It has been a while since I have updated this page. Sorry Everyone.
But I thought I should announce some new and up coming things that will be available soon.
I know I'm excited!!!!
I will have an order of some new 3mm rope to try in some lovely new coloured flecked rope for wrapping nose-bands, dog collars etc.
Also long awaited to be added to my range of items will be 12mm custom leads for horses and dogs!
And also a second option for reins.
I will be starting off with black but there are sure to be more colours to come.
Now to finish off this post with one of our newer additions to the Jesskah's Rope Tack Family. Steve!
If you have followed facebook you may have seen him.
Steve is a Cat Rescue Newcastle cat and since adopting him we have been helping out Cat Rescue Newcastle doing market stalls etc.
They have rescued and re-homed over 100 cats just this year and as you can see Steve takes his 'Jesskah's Rope Tack -quality control testing" very seriously.
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Steve with Coco
As a final update who managed to get the Sydney Paper 2 weeks ago and noticed the lovely dogs on the front?
We were very proud to participate in the "My Human Family Project' for rescue dogs and show the world just how awesome rescue pets can be.
Emmy, Taz and daughter Sophia were featured on the front page of the Sydney paper 2 weeks ago just in time for Sophia birthday! (11th july). :) With the photo featured in the "Pine street gallery". The project raised over $1000 for Pound Rounds. We are all still full of smiles to be apart of such a great project.
Well there wasn't as a huge response to the first competition to be run here, but maybe next time there will be. (I'm open to suggestions of course)
There was many "Likes" but in total only '9' have entered officially...
So to be fair the winner has now been drawn by random.org
As I don't think I would be able to choose by the comments!!
AND THE WINNER IS.....
"A new halter would be a lovely present for my seven year old boy and his pony Baron, at present all his gear is purple, not a boy colour apparently!:) "
Caroline I will send you am e-mail shortly for your son's new halter! I hope he will love a black or a red one instead of purple :)
Again thank you to everyone who has Entered the competition. Maybe next time we can get alot more enteries to make even more fun for everyone!
CONGRATULATION'S TO CAROLINE AND HER SON!!!!
--- COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED----
To all my loyal customers who would like to see a give-away/competition.
The winner will recieve a free custom made plain halter (colours: black/red or purple)
You will need to measure your horse carefuly to recieve this!
A 6ft pocket lead with a mini brass clip (colours: black/red or purple)
Pony NOT included :P
Please NOTE if you would like to add optional extras to your prize such as a wrapped noseband or a wrapped handle you will need to pay the extra amount ($5 extra for a wrapped handle/noseband).
In order for this you will need to PAY the extra before the prize is sent.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. You need to be a fan on my facebook page if you aren't already!
2. You MUST share this blog post in some fashion with all your facebook friends! (I will check)
The more enteries the more fun it will be for everyone!!!
3. Write a comment below stating what you would like to win and what you will do with it if you do win!
This competition will run until the 24th December (yes what a great christmas present to win!)
You must leave a valid e-mail address to be contacted.
Prize MUST be claimed no later than a week after the winner is announced.
The winner will be announced through this blog as this is no way apart of or have anything to do in relation to facebook itself.
You are only allowed ONE entry per person (please be fair!!)
Most of all "play nice, No cheating, Be fair, and HAVE FUN!!! :)
UPDATE: Holly has gone to her lovely very special forever home, May she be spoilt rotten until the very end.
Meet Holly, Holly is a 7 year old Beagle looking for her very special forever home.
You can see Holly's petrescue listing here for more details:
This girl has obvously been through alot, but she is such a sweet girl to have hanging around the house.
She's looking for a home where she can live out the next half of her life. Where she can be treated like a princess.
She loves nothing more to be inside with everyone and go out for a good sniff around the yard.
Holly loves to go for her walks and let her nose lead the way like a true beagle.
She would be an excelent companion to have around the house and go on a regular walk with.
Who can resist such a gorgeous girl. It's such a pleasure to foster such a girl,
but it will be a great reward to find her that special home, even though we will all miss her. :)
On April 19th "Dog Rescue Newcastle" put out an urgent plea. A dog by the name of Taz who had been picked up as a stray and was stuck in Wyong Pound, he needed urgent foster care.
Even though the lovely people who found him couldn't keep him as they live in a no-pet apartment they had extended his time a great deal. However, he had been stuck in the pound for a shocking 5 weeks. Out of all the dogs I have seen I just had to do something for this fellow, listed as a 1 year old kelpie x (possibly staffy?); he was like the kelpie version of Emmy.
With a quick phone call to my partner for approval I put my hand up to foster this fellow. With some more arranging thanks to Becky and Graham and the "Dog Rescue Newcastle" group it was set for him to arrive on Friday 22nd at lunch time. Friday was also my son's birthday (as well as my horses) so there was already arrangements for a few family members to come for lunch. With a few concerned words with the sudden announcement I assured everyone it would all go smoothly and waited on Taz's arrival. Thanks to Graham for driving him all the way here he arrived safe and sound.
