Time: July 20, 2013 from 9am to 1pm
Location: HIGHLAND STABLES Dodgeville Michigan
At Highland Stables at 19925 Frue Street in Dodgeville! Bring your Tack or just shop! You can also shop the Rummage Sale! It's a fundraiser for the renovation of the oldest house in Hancock.... home of The Celtic Quarter. Furniture, household items, toys, clothing & more...plus silent auction for a combination wood/electric stove. $10 for a Table for your Tack...donation to The Celtic Quarter (bring your own table please!) 9am-1pm...set up starts at 8 am.
Darkhorse Saddlery's "Summer Photo Contest" starts Tuesday June 18th. Do you have a favorite photo of your horse at home, on the trail or out in the field? Maybe you want to show off your new tack? (Whether you bought it here or not) we want to see it!
Ways to enter:
1. Email photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. If you are friends on Facebook with Darkhorse Saddlery's owner: Marja Cowan, you can "tag" her in any Facebook photos that you wish to enter. You'll receive a thank you once your entry is collected, and the tag can be removed.
3. You may enter by physically bringing your photos, camera or memory stick in to the downtown Houghton, MI store to be copied/downloaded.
4. Or you may mail copies to the store: Darkhorse Saddlery 314 Shelden Ave. Houghton MI 49913 Please, do not mail in original photos as they will become property of Darkhorse Saddlery, and will not be returned! We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected mail.
Darkhorse Saddlery's website is a work in progress, and we want to feature your horse(s)! We are looking for general photos & closeups of your horse; with or without his/her tack, loose out in a field or on a ride. Enter and your horse might become a cover model! Winners will be picked Oct. 20th. Top prizes will be gift certificates for Darkhorse Saddlery and everyone participating will be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate too! We want your horse to decorate our site and showcase horse products, but any tack your horse is wearing doesn't need to have been bought here... so don't be shy, everyone is welcome!
Anyone may enter, but photos must be of your own horse, no age restrictions, no limits to the number of entries per person. Pictures must be clear and standard to large format, blurry photos or very small photos will not be accepted as an entry.
No purchase is necessary, a purchase will not increase your chance of winning and there is no cost to enter or win. Number of prizes will depend on the number of entries. Everyone who enters a photo will get an additional entry into Darkhorse Saddlery's annual Christmas Drawing. The Christmas Drawing will start on July 1st.
Darkhorse Saddlery will be closed this Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a happy and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!
All Shapley's products, in store or special order are 15% off in the month of April!
Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DarkhorseSaddleryHoughton
To enter our free Shapley's giveaway drawing contest!
Did you know? Back in the day, equestrians often didn't have time to greet and speak with all the other riders before a foxhunt... so they put ribbons in their horses' tails to communicate what otherwise couldn't be communicated while racing over the fields. When a rider observed a horse with a white ribbon, for example, they knew that prospect was for sale, and could evaluate the horse while it was performing. They always put the ribbons in the tail, because you were usually either out front, and wouldn't see the ribbon, or you were behind, and you could see the tail.
So... You knew to be cautious around a kicker, avoid a stallion with your mare, never rush past a green horse, which horses were for sale, which geldings or stallions to keep your boy away from, and which mares may be in season or crabby. All without saying a word! Pretty impressive, huh?
Why God Gives Us Horses - and Takes Them Away Again
God gives us horses and compels some of us to love them. Yet why does the horse, an animal with such a big heart, live such a short life? Perhaps it's because if our horses lived any longer, we wouldn't be able to bear losing them. Or, perhaps, God looks down on the fine horses we raise and decides when it's His turn to ride. He gives us a few good years to care for and learn from them, but when the time is right, it's up to us to see them off gracefully. OK, perhaps not gracefully. Blowing into a Kleenex is rarely graceful. But we can be grateful.
To have a horse in your life is a gift and a bundle of life lessons in one furry package
In the matter of a few short years, a horse can teach a girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and hang on for dear life the learning doesn't stop there. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest of girls! To conquer the fear of falling off, having one's toes crushed, or being publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child.
Horses teach us responsibility and accountability
Responsibility and compassion are the hardest things for a parent to teach in this day and age, but a horse manages to do it with grace and dignity. Unlike a bicycle - or a computer - a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our horses dip their noses and drink heartily, we know we've made the right choice.
Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science
Some are easy keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay, and a trough of clean water. Others will test you - you'll struggle to keep them from being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves.
