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I need to deliver a package. FedEx or Pony Express: BOTH!

I’m in Norco, California which is also known as ‘Horse Town USA’ where they say you can ride your horse pretty much everywhere. The city has built sidewalks for horses that run beside the roads throughout town.

But could I ride my ‘pony’ down to the FedEx office and mail my package?

Yep. Here’s the video!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Life, Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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Video: How we plan on living on the road; husband, wife, three kids and four horses.

I think the nomadic idea was secretly planted in my head by my husband. It also helped that we met other people, one family in particular, that moved around with their family performing at rodeos and equine events.

Our life has slowly morphed into travel because we can serve more people by moving around both at clinics and expos. By the time our youngest son was seven he had traveled to 40 states…each time returning to Mount Gilead, Ohio. It just seemed logical to try living on the road. We also like the idea of spending more time together as a family. And we can always go back!

Now that we are in a full blown motor home we are ready to take this show on the road. Some of the goals our family has, outside of work are:

  • see all 48 states (this lead to a discussion of Alaska & Hawaii)
  • live ‘off the grid’ for a week…in RV terms this means staying in a remote location without electric, water or sewer hook up
  • trail ride in the mountains…park the motor home and be able to ride from the camping site up into the mountains

If you were going to live in a motor home for a year…what would you hope to accomplish? What questions about our travel plans would you like us to answer?

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Life, Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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Stops with Stacy: Horses, campfires and breakfast at Miracle Mountain Ranch

Horses, campfires and food…now that’s a great way to start the day!

My kids have gone to summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch for the last three years and have returned raving about the ‘BTR’ also known as the ‘breakfast trail ride’.  Jesse and I had attended a marriage retreat years ago but it was during the winter and didn’t include a ‘BTR’.

The ranch invited us to stop by so we moved in a few weeks ago (be careful when inviting homeless friends over). We have enjoyed all of our time here in Corry, Pennsylvania. We spent time with full time staff that we have known for years and also had the privilege of getting to know many of the students and even some of the campers…

…and I was able to attend my first ‘BTR’.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Life, Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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Stops with Stacy: traveling with horses; horse motels brought to you by Tekonsha

We frequently travel with our horses to far off places. We have trailered horses from Maine to California, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, several times into Canada to name a few.

To keep both horses and humans safe, on long trips we stop for the night. Recently, I have made several trips between Texas and Ohio. The drive takes about 20 hours which I break into a two day trip.

The nice thing about traveling the same route is that it is possible to become familiar with certain amenities…including the horse motels along the way.

If we are traveling an unfamiliar route and need to find a place to stop we go to www.horsemotel.com. The website features a map that gives an idea of where the stable is located so I can quickly see if there is one on my route.

My favorite feature of the website is the comment area. It is a section of the website where people who have stayed at each horse motel can rate the stay and leave comments. We have been using the site for years and have stayed at dozens of the stops. By reading the descriptions and the comments all have been what was described.

Some places can handle a large number of horses and other might only take two or three. We try to call in advance to let people know we are traveling through the area and to ask if they will have room. There have been time, however, when we have hit bad weather and could not make it to our original horse motel. The original hotel has always been understanding and the new hotel, with as short as one hour for notice, has also been accommodating.

Some offer lodging for the humans also in the form of cabins, apartments or RV hook ups. If they don’t they can give valuable advice as to how far human hotels are and what they recommend; much of this is already listed at horsemotel.com.

Cindy Ruprecht and Circle R Horse Lodge has been my go-to stop between Texas and Ohio. Her place is close to the highway and her stalls are big, sturdy and clean. Like most horse motels Cindy checks the horses health papers and coggins, which I like. Stopping at Cindy’s place already has the feeling of visiting with a friend and I like knowing that she checks on the horses while I am headed to my human hotel and again in the morning before I arrive.

Many of these places could be destination trips. Some have miles of trails or easy access to other horse activities and others can offer invaluable information for things that might occur on the road. For example Cindy has a local horse trailer shop and RV store nearby if you need repairs as well as a feed dealer and tack store.

Traveling with horses is extra work but it is also a great way to get to know other horse people around the country.

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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Stops with Stacy: The Waggoner Ranch brought to you by Tekonsha

Here it is…the first ‘Stops with Stacy’ featuring our visit to the historic Waggoner Ranch in Vernon, Texas. We actually went to Electra, Texas to the horse headquarters…you know you are on a BIG ranch when it overlaps different towns!

The ranch was established in 1849 and is approximately 535,000 acres which makes it the largest ranch in Texas under one fence. We went over for the day to ride and spend time with the head trainer, Ben Baldus and his crew.  We knew Ben years ago but this is the first time we visited him at the Waggoner.

Touring the ranch is like walking straight into a history lesson. Back in 1945 E. Paul Waggoner bought Poco Bueno for the outrageous price of $5,700 for a yearling. People thought he was crazy to pay that much but Poco Bueno is now an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductee, Champion and Sire of Champions. Looks like Waggoner had a good eye. Poco Bueno is buried on another section of the ranch and many of the horses carry on his bloodline.

Jesse and Stacy visit the Waggoner Ranch

Jesse and Stacy visit the Waggoner Ranch

The guys offered to take us on a tour, take us to lunch or start some colts…I hesitated for about 10 seconds because I want to see the rest of the ranch but watching them START COLTS jumped out of my mouth even faster. Thankfully they invited us back so maybe I can still get that tour. Did you know? When Poco Bueno died he was buried in an upright position. There has to be a story there. I will have to go find out more details on that.

For those who are wondering those shots in the beginning are of the ranch, Major Cattle Company, where we are currently living. Maybe one of the ‘Stops with Stacy’ should be a tour of the Majors ranch. I’m open to suggestions, if you have an idea for a ‘Stops with Stacy’ feel free to post it in the comments.

Thanks again to my sponsor Tekonsha, the leader in electronic trailer brake controllers, for coming up with the concept and the name ‘Stops with Stacy’, I think this is going to be fun!

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Life, Stops with Stacy, Video

 

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