Instantly Emmy and Taz became acquainted. Within the minute he entered the gate everyone adored him with his whole tail/bum wiggle. My partner gave me that "can he stay" look within minutes. Even after all he has been through he seemed to have come in and touch everyone's hearts, with no aggressive behavior towards Emmy, the cat, three chooks, two horses my two kids and the extra people here. He had just slotted in place with no trouble at all.
Even though he is aprox a year old he obviously had no training and appeared to not have any clue about a bath or a dog kennel let alone a walk on the leash. He still greated everyone with a whole lot of love to give. He then needed one of my "fancy collars" which he now wears very well. He has even quickly picked up on basic commands in less than a week. So with much thought and consideration with taking on another dog full time. I realized we would be silly (or maybe I'm a little selfish) to want to part with this dog. He has a lot of potential to shine and shine he does.
So a big thank you to everyone involved and everyone's support in saving Taz and many other animals in need. Dog Rescue Newcastle do an amazing job but they can't do it alone. However here is one success story and one grateful dog.
Taz can now be proudly called a "Foster Failure".
Anyone able should consider giving Fostering a go at least once. With the wonderful support this group gives whether its a dog or a cat how could you say no. With no obligations to keep them you will have saved an animal from death row just by sharing your home, a little love and a little food until they find a "Forever Home". These wonderful groups like "Dog Rescue Newcastle" can't save these animals without the support of foster carers. They deserve any help they can get. Anyone also considering adopting can be assured they will be matched up with the best possible pet as foster carers already know the animals personality.
For if it wasn't for this lovely group and wonderful people like Becky and Graham, Taz would not be here today. He shows the true meaning of what life is all about even after what he has gone through in his early start in life.
Unfortunatly too many dogs like Taz slip under the radar and have there lives ended far too short without the chance to love and be loved. I will still never know how such a lovely boy ended so close to death row but unfortunatly many aren't so lucky.
Kids "training" Taz and Emmy
Taz now has his forever home here, along with Emmy who was adopted from "dog rescue newcastle" in 2008. They wouldn't be here without this group.
So from all of us we thank you again!
As some of you may know I just released two different types of dog collars. I also just announced that for every collar sold I will donate $2 to "Dog Rescue Newcastle".
Our dog "Emmy" who is modeling one of these lovely collars was adopted from this wonderful group as a puppy. In 2008 we went in search of a new addition to the family in the name of this wonderful puppy who was origionally named "Ebony". My partners only requirments "it has to be a girl". So we went along to meet this wonderful group of pups. There mother was rescued from the pound a lovely natured staffy who had these wonderful pups. "Emmy" was the only girl in the litter so even though we went to look at the other pups we were really just looking at her.
'Emmy' with her brothers at her 'foster' carers.
Our lovely daughter at the time was just learning to talk hence her name turned from "Ebony" to Emmy.
'Emmy' settling into her new home
We fast track forward and Emmy is still with us either keeping us on our toes or surprising us again and again.
I feel alot safer at home on my own with the kids having Emmy around "guarding" the place.
She even loves to play her hand at a little "jumping" agility course.
And also now modeling her new dog collar. Yes hers is alot longer than normal. To help with thoes "I don't have a lead" moments.
So anyone looking for a "new best friend" I urge them to check out the rescue groups. If your interested in one of these dog collars though you can be rest assured that a little "something" will be going to such a wonderful rescue group. For the costs of desexing and vacinations, you can bless a pet with a nice "forever home". That is what we all want in the end isn't it. Somewhere where we all "belong".
So thank you "Dog Rescue Newcastle
" For helping our dog and many more animals in need.
The Horses Silent Cries
Amongst the crowd a silent scream could be heard,
There stood in the middle of the commotion a figure,
A huge bay, tall and strong, so noble a creature,
His heart full of love and affection, eager to please,
Deep down he was hurting, deep down he was crying,
He tried to stand tall, yet he felt weak at the knees.
Silently he pleaded for forgiveness, for understanding,
He stood confused and misunderstood amongst the crowd,
With a painful kick from his owner he walked on with a whimper,
He tried to find comfort around him, yet no one heard him,
No one heard his cries amongst the laughter,
Everyone passed him as if he weren’t there.
Another jab in the mouth, another flick from the whip,
He silently obeyed, as he glanced around him,
Scared and afraid he stamped his hoof for the last time,
Another sharp pain from a spur came once more,
“Get up! Behave! Cut it out!” his owner screamed,
He couldn’t quite understand how he had misbehaved.
He did not know the words, yet he knew the tone,
He was in the wrong, but what did he do wrong?
His muscles ached all over; the saddle didn’t fit right,
A sore hoof from a stone bruise the day before,
An old fracture that hadn’t quite healed,
He tried to work through the pain.
