DIY Christmas horse crafts: a horse lovers dream

Almost every horse lover I know is pretty crafty.

With the Holiday season coming up fast, I thought you might like this YouTube video on how to make this Christmas horse reef yourself.

Christmas horse reef:  How fun and it is way too adorable.
Christmas horse reef from Roberta at Knot-a-Tail

Be the envy of your horse loving friends.

I have also been saving DIY Horse craft ideas on Pinterest that is fun and always being updated.

Come for a visit and let your imagination go.

I also have a board for Horse shoe nails and Barbed wire ideas.  Some are so amazing.  Lots and lots of ideas to take your passion to new heights.

I hope you join me as you get ready for the Holidays.

Have a Happy Holiday season.

Just WHINNNNNY and enjoy the ride!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s

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For The First Time Shared by: Andi Harmon.

FOR THE FIRST TIME

Yesterday, for the first time, I was too tired to ride
Yesterday, for the first time, I was afraid I would be hurt if I was thrown
Yesterday, for the first time, I heard someone say my barn was too shabby
Yesterday, for the first time, I let someone tell me I was too pudgy to ride
Yesterday, for the first time, I realized I was old
Yesterday, for the first time, I had to face that I could no longer keep up
Yesterday, for the first time, I had to let go of my dreams
Yesterday, for the first time, I felt my heart break
Yesterday, for the first time, I turned my back on my friend
Yesterday, for the first time, I knew I was done

Today, for the last time, I felt warm, braided leather in my hands.
Today, for the last time, I ran my stirrups up so they wouldn’t bang my mare’s sides
Today, for the last time, I released the buckles on the girth and watched my girl sigh
Today, for the last time, I slowly dropped the bit so it wouldn’t hit her teeth
Today, for the last time, I gave my mare a cookie to thank her for the ride
Today, for the last time, I buried my head in her soft, warm neck
Today, for the last time, I inhaled the sun and the dust in her long winter coat
Today, for the last time, I closed the gate and trudged to the muddy porch
Today, for the last time, I tracked hay and horse hair into my house
Today, for the last time, I pulled off my boots and felt the sting of warm blood returning to my cold toes
Today, for the first time, I cried after my ride
Today, for the first time, I felt my hands shake as I set the saddle on its rack
Today, for the first time, I hugged my young trainer a final goodbye
Today, for the first time, I waited for the new owner’s trailer to arrive
Today, for the first time, I set my boots in a box to go to the Goodwill
Today, for the first time, I sighed at the wear on my riding gloves
Today, for the first time, I had no hay in my hair
Today, for the first time, I did not hear nickering when I opened my back door
Today, for the first time, I felt worse leaving the barn that I did when I entered
Today, for the first time, I had no one to check on before going to bed

Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t have to buy hay
Tomorrow, for the first time, I can stay in bed longer
Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t see the poop pile grow
Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t be able to fly on four legs
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be sorry I listened
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will regret letting her go
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at God
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at myself
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will cry the day away
Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be glad to die

Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will awaken in tears
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will know I was wrong
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will defy all the judgment
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will ignore my old bones
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will return the buyer’s check
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will bring my friend home
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will take my boots out of the box
Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will be reborn

For the rest of my life, I will have a horse in my yard
For the rest of my life, I will ignore the cruel judging
For the rest of my life, I will watch the poop pile grow
For the rest of my life, I will have hay in my hair
For the rest of my life, I will track mud in my house
For the rest of my life, I will bury my face in her soft neck
For the rest of my life, I will let my soul fly

For the rest of my life, I will never be alone

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS
OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

Just WHINNNNNY and enjoy the ride!

Daily Oats: Livin for the whinny

Whinny’s

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Black Beauty

Daily Oats: Food for the horse lovers soul

It has been said that “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”

I do not know of one horse lover that does not carry with them the beauty and magic of the relationship they have with their own horse. Even in the movie Black Beauty, it was the young boys heart that carried the beauty of the horse he fell in love with,  his Black Beauty.

What would of happened if the could only see   the scared, old worn-out horse he found after the world had taken its toll on his beautiful  friend,?

The world takes it toll on all of us, but what if we could still see the beauty that lies under the surface of each one of us. Beyond the blackened, hardened outside and see the beauty that still remains.

I can be a regular asshole to those around me when I forget to look past the exterior of someone else having a difficult time.  I just forget sometimes that it is not always about me.

For today, I promise to pay attention not to what is on the outside of those I meet, but to see the beauty that is on  the inside.  I want not to see   “Black Beauty”  as what the world turned him into, but see what the beauty of the soul and heart that is underneath. That change can only come from me, but it is a change that has the highest possibility of making a difference in everyone that comes in my world today.

Besides, I never like be just  regular (ass hole) at anything, so today I will try to  be an extraordinary friend.

