou flooding everyone’s land. A group of us had previously been certified in disasters for rescue and recovery of wildlife, livestock, equine and pets along with their owners if they need assistance. We were set up with Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M Mobil Vet Team and Texas Agrilife. We would go in and assess or retrieve animals in need, or stage them in areas on safe ground to be fed, medical checkups, and documented for owners to be located to place back with them afterwards. We had our own teams, boats, trucks, trailers, and equipment needed for such rescues.

Fairgrounds inquiring about stalls and availability. We were told that livestock owners needed to provide their own panels for stalls and the rodeo arena was not available to be accessed or animals to be held in it at that time. Every town was basically becoming islands from the flooding and the river crest was still a week or more away.

Luckily during the next day we were able to inspect my family’s home and barns while the water was continuing to rise. The tornado had come straight down and pushed the back of our home down breaking the foundation and dropping it approximately three inches. The length of the forty foot straight line foundation crack was opened and the walls where leaning out-

Because we had worked previous disasters we knew the protocol and had called the Brazoria County Agrilife extension at the

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ward. The tornado had also lifted the roof upward leaving nails unattached to the studs. We placed tarps over everything and removed all sheetrock and insulation due to water damage from the roof and from the floor upward. The barn inspections showed up to four feet of water inside my father’s barn, my livestock barn and

horse stalls. The roof and the side of the barn had been ripped off and was missing. The metal still has not been located. The middle upper roof section of the equine barn and stalls had been torn off and was missing. A jet ski had landed inside one of the stalls and all the medical supplies, tack and rescue kennels were gone. Some items were found later scattered under the

flood waters unusable, but most that had been sucked out were missing. Our trailers, tractors and equipment were under water. I wondered how our family, friends and town would bounce back from all the losses. We lost our home, barns and rescue equipment and began receiving calls about others needing help rescuing animals and families. Making things more difficult was the fact we were now living on an island. One of the dogs we rescued from drowning gave birth to nine healthy puppies a few days later in Klay Cadenhead’s living room. They look and act to be Border Collie and Kerr mixed. A couple are still available for adoption. The affected animals that been swimming or standing in water were having skin and swelling issues. Infections were setting in and they were needing medical assistance. We were cleaning and washing all the wounds and animals that had been exposed to the flood waters with what little supplies we had. A couple of horses we assisted

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FRIENDS FOR LIFE

At Friends For Life, we start from a non-negotiable place: Shelter animals have the right to live. Everything else is just figuring out how to honor that right. Cat rescued & treated during Harvey

Gary Singleton & his dog Blue Harvey Response On Sunday, August 27, while the storm was still raging and waters were still rising, Friends For Life were asked to manage the care for animals arriving with evacuees to George R Brown Convention Center. Their director sits on the advisory board of the city of Houston animal shelter (BARC) so it was logical that they got the call. The only No Kill shelter in Houston, Friends For Life have disastertrained staff and an army of passionate volunteers. They took on this challenge, knowing that the results will define how the nation thinks about sheltering people with animals during a disaster. HarveyVolunteerVets.com Thanks to the efforts of 3 partners: South by South Vets, Friends For Life and trans4mative, a website was created with a sign-up form for volunteer veterinarians and vet techs. As a result, Friends For Life provided veterinary services not just for pets at George R Brown, but also at NRG and many surrounding rescue sites. They have since sent this website to their counterparts in Florida, in hopes that it will save human and animal lives there, as it did in Houston.

mately 10,000 people. • Friends For Life cared for nearly 3,000 animals. Why it Matters During Katrina many died because they would not evacuate without their pets. When Harvey struck, Houston took the opportunity for a smarter and more empathetic response. Friends For Life took the lead at George R Brown and created a “proof of concept” for the nation - showing that people and animals can safely be sheltered together. It was the truest definition of a pivotal moment for Houston and animals across the nation. • Many chose to evacuate when rescuers told them “you can bring your pets”• Pets who arrived with people stayed healthier - conse-

quently saving the evacuees vet bills • Pets who were allowed to stay with people did not end up on the streets. Template for the Nation Friends For Life were happy to learn that the nation was indeed watching. The Founder/Director of Alley Cat Allies in Washington, DC. wrote to Friends For Life: “We have been watching the incredible work that you all are doing at George R Brown and in the community. You are a model for the rest of the country. We are glad there is media coverage so that the rest of the world can see that sheltering animals with people can be done.” www.friends4life.org

With community support Friends For Life donated 10,000 pounds of food, hundreds of collars and leashes, 500 crates, and medical services to hundreds of animals.

