Packing List For Horseback Riding

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Riding horses is one of the most magical experiences you can have. However, if you’re planning on going horseback riding there are some things you should know before you saddle up. This includes what you should pack with you on your journey. Continue reading for what should be on your packing list for horseback riding. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

What’s in Your Pack?

Aside from horse tack, there are some things that should be on your packing list for horseback riding that you might not have thought of. First of all, bring some sunscreen, lip balm, and something to keep the sun out of your eyes like a hat, visor or sunglasses. The last thing you want to get from your riding experience is sun burned. Also, remember to carry a water bottle with to stay hydrated. The horse may be doing a lot of the work, but they’re not the only ones that will need to take a break and drink some water!

When it comes to riding comfortably, make sure to wear a heavy-duty pair of jeans. You don’t have to wear tall, cowboy boots if you don’t own any. However, you’ll still need to wear a pair of boots with a thick heel. If you are planning to ride during the colder Colorado months, then dress in layers. This will keep you warm and dry if it starts to snow. If you are unsure what to wear or where to buy appropriate clothing, ask your riding instructor where they shop for gear. Also, making an actual written-down list is not necessary, but wouldn’t hurt. It’s better to be overprepared than miserable on your horseback riding adventure.

Colorado Donkey Facts

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Many people associate donkeys with horses, but they are very different. For example, donkeys have long ears and can hear the call of another donkey up to sixty miles away. They can also use them as a fan, cooling them down and keeping bugs away from their face. Continue reading for more donkey facts. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Interesting Donkey Facts

Did you know that the digestive tract of the donkey is also different than a horse? Though they are anatomically similar, a donkey’s digestive tract can do a lot more. Donkeys evolved in the desert. Since food is more scarce in the desert, donkeys evolved to utilize ninety-five percent of the nutrients in what they eat. Their digestive system can break down vegetation that a horse’s tract can’t. They can also extract moisture from food much more efficiently than a horse. However, this doesn’t mean that donkeys can eat whatever a horse eats.

Horses eat a lot of grains. It is very common to find things like alfalfa and other grains mixed into store bought horse feed. Donkeys should never eat alfalfa that is found in carbohydrate, protein, or sugar feeds. Unless your donkey is experiencing weight problems, they don’t need any grains. Like some horses, most donkeys can become overweight very easily. They can even develop fat pads along their crest, back, and croup, which is very bad for their mobility.

Horse Spa Day

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Did you know that you can give your horse their very own spa day? You can do it at home and it won’t cost a fortune. For example, give your horse a bath at the warmest part of the day as a way to cool them off. If the weather is cooler, try using warm water for their bath instead. Continue reading for more tips on creating your own horse spa day! Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

At-Home, DIY Horse Spa

Having a spa day is all about being completely relaxed and comfortable. That means if your horse doesn’t like baths then try something else. Typically horses like baths the most when they are the right temperature and there’s no splashing. To reduce splashing, try using a big soft sponge. The sponges they sell for washing cars are the perfect size and texture. Also, don’t get any water in your horse’s face. They hate that! Be mindful of the type of shampoo you use.

Different horse shampoos are formulated for different purposes. Some are for whitening and others are for treating skin conditions like try skin. Therefore, make sure you get a shampoo that is appropriate for your horse. When working in the shampoo, use a little bit of force, not too much, and massage in the product. Lightly massage the muscles around the joints to help sooth your horse. This gives you the perfect opportunity to screen your horse for any new bumps or lumps.

The Colorado State Fair and Rodeo

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The Colorado State Fair is a must see this year for horse owners and enthusiasts. Moreover, the rodeo part of the state fair is full of equine shows. From August 27 to the end of the month, enjoy the PRCA rodeo with many guest appearances. Guest stars include Casey Donahew, Dustin Lynch, and The Diamond Rio. Continue reading for information on this great Colorado equine event. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

The 2021 Colorado State Fair Rodeo

If you are new to the rodeo scene or have never been to The Colorado State Fair, consider signing up for Chute Tours. This is an experience you’ll never forget. The Chute Tours is an exclusive, behind the scene look at the fair with the head rodeo stock contractor, Kirsten Vold. You will learn everything there is to know about the sport of rodeo and what it takes to be a competitive cowboy or cowgirl athlete. You can sign up at the state fair website. Did you know that the Colorado fair has a long history?

