Monday, May 31, 2021

How To Be a Horseback Rider On a Budget


Horses are expensive, so riding is a costly hobby. While you need to be prepared to sell out a significant amount of money if you want to be a good rider, there are ways you can cut costs to make the hobby more affordable. Use these three tips to be a great rider on a budget.

Buy Used Equipment
Having the most expensive equipment available doesn't make you a great rider. There is no need to purchase top-of-the-line equipment just because it is a brand name. Used equipment can be just as good as new if it has been well taken care of. Try to find inexpensive horse tack to use for riding. You can also search thrift stores to find great deals on riding clothes.


Borrow a Horse Instead of Buying One
You may think that it makes more sense to buy a horse than to pay to rent one for lessons. If you're always paying for lessons, you won't have much money left. If you buy a horse, however, you have something to show for your money. This might make sense on paper, but in reality, it is much more expensive to own a horse. Not only do you have to pay for every bit of equipment, but you also have to pay vet bills and keep your horse well-maintained. These are significant expenses that far outweigh the cost of a horse. While you may want your own pet to build a relationship with, you can also try to build a bond with the animals you pay to ride.

Barter for Lessons
No one is born knowing how to ride horses. If you want to learn how to ride, yu need to pay for lessons, The more lessons you take each week, the faster you will improve your skills. However, lessons can be expensive and you may not have enough money tp pay for them. Consider bartering barn chores in exchange for lessons. The riding instructor will be happy to have the help while you will have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about your new hobby.

Horseback riding is an expensive hobby. You need to be prepared for that reality, but you can cut costsin several ways to reduce the impact your new favorite sport has on your body. Use these three tips to become a better rider without spending a ton of money.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

How To Desensitize Your Horse


Horses get spooked by many random items. A waving sheet, a car backfiring or a roadside worker using a chainsaw can all startle your horse while you are riding, and you could get seriously hurt if you get thrown. If you want to reduce the chance of your mount spooking, it is a good idea to think about putting him or her through desensitization training. Here are three steps you need to employ to train a calm, steady mount.

Introduce Your Horse to Different Objects
Unfamiliar items are often scary for horses. The more articles you introduce to your horse, the less likely it is the animal will feel nervous around them. Try setting up a desensitization course in your home arena and take your mount through it several times a week. Start by walking your pet through a course filled with colorful objects and moving items. Once you have introduced your horse to these unfamiliar gadgets, you can start riding him or her over a course filled with colorful horse jumps for sale. Get your mount used to a variety of colors, textures and shapes.

Make Loud Noises Around Your Horse
Loud noises are just as likely to alarm horses as strange objects. You can't predict every sound your horse will encounter, but you can prepare your animal by playing random noises on a regular basis. Start by introducing your horse to a loud commotion in your home arena. The familiar turf may help your mount become more trusting of the noises, and you can always start using the same sounds outside of the arena once your pet is used to the loud clamor. The goal is to expose your horse to as many sounds as possible so your animal becomes more curious than scared about the same noises.

Get Your Horse Used to Different Riders
People have a wide range of riding styles. If you are the only person who ever rides your horse, he or she may get used to your riding style and become agitated if someone else tries a different riding technique. Exposing your horse to various riders is a good method for combatting this problem.

Desensitizing your horse is a great way to increase your chances of staying safe in the saddle. Use these three steps to train a calm, unflappable mount you can trust to act correctly in any situation. You may be amazed at how much easier a desensitized horse is to manage.



How to Avoid Cavities


If you want your next visit to a Huntsville dentist to be smooth sailing and not have to come back for a filling, there are different things you can do in order to prevent cavities

Brush Your Teeth
If you want to fight cavities, it’s very important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. You can either use an electric toothbrush or a regular one, but use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush every side of your teeth, including the top, back, and front. Brushing removes plaque but it does come back so you need to brush morning and night.