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Palo Duro Riding Stables “Rescue” Horses We Love By Kristin L. Sorenson

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e acquired Red and Toughie about 7 or 8 years ago. We traded a stallion for both of them to a gentleman that we have been doing business with for years. He hadn’t had them long and wasn’t aware of any of their history. Shortly after having them, it was obvious that they had not been treated well by previous owners, not the man who gave them to us. They were very head-shy and wanted nothing to do with us. Getting a headstall or halter on either of them was quite the chore. For the first few weeks that they were with us, we allowed them to just “be horses,” running with the rest of our herd in the pasture and down in the canyon. They slowly became acclimated to the other horses and started to realize that people were not as bad as they seemed. We found that Toughie had quite the dominate personality when our “top dog” horses came back from pasture with bite marks, dubbing him with the name Toughie. He became one of our head guide horses and enjoys keeping the rest of the horses in line while they are working. You can also

find him and owner, Jesse, on bill boards for the Goodnight Heritage Foundation all down Highway 287, between here and Wichita Falls. Red, surprisingly enough, became one of our horses with the coveted title of Kid’s Horse. A big ol’ teddy bear, he makes kids as young, as 4 and 5, feel at home in the saddle. Both of these horses just needed some love and a chance. Skippy and Gypsy were also two rescues that, honestly, just needed some groceries and some love. Skippy was picked up from a rescue by a family friend and nursed back to working weight prior to coming to live with us. Gypsy is a black and white paint that was specifically used as a brood mare. She made pretty babies. A lack of education of previous owners, Gypsy came to us approximately 300-400 pounds underweight. Jesse could hang his hat on her hip bone. With her being a mare (Jesse’s just not a big fan of a mare’s attitude) and already 11 years old, we just weren’t sure of what she knew. It took a bit of convincing from me to get him to give her a chance, but once I got to looking at her registry papers and discovered that she’s related to half of our own herd, he was ready to go get her. After getting about 300 pounds of weight back on her, Jesse started riding her. She is learning with lots of love, leadership, and kindness and an absolute joy to ride. About 4 years ago, we picked up a 7-year-old, blood bay cow horse we call Romeo. We got him from a friend of ours that had bought him for rodeos. The first day they tried to throw a rope around a steer from him, he turned and ran away. He didn’t care what or who was in his way, Romeo was getting away from that cow. After being sent to several trainers, everybody came to the

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same conclusion, that horse was going to hurt or kill somebody and couldn’t do what he was bred to do and most likely needed to be euthanized. This was another instance where a horse was treated like a tool and not allowed to do what he was born to do, be a horse. Our friend knew this and decided to send him to us. After all, we don’t have cows. A few months of letting Romeo run through the pastures and canyon with a herd of horses, Jesse had him standing in a field of steers, not a problem one. Romeo is one of most requested horses by our repeat riders. Ranger is our recently acquired three-year-old blue roan quarter horse whose only problem is that he has been treated as nothing more than a piece of farm equipment for his short time in this world. Very shy and wanting not a thing to do with humans, it’s taking us a lot of time and patience to earn his trust. We found ourselves at the horse sale a couple of months ago when we found him. He was raised working cattle and apparently very good at his job. He moved beautifully in the sale ring and I kept nudging Jesse in the ribs. Of our eighteen horses at the time, most being wonderful found rescues we were getting close to having almost every color imaginable, we did not have a blue roan. Ranger’s owner at the time, stepped off of him to pull


What I Learned As A Volunteer By Evy P. Elston

T his saddle and headstall so that onlookers could really see the horse. Ranger stood perfectly still while this was happening but apparently, he didn’t move away fast enough for the owner’s liking, or maybe the guy was just having a bad day, and he turned and slapped this gorgeous creature in the face with his reins. All of us in our party, stood and Jesse yelled, “Hey!” Just as the bid was going to someone else, Jesse saw a horse that could use our help and “won” him. We love our rescue horses, and they have taught us so much during our journey of sharing these fabulous creatures with our visitors. Amazing what a little love, patience, and kindest can do. Jesse Sorenson is 3rd generation at PDRS. Growing up in the saddle with a gun on his hip, Jesse spent his childhood entertaining folks from all over the world. Many of the horses in the PDRS herd are direct descendants from the horses that Jesse rode as a kid, as well many of our happy rescue horses. Jesse is married to Kristin (you’ll probably talk to her when you call for a reservation), and 40 feet from where he grew up, they are raising their daughter, Kodi Jo. Palo Duro Riding Stables http://paloduroridingstables.com (806)488-2799

he shelters that have been housing the Harvey animals has been weighing on my mind for weeks. I think about volunteering EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I’m a full time realtor with a three and a half year old boy and my busy schedule doesn’t allow for too much free time. Today, I had some time and committed to go, but wish I had gone earlier in the day.

a face that bends down to their level. I’ve only been there once and I can’t wait to go back. There are people that dedicate their lives and time to these animals every day that deserve a bigger platform than me, but I’m happy to get the word out if it helps. These dogs are living in kennels. Once you are there and see their eyes you’ll realize that life in a kennel should not be their destiny.