The Fair began back in 1872. It was held by the Southern Colorado Agricultural and Industrial Association. Originally the fair ran with no assistance from the community or the state until it was later incorporated in 1886. Today the fairgrounds occupy 102 acres of land that contains paved streets and beautiful landscaping. When the space isn’t being used for the state fair, it is used as a venue for concerts and other events. Have you ever attended the Colorado State Fair? Tell us your stories below!

Colorado Bed and Breakfasts

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Going on vacation or looking for a place to stay over a long weekend? Getting connected with nature is a great way to refocus and recharge after months of grueling work. Colorado has a ton of great bed and breakfasts that can connect you to nature. Continue reading for some great Colorado bed and breakfasts. Or check out this article on the best AirBNBs in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Colorado Bed and Breakfasts Connected to Nature

What better way to experience the Colorado Rockies than in a yurt? There’s a bed and breakfast yurt in Unaweep Canyon that has great accommodations. It can sleep up to six and includes Wi-Fi, heating/AC, microwave, and mini fridge. The canyon is unique because two creeks, East Creek and West Creek, flow out of opposite ends of the gorge. It is a breathtaking view! Search AirBNB for Unaweep Yurt.

Or what about a trip down to Fairplay? Fairplay is famous for being the inspiration to the TV show South Park. Not only is there a South Park City museum you can visit, there are also opportunities to go hiking and fishing up in the nearby mountains. Mosquito Range is in the area, featuring several 14ers and 13ers to check out. The tiny house can sleep three and includes heating, AC, Wi-Fi, community hot tubs, a full bath, and a kitchen with a cooktop and fridge. Search AirBNB for Fairplay Tiny House.

Dog-Friendly Adventures in Colorado

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Colorado was made for dogs. Colorado is full of parks and natural open space for your canine companions to enjoy. Continue reading for some amazing dog-friendly venues in Colorado. Or check out our article on the most popular dog breeds of last year. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Dog-Friendly Adventures

Our first dog-friendly venue is in Colorado Springs at the Pub Dog Colorado. This restaurant features an off-leash area for dogs to mingle with nearby tables for owners. If you prefer that your dog is leashed there is also an outdoor section for that as well. The Pub Dog Colorado’s menu includes items that are suitable for dogs. You can try the bark bowl, which includes brown rice, sweet potatoes, and an unsalted beef patty. They also have their Bowser Beer Dog Beer, which is a nonalcoholic, refreshing drink for your dog bowl. Your pup can also enjoy a “pupsicle,” a popsicle of frozen chicken broth.

Another great dog-friendly venue is the Adventure with Colorado Jeep Tours. No matter how big your dog is, all dogs are welcome along a Colorado Jeep Tour. The excursion with Colorado Jeep Tours ventures through Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Red Canyon Park, and the Gold Belt Scenic Byway. If your goal is to get a selfie for your dog’s Instagram, this tour has some great views! Remember to make a reservation specifically for your dog. You’ll be asked to sign the waiver and attend a meet-and-greet with a tour guide when bringing your canine companion along.

Donkey Myths

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Did you know that donkeys are one of the oldest domesticated animals? It’s true. In fact, they were first domesticated around 3,000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia. Being a part of the human experience for that long, there’s no wonder that there are some donkey myths out there. Continue reading for the most common. Like quine myths? Here’s some top draft horse myths. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Common Donkey Myths

The most common donkey myth is that they are stubborn and stupid. This is not true. Donkeys are usually not as cooperative as horses. In other words, they’re not as easy to guide with a lead. Donkey’s are more hesitant due to the way they evolved. Horses evolved on plains where they had many sources of food. Donkeys evolved in mountainous desert areas with less resources. Donkeys take the time to assess their situation more than horses. They’re deciding whether they should stay where there’s food or move on.