How about you?  Can you find Black Beauty in everyone in your world today?  Why not try it for just one day.

Remember,  just be the whinny

Daily Oats: Food for the Horse lover’s soul

Roberta Edstrom

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Published in: on December 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Together, our life will be

Your tears in my mane I forever hide
I listen to the silence your fears inside
Tell words you can not say anywhere else
For I know about you love for me
More than life, more than  self
Together our life will be

Now lay your head upon my shoulders
My love again consume your heart
Climb on my back, take me for a ride
As I  join the visions of your dreams
Together our life will be

As we ride and the wind flies by
Clean the day’s dust from our soul
Bonded together,  spirits refreshed
Listen to the sounds, of the breaths I take
The thunder of feet dance upon the ground
Together our life will be

Feel us moving, as one together
In this moment  nothing else matters.
Tell me your fears and tell me your dreams
I will keep them held tight, until you’re strong
Let your nights haunting, turn to daydreams with me.
Together our life will be

Rides over grass, prairie and snow covered ground
Hardened world left far behind
Lost in loneliness you will no longer feel
nor yearning for love of lost family n’friends
As  miracle of one life complete  we will make
Together our life will be
Together our life will be

(C) Roberta Edstrom
Young horse lover

Young Horse Lover
Together our life will be.

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Published in: on December 14, 2009 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Horse Crazy

Daily Oats: food for the horse lover’s soul

I am guessing that you came to this blog, you are a little horse crazy.  You even may find yourself laughing at these, but what is even funnier, is that they are all so true.   Let me know if there is even one that does not ring true.  I have personally been through each and every one of these.

  • Look all day for a  laundry mat with out the  sign : not allowed to wash horse blankets”
  • Have been asked “Do you love your horse more that me?”
  • End the relationship the second time they ask that same question “Do you love your horse more than me?”
  • Yell, Whoa  when they have to slow down fast in their cars
  • Rubberneck when a horse trailer goes by
  • Take more picture of your horses then family
  • Muck out stalls and eat at the same time
  • Clean tack on the living room carpet and complain about the stains left from saddle soap and leather oil
  • Call barn chores therapy
  • Call horse shows group therapy
  • Cluck when you want your car to go faster
  • Pay the horse insurance before  car insurance
  • Take the horse to the vet when sick, but never go to the doctor themselves
  • Are more than willing to use the whip, and crop on the horse and their partner
  • Have ever nutritional supplement for their horse while they eat fired cheese curds and fair food
  • Spend more on their show saddle then then their own entire closet of clothes
  • Works harder and more hours after they come home from their  “job “
  • Call this all A “hobby” that they could never live without

Well, do all these describe you as well?

Don’t bother going to find help, there is none.
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Published in: on December 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Horse Crap

Daily Oats:  Food for the Horse lover’s soul

If you have ever owned a  stallion, you know they get  into some funny habits.  Well, Sunny our  stallion  differently was  individual when it came to a  having some of these habits that created a uniqueness to his  character.

One of his habits  that I was glad about was the fact that in his stall he would only crap in one corner of his stall.  His willingness of  piling his crap in his own private corner  made it extremely easy to clean up.   A few shovels  full every morning  and I was done.  A wheel barrel full of shavings one or twice a week was all the extra attention his stall every needed.

He taught me a very valuable lesson a long time ago with his “crap”   habit,  there is never a reason to have to spread all of my “shit” around everywhere.

When I am not so happy,  or somewhat frustrated, I try very hard to remember Sunny  and how he took care of his own  Shit.  He never spread it around so that it bothered anyone else.

For  me,  this is such a hard lesson to remember.   Sometimes I think that I want others to feel just as bad as I do at that moment when ego gets the best of me and I feel like nothing will every be right again.

So many times when thing are going  badly, I can so easily spread my crap and unhappiness to everyone around me.    I would so easily aim my anger  and  my  frustrations at my husband when he was alive, because he was the one person in my world I trusted with all my heart.   However,   he never deserved any of the crap that I gave him.

In fact, he was the one to let me know how nice it was on Sunny’s part just to crap in only one corner.   No  one had spend much time cleaning up after him.    “I certainly have that horse trained” he would tell me.

Times for many, especially in this holiday season, are hard for  a lot of people.  But what if we could take a lesson from an old stallion  and just crap in our own little corner and not spread it all over so everyone else has to suffer.

Happiness  comes from the heart and can be spread just as easily as the  crap.  This can be a hard lesson, but what a difference it can make to everyone around us.   I am still learning this lesson, but sometimes my mouth still gets going on me.  It is my hope in sharing  my lesson with you, that it will come full circle in me, and rest deep in my heart.  It is never my intention to crap on the ones I love.  Even if I am hurting, it is still not an excuse.

Well, leave it to a horse, to teach me how to just crap in my own corner.