Once I walked in the door I met Juan and he immediately said they needed help. He gave me a name tag and put me to work. We walked around and looked for “soiled” kennels. You must remove that dog from the kennel, walk the dog and another volunteer tries to clean up their cage by the time you return from the short walk. The soiled linens are thrown in to garbage bags and wait to be cleaned by volunteers. Some linens are too soiled and are thrown away. Clean linens must be folded and organized. Dog bowls are removed from the kennels, sanitized, washed, dried and piled up to be filled with food later. The list of needs can go on and on and on.

Upon discussing the issues with a lady in the shelter, the biggest needs are in the mornings and evenings, getting these animals walked & fed.

Oh, and volunteers must document whether the dog poops or pee pees & shut the door. I pet their face and gave them a kiss too. I did that for about an hour. Then, we walked around to EVERY kennel and put two full water bottles on top of each kennel. There are at least three hundred dogs in there-every kind of breed you can imagine. Some healthy (to the naked eye), some with skin issues, some with fear issues, and ALL with desperate happy eyes. They are longing to get out of that kennel and happy to see

There were many more volunteers just after the storm, but the list has dwindled. I was told that about 10 people show up in the mornings to help with the dogs and it takes them until around 1pm to finish that task. Then, there’s the middle of the day needs as I mentioned above. At around 7pm they start to walk and feed them again and get them settled for the night. That shift takes hours because there are not enough people to help. This isn’t the only shelter in town. There were multiple facilities helping Harvey dogs and cats. There are multiple facilities in town helping the Houston pet over-population. Houston has a huge problem with over population. It’s truly heartbreaking. These animals need fosters and forever homes, if you can help please try to find time to do it, adopt, foster or donate it’s a very sad situation. Evy P. Elston is a Realtor for Better Homes And Gardens/Gary Green-713-419-6862-Cell 281-646-1136-Office

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Tack Care...

Demystifying Winter Blankets!

Horseback Magazine’s Saddle & Tack Editor

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uying winter blankets for your equine friend can be confusing to a lot of people. If you go to your local ranch store or saddle shop, chances are real good that the clerks won’t know any more, if as much as you, so here’s a primer for you. If you’re in Texas, and only blanket for extreme weather, which is what I do, buy the lightest weight winter blanket that is offered. Insulation usually is offered in 100, 200, and 300 gram weights. This means 100, 200, or 300, grams of insulation per square foot of material or blanket. You just want to break the wind and keep them dry. The heavier insulations could get your horse sweating, and then chilled, and you don’t want to do that. If you have a show barn and are trying to keep a summer coat on your horse, this article won’t pertain to you except for measuring for a blanket, and which outer shell to choose. So, measuring; use a flexible tape and have someone hold it at the center of your horse’s chest as you take the tape back over the point of the hip to the horse’s tail. I go to the nearest edge of the tail. This will give you an approximate size. It used to be that blankets came in two inch increments, but it seems that most today are in three inch increments. An average 15.2 hand horse will be about a 78” blanket. This can vary if the horse is real broad or real skinny, but not by much. If your horse falls between sizes, go to the larger one. One of my pet peeves is

manufacturers going overseas to save money on manufacturing. They pass some of the savings on to you, but they still make a lot more profit than if they manufactured here in the U.S. My point is that most of the blankets you buy today come from the same manufacturers with different names on them. They all have shoulder gussets, tail flaps, leg straps, etc., and they all appear very much alike. They aren’t. Outer shells of blankets are pretty similar looking, but there is a lot of difference in the material used to make the blankets. Most are either polyester material or nylon. The nylon is usually 600, 1,000, or 1680 denier. The polyester is usually called 1200 denier rip stop. There are usually little squares woven into the poly that are supposed to stop any rips from going past them. The 600 denier nylon is okay for horses that are kept in or that are real easy on their blankets. Sometimes other horses will grab the blanket with their teeth and tear them up. The 1,000 denier nylon was originally called Cordura. It was actually introduced back in the Vietnam

