Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the Christmas lights have already gone up around my neighborhood. While I try my darndest to steer clear of shopping malls and big retail stores during the biggest shopping weekend of the year, I did do some Black Friday shopping at a few local small businesses to find gifts for friends and family. My favorite stop was St. Croix Saddlery in Hugo, MN. They had some awesome deals and fun contests going on, and the store was bustling with activity. The store’s “spokesdog” Hufflepuff was greeting customers left and right with her cheerful doggy grin and charming antics. Who can resist this adorable face?
News and Notes:
Build a turkey, win a Tipperary T2 Helmet! In the latest of our wacky contests, we’re asking you to build a turkey from random stuff (wheelbarrows, jumps, hay, grooming tools, saddle pads) found around the barn and send us a picture to win a Tipperary T2 Helmet. If your creation wins, so do you! Entries are due at midnight EST tonight. [Build A Turkey, Win a Helmet]
Lynn Symansky and Lillian Heard take on Twitter: The first ever #USEFTalk twitter Q&A will be this Thursday, December 4th, at 7pm CST (8pm EST). Lynn Symnasky and Lillian Heard will be taking over the @USEquestrian Twitter account and answering questions submitted using the #USEFTalk hash tag.
Beef, it’s what’s for dinner… or is it? After the infamous horse meat scandal of 2013, it’s no wonder that many people are uncertai about the contents of their meatballs and burgers. Fortunately, scientists have developed a new method for testing the source of raw meat to determine whether it comes from a cow or a horse. Faster and cheaper than DNA testing, this test measures the meat’s fat composition, since beef and horse meat have distinct chemical compounds. [Science Daily]
Town’s iconic horse statue stolen: “Phloxy,” one of about 20 life-sized horse statues in Germantown, TN, was stolen on November 22nd and was damaged in the process. Trip Trezevant, Phloxy’s owner, is searching for info leading to the statue’s return and requests that anyone with leads on the case should call Germantown police at 901-754-7222. [Commercial Appeal]
Endangered Nokota Horse needs your help: The Nokota Horse Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve the rare Nokota breed, is facing dispersal due to limited funds. The Conservancy has turned to IndieGoGo, hoping that crowdfunding will help provide care for its horses and ensure the longevity of the breed. [Farm and Ranch Guide] [Donate at IndieGoGo]
Video of the Day: This little girl let her pet cow into the house and her mom wants an explanation. Let the “awwww”s commence.