St. Patrick’s Day Bar Festival

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You and your close friends can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day adventure this year that you’ll never forget. I’m talking about the St. Patrick’s Day Bar Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, March 12th. Expect to see Irish jigs, DJs, live bands & green drinks. Continue reading for more information.  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 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Bar Festival

Did you know that Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian holiday in the early 17th century? It was once observed religiously by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. It started as a commemoration of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Now it is widely used to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. The bar festival this year will be a “Socially Safe Event.” This means that there will only be a certain number of tickets and they will not oversell tickets.

Therefore, go to their website and get your tickets now to guarantee your spot! There are many great Denver venues participating in the festivities this year. They include Gaslamp at 1437 Market St, Nola Jane Restaurant and Bar at 1435 Market St, and Society Sports & Spirits at 1434 Blake St. Another popular spot is Front Porch. This relatively new bar has a great atmosphere and rustic vibe. The Front Porch was made popular by its Flip Night, in which guests can win free drinks by correctly calling a coin toss.

National Coin & Money Show

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If you love to collect old coins or just looking to have a unique experience this weekend, the National Coin and Money Show is exactly what you’re looking for. Did you know that a person that collects coins is called a numismatic? Continue reading for everything you need to know about the National Coin and Money Show. 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 2022 National Coin and Money Show

The Broadmoor, a beautiful resort in Colorado Springs, hosts the event this year. The show will begin on March 10th and end on the 12th. Attendees will witness millions in rare coins and numismatic treasures. Also, you will be able to buy, sell and trade with hundreds of coin dealers, participate in live auctions showcasing amazing rarities, and attend lectures and presentations from noted numismatists. Moreover, you can even bring your own coins and get them appraised by the experts!

The show hours for that Thursday and Friday are the same. That is 10 AM to 6 PM in the main room at the Broadmoor, which is called Broadmoor Hall. The last day of the event on Saturday will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM. The admission on the last day of the show is completely free. However, on the other days, Admission is $10. If you are an American Numismatic Association member, a child under 12, and active and retired military personnel you can also get in for free. You can even bring up to 3 additional guests. Check out their website for more details. 

Famous Gravesites in Colorado

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Did you know that Colorado is the final resting place for many famous figures. John Henry ‘Doc’ Holiday was a famous gunfighter and professional gambler, most well-known for his part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Holiday died from tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs and his grave is located there at the Pioneer Cemetery. Continue reading for more historic gravesites 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.

Historic Gravesites in Colorado

One of the biggest historical figures buried in Colorado is Chief Ouray. This was a major chief of the Ute Nation that obtain six million acres of land for the Ute Nation. His grave is at Ouray Memorial Park in Montrose. Joe Cocker, who was a blues-rock singer, is also buried in the Centennial state. He was known for ballads like “You are so beautiful” and “Unchain my heart.” During his career, he recorded 40 albums and worked with famous artists like Patty LaBelle. His grave is at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Delta County.

History buffs will know about Alferd Packer. He was a wilderness guide in Colorado and Utah in the 1870s. There is a gruesome tale of how his comrades died from cold weather exposure and how he ate them to survive. Packer’s final resting place is the Littleton Cemetery in Littleton. Also, there’s Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill is the man who gave the Wild West its name. He was an entertainer, entrepreneur, and a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He later died from kidney failure and is buried at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum in Golden, Colorado.

Potty-Training Your Horse

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Did you know that you can potty-train your horse? Maintaining a clean barn stall and pasture is an important step in keeping your horse healthy. Horses have anywhere from 15 to 20 bowel movements a day. This can generate up to 50 pounds of manure!  Continue reading for some tips on potty-training your horse. 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.

Steps in Potty-Training Your Horse

First, pick a few designated areas that you want your horse to use for relieving itself. Make sure these areas aren’t too close to where your horses eat, walk, or sleep. Keep in mind that having more than one designated area is to make sure they’re close to the herd. Then move fresh manure to the areas that you have chosen. This will tell your horse that this is a place they can go. Now that you’ve come up with your planned area, the real training can begin.

