NickerNews & Redmond Equine

Several years ago, I bumped into the Redmond Equine folks at the Equine Affaire.

The folks at their booth suggested I taste regular table salt and then try their Utah salt.

Until that moment, I always thought Salt is Salt.

But it isn’t. The white, industrial salt I was so used to sprinkling on my food tasted bland and metallic compared to Redmond salt.

And when I brought it home to my horses, they loved it.

Turns out Redmond Rock thinks NickerNews is pretty cool, too. Beginning this year, we’ve formed a partnership.

Writes Redmond’s Mike Mumford:

“We resonate with NickerNews’ goals to ‘educate, encourage, and enlighten visitors as to the compassionate care of horses, and, by extension, all animals.’

We at Redmond really like doing what is best for our companions in the most natural way…our belief is “When it comes to your horse’s health, we believe nature has it right.”
Our Mission, Redmond Equine Minerals helps you make the most of the relationship you have with your horse by providing valuable trace minerals he needs to live a more healthy, balanced life seems to resonate with NickerNews’ balanced, sensible, practical suggestions of horse ownership and care.

We also talk to the same demographics – a strong group of mature, educated, interested men and women who are open minded, loving life and unwilling to slow down.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with Nickernews and hope we can grow our businesses together for the benefit of horses and their passionate owners.”

Thanks, Redmond Rock!

Horse Shooting Video Truly Viral

In the latest episode of pointless, partisan violence and vitriol, a New Mexico man bought a horse at an auction, took him outside, shot him dead, and posted his recorded actions on YouTube.
Tim Sappington said he wanted to enrage all the animal rights activists who’ve been picketing the meat plant where he once horseshotworked. (Valley Meat Company has been trying to convert to a horse slaughter facility through approval processes at the Department of Agriculture.)
He succeeded alright. But often it pays to consider more than the knee jerk responses.

Didn’t he realize his efforts would only steel them to the cause?

Didn’t he realize more folks would jump on board the anti-slaughter campaign?

He martyred that horse.

I didn’t watch the video. I didn’t want to watch a horse die. And I didn’t want to gratify Tim Sappington with another viral click.

We have a huge problem of unwanted horses in America. Slaughter is one solution. Anyone who doesn’t want horses slaughtered, might now get off the fence and consider alternatives – like restricting breeders, funding rescue agencies, and cutting down on the number of mustangs being domesticated.

If there is one silver lining in Sappington’s actions, it’s that a lot of folks just got off the fence. Thanks, Sappington.

Oh, and Tim, the Family Guy sends his regards.

Live simply. Include Horses.

12Ali Brock was recently featured as a guest columnist with her whimsical House Swap.
Recently, we talked about her horses, motherhood and her over-arching approach to life. You may find points of agreement and inspiration here. After all, horse care can have a ripple effect for many of us, impacting the way we look at bigger issues and choices. Live simply, for example.

Happy Reading!

Ali writes:

I basically think of myself as a modern day Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved her writings as a child and would read and reread all her Little House books. I think that so many children and parents nowadays are so out of touch with animals, nature, dirt, farming and just good old-fashioned outdoor play.
little2It is very important to me that I raise my kids with nature as the main focus and having old-fashioned values and manners (that are dying off today).
No video games allowed on this property. To me they are so destructive in so many ways and suck the simplicity and wonder out of kids’ lives. Our motto is: Get outside and explore all the amazing and natural things around us.
Nothing more fun and simple then that. And as you know it also builds lots of responsibility with kids when they care for livestock.
I noticed a huge difference in the kids’ attitudes and manners when I lived and worked out in Wyoming on a big ranch. The ranch kids were so mature, responsible, kind, hard-working. I always said that is how I would want my kids if ever I had any.
littleNow I do and I am trying my best to raise them up that way.  With daily life on our small farm, love seeing it through my two kids eyes. So cool.

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