Floss Your Teeth
Food debris gets caught in your teeth and, if you don’t remove it, it can lead to cavities. Flossing every day is the easiest and best way to remove the debris between teeth that brushing can’t get.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Proper nutrition is an important part of good dental health. Eating nutritious meals and snacks and limiting sugary foods and drinks can help prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. It’s also good to avoid hard candy and other snacks that have a lot of sugar. Food such as vegetables and fresh fruits can help increase saliva flow to reduce the bacteria in the mouth. Drinking tap water can also help since many public water supplies have added fluoride and fluoride helps reduce tooth decay. If you are only drinking bottled water that doesn’t have fluoride then you could be missing out on these benefits.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Some cavities can only be detected with a dental X-ray or by a dentist. Visiting your dentist in Huntsville for regular cleanings and checkups is important for staying on top of oral hygiene, as well as preventing cavities. You may also want to speak with your dentist about whether or not you should use fluoride to help strengthen the teeth. The dental hygienist can give you tips on flossing and brushing so that you know you are doing it properly in order to improve oral health.


Ask about Sealants
Dental sealants, or protective coatings, can be applied to biting surfaces of the back of your teeth. The sealant helps prevent you from getting cavities by shielding against plaque and bacteria. Sealants are more common in children because of new permanent teeth, but sealants can also be beneficial for adults too.

Use Mouthwash
There are many different antimicrobial mouthwashes on the market that have been shown to reduce plaque. Rinsing with one of these options after eating or brushing can help prevent cavities.

Chew on Sugarless Gum
Chewing on sugarless gum can help prevent cavities since it increases the saliva in the mouth. To know which gum to choose, look for the Seal of Acceptance on sugar-free options.

Know about Risk Factors
There are certain risk factors for cavities. These include certain drinks and foods, frequent sipping or snacking, inadequate brushing, not getting enough fluoride, older and younger age, and dry mouth. If you have some of these risk factors, always speak to a dentist about prevention options.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Gary LeVox One on One Released!!



Hey neighbors!!

Here is a new release by Gary LeVox!! Hurry over, Stream ONE ON ONE now and get a copy of this awesome EP at https://garylevox.lnk.to/OneOnOneMI! I really enjoyed listening to this one.  Pay attention to the words!

One on One is Gary's debut, solo album.  He even has a song on here, While I Wait, with his daughter, Brittany LeVox.

  • When asked about the role God has played in his musical journey, LeVox said, “I feel like God graced us with a platform where we can not only touch people’s lives through music, but by being men of God offstage too,” explained LeVox. “At those times when we are with fans that are going through something like cancer, it is so wonderful to not only sing for them but to hold their hand and pray with them. I want them to know that they have a friend in me. I’m not just some guy on the stage. I feel like Christ has put me in this position because He knew I could handle the obligation, which often means taking the time to lift someone up in prayer.”

    “‘The Distance’ was the first song written for my solo chapter,” LeVox explains. “With the struggles and battles so many have gone through this past year and how they’ve taken over people’s everyday lives, it just felt like the true song of hope we need.”

$1 of every album purchased will go to fight human trafficking through the Tim Tebow Foundation.

To purchase: https://garylevox.lnk.to/OneOnOneMI

Giveaway -A signed 8x10 poster. US Only!! Listen to the EP and let me know what you like in the comments to be entered!

Disclosure: Many thanks to Capitol Christian Music Group for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Holman KJV Bible Review and Giveaway!! (Lifeway)

Hey neighbors!!

I am looking at 3 brand new KJV Bibles from Lifeway, and one of you will win one these KJV Bibles for yourself! I am totally thrilled at the opportunity to share these Bibles with you.  Let's start off by saying, I LOVE the smell of a new Bible!! Nothing compares to holding a physical copy of the Word of God.  I personally have always used a KJ Bible.  I feel we often miss a lot by using a different translation. So here is your opportunity to learn more about the KJV Bibles available through Lifeway.  There is even a Find Your KJV Bible Tool. You will find many different KJV Bibles to choose from.  They carry pocket Bibles to have with you, Study Bibles, and of course Children's Bibles, each that come in a variety of sizes.