Unless your horse has been trained before, they will not pick up on what you want right away. Therefore, you’ll have to move any manure they produce to correct spot. Make sure to have your horse’s favorite snack on hand. Reward the correct behavior is the best way to reinforce it. This also means that you’ll have to be in the pasture with your horse for a while. Because for the best results, you’ll have to praise them immediately after using the area that you’ve designated. This is important so that your horse will be able to associate these two events.

Taking Pictures for Your Vet

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In the case of emergencies, ask your vet if you can send them a picture of your horse. This can include images of wounds, abnormalities, or lamenesses. This is called telemedicine and can be very useful especially if you live far away from your horse clinician. Here are some tips for taking pictures for your vet. 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.

Tips for Taking Pictures for Your Vet

One of the most important things to think about when taking a picture for your vet is the lighting. Even during the day, barns are often dark. If your barn has overhead lighting this can throw shadows. Use the flash setting on your phone to give the image more light. However, the best solution is to take the picture outside. Natural lighting is the way to go. Also, try not to send your vet a blurry picture. Your vet will have a hard time helping you with a diagnosis if they can’t really see the wound.

If you have newer phone, then take a step of two back from the wound before taking the picture. This will help your vet see precisely where the wound is while still having the ability to zoom in. If you have an older phone in which zooming in on a picture makes it blurry, then you may have to send more than one picture to your vet. One picture from a distance and one picture up close. Sometimes it’s useful to use a reference object in the photo to show scale. Doing so will give your veterinarian context and perspective. You can use a coin, pen, or anything that you can easily hold near the wound. For more tips, talk to your vet.

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo 2022

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The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is a Colorado tradition that has been around for over thirty years. It has entertained and educated horse lovers of all breeds and disciplines for a long time. This year will be no exception. The 2022 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo starts February 24th and ends on the 27th—that’s 4 days of horse fun! Continue reading for what you can expect to see that this great 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.

What to Expect at The Rocky Mountain Expo

The most anticipated part of the expo will be The Mane Event. The show includes many breeds and disciplines performing to music and lights. It is a great show for the entire family. Tickets for the Main Event shows are sold separately from admission tickets. Therefore make sure you get them ahead of time by going to their website. Another big event at the expo is The Ride with the Experts program. This program is designed for you to bring your horse and ride with the clinician during their presentation. Also, did you know that there was an art show at the show?

It’s called the Expo Art Show and Literary Corral. This will be part of a larger promotion of Art, Film, and Books at the event under the EQUUS Film and Art Fest. There are many great Equine Filmmakers, Artists, and Authors out there. This even will bring much needed awareness for the industry. The event will feature 300 vendors at the National Western Complex. Organized by the Colorado Horse Council, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is the council’s largest annual fundraiser and this year’s charity is the Ronald McDonald House in Denver.

Nordic Ski Areas in Colorado

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Did you know that there are several great Nordic ski areas close to Denver? It’s true! Even urbanites can quickly get out and ski without driving for hours or paying for an expensive plan ticket. Here are some of the best Nordic ski areas 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 Nordic Ski Areas

Premiere Nordic ski area Roxborough State Park is located just outside of Denver. Roxborough is along the Front Range and known for its jagged red rocks. The sights here attract more that just skiers to the area. Nordic skiers often hit the trails here and explore the snow-capped red rocks for a unique experience. Skiing is only allowed on designated trails and there is a fee to enter the park. Therefore, make sure you check out the Parks website before heading out of the city. Another great area for skiers to check out is Eldora Mountain.

Eldora Mountain is located near the small town of Nederland. The Nordic Center at Eldora features thirty-four miles of trails. This area features beautiful pine forests and expansive alpine meadows in the backdrop of the mountain. Skiers at Eldora Nordic Center also have access to National Forest lands via the Jenny Creek Trail. This one is really worth the measly fifty-mile trip from the city. If you are new to skiing, you can get lessons from the center. For more information like season ticket prices check out the Eldora Mountain website.

