Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Angela T. Roberts

Welcome author 
Angela T. Roberts!

Angela explains the importance of canine nutrition...


I consider “Nutrition” to be the most important chapter in my book, Raising Dogs With Common Sense.  First, I encourage you to follow the advice and instruction of your trusted veterinarian.  Some dogs require specific diets due to certain illnesses or peculiarities associated with their breed.  While I am a bully-breed fan, I love all dog breeds, and I have done much research into the ingredients that seem to work best for most breeds.

Nutrition Rule: READ THE INGREDIENT LIST of anything you intend to feed your dog (dry kibble, can food and even treats).  If you find corn, wheat or glutens of any type in the ingredient list, please search for a better product.  Dogs are unable to digest corn and corn glutens; therefore, corn = filler = more poop in the yard.  Wheat and wheat glutens convert to sugar in the body, and cause yeast to form on the dog’s skin.  Yeast can also cause stinky ears and “eye boogers.”  The wrong ingredients have potential to irritate skin and coat.  Gluten is a sticky protein that can build up in the body and blood stream, causing allergies and other health problems.  I believe in prevention, so I do not allow “bad” ingredients in my dogs’ nutrition.  In my 20+ years of raising dogs and experimenting with various canine formulas (I even cooked for my dogs at one point!), I discovered that I saved money by spending more on the best foods.  My dogs actually eat less because I provide them with grain-free, meat-&-sweet- potato-based dry kibble.  Please see my website for preferred brands, etc.  Remember, in the wild, dogs are carnivores (predominantly meat eaters).  

Sure, I supplement my dogs’ diet now and then with meat and dark greens from our meals.  I also throw a handful of fish oil gel caps into the yard each morning, as fish oil is excellent for humans AND dogs (more info on supplements in my book).  The ONLY “treat” I purchase is meat jerky – 100% meat, no fillers.  I break the strips into tiny pieces to make them go further, for training purposes.

I own five dogs that enjoy running our fenced-in farm.  None of them are over-eaters even though they have an automatic feeder containing 100% digestible, grain-free food.  My senior dog (“Cindy,” age 8) has a few health problems and she might be a tad overweight; but she still has loads of energy once she gets going in the mornings.  Her skin and coat are beautiful, and she has clear eyes.  My other four range from ages 7 to 18 months, and they fall into the criteria of what I feel a young, healthy dog should possess:  excellent muscle tone, plenty of energy, beautiful coats, healthy skin, great temperaments, wagging tails, clear eyes, and clean teeth!

We’ll talk more on NUTRITION in my next article.

Angela Thompson Roberts, Author

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Original Rug Bag

It is what we have been waiting for to protect our expensive rugs and to help them last longer.

From Hertfordshire, UK, welcome Janette Perrett, CEO

The Original Rug/Travel Bag protects your rugs whilst hanging on a rug rail. It also doubles as a travel bag rolling up to transport your rugs making them compact and easy to carry. It is a new innovative Patent Pending product made in Britain made from strong light/weight waterproof/breathable fabric.

Janette shares how the Rug Bag happened…

I have wanted a Rug Bag to protect my rugs for years ever since I bought my first rug rail. Every year when all the new equestrian catalogues came out I eagerly looked to see if anyone had made one and was disappointed over and over again. In 2011 I decided to make my own and a friend who makes curtains helped me make my first Rug Bag. I made many design changes and lots of mistakes before I got it right and I rigorously tested it in my own stables and tack room for over a year to make sure it does what it’s designed to do. It has been a huge challenge getting the Rug Bag to manufacturer lots of stress and tears but with lots of help from very unexpected sources I now have a Rug Bag that I am very happy with and proud of.

We are a new online family business based in East Hertfordshire. We are horse owners and are passionate about our horses and horse welfare, they are a very important part of our lives.

Horses are tough on their rugs and they can be very expensive to replace so we feel it’s really important to take the best care of them. Keeping horse rugs neat and clean has always been a challenge but not any more as we now have The Original Rug Bag. We have designed the Rug Bag to fit around your rugs whilst hanging on a rug rail, it also cleverly doubles as a Travel Bag making transporting your rugs easy and compact.

It’s easy to fit on/take off and its the solution that you have been waiting for to help protect your rugs from dust, dirt, water, creepy crawlies etc. plus it makes your tack room look neat and tidy.

