Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to measure and fit a collar

How to measure and fit a collar

How to measure and fit a collar
How to measure and fit a collar

How to measure a horse for a collar:The old way is to take 2 straight edges - place 1 on top of neck and 1 on bottom of neck, parallel to the shoulder blade, measuring between the 2 straight edges in a straight line. This should give you a close measurement for a collar.
The new way: (I was told about this from a harness maker in England.)  Measure the circumference (widest spot on the horse's front leg, usually under the armpit).  This has been giving us the collar size, within an inch or so.

How to fit a collar to a horse:If a collar is not properly fitted to the horse, it is sure to make him sore.  Therefore, it is necessary to use the greatest care in selecting the proper shape and size of the collar.  The illustration below shows you how a collar should be fitted.  If care is taken in fitting the collar and adjusting the hames so the hame tug comes over center of the draft, you have eliminated all the trouble of sore necks or shoulders, and the horse will work with ease and comfort.
  When fitting a horse with a collar there should not be any more space between the horse's neck and throat of the collar than will allow your fingers, when laid flat on the inside, to pass through freely. 

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 25

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 25
"Even the trees have spirits - everything has a spirit."
--Mary Hayes, CLAYOQUOT
The trees are great teachers. The trees are great listeners. That is why we should meditate in their presence. The Great spirit is in every rock, every animal, every human being, and in every tree. The Great Spirit has been in some trees for hundreds of years. Therefore, the trees have witnessed and heard much. The trees are the Elders of the Elders. Their spirits are strong and very healing.
Great Spirit, teach me respect for all spiritual things.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chief Joseph (Young Joseph)

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Chief Joseph (Young Joseph)
(March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904)

Chief Joseph succeeded his father Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe of the Wallowa Valley in what is today the State of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

He led his band during the most tumultuous period in their contemporary history when they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Wallowa Valley by the United States federal government and forced to move onto an reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. A series of events which culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal including Joseph's band and an allied band of the Palouse tribe to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Sioux chief Sitting Bull in Canada.

They were pursued by the United States Army in a campaign led by General Oliver O. Howard. This epic 1,170-mile fighting retreat by the Nez Perce became known as the Nez Perce War. The skill in which the Nez Perce fought and the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity led to widespread admiration among their military adversaries and the American public.

Coverage of the war in United States newspapers led to widespread recognition of Joseph and the Nez Perce. For his principled resistance to the removal, he became renowned as a humanitarian and peacemaker.


Golden Sunset on Georgian Bay


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Quote of the Day - "I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said 'Son, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is."

Charles Littleleaf

Even before Columbus wanted to come to this continent, my family was fishing the Deschutes River here at this location which is known today as Sherars Falls, Oregon. It will always be our tribal fishing grounds for salmon, steelhead and eels. Here, I am standing on one of our fishing scaffolds playing the flute and watching the last of the salmon run. What a beautiful early evening.


Constance Reeves, Cowgirl

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 22

Elder's Meditation of the Day September 22
"I think the spiritual values come first and everything else follows."
--Leonard George, Chief Councilor
To properly develop, the human being needs to learn the guiding principles. It is from these principles that we make our decisions. Spiritual values are the guiding principles given to us by the Great Spirit. He says if we live by these spiritual values, the results we experience will be good. These spiritual values will develop and guide the human being by helping us to think right. Right thinking will improve our choices and decisions. Doing this will bring good consequences.
Great Spirit, teach me values first.

My Dearest

My thoughts and prayer are for those who are mourning a loss, whether recently or in the past. Grief is journey that is self-defined and years can pass before life feels balanced. Today my dearest relative, I send you the energy of spiritual compassion and care.

My dear relative, words are too small to convey the care that I’d like to express at this very sad time in your life. One can only imagine how much grief you feel and the depths of emotional pain that resides within your heart. I am also certain that your loved one felt sad that they had to leave their family; and yet, their crossing to the other-side was paved by love of all those who knew them, which made their departure bittersweet because they knew that they would once again hold you, when you are reunited on the other-side. I know their physical presence will be mourned for sometime to come; however, I also know that they will reside your heart and they will continue to love you from the other-side.

May the presence of the Good Grandmothers, Good Grandfathers from the Four Sacred Directions, and Creator of All Good Things comfort you as you think about the life journey you two shared. May you feel the positive energy of the people who care for you and may you feel their love surround you and provide solace to you. To which, my dearest relative, I add my caring positive energy and also raise my prayers up for you and your family, as you journey through this time of profound sorrow.

All my Relations,
Emily, (ejh)
Kihci Têpakohp Iskotêw Iskwêw


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