Nikki Livermore

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  1. Cch (Colored Cow Horse) Thread Just For You!

    I'm closing this one.
  2. Protein For Your Horse

    Protein for Your Horse - What are your best sources? by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Protein. The neglected nutrient. With so much attention being paid to low starch diets, horse owners are turning to fat to provide additional calories. Carbohydrates and fats are very important, don?t get me wrong. But do you know if your horse?s protein needs are met, as well? Read more here >>
  3. What Size Saddle

    Flocking = wool and Collegiate saddles actually have foam in them so they are not able to be changed in any way. Wool flocked saddles are generally more expensive. I'd definitely recommend sitting in the saddle on the horse - even if it's without stirrups just to see how it fits you and him/her. They all fit different once a rider's weight is in them. Be sure to stick 2-3 fingers under the pommel as you ride to make sure the withers are not being pinched. Let us know how it goes!
  4. Meet "curly" New Pictures Added!

    Perfect match Andi! I love your big smile. He's really adorable and you fit him very well. Looking forward to Curly stories!
  5. Talk To Me Of Trace Clipping

    This was the clip my guy had when we lived "up nort' der heh" He lived outside with a run-in shed and blanket (and hood) "as necessary" for the weather. It was very easy maintenance for me and I don't think he suffered any. We brought them in for a few weeks when we could not keep the water from freezing and wind chills were -30 or so. Now he's body clipped year-round since we moved down South. 2-3 times in winter and one mid-summer clip to keep him cooler. He's a really hairy dude!
  6. Getting Ready For Winter ...

    That's because you only have about 2 months of "non-winter" I don't miss that AT ALL!
  7. What Size Saddle

    No problem Happy to help. Run like the wind from Lancer and Regency. You are much better off finding an older, used, "used to be expensive" saddle at a tack shop than buying a new poorly made one. There's plenty of them out there ... Pessoa, HDR, Stubben, Barnsby, Collegiate, Courbette, Crosby, Passier.
  8. Need Help Finding Horsey Website

    I immediately thought Big Dee's .... Chick's? Valley Vet? a lot of them went out of business
  9. What Size Saddle

    I wrote a story about this for our Horsecity Spring Buyer's Guide and took some parts that might help you: Saddle purchases are mostly a personal preference sort of thing. Some folks prefer a deep seat and a long flap, others prefer a flat seat and a short flap. You will literally have to try them out to see what fits you and your horse best. English Saddles come with tree sizes and seat sizes. The wider and flatter the body of the horse (generally) the wider the tree size. The more prominent withers and shoulder makes a more "regular" tree size suitable. Seat size is measured from the middle of the nail on the skirt to the middle of the cantle. Most adults find a 17 or 17.5 suitable for general riding. They typically come in half sizes (16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18). Contrary to popular belief, the seat size is not "always" determined by your bootie size. It is more likely to be determined by the length of your leg from your "point of hip" to the mid-knee joint. If you have a long upper thigh you will need a bigger seat size - even if you have no bootie! Some saddle manufacturers compensate for this by offering flap sizes and shapes - sometimes they call it "forward" flap or "long" or "short" flap. The wording varies. "English Made" saddles are the most popular, middle-priced, cowhide saddles on the market. Some are English leather that is manufactured in India or Pakistan - these are usually more reasonably priced. Others made in Germany, France and Italy are high-end glove-like leather with a different seat and flap options and are sometimes made of Buffalo. Those will put a dent in your checkbook. Like anything in the horse world ... cheap = cheap. Saddles are usually and "investment" so take the time and patience to find the right one for you and your horse. It is worth it.
  10. What The Heck Is Wrong With The Hc Contest?

    Mac or PC? What is the specific issue you are having? I can't really tell them "it doesn't work" ... they ask me for details.
  11. Ride To Remember

    The American Competitive Trail Horse Association is proud to partner with Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Cowboy Up! to host a nationwide Trail Challenge called RIDE TO REMEMBER from November 10-11 2012. ACTHA riders all across the nation will hit the trails to pay tribute and remember our nation?s service men and women. Deadline to schedule a ride in your state is Sept. 29th! Every ACTHA Trail Challenge held over the Veteran?s Day weekend, will assist in raising much needed funds for Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Cowboy Up!. ACTHA Ride Hosts across the nation will also have the ability to donate a portion of those funds raised to their local nonprofit organizations that support our wounded warriors. Read more here >>
  12. What The Heck Is Wrong With The Hc Contest?

    Can you please give me the versions of Firefox and Chrome that are having issues? Thanks!
  13. Have You Ever Punched A Horse?

    Alex Karras, the man who punched horse in Blazing Saddles, died. The news story is here:
  14. Looking For A Trail Gelding

    Sorry Lisa but the forums rules state that we do not allow solicitation out of respect to our paying advertisers. We have a classifieds system with horses for sale and a "giveways" thread if you'd like to take a look there or post a "wanted" for a free situation. I'm going to close this thread.
  15. What The Heck Is Wrong With The Hc Contest?