For more information and to connect with Janette please go to:
phone 01920 438306

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journey to Shakti's Farm

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Journey to Shakti’s Farm
Amsaran River Ranch
Marwari Stallion of Gujarat, India

The journey to Shakti’s farm is long.  It winds along the Indian byway, trailing dusty roads and thirsty villages, bending through the State of Gujarat.  Arriving to Shakti’s farm in late morning, the scene is set in a landscape of lush mango groves embracing moisture-laden winds that have brought the monsoon.  The farm feels elemental, embracing state-of-the-art facilities while housing a peaceful, serene, and welcoming environment. Shakti lives here; sultry, sinewy, perfection in motion.
The Hindi meaning of Shakti is ‘power’ and at 16.2 hands, Shakti is powerful, towering over the local mares and exemplifying the beauty of India’s indigenous breed, the Marwari.  He is the tallest Marwari in Gujarat, slated ‘Best Marwari Stallion’ at the Gujarat Indigenous Horse Shows. He is impressive – dark bay with piercing, kind eyes, and extremely handsome; his movements are fluid, graceful and majestic. 
Shakti’s countenance is classic Marwari; long curved regal neck, large nostrils, flawless posture, confident beauty and fearless disposition. His exquisite confirmation and Marwari lineage is confirmed by his signature inward curving ears.  Marwari are known throughout the world for their distinctive, alluring curved ears.  
Owned by Ashish Amin and trained by Anish Gajjar, Shakti is the star of his farm. Shakti has been trained from an early age to behave with the utmost decorum, but his natural aggressiveness and stellar athletics still remain. He takes care of his harem of mares, siring premium offspring.  As the dominant stallion, his foals are handsome with magnetic personalities and sound performance.  The foals are envied and sought after by horse breeders throughout India. 
        Gajjar is synonymous with quality horse training and breeding in Gujarat and the surrounding communities.  Gajjar schools Shakti along the Meshvo riverbed at Amsaran village near Memdavad. The terrain is sandy and rugged, perfect for a strenuous work-out or leisurely ride.  Gajjar states, “Mr. Ashish Amin has been keeping him at his farm for pleasure riding and trail rides. I have recently started schooling him. He's a wonderful ride; he truly exhibits power in his rides and has aptly been named.” 
Riding Shakti along the dry riverbed, through the faded sand-washed pools and gleaming sun-soaked foliage, Gajjar rides in classic English tack, gaining momentum while awakening the sand.  “He has a very soft gait and strong legs, which is great when putting him through paces,” says Gajjar.  At a healthy gallop, Gajjar loses his signature hat, but Shakti is unaware and continues his fast trek.  Through the late afternoon, the ride is enjoyed by both horse and rider, a connection and chemistry that can only be felt and not explained with words. It is an impressive sight, creating a picture of equine perfection.
At the end of the day, Shakti returns effortlessly to his stall. He has enjoyed the day of schooling, playing, and affection.  His shiny coat and bulging muscles show no signs of wear; his stamina is still intact. He readily greets his favorite mares and awaits their neighs of affirmation.
Homer, in his Greek mythology epic The Iliad, defined Shakti when he described Arion, the famous horse of Adrasuts, King of Argos.  Homer writes, “…there is no man that shall catch thee by a burst of speed, neither pass thee by, nay, not though in pursuit he were driving goodly Arion, the swift horse of Adrastus, that was of heavenly stock.”        
Shakti is the horse of heavenly stock and perfect lineage; a dream horse.  Gajjar confirms, “Like they say, if you look closely, you’ll find the world in your horse.”   Shakti has the world in his eyes, heaven in his gait and the posterity of ages.

For additional information, visit and
Ashish Amin is proprietor of Amsaran River Ranch (Shakti’s Farm), Ahmedabad, India
Anish Gajjar is the quintessential equestrian, Ahmedabad, India
Gina McKnight is an author and freelance writer from Ohio USA

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Where did you go
When so much to share;
Things that you’d
Hoped for, things
Far came near

Wherever you are,
Wherever you go
I’ll always be grateful,
Forever encumbered;
Now life explodes

In colors of rainbows
Arcing past the sun,
Dripping with dreams;
Very high mountains
And plateaus come undone

And to you all the thanks,
To you all the glory;
I’m lost without you,
It’s a fairytale story.
Where did you go 

© gmcknight 4/9/14

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rain on the barn roof...