He tried so hard to understand, he tried to ‘behave’,
Yet he did not know what he was meant to do,
He went unnoticed amongst the crowd,
His owner oblivious to the cries and the suffering,
As he tried once more to call out to a passer by,
His pleas answered by another crack of the whip.
by: Jesskah Morris
Well previously I talked about the Founder horses and my experience owning such a pony that has foundered on and off. You can see the post here: http://jesskahsropetack.weebly.com/1/post/2011/02/the-founder-horse.html
Now I would like to show some pictures to show how far a horse can come, with regular correct trims.
Below is a series of pictures from a good few years back maybe five years actually. It shows clearly how bad my ponys souls stuck out. I forever battled with this because of how fast his hooves could grow. This was even at a point I couldnt get a farrier out and had to try to do what I could to help him.
Now we fast track to today. (picture below). No shoes or gizmo's just regular trimming from a decent farrier. Who with care, trims the souls of his feet so he isn't walking on his souls.
All in all, here we have an old pony who is a much happier pony in general, despite all his prior founder problems. We still need to remember however that weight can play a great deal on these type of ponys.
Control the weight and control the feet growth and you have one happy horse indeed.
The Horses Loyalty
If I don't understand, please don't punish me,
If I do well, please praise me so I can see,
If I do wrong, please show me the right way,
If I'm hungry, please hand me some hay,
If I'm tired, please let me rest,
If I'm sore , please help me regain my zest.
Love me for who I am,
Let me be me; let me swim in the dam,
Teach me and I will teach you,
Together we will stick like glue,
Together we can be free,
Together we are the beauty.
I will try and be patient,
I will not pass judgment,
I will try to trust you,
I will try and forgive you,
For I love you in all your glory,
For this is the horses loyalty.
By: Jesskah Morris
Through so many years after finally getting my first pony. I ended up battling so many times with feet problems relating to founder. Hearing this one word can send people away to cower. It can be such a chronic thing at times to battle with especially when you don’t know which way to go about treating it.
Now the definition of founder just to clarify is when the bond between the sensitive and insensitive laminae completely fails, as the laminae dies. This means the attachment of the coffin bone to the hoof breaks down, which can destroy the living tissues around the coffin bone. This usually results with the coffin bone rotating downwards. In extreme cases the coffin bone can come through the sole of the hoof.
On the other hand laminitis, which usually goes hand in hand with founder, is classed as a totally different thing entirely. Laminitis is referred to as an infection of the laminae/tissues, which can cause the coffin bone to detach from the hoof wall.
Now there are a few causes that can cause laminitis and founder so here’s some to name a few…
· Grass founder - A drastic change in the diet e.g. Lush grass, grains etc.
· Drinking copious amounts of water whilst overheated
· Having insulin resistance (almost the same as in humans horses can’t handle the high sugars in the grass)
· Stressful conditions including colic, illnesses and high fevers
After that big introduction though I will get back to the dilemmas with my old pony Timmy. Now his feet problems we off and on along with his weight, but another big problem had been trying to find a farrier just to come out and do his feet. No one wanted to come out to do a pony that would lean on them.
I am not sure how rotated his coffin bones would be. He is an odd case where his back feet are worse than his front feet. However, his souls were not the concave type you would be looking for in a horse. Every farrier has their own view on correcting these horses with a big one being “corrective shoeing”.
Which was done and tried on my old pony, but after all that my opinion stands to reason that it is not the solution to correct the foundered horses feet. I’m still yet to work out how nailing nails through the hoof wall that is already breaking down is supposed to help.
Another method that I had heard of while looking for options was to raise the heels on the horse’s hooves. This is also a ridiculous idea as the coffin bone is already rotated enough without having to raise the heel more.
So I went with bare foot trimming on my own through the worst of times where I couldn’t find a farrier. No it was not the prettiest job in the world but it was better than leaving the hooves to grow on their own and turn into flipper feet.
Well after all these years my answers have finally been answered with the lovely farrier I have now for my old pony. Not only has the answer been granted with him coming out every month on a regular basis, as foundered horses feet grow 10 times as fast. But he has answered my one suspicion I have had all along!
He actually dare I say, trimmed my pony’s souls! For so long no farrier has dared to touch the soul of my pony’s feet. From the words of the farrier when I questioned him “Yeah with all my founder horses I cut back the sole so they aren’t walking on their soles”. For so long this has been in my head that a horse shouldn’t be walking on their soles. There’s no corrective shoeing or any “jazz”, just a regular trim which includes trimming the soles, without needing to go over the top.
Thanks to my farrier my pony has no limps and doesn’t look anywhere near his age. As long as he has his feet done regularly because they do grow so quick his feet are pretty much almost back to normal.
So from someone who has been through a pony that has foundered on and off…. Make sure your farrier trims the sole as well as the hoof (with care of course).