Donkeys also have a reputation for being strong pack animals. However, there is a myth that they can carry more than other equines and that’s just a myth. Donkeys can only hold up to 20% of their weight. Donkey’s often don’t show they’re in pain for the same reason they’re perceived as stubborn. In a fight of flight situation, donkeys are more likely to stay and fight. Fight animals cannot show vulnerability to their opponents and so donkeys do not show their pain until they are very sick or critically injured.

Equine Massage Therapy

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As horse lovers, we know that caring for you horse is very important. However, taking your horse to the clinician or large animal veterinarian can be very expensive. There are a few things that you can do to sooth your horse that also have physical benefits. Horse massage therapy can prevent your equine from sustaining serious injury. Continue reading for a few techniques that might help your horse, including trigger-point therapy and myofascial release. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Horse Massage Techniques

Remember, before practicing these techniques have a professional horse chiropractic guide you first. Trigger-point therapy is a focused massage on sensitive spots causing pain in soft tissues because of contracted muscles. These trigger points or knots are small, firm areas within the muscle. They are often the result of hard work, stress, or injury. When practicing trigger-point therapy, apply direct pressure to relax the muscle. This will release lactic acid, relieve spasms, encourage blood flow, and improve oxygen supply.

Another soothing technique is myofascial release or MFR. This includes massaging the fascia surrounding the musculoskeletal system. This part of the horse anatomy can cause problems when it becomes tight and restrictive. Just like trigger-points this is often the result of trauma, disease, or hard work. If you spot these issues, your horse needs to stretch to release the tension and restore free movement. Again, a trained horse therapist can help you identify and remedy these issues.

The Best AirBNBs in Colorado

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Colorado is one of the most visited states of the country. With its abundance of mountains and beautiful wilderness, there is no question as to why. There’s no better way to experience this nature than with a strategically placed Airbnb. Our team has scoured the internet for the best AirBNBs in Colorado and here is what we came up with. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

AirBNBs in Colorado

Search AirBNB for The Hygge Chalet and Sauna. This listing includes a stunning, Scandinavian-inspired chalet in the Rocky Mountains. Specifically, this listing is in the Lost Creek Wilderness National Forest, an hour outside Denver. The chalet comes with two bedrooms with queen beds. This cabin sits at 9,000 feet, so beware if you are prone to altitude sickness. If you book a stay here, you will get great views of surrounding mountains like Shawnee Peak.

Search AirBNB for Little Red Treehouse in Lyons, Colorado. Just as it sounds, this listing is built up off the ground and into a beautiful sprawling tree. This AirBNB is smaller than the chalet in that it only has one room. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have great amenities to enjoy. The Little Red Treehouse has a space-conscious kitchen and pull-down Murphy bed that sleeps two. However, there is a loft in the treehouse that can be used for extra guests. The beauty of this listing is the outdoor spaces that are included. It has an outdoor dining area and plenty of views of the surrounding nature.

Popular Wild Horse Spots in Colorado

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For many of us, our joy of horses start when we are very young. This is especially true if you grew up watching Black Beauty, Secretariat, or Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. And what about wild horses? The term “wild horse” is also used colloquially in reference to free-roaming herds of feral horses such as the mustang in the United States, the brumby in Australia, and many others. Continue reading to find out where you can spot a wild horse in Colorado. Also, if you are looking for a horse property for sale in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak with one of our horse-person realtors.

Wild Horse Spots

The Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area is great for spotting wild horses. Found in the northwest corner of the state, the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area has more than 157,000 acres of land. The area is located about 45 miles west of Craig. With so much land it is not a surprise that it is home to an estimated population of about 700 horses. The area is also home to elk, mule deer, Greater sage-grouse, white-tailed prairie dogs, pronghorn, coyotes, mountain lions, badgers, and golden and bald eagles.

And then there’s the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area. This herd management area is one of the easiest to find. It is located southwest of Meeker and east of State Highway 139. If you’re lucky you can even spot some of the wild herd off of the highway. The herd is varied, featuring bay, gray, sorrel, black, roan, and buckskin breeds. Even larger than Sand Wash, this herd management area boasts 190,130 acres. You may also spot mule deer, elk, badgers and a variety of birds.