Love lives here. 

My muses Bake and Cherokee rest in the warmth of the barn while listening to the sound of rain on the barn roof. <3


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Birchtown Stables, Inc.

Birchtown Stables, Inc.
Clifford Township, Pennsylvania USA

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


Sleepless nights find their way
Through twists and turns
Of confusing days
When things are not what
They seem, and life
Takes a curve from
The normal, serene

Speculating answers, denying
True conjectures, feeling
Blue and off-color;
Jumping to conclusions
Doesn’t help the matter.
Thinking too much,
Thinking it’s all shattered

But, maybe it's not what I think

And the fates are trying to say
Go another route, another road
You don’t have to stay and play,
Find yourself, reveal the truth
Go and be successful, time
Won’t wait and yearnings fade,
Be the head and not the tail

Back to bed to redefine
Yearnings that will never fade
Dreams that won’t subside

(c) gmcknight 3/30/14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Braids & Highlights

As spring teeters, winter reminisces, and summer just a thought, the need to reconfigure swayed; hair revitalization was the only answer. So, along with the advice of my expert hairdresser, I decided to have highlights in my hair. Blonde highlights.

From birth to kindergarten, I was a tow-head. My hair was completely white. A few months in kindergarten, my hair began to change to luminous brown, the color of my mother’s hair. There’s nothing wrong with brown hair; a new color sounded fun. All my friends were getting new hairstyles/colors… deep red, ombre, demi-shades, etc. But, I was the only one who went with blonde highlights. And, since I was a tow-head, the highlights that were suppose to be subtle blonde turned out really blonde! It doesn’t look terribly awful, just that I think I miss my natural color and, like summer, will be happy when it has arrived!

So, in the meantime, my locks grow and I’ve been trying different types of braids and hair configurations. Braiding longer hair is so much easier than fussing with shorter, unmanageable hair. I’ve invested in some really cool clips, scarves, barrettes, ties, etc. It’s really fun to try new accessories!

Here are a few of my favorite accessories. Note, my cowgirl hats are not included, they will be the subject of a future blog post...

Brown Bowler with Feather (Talbots)
Multi-Colored Circle Scarf (Thirty-One)
Lavender Evening Bag (White House Black Market)
Exquisite Gold and Black Weave Wrap (the best gift ever from my favorite person)
Rhinestone Sunglasses (a gift from my sis from Elusive Cowgirl)
Headbands, Clips, etc. (Sam Moon)
Red Bandana (from the recesses of my barn)
Equestrian, Red Velvet Pom-pom, and Purple Burn-Out Scarves (Zulily)
Brown and Yellow Scarf (Pendleton)

Peace & Blessings,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Heidi Furseth

Welcome USA author and equestrian Heidi Furseth

Heidi is the author of EASY LOVE, a wonderful, heartwarming tale between horse and rider! EASY LOVE delves into a young girl's passion for horses; the overpowering need to touch, connect, and ride! 

Recommended reading, EASY LOVE is for every rider and horse owner - and for those just wishing. 

How long have you been riding?

Gulp. 45 years. Actually it's been longer than that- I got my first horse when I was 9 but from age 3 onward I'd throw my leg over anything with four legs, including the family dog.

What is your riding discipline?

Low level dressage. Very low level!

Where do you like to ride?

I love the trails around western Washington but I can't resist big, open fields where I can get a good gallop fix. And there's nothing better than riding on the beach.

Do you have a favorite horse breed?

Ha ha. I am a horse slut, I love the one I'm on. Right now I'm totally smitten with my Saddlebred, Remy. He's wicked smart, uber personable and is so flexible he can touch his nose to his tail and still move in a straight line!

What books have you written?  

EASY LOVE is the coming of age story of a horse crazy girl growing up in rural western Washington. Oddly enough it came to life in NYC. I remember watching these girls on the subway, they were probably 11 or 12, wearing school uniforms and bent over their phones. I remember thinking "how are they ever going to learn about life like that"? Not that you don't learn things in the city, they see things every day that scare the crap out of me, but how are they going to learn about birth and life and death? I got to thinking about all the lessons I learned while growing up on horseback- what it means to have another creature depend on you, how important trust is, how to be calm and patient when you feel anything but, how to be a leader even when you're not sure where you're going, and how, when you really love someone, you sometimes have to do things that are very, very hard. And for the first time I realized how privileged I am to share my lives with horses. I wanted to tell that story, and so I wrote EASY LOVE.

