Welcome! We are the Western Colorado Equine Club! We are a community of (mostly retired) riders across the Western Slope looking for like-minded folks to enjoy the great horse riding trails across the state. We welcome riders of all ages and experience level from anywhere in Colorado! Because we can offer horses for our members, we have many members who live in Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs who want to have an opportunity to ride the Western Slope without having to worry about tailoring their horse. Not to mention to feeding them!
Because of this, our membership fees are a big higher than other clubs.
We have quarterly meetings, and at least monthly rides for all riders. We have a total of 183 members as of January 1st, 2017. We have a variety of groups within the main club, including:
Grandparents and grandchildren group ride
First time riders (run by three equine coaches)- extra cost of $75 per ride
Youth riding (for children 14 or under)
Young adult riding (for young adults between 15 and 19 years old)
The Hard Riders (those looking for more difficult trails)
Additionally, we publish an in print and online magazine. The information from the magazine is published online in form of blog posts- most often written by members.
Please welcome Becca Brown to the Colorado Equine Club! Becca is 14 years old and joins her Grandparents and older brother in the club. As a result of the family ties, Becca has been around more than a few horses! However, she wanted to join the Colorado Equine Club so she could meet other horse enthusiasts her age and spend time with her family. Becca also admits that she has a lot to learn still about riding. She also says she wants to learn everything there possibly is to learn about horses! And all other critters for that matter. Becca wants to be a veterinarian when she gets older and is already laying the groundwork to be as competitive as possible when it comes time to go to school. In fact, she is part of the Colorado State University Pre-Veterinary Club! And she’s still in high school!
Like other members that come to us with experience, Becca has been very generous in sharing her time and expertise with newer members. Becca has trained new riders, young and old, to be more comfortable with riding. Becca is an avid vegetarian and in addition to pursuing her DVM degree, she wants to help improve conditions for farm animals across the nation and across the world.
We are proud to have an ambitious and skilled young rider as part of our club!
We are a month behind on our new member spotlight. Sorry! But here it is! Please welcome Briggs Fieldly to the Western Colorado Equine Club! Briggs is no stranger to riding! Growing up in far west Colorado on a cattle ranch, riding was a way of life for Briggs from a very young age. Briggs now lives in Aurora where he is unable to stable horses but still wants to have the opportunity to ride. That’s where we come in. As you know, we offer horses ready to go throughout western Colorado which allows equine enthusiasts who live in the city to still enjoy a riding experience on demand.
Briggs has also graciously agreed to put his years of riding experience to use and is now one of our trainers for young adults. Because of this, Briggs received a significant discount to his registration fee! This is a standing offer for anyone who has significant riding experience! We love being able to take people from no riding experience to confident beginners in a matter of months and we can’t do it without members like Briggs!
Please welcome our newest member, Lisa Levien! Lisa is a veterinary technician in Aurora and despite being a veterinary technician she is a relatively new rider! Afterall, veterinary medicine covers a huge spectrum of animals and Lisa’s clinic works primarily with cats, dogs and other small mammals.
Lisa was looking for a way to get some equine experience without having to front the cost of a horse, stable and yearly maintenance. The Western Colorado Equine Club is perfect for these types of riders! We offer the use of one our horses at one of our monthly rides free with your membership! While availability is limited, if you plan far enough ahead you shouldn’t have a problem securing a horse.
Lisa says, “I love the club! My grandmother lives in Elizabeth and has been part of the club for years. I joined her on one of the monthly rides and really enjoyed the community of friendly, relaxed riders! The views were beautiful and it was a huge relief to unwind from my hectic job!”
Lisa joined us as an official member for the first time in early February at the Rocky Mountain National Park- which is also a great trail for newer riders.
Lisa has been a veterinary technician in Aurora for more than 5 years. Her employer, Parkside Animal Health Center, has graciously decided to be included on our list of vendors that offer discounts to members. Parkside Animal Health Center, located in Aurora, is offering 10% off initial exams for all Western Equine members in the month of March.