Don’t forget, I believe in you and your ability to help change a world, after all just look how the love of your horse has  changed your own world.

Where would we be without them.

Remember: Be the whinny
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Got Oats

Daily Oats: Food for the Horse lovers Soul

How many times have you heard “When one door closes another opens”  However, the problem arrives when  we look so long, so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.

How lucky we are as horseman and women that we can open our barn door every morning and see all the possibilities that we can  ever imagined.

Each morning, gives us a fresh new beginning to leave yesterday behind.   That is certainly what our horses do.  Can you  ever imagine you horse saying to you:  I am tired of just having oats. That is the exact same thing we had yesterday!

Or how about “I did so bad at that jump yesterday, I am not going to do it today, and you can’t make me”   Well, perhaps sometimes they do say that, but is not because they regret part of their life from yesterday.  That is only  a characteristic of us humans.

Thankful to us, that every day is new too them.

For today,  let you mind take you where you want to go, and not where you have been.   Enjoy the oats in your life, just like your horse, as if it is the first time you ever have tasted them.

Look forward and enjoy you life, and especially  start with the day.

Remember: Be the whinny
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Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm  Comments (1)  
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Ground Tied

Daily Oats: food for the Horse lover’s soul.

I have learned the greatest life lessons, simple by watching how my horses behave.

A while a back I saddled-up my favorite horse, our stallion Dee’s Sundown,  I put my foot in the stirrup and I  slipped.  I fell under  Sunny.  I hit the ground so old that I broke my knee cap.  I had my feet on one side on my head on the other.  I look to the left, front feet and to the right hind right, and me and my broken leg in between.

I called for my son  who was just over in the round pen.  He ran over and for the life of him, he tried to get Sunny to side step,  but he would not move,  not a muscle.  Sunny, knew what my son was asking, he had done it thousands of times, but no matter what my son tried, Sunny would not budge.

Out of desperation, my son went and got the small tractor with the front end loader, and  helped me pull my self clear.   Sunny never moved the entire time, not even with the tractor bucket just inches from his legs:  not one step, not one foot.

Every horseman as been a position where they knew they were about to be in harms way.  I was in one of  those  moments, extremely deep in  harms way.  My friend knew I was in trouble and he held fast.  What it meant to me that day, to have  Sunny not move a muscle.

That is what I want to be, in these hard times to my friends.  Ground-tied with unwavering belief  knowing  they need me more than anything  else, more than anywhere where I could possible go or anything else I could possibly do at that moment.  The moments that they are in harms way.

What a difference I could make in a friend’s life, to be unwavering in just how I listen to them, without offering advice, or say sorry, but I got to go, but just ground tie-up until they are completely out of harms way.

I am going to be that Ground-tied friend the next time a friend is in trouble.

If we can learn the same lessons we teach our horses, how much change could we  bring  into  the world?

I have learned the lesson:  just what it is to be totally ground-tied.

Remember: Be the whinny
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Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm  Comments (4)  
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Be the whinny

Daily oats for the horse lovers soul.

I want to let you know how I found out yesterday how easy  it was to make a difference in someone’s life.

At the moment, I am in Northern WI watching over my two granddaughters.   Yesterday, I put a chair by the door and waited for the youngest one to come  home from school.   As soon as I saw her, I opened the door and greeted her with wide open arms.

I got a big hug, but when see saw the chair she said “Grandma, did you wait there just for me?”

Later, as she went outside to play,  I could hear her telling the neighbors and her friends, how her grandma  sat right by the door and waited right there until she got home from school.

It reminds me,  of morning nickers from my horses.  How the moment they can hear me those soft, welcoming, I am so glad to know you are coming, I am so glad to see you, morning nickers start coming.  What delight to my heart they bring, knowing they just open their hearts waiting just for me: just for me.   Tell me that does not soften your heart.

For today, be the whinny for someone else.  Open your arms and your heart, and let out the biggest whinny you have inside, and find out just how easy it is to make a difference.

Make a difference,  change a life and Be the whinny!

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Published in: on December 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm  Comments (5)  
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Eat the carrots

Daily Oats: food for the horse lover’s soul

Any horse lover  is never poor if they  can still laugh.
Just for today, no matter what, find something to laugh about and your soul will grow rich.

They is always something that my horse is up to that can make me laugh until my very soul breaks wide  Life is far too short so  let your soul break all the way open.  Let  your heart open until it splits  you at the seams and  you start to grow rich from within.

This is what your horse does, every time he sees you coming with more  carrots.  Life  has a tendency to suck if we  think we are always the carrot, so pretend to be your own happy horse and take all of life riches and just  happily eat the carrot.

Just for today,  enjoy the carrots of your own life.
Daily Oats: Food for the Horse lover’s soul

Roberta Edstrom

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Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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