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era by Dupont. It was the original ballistic material. Several layers of Cordura wrapped around the pontoons of patrol boats would stop small arms fire. Then they started using it for bullet proof vests and snake boots and all kinds of things. I was sales manager for a company that made Cordura blankets, and we put a two year unconditional guarantee on the blankets and we replaced very few; only 6 the first year. Now there are a few companies putting out a 1680 denier blanket that is very similar to Kevlar. Most of these blankets carry an unconditional lifetime guarantee. I know that any blankets I may buy in the future will be either 1,000 denier nylon or more probably, the 1680 denier nylon. So, what about the very popular 1200 denier polyester rip stop blankets? They’re okay, if you can’t find the nylon, but 1200 denier poly is not as strong as the 1,000 denier nylon. I have noticed in the last couple of years, most companies have stopped saying poly or nylon, they just say 1200 denier rip stop material. It’s pretty good,


don’t get me wrong, just saying if you have a choice, go for the 1680 denier ballistic nylon and don’t look back. Caring for your blankets is another matter. Most of the newer blankets are all waterproof or water repellent, but breathable. This means that moisture in the form of vapor can pass through from the inside to the outside, but actual drops of water will roll off of the outside. This is accomplished by a coating on the underside of the outer shell, and this coating will separate if exposed to heat, so always wash your blankets in cool water. I hang my blankets in the tack room. The joists are 2x4, so I nailed up some 1x6 boards on two adjacent rafters, and drilled 3/4” hole through the lower part below the joists, and ran 3/4” dowel rods through the holes. I put the chest part of the blanket through the dowel and let the blanket hang straight down. They take up less room than folding and are ready to put on when the weather gets nasty. Just pull the dowel back and the blanket drops right in your arms. I always check for mud dauber nests and scorpions before I put them on. I hope this helps with blanket purchasing and fitting. As always, if anyone has questions, you can call or text me at 830-328-0321.

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Of Hurricanes & Hitches! Howdy! Welcome to Cowboy Corner. Hurricane Harvey came, stayed too long and finally went. The Houston Chronicle reported that the weather folks stated, “Harvey rained down more water on a metro area than any storm in U.S. history. Cedar Bayou, east of Houston got 51.88 inches a continental U.S. rainfall record”. The USDA reported that the 54 counties declared a disaster contained 1.2 million beef cows, representing 27 percent of the state’s cow herd. Folks, every cow in the disaster area was affected by the storm some more some less, some totally, ending in death. In my part of the Brazos River bottom, about 40 miles west of Houston, just north of IH-10, the rain started at noon on Friday and continued until noon on Tuesday. My neighbor measured 33 inches during the four day period, an average of over 8 inches per day. My part of the world was spared flooding from the Brazos River. However south of IH-10 really got the flood waters. Sure the river bottom flooded and the folks that have livestock, know that, but our damage was nothing like areas south of here. Like to think about Harvey, as a learning event, every storm is different, but some things that we use to deal with the storms reappear with every event. My thoughts only relate to the livestock business particularly my cattle and horses. My first thought is to have a plan. If cattle are in the river bottom in a flood

prone area, how can you get and keep them out of the water? If the pasture has high ground, put some feed out on the high ground before the storm hits and the cattle will go to the high ground especially mature cows and bulls. Cows with baby calves can be a real problem and have to be handled easy, being driven so the cows won’t separate from the small calves. Cows with yearling age calves and weaned yearlings are much easier to handle. Often cows and yearlings that have been fed are not too hard to move. If cattle are in a flood prone area with no high ground then find a place to move them. If a neighbor has a set of pens on high ground not far from the road try to make a deal to use the pens and drive the cattle down the road. Have had better luck driving cattle from the road than trucking if the distance is not too far. The mobile cattle pens which are becoming very popular really pay off in these emergency situations. Find a bull, open the pens and put the cattle in the pens. Sure the cattle have to be fed and watered, but the effort is better than the alternative. So the first part of the plan is

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place, second is timing. Know folks that moved cattle Sunday during Harvey, then said later, we should have moved them Wednesday or Thursday before the storm hit late Friday, or not at all. Hind sight is 20/20. Timing is a real safety issue for both man and beast. Moving cattle horse back in high water is really spooky and please avoid if possible. So listen to the weather man and play it safe, the life you save may be your own. Thoughts about horses. During stormy weather I want my horses close and available cause I never know what is going to happen. Trees may blow down over fences next to a public road which can let the cattle out, or a fence may break and a dry area gets flooded, and cattle moved. In hurricane situations and if horses need to be moved contact the Emergency Management Office in your county for safe areas such as fairgrounds, sale barns, and rodeo arenas.

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