Friday, February 29, 2008

Curly Horse Decals & Vehicle Magnets

By popular demand, I placed a second order for Curly Horse Country decals. This time in both white and black vinyl and also vehicle magnet signs. Those magnets were SO cool! I really need to get some of those. Easy to apply...except, do you think someone at a show or fair would steal it off your truck? I don't know why, I would worry about that. Silly probably. ;-) The magnet signs are made of high quality commerical material, so they will last for years. The vinyl decals is probably what I will use on my trailer..especially after a curly breeder who received two for her truck applied them immediately and said they look great and it was VERY easy to apply. Good for her for just going at it! She has already got comments on it while going to town. Be ready for the silly comments too...she said a guy asked, "is that like Curly fries?" As time goes on, I am sure you will think you have heard just about everything, and you will get pretty witty in your replies back too. Anyway...just a fun way to advertise with curly horse decals and magnets, I think. Very public....too. To buy a curly horse decal or curly horse magnet, visit my curly horse store. ;-)

The Ride a Curly Contest starts it's 3 month tomorrow. The riders have been VERY active this year! Some starting young Curly Horses and others just brushing up on the older mounts. While others are overcoming health issues and/ or fear issues. All very natural in the life of a horseman or woman. They are also sending in lots of pics of their curly horses too!! They are making a huge efffort...some getting pics while mounted..with just the back of those curly ears showing. What a hoot. Good for them..it's so encouraging to see.

Lots of Curly Horses for sale Ads came in this week. You can view a total of 79 curly sales ads on my site now...it's pretty neat. A great selection and really fine quality breeding. Beautiful Curly Stallions at stud as well. Just in time for the spring breeding season!!

Til next time! Keep on riding those curlies!!








Thursday, February 21, 2008

Curly Foals Soon to Arrive

It won't be long and those darling curly coated foals with curly eyelashes will be born all over the US and overseas. It is a very exciting time for quality curly horse breeders. Whether you are registering with the ABCR, ICHO or CSI, if your foals come from proven parents and offer something to the market place, you are bound to sell them easily - even in this dry market.

Last year, Curly Horse country offered a foal nursery page for newborn curly foals and for breeders/owners to brag about their new littles ones. This year it will be the same. When we first purchased our Curly Gelding back in 1997, the variety in curly horses for sale was limited. Chances of finding a well broke curly horse at all was almost impossible. Those that were broke, were often mares in foal - which made it easy for new buyers to start breeding those precious jewels themselves. Nowadays, that isn't the case and I find it exciting. Well broke Geldings abound on the classified sites and offer a variety of versatility as well. Dreamhorse.com, horsetopia.com and equinenow.com are a few of the favorites.

So to all of those with curly foals coming along this year, drop me an email and I will gladly post your newborn on the foal brag page. Looking forward to hearing from you and see those darling curly horse foals.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Curly Horse Ads, working with a graphic artist

I have been blessed to work with an amazing graphic artist over the past several years. Her name is Lisa and she is from New Bruinswick. She breeds amazing Curly Sport horses, under the ranch name of Sterling Curlies. Of course, Lisa is never one to brag or boast about her graphic skills or her success amidst the Curly population - it's not her style. ;-) So, I thought I would do it for her! Hey, what are friends for anyway? ;-)

This ad is for Curly Horse Country for a new 'magazine' called Curly Horse Journal, headed up by Heidi Robinson. I tried to create one myself but it totally bombed! It lacked flare, style, professionalism and resolution. I am too embarrassed to post it! Lisa is extremely busy, but was so gracious in helping me put something together...I always love her work!


Lisa also helped me with a fabulous banner for our OMD Embroidery website. I always try to attempt to do my own curly horse graphics or promotional ads but I struggle everytime. It takes a great eye....What a gift! You will have to click on the link to go and see it --- it's so awesome!!!!
I guess my point of this whole post is that if you want to advertise your ranch, farm or horse related business it is SO important to start with professional looking graphics, ads and logos. Hire someone like Lisa to do it right and make your ad stand out and get the attention you seek. To do anything less is only a waste of space.
I couldn't have done any of this without Lisa's expertise and I just wanted to take a second to let it know publically what a treasure she is to the curly community. There are many, many things she does behind the scenes that no one knows about like donating her time for the curly horse calender and designing websites for free and promotional grapics, logos and ads at extremely low, low costs. I know she doesn't need the advertising though because that girl is major busy, but she deserves just a little notority for her work and skill.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Promoting your Curly Horse

