We received a fabulous call from a customer this week – dog mom, Claire Spielman, called to tell us about the great success she had using Cowboy Magic® on her 3-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Peaches. And the proof is in the pictures – she looks gorgeous! Peaches knows a thing or two about looking her best – in 2014, she won the World Wide Terrier Photo Contest and in May of 2015, she was crowned as America’s Top Dog Model®.
Peaches isn’t just a model though, part of the reason she won the title was for her dedicated service as a therapy dog. The America’s Top Dog Model® theme this year was “Helping Paws” and Peaches emerged as a top pick due to her work as a therapy dog visiting children in homeless shelters and hospitals, as well as nursing home patients. Peaches is a graduate of the Share-A-Pet program in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They provide certification and insurance for therapy pet owners.
Did you know that Cowboy Magic® products were perfect for dog grooming? Claire tried Cowboy Magic®’s Rosewater Shampoo, Conditioner and our Detangler & Shine on Peaches and the result was a silky and shiny coat.
Peaches is a smart and caring dog who’s beautiful spirit shines through regardless of whether she’s modeling in costume, or bringing joy to others through therapy.
Thank you for your service Peaches, and for being a Cowboy Magic® customer.
Check out Peaches’ Facebook page: Yorkie Peachy Girl.
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Champion Mounted Shooter, Morgan Swanson, has teamed up with The Stagecoach West to share her favorite Cowboy Magic® products. Watch the video here on the Cowboy Magic Facebook Page and enter our contest while you are there – runs through August 26th at 11:59 p.m. Thank you Morgan!
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Summer is a fabulous season – more time outside with your horse, but it can also be a tough season to keep your horse cool and healthy. Below, we’ve provided a few tips to keep your horse cool. Don’t forget to enter our contest on Facebook starting on July 31st: KEEP COOL and tell us how you keep your horse cool and safe during the summer! Winners will be announced on August 3, 2015. UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner of our Keep Cool Contest! JoAnn Baker Kemper, we loved your energetic photo and it looks like both you and your horse are keeping cool.
JoAnn wins a Cowboy Magic® Rosewater Shampoo, Rosewater Conditioner, Detangler & Shine and Shine In Yellowout™. Please email email@example.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered and if you haven’t had a chance to look through all the comments and photos, take the time to do so – you are in for a treat!
5 Tips to Keep Your Horse Cool
Alter Turnout Times – When the heat of summer strikes, you will want to alter your turnout times to make sure your horse gets turned out during the cooler hours of the day. High noon will not be the best time of day for your horse to get exercise.
Fresh Water – Cool, fresh water is crucial during summer. If your horse’s water source is sitting out in the sun, it will get hot and turn into a mosquito bath before you know it. Ideally, provide cool water in the shade. If your horse isn’t drinking as much as he should, you can offer a salt block, or mist his hay supply with water.
Shade – If your horse is outdoors, he will need available shade, such as a run-in shade. Trees are also a great source of shade, but give more options since the sun moving during the day will goes the shade from the trees to change.
Fans – Fans are a great way to get the air moving and create a nice, cooling breeze for your horse. But be careful where you position the fan – make sure you are pulling the hot air out of the barn and not into it. Make sure the cords are out of reach of your horse.
Heat Stroke Prevention – Heat stroke is very serious and life-threatening to your horse. Read our Post on Horse Heat Stroke Signs and steps to take if your horse does show signs of heat stroke).
What other steps do you take to keep your horse cool (and yourself!) in the summer?
As a horse owner, it’s very important that you know the horse heat stroke signs, especially with the extremely hot temperatures of summer.
Horse Heat Stroke Signs
- Elevated Temperature – a rectal temperature above 103 F
- Increased Respiratory Rate – breaths per minute between 40 – 50 breaths per minute, and remains elevated after a few minutes of rest; shallow breathing
- Lethargy – stumbling, collapsing, depression, refusal to eat
- Elevated Heart Rate – if your horse has a pulse over 80 beats per minute that doesn’t slow with rest
- Increase or Lack of Sweating – if your horse breaks out in a full-body sweat or worse, if your horse ceases sweating altogether.
Horse Heat Stroke – What to do
If you have checked the signs, and you suspect your horse has heat stroke:
- Call your veterinarian.
- Cease any activity for your horse.
- Rinse them off with cold water.
- Move the horse into shade and turn a fan on to provide a breeze.
Read more about How to Keep Your Horse Cool in Summer.
Emergency Preparedness is important for all Horse Owners – making sure your barn has a well-stocked First Aid Kit for horses (and humans). Keep your First Aid supplies in a clearly labeled waterproof container. Make a point to check the First Aid Kit regularly and replenish if needed.
These days someone always has a cell phone handy – but to be safe, write down the location of the closest landline near the First Aid Kit. Depending on where you are located, you might also want to right down simple directions to your location, in the event you need to relay the information to the 911 operator.
Share this Printable First Aid Kit Checklist with fellow horse owners.
First Aid Kit for Horse Owners
For a printable version of this First Aid Kit Checklist Click Here.
Don’t forget to laminate the Checklist and attach it to your First Aid Kit, for easy inventory checks.
Phone # of Veterinarian and local Animal Hospital
Adhesive cloth tape
Adhesive cloth tape
Instant cold compress