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The Kane County Mounted Rangers are an affiliate of the Kane County Forest Preserve and Kane County Search and Rescue. They are a volunteer organization the patrols the forest preserves of Kane County, IL acting to deter crime, enhance public safety, assist with parking and crowd control, participate in local parades, and assist in search and rescue. The search and rescue operate under the guidance of the LaSalle County Ground Search and Rescue Unit. This volunteer organization is a valuable asset to the Kane County Forest Preserve. Recently, the Mounted Rangers underwent a certification...
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The National Night Out is an annual event that focuses on preventing criminal and drug activity by hosting and promoting activities such as block parties, cookouts, youth programs, police visits, contests, parades, exhibits and flashlight walks in an assortment of communities and neighborhoods across the United States. Touted as America's Night Out Against Crime, the annual events focus on building and improving relationships between the citizens of communities and their local police and sheriff's department.   Amongst the thousands of police officers who participate and have participated in...
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Wet winter and spring weather brings inconvenience along with it. Besides slippery footing and messes everywhere, mud can cause a horse health problem commonly known as mud fever. Also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis, it causes irritation, painful sores, and scabs that when left untreated, can cause lameness. While mud fever usually affects only the pastern and heel areas, it can also spread up the legs, onto the belly, and in some cases, it moves up onto the neck area, where it’s known as rain scald. Now that you know a little more about what mud fever is, here are some tips for...
Wet winter and spring weather can lead to mud fever, also known as scratches.
The history of the Western saddle is an interesting one, with origins that can be traced all the way back to the dark ages. When Moorish soldiers invaded Spain during the 8th century, they brought their unique riding style – and innovative tack – with them. Designed to stand up to the challenges of mounted battle, these saddles featured high forks and cantles for greater security, plus long stirrups that made it more comfortable to ride in full armor. This saddle – the precursor to the Western saddle of today – was soon adopted by knights and crusaders. From War Saddle to Stock Saddle...
Saddle bags let you carry your lunch and other essentials with you when you ride, adding convenience and letting you enjoy yourself more. Did you know that it’s important to pack your saddle bags a certain way? Here are a few tips to make packing up quick, simple, and effective. Consider Weight Distribution Whether you’re an endurance rider or just the average Joe / Jane out for a weekend trail ride, even weight distribution is the first thing to consider when packing accessories onto a horse. That’s why it’s so important to use saddle bags instead of random bags designed for a completely...
Caring for your tack the right way will extend its life, and with the right product at hand, you’ll find that your saddles, bridles, boots, and other leather goods take on a supple feel and exhibit a soft sheen. Not sure how to use neatsfoot oil on leather? By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be able to call yourself an expert! Why Neatsfoot Oil Works so Well Take a look at the many leather conditioners on the market, and you’ll notice that only a few of them are all-natural. Neatsfoot oil is one of these.  It lubricates the minuscule fibers inside the leather’s structure,...
Eager to try an Australian stock saddle for yourself, but not quite sure how to choose one that fits your horse (and you) perfectly? The following guide to fitting an Australian saddle will help you get it right. Gullet Size Matters As with English and Western saddles, gullet size matters greatly in keeping the weight of the saddle (and rider!) off the horse’s spine. One that’s too wide or too narrow will cause pain and could permanently injure your horse. Luckily, there’s no mystery to measuring the gullet on an Australian saddle; it’s measured the same as the one on the Western or English...
If your horse is kicking, chewing on his door, looking listless, or even banging his head on walls repeatedly, then the odds are good that he is suffering from a bad case of stall boredom. Let’s face it: Stalls keep horses clean, dry, and physically comfortable in winter, but too much time indoors is not conducive to your horse’s good mental health. Whether your horse is bored in his stall because inclement weather is preventing adequate turnout, or because he is recovering from an injury, or due to any of the other circumstances that can occur, the following tips for reducing stall boredom...
Reducing stall boredom results in a happier, healthier horse
Most equestrians find themselves in the position of choosing or designing horse stalls at some point. Basic horse stall designs are quite similar: In most cases, stalls are square or rectangular areas inside a barn. All stall designs serve as shelter, most take the horse’s safety in mind, and the best also provide comfort for the horse. Safety and convenience for the handler are also some considerations. Whether you are building a barn or choosing a boarding stable, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. Here are our top tips for selecting the right stall for your horse. Stall Size...
Choose the right stall for your horse's well being
While endurance saddles are designed for competitions in which horse and rider teams cover between 50 and 100 miles in a day, they are also the ideal choice for long trail rides. A gaited endurance saddle is specially designed to allow your gaited horse complete freedom of movement, ensuring he is able to offer his best performance while remaining comfortable and free from saddle sores. Here are some basic tips for choosing a western gaited endurance saddle that meets your needs. Features Start shopping for a gaited endurance saddle, and you’ll soon notice that the main feature is comfort for...

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