How to Lower Your Horse Insurance

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Are you a horse owner and looking to save some money this year? Veterinary medicine has advanced substantially and the costs of horse ownership have risen. Fortunately, the horse insurance industry has seen some recent changes that could help you keep money in your pockets. Here’s what you need to know. 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.

Ask Your Horse Insurance Agent

Ask your horse insurance agency about their co-insurance options. This is where the owner and insurer share veterinary bills. For example, there are new insurance plans with a twenty percent clause. This clause means that the owner will pay twenty percent of veterinary bills and the insurer will pay the rest. A few years ago plans like these were only offered for small animal insurance programs. So this is a wonderful change in the industry for horses. If your insurer doesn’t offer this yet, talk to them about how you can at least lower your rates.

Similar to the car industry, if you can show you’re taking care of your horse then you should be able to get lower rates. In order for this to work, you’ll have to prove some stuff to your insurer. You must demonstrate that you are a proactive and engaged owner that works with a veterinarian and farrier on a regular basis. Healthy horses are easier to insure. Also, if you are working with a trainer and are a member of your Provincial Equine Sports Organization, then you’re going to get the most favorable rates.

Cowboy Downhill

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Have you ever heard of the Cowboy Downhill? This Steamboat Springs exclusive event is where pro cowboys from all over the state trade their boots for skis. It started over 40 years ago when a few Rodeo stars were invited to Steamboat for a day of skiing. It was such a historic event that it has become a huge tradition in the area. Continue reading for all the details. 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.

Cowboy Downhill Even Details

Everything starts on Monday, January 17th, at 11:00 AM in Steamboat Square. This is the 47th Annual Cowboy Downhill (sponsored by Bud Light) and there will be a western celebration in Gondola Square to kick things off. You will experience 4H farm animals, food and refreshments at Timber & Torch Grill, and a learn-to-rope clinic. There will also be appearances by the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, as well as commemorative Bud Light Cowboy Downhill logo wear and souvenirs.

There are two main parts to the Cowboy Downhill: the timed Dual Slalom and the Stampede Event. The race starts at 1:00 PM. Participants will ski down a dual slalom course, go over a jump, lasso a person, saddle a horse, and cross the finish line. You didn’t think it was just skiing did you? Afterwards is The Stampede Event. This is a mass start ski competition. First cowboy to the bottom wins the race. Also, there is an after party concert that you will not want to miss. This unique concert will feature the band Lil Smokies in Steamboat Square.

2022 National Western Stock Show

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Attention horse-lovers—the National Western Stock Show is already in full swing this year. There is more to see and do at this year’s festivities than there has been ever before. Visitors will be able to see the Coors Western Art gallery, horse shows, and even a stock dog competition. Also cheer on the kids in the Stadium Arena and shop at hundreds of western vendors for gifts and food. Continue reading for information on this historic Colorado Stock Show. 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.

Western Stock Show Details

The Stock Show began on January 8, but don’t worry if you forgot to mark your calendar. The festivities will still be going on until the 23rd. Depending on the day of attendance, tickets for adults are $17 to $25. Kids from ages 3 to 11 get in for under $5 and anyone younger than that gets in for free. Guest Badges, which are good for Grounds Admission for all 16 days were $70. Even though you’ve missed a few of the days, these tickets may still be available. Remember to check the Western Stock Show website before you go.

The Draft Horse, Mule, and Donkey Shows are on the last days of the stock show. Visitors will “Witness first-hand the immense horsepower of these gentle giants. Featuring the workhorses of yesteryear, the Draft Horse, Mule, and Donkey Show and pulling contest offers the beauty, grandeur, and sheer force of today’s draft horses. The final weekend boasts cart, team, unicorn, 4-horse, 6-horse & 8-horse hitch classes as well as various working horse events including the popular Feed Team Race.” There are four ticketed performances in this category so there are still opportunities to attend.