Tale Of The Dancing Slaughter HorseAlert all your horse-loving and book-reading friends!  CowgirlDiary.com is giving away a new book, just released this month!  It is The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse by Victoria Shade, and is a memoir written about her life growing up with horses and learning dressage, finally getting a horse of her own, and finding out that her biggest dreams were never out of reach.  If you love reading horse stories, you will really enjoy this book.

The story is written by a girl who grew up in a chaotic and abusive home, going through the tragedy of her parents’ divorce, with a lot of obstacles to overcome.  When she discovers horses, however, her life changes for the better.  She starts out riding like every rider does, but her passion to be the best and excel at riding gives this story wings.

You will enjoy her humorous accounts of the many horses she meets along the way, from the boring starter ponies to the unmanageable runaways—-every horse had something to teach her!  When she gets her very own horse, Moonshine, a horse who had suffered abuse and neglect, she begins to focus on her dream of riding to win.  Together, she and Moonshine begin to tackle the obstacles of their past and exceed their limitations, achieving their goal of being the very best.  Victoria Shade, Author

The giveaway will run from October 24th through November 4th, and is open for anyone living in the contiguous United States (sorry, will only mail the book to a US address), and it’s easy to enter!  Simply leave a comment at any one of these online locations:

  1.  Here at the end of this blog post, which is easy if you have a WordPress account, as you must login to WordPress in order to comment.
  2.  At the official CowgirlDiary.com Facebook page, leave a comment on the post announcing this book giveaway.
  3. At my Instagram @kerrie_at_cowgirldiary, on the photo of the book giveaway.

At the end of the contest, I will accumulate all the entries and draw a winner, contact that person through email, private message, or Instagram, and get their mailing address and send them the book.

Feel free to tag a friend or share this giveaway with other horse lovers!







Stitches For Daisy

October 5, 2016

Well, just when everything is finally going good…the pony recovering from her tendon injury down at summer pasture with the two buckskins, and the older mares at home being used for weekly riding lessons…disaster strikes. Sunday we were at the farm after lunch, planning to work on rebuilding a fence, and so while we were there I went to let the mares out to graze. They ran out through the gate and into the grassy yard, and I noticed that Cricket went right to eating, but Daisy laid down and rolled. This seemed strange, and we usually watch them for abnormal rolling, which indicates stomach pain associated with colic. But I knew it couldn’t be colic, since they were just now being turned out on grass.

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Riding Lessons For Beginners

September 20, 2016
Riding Lessons For Beginners

I was recently asked by a friend of mine if I would give horseback riding lessons to her two daughters. I have never taken riding lessons, and never given a formal riding lesson. But it sounded like fun to me, so I said “yes”. The girls are beginner riders, and I am a beginner teacher, but fortunately we have two older mares to learn with, and that makes it all possible. We will have our fourth lesson this week, and I have discovered that it is as fun for me as it is for the girls!

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A Western Wedding

September 4, 2016
A Western Wedding

This is when you know you’re a true cowgirl, right? You go wedding dress shopping, and your only requirement is that the skirt be full enough for you to swing up into the saddle! My sister asked me to photograph their beautiful wedding in the mountains of Idaho. I had so much fun, and the western backdrop made the pictures effortlessly beautiful.

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Meet Trixie

July 18, 2016
Meet Our New Horse Trixie

As I recently browsed the Nebraska/Iowa Horses For Sale pages on Facebook, I kept seeing a lot of ponies.  So I mentioned to my husband that we should get a pony while the kids are still little.  He said, “No horses.  But I might consider a pony for the kids.”  Well, you know….that was a […]

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Catching Up

June 30, 2016
Me Riding Horseback At Age One

This is me, at age one, riding my trusty horse. Wow…it’s been a long time since I’ve written here at CowgirlDiary! I love blogging, but sometimes it’s hard to keep with the theme here because I have not been doing much riding lately, and when there is little to no horse activity, it’s hard to find the inspiration to write. I do have several updates though, so here goes: We sent Cletus, our five year old buckskin gelding, out to South Dakota the first of May.

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Allergies In Horses

April 21, 2016
Allergies In Horses

It’s always something. This time, it’s our twenty-three-year-old horse Red, who has developed severe allergies and has what is called “heaves” in horses, or COPD in humans. The symptoms are a deep cough, difficulty breathing so you see his sides “heave” in and out with each breath (hence, the name “heaves”), lack of appetite or interest in eating, which contributes to weight loss, and lethargy. It’s been less than six months since Red came to live with us, and he was such a lively, spooky, fat, healthy horse that it is really sad to see him in his current condition.

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Progress With Penny’s Pastern Cut

March 31, 2016
Progress With Penny's Pastern Cut

Read up on Penny’s pastern injury! I kept Penny in a stall for a month, doctoring her wound daily and trying to keep it as clean as possible. Every day I would clean the wound with Vetericyn spray, then cut a section of cotton padding, slather it with Nitrofurazone ointment, place it over the cut area, and wrap it with vet wrap. I cannot believe how well the wound has healed, and how she is almost back to full movement in a little over a month.

