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This year has been one of great growth for NickerNews. Aside from the ongoing expansion of our sister site, BestHorsePractices, and the hiring of our awesome marketing director, Emily Thomas Luciano, we’ve also acquired more advertisers, partners and added more paid subscribers kicking-horse-picsto our popular newsletter list.

It’s great news for our readers, who receive scads of good information as well as giveaways up to gazoo. You’ve already collected more than $600 in free stuff this year: things like Redmond salt (for horses and humans), Darn Tough socks, Liberty Bottles, Slipstream organic granola, and Eco Lips lip balm.

Recently, Kicking Horse Coffee, Canada’s top organic coffee roaster has kicked in two tins of their famous whole bean for two lucky winners. The coffee is delicious and you can use the tin for a headstall hanger. Read more

How to win:

You can automatically be registered for giveaways by joining the growing list of paid subscribers. For just $10 per year, (the cost of a few cups of coffee) you’ll get every newsletter, a MudLOVE wrist band, an Eco Lips lip balm, and be exclusively qualified for giveaways. Sign up here. Unsubscribe at any time.

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Introducing The Clothes Horse

Dr. Steve Peters, author of Evidence-Based Horsemanship

Dr. Steve Peters, author of Evidence-Based Horsemanship

It’s not common knowledge, but aside from being an accomplished neuropsychologist and horse book author, Dr. Steve Peters is a heckuva clothes horse.

He’s mighty particular about his riding outfits. Everything has to be Just So. In the morning, he doesn’t so much as get dressed as he creates an ensemble.

I find this hilarious. As the gal in this partnership, aren’t I supposed to be one standing at the closet door, hand on hip, deliberating what to wear? Isn’t that supposed to be me, checking the mirror to make sure my outfit’s workin’ for me?

(In truth, I tend to wear the same thing, day in, day out. If you asked me to close my eyes and describe what I was wearing, I could only say, “same as yesterday: jeans and t-shirt.”)

Steve doesn’t throw things together. His get-up is varied, respectful of tradition, and well-researched. He pscpulls from a vast inventory (I get just a fraction of the closet space.) He knows the difference between Texas gear, Nevada gear, and Mexican gear. He can discuss the merits of chaps versus armitas versus chinks. And with every weather condition, he’s got an appropriate hat to match.

Who better to kick off Clothes Horse, our new NickerNews feature?

Here, we will feature regular posts by Peters and other fashion-savvy riders as they discuss the decisions, merits, and enthusiasms behind their wardrobe choices.

Stay tuned for his first post, an ode to Texas cowboys.

Think you’d like to contribute to the Clothes Horse? Let us know!

A new regular feature on NickerNews - the Clothes Horse

A new regular feature on NickerNews – the Clothes Horse

Kicking Horse Coffee, perking up DIY

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I stumbled across Kicking Horse Coffee in a Utah supermarket. The name and flashy tin caught my eye and had me buying what would be my first of many whole bean purchases. If nothing else, I could put the container to good use.

IMG_1085But the taste and company mission got me hooked.

I like Kick Ass, a dark roast, and Cliff Hanger Espresso, a medium roast. Both are sumptuous and rich. My partner, Steve, says ‘you’re almost adulterating this coffee by adding milk.’

Since its humble start in a British Columbia garage back in 1996, Kicking Horse has grown to be Canada’s top organic and fair trade coffee. It’s good for the planet, good for farmers, good for taste buds. You can buy it in select stores in Canada and the U.S. or online. See purchase options here.

As for the cool container?

I put it to use as a perfect headstall holder. You can, too!

You will need:

  • A Kicking Horse coffee tinIMG_1086
  • A drill with extended drill bit OR a long screwdriver
  • A hammer
  • One nail (as thick as the screw threads)
  • One screw (anything over an inch long will do)
  • Washers (to support screwing the tin into the wall)

 

Here’s how to do it:

  • With hammer and nail, tap a hole into the middle of the back of the tin, big enough for the screw to get through.
  • Take off lid and place tin on wall where you’d like it to go.
  • IMG_1087With washers around the head of the screw, place the screw in the hole you just made.
  • With drill or screwdriver, screw tin to wall.
  • Replace lid.
  • Hang bridle or bosal.

Voila!

Thanks, Kicking Horse Coffee, for perking up me and my tack room.

 

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What to make DIY saddle racks? Check out this blog post.

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