If you weren't raised with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities
You'd expect this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses, and even horses with a sense of humor. Those prone to humor will test you by finding new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it. Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you altogether. There are as many "types" of horses as there are people - which makes the whole partnership thing all the more interesting.
Learning about horses never ends
If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday - but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car in "drive." Part of the fun of horses, is that you always have new things to learn, and new and better methods to accomplish the goal you have in mind, no matter how many years you've ridden.
Horses have opinions
Interacting with a horse is never static like driving a car. Each day, even with the same horse, can be a new experience. In addition to listening to your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's naughty or perhaps he's fed up with how slowly you're learning his language. Regardless, the horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you (which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you over fences...if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership - and partnership is what it's all about
Horses teach us humility, courage and patience
If you face your fears, swallow your pride, and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment, and compassion, in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know, and how much you have to learn. And, while some people erroneously think "the horse does all the work," you'll be challenged physically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you completely. Or, you may find that sitting on his back is the closest you'll get to heaven.
Riders and horses must earn partnership and trust together
You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want to? If you do, your partnership will ever be as graceful as what can be gained through trust. The best partners choose to listen, as well as to tell. When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought about by intelligence, patience, hard work, determination and mutual understanding between horse and rider. A true partnership is sometimes easy, sometimes hard-won, but always worth the effort.
We soon realize that time spent in the barn is never wasted
If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives, most of us have to squeeze riding into our over saturated schedules; balancing our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn are stolen pleasures. If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them, no matter the sacrifice.
Horses lighten our hearts and bring us a sense of peace
Our horse is like our own personal therapist. They listen patiently and they don't judge. Our horses sense our fears, they know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals...we all need these reminders from time to time.
When you step back, it's not just about horses - its about love, life, and learning
On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, case of colic, or a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow. We mark our loss with words of gratitude for the ways our lives have been blessed. Our memories are of joy, awe, and wonder. Absolute union. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give.
As horse lovers, we are a unique community
To those outside our circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of battle. When you listen to stories told of that once-in-a-lifetime horse, of journeys made and challenges met, it inspires each of us on to our next challenge. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return. Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion.
In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.
Tack Sale/Swap in Upper Michigan in Crystal Falls, which is about 120 miles N. of Green Bay. The date is Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 AM to 3 PM CST at the Crystal Falls Township Hall located right on the corner of US 2 & 141. There will a lot of tack!! New & used saddles, headstall/breast collar sets, bridles, halters, bits. spurs, saddle blankets/spurs & one Vendor is bringing a lot of English tack/show clothing. There is still more room for vendors if you want to come to sell!! Pictured is a small sampling of what will be at the swap, there will be much more to see!
Our annual Christmas drawing has come to a close, and we've chosen the 12 lucky winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated,
Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all!
Grand Prize - $50 Gift Certificate: Missy Westie
Runner Up - Choice of Bit Up to $40: Bonnie DeCare
Second Runner Up - Adult Grooming Kit: Jeannie LaBonte'
4th Place - $20 Gift Certificate: Amberly Luikarri
5th Place - Wool Show Blanket: Lillian Mace
6th Place - Choice Of Nylon Halter: Ellen Kemppainen
7th Place - Green Holiday Halter: Dave Fooce
8th Place - Lime Green Zebra Leg Wraps: Christine Cavis
9th Place - Showman Girth: Lynne Madison
10th Place - Trail Reins: Paula Dube
11th Place - Large Tub of Corona: Megan Kenuppainen
12th Place - Blackrock Leather 'N' Rich: Emily Timonen
Our next "Annual Christmas Drawing" starts in July... and you could win!
Our Annual Christmas Sale kicked off today, 15% off most things in stock, excluding consignment items and special ordered items. Lots of new things in the store, Showman halters, Cashel Soft Touch jump girths, Classic Equine Feather Touch Girths, New Wintec items, Roma Lift Back cushions. A new Selection of bits from Metalab and Korsteel, More cases of Blackrock Leather 'N' Rich have arrived! Thank you to our wonderful customers for making the opening day of our sale a big success!
About the Author
Hello, my name is Marja, I am the owner of Darkhorse Saddlery. We've been in business since 2008 at our current location. We are here because of you, our customers. This is your local tack shop, we appreciate you and your feedback! Use the "Contact Us" form to drop us a line, request a product or tell us what's on your mind.