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Pictures of Rudy

March 8, 2016
My Horse Rudy

I wanted to post a collection of photos of my horse Rudy through the years, just to remember him by. He was the best horse in the world. I remember in high school I entered a writing contest and the title of my essay was “The Best Horse in the World”…I don’t remember everything I […]

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A Memento For Rudy

February 20, 2016
Tailspin Bracelet Made From Rudy's Tail

When Rudy had to be put down, I saved a strand of his tail hair to have something made to remember him by. The week after his death, I did an internet search for hand-braided horse hair bracelets, and sifted through a few different companies and artists who make them. I found the website for TailSpinBracelets.com and from the photos of all the beautiful horse hair items they make, I knew this was where I wanted to order my bracelet from.

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Treating a Pastern Cut

February 16, 2016
Penny In Her Stall With Pastern Injury

I haven’t had the best luck with my horses this winter. I went out Monday morning (a week ago) to feed, and saw Penny standing out by the hay feeder alone. All the other horses were inside their run-in shed, as it was a cold morning with high winds and blowing snow. I didn’t think too much about it, until I got out of the pickup and heard her whinny. I thought to myself, “I have never heard Penny whinny before.”

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Even The Very Best Ones

January 27, 2016
Rudy and Me

I lost my horse Rudy on the 3rd of January. He was almost twenty-eight years old, and ever since he came to live with us in October, I have worried about him. I knew he wasn’t going to live forever, but I had hoped for a few more years, especially now that we were reunited. I had mentally prepared myself for being with him during his last days, but it’s still such a sad reality that even the very best ones die.

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What Giving Brings

December 20, 2015
New Saddle That Was Given To Us

This time of year, it’s an expected thing to receive gifts.  Around Christmas time you get a new calendar from the feed store, a pair of gloves from the company you buy your calf vaccine from, a candy cane from some random Santa you meet while shopping, a bonus from the work place…and so it […]

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Old Soldiers, Home At Last

November 2, 2015
Our New Horse Red

Last week we had a special visit from my parents. They drove all the way from Idaho to Iowa pulling a gooseneck trailer with six horses in it, dropping off two at our place, staying overnight and spending the next day with us, then continuing on their way to two other siblings’ homes to deliver the rest of the horses. After 50 + years of ranching, my parents are finally retiring, selling their ranch and cattle, giving away most of their twenty-some horses and mules, and buying a house in town and a travel trailer to enjoy some southern winters and visits to grandkids.

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Riding Cletus

September 30, 2015
Riding Our Buckskin Gelding for the First Time

We have reached another milestone in our horse life: we rode Cletus, our four year old buckskin gelding! If you remember, we bought him as a baby alongside his mother, Penny, in the fall of 2011. Last November, we sent him to the Rosebud Indian Reservation for a crash course in behaving under saddle….the trainer raved about him and said he was the best horse he’s ever trained. So then we brought him home and (due to me being pregnant and my husband being very busy) he stood around in our corral for almost another year. The good news is that we have been riding him this summer!

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A Cowgirl’s Hat

September 20, 2015
Cowgirl Hat from HatCountry.com

I grew up riding horses. Raised on a ranch, working cattle, living to be horseback, loving the country life…I was a cowgirl if ever there was one. But I’ve often said that I never really looked like the stereotypical cowgirl–no fringed leather, no turquoise-and-silver jewelry, no wild rag around my neck, and no hat. For me, it was more about the horse than what I was wearing, and I’ve never felt that the horses minded if I looked the part or not. But I finally got a hat!

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Bye Bye Bluebird

August 12, 2015
Selling A Horse - Our Blue Roan Mare

I love that old song my grandma used to sing, “Pack up all my care and woe, here I go, singin’ low…. Bye, Bye, Blackbird.” Well, in this case, it’s Bluebird we said goodbye to. If you recall, she’s the blue roan Hancock-bred mare that my sister gave me that we had shipped here from Idaho two Aprils ago. I finally decided to list her for sale this summer, and within a week I had several inquiries and one serious buyer.

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Pass Creek Drive 2015

June 23, 2015
Riding Horses In Idaho

At the end of May, as we try to do each year, our family went west to visit my parents in Idaho. We spent several days with them, enjoying ranch life, mountain-style farming, beautiful scenery and their many horses. The highlight of the trip was the all-day cattle drive up into the mountains, through the Pass Creek notch, over the Summit, and on to Big Creek where the cattle stay for a few months during the summer.

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Our New Baby

May 27, 2015
Our New Baby

Spring is always a beautiful time of year. While the dandelions are still yellow, the tulips are blooming, and every tree’s leaf is that brand-new green color–that’s the prettiest time, when things are brand new. We’ve got a brand new baby in our family, and it’s made this spring very exciting and very busy! Jonathan, our fourth child, was born April 18th, a month early and unexpectedly and not without a scare (there were complications)….but we made it to May and he’s home and healthy and we’re both doing great now.

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“The Runaway Horse” Book Giveaway

March 24, 2015
Horse Book Giveaway

We are doing another fun giveaway here on CowgirlDiary.com! Up for grabs is a paperback copy of the first book in the Plaid Family Adventures Series, titled “The Runaway Horse”. These are delightfully fun books for young readers with stories about life on a Wisconsin farm. I was given a copy of “The Runaway Horse” by the author, to review and feature as a giveaway to one of my blog readers.

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