KJV:

Since 1611, Christians have turned to the King James Version of the Bible for a faithful and beautiful rendering of God’s Word. Its rich tradition has guided generations of pastors, authors, and scholars, while its reverent language continues to shape our words today.

The KJV was translated in the beginning of the 1600s. The scholars translating it were among the top scholars of their day, and most were deeply familiar with literature and poetry as well as with theology and ancient languages. They were also intent on creating a translation that would last for generations, so they avoided recent changes to the language, often using words and phrases that sounded formal even then to ensure the dignity and longevity of the translation.


So, first we have the One Big Story Bible (KJV) for kids.  I love that someone has a KJV Bible for kids.  Having raised 6 children I know the difficulty in finding a KJV Bible designed for youth.  It has the full KJV text, full-page color illustrations, Introductions for every book of the Bible, 100 selected verses to remember, a Big Words Dictionary and a few other features.  (SRP-$29.99)



Next is the Holman KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible. The type is easy to read, although a little too small for me without my reading glasses.  There is a presentation page in the front for gifting.  In the back you have a concordance and Full-color maps. This is a handy size Bible. (SRP-$24.99)




    Last of all is the Holman KJV Study Bible. This is a true study Bible filled with information to help you better understand your Bible and to help you find information more easily. Each Book of the Bible has an introduction about the book, who wrote it and other general information. See the Intro to John below.



Included are maps throughout the Bible to help you understand where things took place.


See as well the amount of notes and study guides on the pages.



My husband is already drooling over this one! The amount of study materials in this Bible is amazing!! From Maps, Intros, Outlines, and background information there is so much for you to glean from.  I am truly impressed with this KJV Study Bible. And of course there is a one year and three year reading plan.

Now for the really GREAT news, one reader/entrant from At the Fence, will receive one of the KJV Bibles I reviewed!! How neat is that?  So be sure to enter (US ONLY). Please leave a comment on this post telling me which Bible you would like to win and why.  Be sure to leave a way to contact you (email) should you be the randomly chosen winner.

Thank you for visiting today, At the Fence.  Be sure to follow along and to check out when we announce the winner on June 1st.

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Entertainment for Summertime Fun

 Hey neighbors!!

School is out for many and others will be finishing soon.  And of course for some their children have been home for school.  So, now that there is going to be more free time, what are some good ideas to help entertain and, even educate your children during their free time?  I am going to give a few suggestions here.

First off, I found a website that offers free online video games.  Many are like the games I used to play years ago. It is called Plays.org. I tried a few of the games and actually enjoyed them.  Mazes and Keys was one of the games I tried. I actually enjoy trying to complete each maze.  I personally prefer this type of game, that you have to think through.  Of course there are also some fun games that truly have no purpose other than trying out your skills at hand eye coordination.  Break Bubble is one of those, where you are trying to shoot and break bubbles before they bounce on you.  Be sure to check out Plays.org and see what they have to offer.

Puzzles are another fun way to keep your children occupied over summer.  I personally love puzzles and one of my favorite puzzles are from White Mountain Puzzles.  I have found their puzzles to be worth the extra expense, because of the quality.  Many puzzles today are made quite a bit cheaper and do not hold together as well as they used to.  I do not have this issue with White Mountain Puzzles.  You can even pic up huge sections and they stay together.  I LOVE their vintage, collage puzzles. By vintage I mean the ones that are based on vintage toys, foods, games, restaurants, etc.  We have a table we use to work puzzles as a family so we can work on one whenever we might have some free time.



Boardgames are another form of summer entertainment.  Having raised 6 children we have had many favorites over the years.  One of my sons loved Monopoly.  So much so, that many family members started refusing to play Monopoly with him, because he took winning so seriously.  Scrabble was one of my favorites, that I found both fun and educational.  English and Spelling were two of my favorite subjects in school, so I enjoyed a game that strengthened spelling skills. (My children, not so much sometimes.) We of course played Yahtzee, Life, Clue and other boardgames, often turning g them into a family fun night with snacks included.