    Internet Explorer has issues with the security feature on the contest page form. It's not fixable from our end, it's a browser issue. If you use Firefox or Chrome there is no issue. Why I can't stand Internet Explorer
  16. Pet Safety On Halloween

    Pet Poison Helpline Warns Pet Owners about Halloween Dangers ? MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (October 8, 2012) ? A record-setting 70 percent of Americans celebrated Halloween in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, it was also a very busy time at Pet Poison Helpline. During the week surrounding Halloween in 2011, call volumes increased by 21 percent, making it one of the call center?s busiest weeks on record. Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service that assists pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are treating potentially poisoned pets. ? ?Every year during the week of Halloween our call center gets busy, but never at the levels we experienced in 2011,? said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. ?Many of the cases we handled were for dogs that ingested Halloween candy ? the most common denominator being chocolate. By being cognizant of potential hazards, pet owners can help reduce the likelihood of pet poisonings this Halloween.? ? The most common Halloween hazards for pets are chocolate, candy overindulgence, raisins, candy wrappers, glow sticks and jewelry and candles. ? - Chocolate ? Of all candies, chocolate poses the biggest Halloween ?threat? to dogs. Many dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate, making it a significant threat for massive ingestion. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more poisonous it is. Methylxanthines are the chemicals in chocolate that are dangerous to pets, and they are more concentrated in darker chocolates. A single ounce of Baker?s chocolate can make a 50-pound dog very sick. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are less dangerous, but should still be kept out of the reach of pets.? If you think your dog may have ingested chocolate, signs to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy,? agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and in severe cases, seizures.?? ? - Candy and sweets overindulgence ? Candy and other sweet foods ? especially those containing poisonous xylitol - can also be poisonous to pets. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy and sweets can lead to pancreatitis in pets. Potentially fatal, pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and very painful. Pet owners should be aware that clinical signs of pancreatitis may not present for several days after ingestion. Signs include a decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and potentially, kidney or organ damage. ? - Raisins ? Mini-boxes of raisins can be a healthy treat for trick-or-treaters, but they are extremely poisonous to dogs! Raisins are so dangerous that they deserve the same pet-proofing treatment as chocolate ? stored in secure containers far from their reach. Dogs can experience kidney failure after ingesting very small amounts of raisins (including similar products with grapes and currants too). For this reason, any ingestion should be treated as a potential poisoning. Signs of raisin or grape poisoning include vomiting, nausea, decreased appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, excessive or decreased thirst and urination, bad breath, and rapid onset kidney failure. ? - Candy wrappers ? When pets get into candy, they can eat the wrappers too. Ingestion of foil and cellophane wrappers can sometimes cause a life-threatening bowel obstruction, which may require surgery to correct. Watch for vomiting, decreased appetite, not defecating, straining to defecate, or lethargy. X-rays or even ultrasound may be necessary to diagnose this problem. ? - Glow sticks and glow jewelry ? Due to their curious nature, cats often accidentally ingest glow sticks and jewelry because they are bright and fun to chew. While not usually life-threatening, the contents can cause mouth pain and irritation, as well as profuse drooling and foaming. If your cat chews on glow jewelry, offer a tasty snack to help remove the product from the mouth. Bathing the chemical off the fur is important too, as grooming can contribute to further poisoning. ? - Costumes ? If you put a costume on your pet, make sure it doesn?t impair his vision, movement or air intake. If it has metallic beads, snaps or other small pieces, be aware that these pieces, especially those that contain zinc and lead, can result in serious poisoning if ingested. Also, before thinking about dying or coloring your pet?s fur, consult with your veterinarian, as some products can be very harmful to pets, even if they are labeled non-toxic to humans. ? - Candles ? Curious noses and wagging tails have a way of finding lit candles. Keep candles out of your pet?s reach to prevent accidental thermal injury or burns. ? This Halloween, please keep your pets safe. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, the veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline suggest that it?s always easier, less expensive, and safer for your pet to be treated earlier, versus when he?s showing severe symptoms. Pet Poison Helpline is the most cost-effective animal poison control center in North America at only $39 per call, including unlimited follow-up consultations. ? Pet Poison Helpline has an iPhone application with an extensive database of plants, chemicals, foods and drugs that are poisonous to pets. A powerful indexing feature allows users to search for toxins and includes full-color photos for identifying poisonous plants and substances. With a direct dial feature to Pet Poison Helpline, the app is called ?Pet Poison Help,? and is available on iTunes. ? On Monday, Dec. 3, Pet Poison Helpline will be hosting a webinar for pet owners. The topic will be ?Holiday Dangers for Pets,? and it will provide in-depth information about the many toxic substances that can threaten pets during the upcoming holidays. For more information and to register, click here. ? About Pet Poison Helpline Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline?s fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at ### ?
  17. Hoof Sealer

