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Equine Enterprise Profile: Strathcona Animal Bedding

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 10, 2012 19:12

Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) was started because of our desire to see higher quality wood bedding that would help ensure optimal performance and health. Numerous stories abound about horses with heaves, stall hacking, owners leaving the barn with their eye glasses coated in dust, high levels of ammonia in barns, large wood shards and even paint chips in bedding.  We had personally experienced poor quality bedding material and we were determined to find better bedding.
When we trialed Kentucky Komfort Platinum shavings in our own barn - we were amazed at the improvement of the air quality, the lack of dust, the absence of ammonia odour, and the overall freshness of our barn. We knew immediately that Kentucky Komfort Platinum Shavings was a premium bedding with an economical price tag. Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) now represents the Kentucky Komfort label across Western Canada through a network of dealers and small retail outlets.
Canadian horse owners and veterinarians are demanding quality bedding. Horses spend considerable time in their stalls.  The bedding material is just as important as good nutrition and exercise.   Owners are taking a "preventative" course of action – proactive action prevents expensive vet bills and eliminates the disappointment and guilt owners experience over a preventable disability.   Horse ownership is an expensive venture, ensuring clean, dry bedding is an important part of keeping the horse healthy.
Kentucky Komfort bedding is one of the most cost effective brands of wood bedding on the market including bulk delivery.   Kentucky Komfort bedding is compressed 4:1; you know exactly how much you receive in each bag.   Kentucky Komfort bedding is manufactured from chemical free 100% pine, bored into soft, small flakes that sift easily, reducing the amount Kentucky Komfort bedding material that is removed with manure. The bedding is 100% dust-screened before packaging so you are purchasing all bedding with little or no dust in each vacuum-sealed bag. 
Perhaps the most important aspect of Kentucky Komfort pine bedding is its natural capacity to absorb and break down both ammonia from urine and nitrogen in feces.   Pine also has terpenes which are a natural antimicrobial that help to inhibit insects - terpenes are Nature's antiseptic and cleaning power. 
Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) has enjoyed terrific growth since beginning two years ago, with a wonderful group of clients which includes individual owners, large commercial barns, agricultural, show and veterinary facilities. SAB is slowly branching out with individual dealers who distribute under our banner across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Currently there are 13 locations where horse owners can obtain individual bags or pallets of material. SAB ships directly from the mill for large orders of over 1,000 bags.  Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) is always on the lookout for individuals who will make exceptional dealers. They need to have exceptional knowledge about horses and believe as SAB does - horse health is holistic and involves all aspects of the horse's environment, bedding included.

Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) is beginning to handle products which increase effectiveness within barns in addition to consulting services focused on barn management, passing along tips and methods that are effective in providing a healthy environment for horses and handlers.
 Strathcona Animal Bedding (SAB) strongly believes that Western Canada has a bright future; SAB will be providing quality bedding for many years.



Equine Enterprise Profile: Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc. with Nettie Barr

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 8, 2012 19:02


By Carol M. Upton

Nettie Barr is the founder of Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc. and a recognized Horse Specialist, leading an extraordinarily busy life as a program developer, consultant, clinician and guest speaker for various clubs, businesses, organizations and universities. Her road to success included the challenge of a serious riding accident that saw her give up horses for a number of years. Over time, Barr’s husband introduced her to Natural Horsemanship and with his encouragement, she began taking and eventually teaching professional clinics.

As happens with so many equine businesses, one thing led to another. Before long Barr was studying Equine Behavior and not only facilitating clinics. but also speaking at conferences on such diverse topics as Natural Horsemanship principles, Equine Behavior, Effective Horsemanship and Safe Handling Procedures.

“I believe it is important to work as a team with other experts and organizations,” Nettie says, “Together we are stronger and can make a difference.”

Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc. has the mission of setting both horse and handler up for success with lasting results. It effectively reaches all levels of equine enthusiasts and applies to all disciplines of horsemanship.

A typical day at Six-Barr Ranch includes a 5 a.m. horse feeding, office work for a few hours, back out to the horses, and into the office again from lunch until 2 pm. When there is a clinic at the ranch, it will begin at 8:30 a.m. after a busy night of greeting participants and getting their horses settled in their stalls.  Clinics run on a tight schedule over 4 days. Another typical day may include catching a 7 a.m. flight from Grande Prairie to a speaking destination, perhaps being away for 3 – 5 days.

No matter what’s on her plate, Barr’s love of her work is evident. She says that everyone has a dream with their horse or their horse-related profession, and her greatest joy is to see her client dreams come true.

Time management is a huge challenge. Barr prioritizes diligently and focuses clearly on what’s next. She sees the most important quality in her work as desire to learn and keep on learning. Added to that is caring about people, maintaining focus, and remaining professional in all circumstances.

There is a misconception that Natural Horsemanship is linked to anthropomorphism, giving horses human qualities/emotions. Barr quickly clears up that dangerous notion. A horse, she says, is 1200 lbs of opinion and it’s important that the handler be the leader.

Barr rejuvenates through family time and also by going on a peaceful ride through the woods with no particular destination in mind.

Barr attributes the success of her business to the love and commitment of family and friends. She now has a certification program in place for Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc. Future plans include having the entire program on DVD and on Audio CD, and continued speaking engagements, with the intention of reaching as many equestrians as possible.

Nettie Barr is a passionate force in the horse industry. As owner and founder of Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc., Nettie has been conducting clinics since 1999 and has developed her own style and teaching methodologies. She is on the board of the Horse Industry Association of Alberta. For more details, please visit: www.canadiannaturalhorsemanship.com


Nettie Barr with horse in River

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20 Tips for Success

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   November 1, 2011 19:13

Ever wonder what it feels like to live like the superrich? Decked-out megayachts, private jets and lavish jewels are all perks of being a billionaire. But behind the glitz and glamour is a road to success paved with hard work, determination and unyielding passion.

"20/20" stepped into the lives of four entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to be successful and got a glimpse of what they are doing to give back. Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh; the owner of Patriarch Partners, Lynn Tilton; the creator of Cirque du Soleil, Guy LaLiberte; and Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria have offered up their keys to success, both in business and in life. Read on to find out how they made their billions.

1. Figure out what you're so passionate about that you'd be happy doing it for 10 years, even if you never made any money from it. That's what you should be doing.

2. Always be true to yourself.

3. Figure out what your values are and live by them, in business and in life.

4. Rather than focus on work-life separation, focus on work-life integration.

5. Don't network. Focus on building real relationships and friendships where the relationship itself is its own reward, instead of trying to get something out of the relationship to benefit your business or yourself.

6. Remember to maximize for happiness, not money or status.

7. Think about what your definition of success really is. Is it externally driven or internally driven?

8. Get ready for rejection.

9. Success unshared is failure. Give back -- share your wealth.

10. Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don't want to do.

11. Values and ethics always come first.

12. Don't lie, cheat or steal for one penny or one dollar -- ever.

13. Business with bad people is always bad business.

14. You have to learn that you can walk away from someone that you care about for the greater good.

15. When my management teams come into the room, I hug them, I give them truth and "harsh speak" when they're in, and then I hug them on the way out.

16. The truth is cold and hard, but it's the first point on the path to hope and salvation.

17. Don't do what you do for the money. Whatever path you choose, do it because it makes your heart beat fast.

18. If you do good, good will come back to you.

19. You have to be fundamentally engaged and honest toward yourself.

20. Live your life full throttle. Take risks!


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