Molly Powell Bits

June 9, 2011 on 5:56 pm | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

For the best price and all the new styles for 2011 M.C. Diamond Ranchhas all the Molly Powell Bits. If you need to help a sensitive horse in a turn or if a horse is very bendy and wants help balancing himself you should find the bit in the complete  line of  Molly Powell Bit at M.C. Diamond Molly Bits.

The two bits I put on this post I like a lot. Molly Powell “The Rookie” 3/8? Twisted Sweet Iron  dog bone 5” Cheeks, 5 1/2?Mouth. This is one of my favorite bits to use on my colts that are just getting into a shank bit. The 3-piece mouth in this bit allows me to introduce the curb chain to my young horses and still keep them confident when I pull on them in the turns. If you ride young horses, you need to add this bit to your collection.

Molly Powell Short “Shank Solid Run” with Silver Large Sweet Iron Chain Mouth. 7-1/2? Cheek 5-1/2? Mouth. This is a very versatile bit that I love to use on a horse that needs a little bend and a little whoa. The large chain mouthpiece is a fresh alternative to a snaffle. If you like the 3-piece bits, you’ll love this chain bit!

 You never can have to many bits.

Tempting horses are for sale everywhere at the big shows. Here’s what you should know before you break out the checkbook.

June 9, 2011 on 5:47 pm | In Event Calendars | No Comments

So you have looked through all of the Internet ads for horses, talked to friends and called up trainers, when someone suggests driving to a show to look for horses for sale. Sounds like a good idea. More than 10,000 horses will be at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in October – surely something loping around up there is for sale. Actually, the prospects sound better than a year-end clearance at Nieman’s.  

If you are a serious buyer, get online and request a catalog from the horse show’s big sale and earmark the horses that fit your needs and purpose. Research the horses you like on www.aqhamembers.com, search the Internet for the horse’s or owner’s name for state prizes, and call friends who live in the state or show in the same circuit. Most large sale agencies even recommend calling the owner prior to the sale to ask questions to either rule out or consider the horse.

Choosing a horse could be one of the most-important decisions you make. To make the right decisions, get your copy of AQHA’s Buying and Owning Your First Horse report!

Questions

At the show, you should visit the sale barn and check the horse out in his stall.

Of course, wait until the owner is there before you go in the stall or touch the horse. Ask questions. Consider making arrangements with the owner or agent to watch the horse move or ridden, look at any blemishes, bumps or conformation issues. Ask more questions.

If you are looking at horses outside of the sale that are marketed by a free agent or by owner, the same recommendations apply. Ask questions – lots of questions. Visit the horse in the stall, do your research, watch the horse under saddle or competing. However, often times with a free agent, you can spend more time with the horse, ride the horse and sometimes even see the horse compete.

AQHA’s Buying and Owning Your First Horse has great information about developing a meaningful relationship with your new horse and getting the most out of horse ownership. Download your copy today!

Buying Tips

  • Know what you want – before you start your search, decide what discipline and purpose your new horse should have.
  • Research – Do your research at home, or stop by the AQHA booth at the show and ask for a horse record printout.
  • Ask questions – ask every question that would be a concern for you prior to buying the horse. If you ask it, answers will come and probably even more valuable information.
  • Decide on a budget – Don’t look at a $30,000 green working hunter horse when you have $8,500 to spend and have never hopped over a fence.
  • Don’t buy pretty; buy what you need – We often want to buy something that emotionally we attach to rather than what we actually need to have a successful relationship with the horse.

By Sarah Elder for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Penny Pinching at the Pump

June 9, 2011 on 5:25 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

Take these steps to save precious fuel while pulling your horse trailer.

With fuel close to $5 per gallion, hauling horses can seem like the ultimate nightmare. Though hoping for the return of $2 fuel may never pay off, these tips can help you save some green at the pump. After all, your money is better spent on entry fees at your next show.

Get Clean
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your truck’s gas mileage up to 10 percent. The air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.

Embrace Inflation
You can improve your gas mileage up to 3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure for all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. But be sure not to over-inflate, as that can rapidly decrease your fuel economy.

No Packrats Allowed
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your truck and trailer, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your mileage by up to 2 percent. Clean out your tack room and truck bed, and pack lightly for your trip. Take only the feed that you need for that haul.

Shut It Off
Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Trucks with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than those with smaller engines. If possible, turn your engine off when loading and unloading, or when checking in for the show.

It’s Not NASCAR
It may sound too simple, but slow down! While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Think of it this way: each 5 mph that you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 30 cents per gallon for gas.

Get More From Your Diesel
Diesel engines produce more torque at the same engine speed as gas and can be more efficient when hauling heavy loads. The power output of an engine is expressed as its torque multiplied by its rotational speed (RPM). Run your heavy-duty diesel truck at an RPM 40 percent below the peak torque. Diesel-powered truck research has indicated that this is the point at which maximum fuel economy is achieved, according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Junior Cow Horse Bits

June 2, 2011 on 5:50 am | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

I hope for the sake of our country that I’m not the only guy with a small business that has taken a close look at how to retain people, keep them here, or even bring the jobs back. This is why we try to sell Made in USA
All our Junior Cow Horse Bits are “Quality Made” in the USA and Come with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE

If you are looking for the largest selection and best quality of handmade Junior Cow Horse Bits,  M.C. Damond Ranch Jr Cw Horse Bits has one of the largest updated selection of Reinsman Bits on the internet. We also have great prices.  We keep literally hundreds of Reinsman Bits in stock.

We have received emails that have asked us what bit we recommend for their situation. I would like to put some of the factors here that I consider before I recommend any bit. The one thing every one should remember, the bit is one of the most important tools for the communicating from rider to horse. This is why you should purchase a Quality product that is balanced, so your horse does not resist his bit or give him the wrong single. If not, your horse is not relaxed in the bridle. Therefore, your communication is ineffective. This is why we recommend Reinsman Bits check out there selection out at: M.C. Diamond Bits.

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