    My farrier and I were just talking about this the other day ... he recommends "Tuff Stuff" or just plain old Thompson's Water Seal (yup the stuff you put on a wood deck). He has it in a small sealed container with a tiny brush and he just puts a light coat on below the coronet band.
  18. Film Company Calls for Footage of World-Renowned Horse "Snowman" for Documentary Docutainment Films has mastered the art of capturing stories of true inspiration in their documentaries and short films. Their most recent endeavor involves a feature length documentary about the life and career of Harry de Leyer and his world-renowned horse Snowman. I just love the images from this article >> Snowman aka "The Eighty-Dollar Champion" is coming to film! Did anyone read the book?
  19. Show Me Your Dogs!

    My goofy ditch dog when she was a pup!
  20. Whats The Story On This..

    AQHA issued a suspension statement on 9/20:
  21. American Shetland Pony Club?s Unique Contest for Creativity to be Held During Upcoming Convention Entries Due for Sue Price Memorial Creativity Contest by Nov. 8 in St. Louis The 2012 Sue Price Memorial Creativity Contest will take place during the American Shetland Pony Club?s annual convention set for November 8-10 at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, MO. This contest, held in memory of one of ASPC/AMHR?s most creative members, helps remind everyone that not all equine endeavors take place in a pasture, barn or arena. Some equine lovers combine their passion for ponies with their artistic talents to create lovely art or to take captivating horse photos or to write amusing pony poetry. This contest is open to all ASPC/AMHR/ASPR/NSPPR members of the ages listed below. The Creativity Program is an opportunity for small equine enthusiasts to express their love of small equine without going into the show ring. The following creative categories featuring ponies or horses are available for competition: Artwork? Black & White Artwork ? Color Artwork ? Fabric Artwork ? Miscellaneous (any medium not specifically listed) Photography ? Black & White Photography ? Color Literary Humorous ? any medium. These seven creative categories are divided by the following ages: Adult 18 and older; Youth ages 13 to 17; and Youth ages 6 to 12. To enter, entries may be hand-carried to the convention or sent directly to the convention hotel as follows: Millennium Hotel St. Louis ATTN: ASPC Convention/Creativity Contest 200 South 4th Street St. Louis, MO 63102-1804 Each entry should be labeled on the reverse side with member name and number, category and age group. Exhibitors must make arrangements for their entries to be picked up from the annual meeting or have provided return postage and packaging. Winners will be announced at the convention during the Saturday morning awards ceremony. All ASPC/AMHR members attending the convention will have an opportunity to vote. Winners will be notified by mail and the National Office will issue the monetary awards. For more information, contact Merry Wicke at (815) 476-2593 or online at The ASPC/AMHR/ASPR Creativity Contest is held in memory of former member Sue Price of Manteno, IL. Sue was passionate about small equine and always went above and beyond to promote them. Price was also very well known for both her creativity and her great sense of humor. The Creativity Contest was originally Sue?s idea, and she worked hard to champion and coordinate the program until her death. ??The American Shetland Pony Club, the American Show Pony Registry and The American Miniature Horse Registry are non-profit organizations established to preserve and refine the bloodlines of these small equines and promote the enjoyment of small equines. Recognized as the oldest and most versatile registry in the United States, the American Shetland Pony Club offer a variety of programs for Shetland Pony and Miniature Horse enthusiasts of all ages. Visit their website at or 81-B East Queenwood Road, Morton, IL 61550.
  22. Horse Expo Pomona to Feature Inspiring Equine Art Show It?s been said that art is the only way to run away without leaving home. The art show at the second annual Horse Expo Pomona promises just that ? inspiring horse lovers across the board, all breeds, all disciplines ? and inviting the art admirer to ?run away? to an equine dream. From subjects of draft horses in stunning, polished harness to gangly, newborn foals leaning on their dams, equine art can float the viewer into an environment that dreams are made of. Read more:
  23. Favorite Slow Cooker Meals

    I think browning the ribs is personal preference and also however much time you have to slow cook it. Just be sure to cut the potatoes into chunks that will cook all the way through. If I leave mine on the whole day I leave the potatoes quite large, if only a few hours I cut them smaller. Does that make sense? If I buy the "bagged" kraut I don't add any extra water because it seems to have enough. If it's the canned kind I might add a just a bit. My grandmother added bouillon to hers but I never do because I don't want the added salt. I'm assuming it was a Czech or Croatian dish? That is her ancestry. Or it could have been Polish ... I'm not sure.
  24. Favorite Slow Cooker Meals

    Me neither until I moved to the south. My fav recipe is spare ribs, sauerkraut and potatoes. Throw it in, salt n pepper. Done in a few hours. Mmmmm!
  25. Is There A Phone App For Horse City?

    I forgot to try this when I got home from the farm last night. So sorry. I had nothing but sleep on my brain.