Lisa says, “We all love animals, or else we wouldn’t be part of the Equine Club, but not everyone realizes how badly dogs and cats need dental care. Parkside really wants to promote dental care year round and that’s why when I told my boss about the Equine Club, she really wanted to promote dentistry first!”
Thank you, Lisa and thank you Parkside Animal Health Center!
To visit Lisa and get your discount, check out Parkside’s website here.
We recently took a trip to the Western Colorado Horse Expo and it was quite an adventure! We loaded up the whole family (two kids, two dogs but only one wife) and hit the road. It took us about 7 hours to make the trip and I have no regrets about not loading up the trailer and bringing Buckaroo and Bonzai with us.
There were a lot of bathroom breaks and a lot of singing. The singing is pictured below:
We did have one minor hiccup so to speak. My Aussie, Domino, often gets car sick. It makes trips with him…not so great. We have tried skipping breakfast which at least prevents us from having a bunch of half eaten kibble in the car but we still end up with a dog that is clearly uncomfortable and just wretching in the back seat. All the while his dog buddy Tigger is bouncing around and enjoying the sites.
We made it with minimal discomfort- on everyone’s part! We had a great time and really talked to a lot of great people about the Western Colorado Equine Club. I expect to see some new members rolling in soon!
All in all, the horse expo was great and the whole family enjoyed it. Some enjoyed the ride there more than others. I plan on writing a series of articles about the Expo and what I would like to see next year.
I also plan on writing an article revealing how I plan to participate next year!
Winters in Colorado can be frigid. We get a lot of snowfall, and it can be freezing outside during the winter. If you own horses in Colorado, you don’t have a choice in preparing them for winter. If you have never wintered a horse before, you will have to learn how to do so properly. You must take care of your animal properly during the cold months; your horse could get sick if it is not taken care of properly in the winter. Here are some care tips for horse owners when the winter months come.
Try to brush and groom your horse less often during the winter.
You should avoid over-grooming your horse during the winter. This is because the natural coat that they have will protect them from the cold and insulate their body warmth. It is fine to groom them in the summer or spring months when they will get overly warm. However, if you groom them too much, you could remove their natural protection from the cold.
Be prepared to deal with a lot more manure.
Since your horses will be kept in a shelter for whole days during winter, you will need to be ready to deal with their manure. Try to set up a compost heap close by to the shelter that they are staying in. This will allow you to dispose of any manure that they produce quickly. And horses can produce a lot of manure, over 50 pounds per day. This is particularly the case in winter because you will be feeding them more.
Give them more food during winter.
Horses will need more energy in their body when they are trying to keep warm during winter. If you do not feed them enough, they could easily go through their fat reserves in their body, and they may enter starvation mode. A lack of food during the winter months can leave a horse very skinny and cause him to lose a lot of weight by the time spring arrives. In general, try to feed you animals at least more hay during the winter months.
Evaluate the need for barn maintenance.
Check the shelter where your horses are going to be staying for the winter. Try to make sure that all of the barns are in good repair. If you find any holes in the roof, or gaps in the wall, fix it right away. Doing maintenance work on your barns can ensure that your horses will be relatively comfortable and warm during winter.
Check the water of the animals every day.
The temperatures in Colorado during winter can regularly go below freezing. So it is important that you check the water supply of the horses to ensure that it is not frozen. Your horses should have a steady supply of water since the air in Colorado during winter can get arid.
Winters in Colorado are only going to get colder, as temperatures continue to drop each winter. The preparation for the winter months, especially for your animals, is crucial. Remember to prepare your horses for winter before the season sets in. You will need to make in advance since you will need some time to get everything ready.
This is the blog section and is certainly a work in progress. I prefer to post more of the hard content about equestrian life and my wife is planning on writing the blog section. But I did want to say a few things.
It is cliche for sure but there is something to be said about getting back on the horse. As riders ourselves we can teach our kids what it means to get back on the horse- literally. But what we can’t teach them is to make that connection from horse to life as often as possible.
I am teaching my youngest daughter about staying with it and not giving up. It isn’t easy. But life isn’t easy.
This is just a message to all the kids and adults across Western Colorado.
We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?