The Ride-A-Curly Horse Contest has started with a bang and I am very encouraged and excited with this year's group. They are taking this promotioning of the curly horse seriously! Many are blogging regularly which is great and sharing photos, stories and good and bad experiences. ;-) Visit the website to see all the promoting they are doing!!!
http://curlyhorsecountry.com/RAC08_main.htm

The Curly World is a small one but if we work together we can make a huge difference. In the past it seemed that the only ones that had the "promoting the curly breed" hat on was the breeder. I know if we all band together, get our horses trained so we can get out and talk about them, that is going to get our breed noticed! I think it helps if we can all feel part of the whole scheme of things too. Just just living in our own backyard but thinking outside the box. I want to see the quality curly breeders endure for a long time and they need our help. I try to promote the bloodlines of my horses because I know them well....but I also promote the breed as a whole wherever I go. Embroidered apparel is a great way to make a statement in public without spending alot of money - you become a walking billboard. ;-) This is a bit of a shameless plug, but I wouldn't be in the embroidery business if I didn't believe in it. ;-) We promote our curlies here and also our business through embroidered t-shirts in the summer, embroidered fleece in the spring and fall and embroidered jackets in the winter. A great give away item for expos and fairs are embroidered caps with your embroidered logo on them.

Of course, you can always advertise on Curly Horse country too! We have some inexpensive ways to get your farm name out there and advertise your curly horses for sale. Advertising your Curly Horse here.

I now have an easy form you can fill out to list your curly horse with me. Curly Horse Ad Form
You can use this form for the $5.00 Photo ad and the $25.00 Star ad. The Curly Stallion ads and Business Ads you will have to contact me.

For those wanting to get out and show, do expos, we have super resources online to help you! I listed a great Expo Resource page with the help of fellow curly owners/breeders. Also, how to groom your curly for show is a great article for those wanting to get going in the show world.

I think that is probably enough curly tips for today!!! Get out there, enjoy your curlies and let me know if there is anything I can help you with!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Treating Curly Horse Tails for Growth

We have talked alot about Curly horse manes over the years, and I wrote an article on my experiment using Dermal aid with awesome success, "Beating the Curly Mane Blues"
But we haven't talked alot about extremes nor the results of treating curly horse tails...so here goes.

Regarding extremes....here is an interesting tid bit.

When we had Katy here, the very extreme curly mare from Pat Wilson, she had hardly no tail hair to speak of....bald patches and the flies were driving her nuts, poor thing. Her tail was going a mile a minute and she had thwark marks on her bum and around her tail head.

For the heck of it, I used Dermal aid on her. I treated her for the first 2 days and her skin began to literally flake - layers and layers of dead skin came off. I treated her for 4 days before it finally stopped flaking. I would use a soft brush and help remove it every day - Katy LOVED it. I also applied swat because with the exposed skin, the flies loved to bit it - easy access to blood, I guess.

After 2 weeks, LOW AND BEHOLD hair started to grow back! I am NOT kidding. Within 4 weeks all the bare areas were GONE. AND she quit tossing her tail so much and those thwark marks started to grow back in too!! I wish I could have treated her longer, but she left after a month. I haven't seen her since.

Here is my assessment: I BELIEVE that when curlies naturally shed their mane and tails, if they are exposed to heat, sun and weather, that exposed skin gets tough, just like elephant skin. If it is exposed for too long, it gets so tough that the hair follicles can not grow through it. I am not saying that they will ever grow a LONG tail, but I DO believe we can make them more comfortable by helping them grow enough hair to protect the bald areas of skin that are exposed.

I think we owe it to our horses to experiment a little. With Zig, (actually Chy too) they don't shed their tail heads bald anymore --- and I only treated them ONE year with dermal aid. Zig still sheds some of his tail, but not at all down to the skin like before.....

So I guess what I am saying is that just because they not 'itchy' doesn't mean this is genetic or something the horse "just is" -- there still is something going on, I feel.

Certainly we can not rule out genetics here for sure. But if we can figure out how to keep our horses at least comfortable, I think it is worth the effort.