What are you currently writing? 

It's a young adult novel. There is a horse in it (of course!), but it isn't as horse-centric as EASY LOVE. Stay tuned.

Are your characters based upon your own personal experience, or from another source?

EASY LOVE could be called a "novel from life"- not a memoir but based on my growing up, so Ann is very much like me, and all the animals are plucked whole from my life. I borrowed a lot of the human characters from other people's families, which, growing up, I found so much more interesting than my own. The two most fictional characters are the farrier, Willow, and the horse trainer, Tim. I totally made them up; I think because they reflect who I want to be.

What has been the biggest challenge you've faced in your career?

Time. Specifically a lack thereof.  I love my horses and can't imagine life without them but they take up a lot of time and physical and emotional energy and between them and a full time job I run out of hours in a day. I have to get up early and get my writing done before my day begins because by 7 or 8 in the evening I'm knackered.

What does horsemanship mean to you?

Horsemanship means having a deeply personal relationship with your mount. Having horses and riding them is meaningless if you don't celebrate them as individuals. That's the best lesson horses teach US- that life isn't all about OUR needs and OUR wants. We have to remember it's a two way street- we practice horsemanship but our horses have to practice humanship!

List 10 things about yourself that your readers may not know...

1. My brain has two degrees- my left brain has a BS in Medical Technology and my right brain has a BA in Creative Writing.
2. I'm a vegetarian though I recently ate alligator- I figured that was fair since the alligator would've eaten me given half the chance.
3. I have double jointed toes though I haven't been able to figure out what advantage that give me in real life.
4. I love water (a good thing since I live the rainy Pacific NW).
5. I am an award winning baker- I make pony shaped cookies and paint them to resemble people's actual horses.
6. I love purple- even my horses' blankets are lavender. Kind of a girly color but luckily Remy doesn't mind it when people say "Oh what a cute mare!” He just hears the "cute" part and begs for a cookie.
7. I am an avid mountain biker and have become very adept at crashing.
8. I love ziplining. It doesn't involve crashing.
9. I am a Downtown Abbey fan though I don't think there are enough horses in the show.
10. I am obsessed with Project Runway though I myself only wear jeans or breeches and I'm usually covered in horse hair. That's my signature style!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Angela T. Roberts

Welcome author Angela Thompson Roberts!

Angela writes about her love for dogs and how to keep your dogs in optimum health! Her guidance will keep you and your dog in top form…

Angela writes…

RaisingDogs with Common Sense is an “instruction manual” full of humor and heart, written for new and experienced dog owners. My goal is to save you money while raising a healthy, happy dog.  

I am not a veterinarian.  However, I do consider myself to be an expert in raising dogs the right way.  I have over 20 years experience in raising dogs from birthday to adoption day, to the day we say goodbye to our canine kids. I’ve learned many lessons the hard way.  I share my “secrets” in hopes of saving YOU much time and money in the long run.  My “common sense” approach includes providing the best nutrition possible, following simple guidelines, spending a few minutes per day to reinforce basic training, and knowing how to handle emergencies.  Many situations can be handled through prevention and by keeping certain items in your home. 

Avoiding illness and injury extends the quality of your dog’s life!  On that note, I don’t hesitate to bounce into my vet’s office if I feel that my dog needs the doctor’s attention.  I advise my readers to establish a good relationship with a vet who exhibits compassion and is willing to respond to your telephone call in the event of an emergency.

My book was published in 2012.  Since then, I have added information for a new printing of Raising Dogs with Common Sense, available now!  I’ve been told repeatedly, “...this book has saved me hundreds of dollars.”  My website serves as an extension of my book, with frequent updates to help dog owners of every breed!  You will find my Table of Contents, video illustrations of certain chapters, testimonials, and more on my website.

I am humbled and thankful to be a part of any effort to help dog owners everywhere!  My next submission will concentrate on NUTRITION, which I consider to be the top priority in raising a healthy dog.  I welcome your questions and comments; my contact information is found on my website.


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