Card Games became another family favorite.  It started with UNO and then branched out.  Phase 10 is one we still play and recently my daughters discovered a game called Skull King when they visited some friends in Alabama. Skull King takes a little bit of time to learn, and you have to play with some strategy to win.


Be sure to share your summer entertainments in the comments!! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon, At the Fence!!


Sunday, May 16, 2021

How to Make Your Dog Comfortable in a New Home



Buying a new home comes with a short-lived excitement when you start thinking about packing, marking boxes, and the entire moving process. It is a stressful moment not just for you but your dog—who was already used to their old home. Moving with a dog from one home to another requires thoughtful preparation as the change could make them feel insecure and anxious. Part of the planning should involve keeping their custom dog kennels, setting a place for them immediately, and keeping their old routine as soon as they enter the new home. Here are a few tips to help you make your dog feel comfortable in your new home.

Get them to continue with their old routine.
All the changes associated with moving to a new home can be stressful for your furry-feathered friend, and the least you can do is keep their old routine. The fundamental aspect of sleeping in a massive bed in a different space, walking around a new living room, or dealing with an extremely large or tiny compound is not something your dog will be happy about. Therefore, consider maintaining the same general routine to get them settled faster. For instance, keep feeding hours the same, walking or exercise time the same, and bedtime the same. If you have to change several things may be due to work or other commitments, try to keep most of the old routines.

Give lots of attention, care, and love.
Your dog needs you more than anything else during this stressful period. Instead of worrying about mix-ups with the packing boxes, spend more time with your dog. Be more generous with your affection and use encouraging, caring, and comforting words. Take a couple of minutes to give your dog belly rubs and toss their favorite toys around.


Set up their space right away.
Your first step into helping your dog cope with the new change is setting up space for them and showing them immediately they enter the new house. Prepare their bed, blankets, toys, food, and water bowls where you want them to be in the new home. If you bought or ordered a customized dog kennel for your pup, be sure to use their bedding and other items that smell familiar. It is not recommended changing everything at the same time. If you have to decorate their new room, add furniture or change their bedding, wait for a couple of weeks for your dog to get used to the new home.

Allow them to exercise.
Just like us, dogs feel better when they exercise. The last thing you want is to have your already anxious dog release all their energy on you, your family, or other pets in the house. Keep their exercise time the same and don’t introduce new things yet. Just keep the old games and if you have a bigger backyard, allow your dog to run and jump all over to get used to the new space. Don’t forget to explore the neighborhood and allow your dog to meet and make new friends.

Be patient.
The best way to help your dog transition successfully in your new home is being more compassionate and patient with them. It’s not going to be easy for any of you, and once in a while, you may have to deal with aggression, separation anxiety, and excessive barking. They also might pee at the wrong places due to confusion. Realize they’re having a difficult time, and always keep your tone low and train them patiently. All will be well.




Wednesday, May 12, 2021

How to Find Lifeline Phone Companies

The Lifeline program is a program offered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to provide low-income households in America an opportunity to have phone service. It is a needed service across the nation. In Oklahoma for example, 431,969 households are eligible, and approximately 45 percent of them subscribe to Lifeline.


The premise is known as universal service, where laws are in place to ensure nobody is left behind when it comes to phone providers. Lifeline is meant to connect you to jobs and emergency personnel if needed. It isn't difficult to apply, or find lifeline phone companies Oklahoma-based or otherwise.

Find out how to apply, and enroll with Lifeline phone companies right here.
4 Steps to Getting Lifeline

• Apply for Lifeline online, you may be approved right away
• Mail in the application in English or Spanish with proof of your eligibility
• Once approved, look for a Lifeline phone company
• Enroll

It is easier today to qualify for Lifeline since the pandemic. The FCC has made the process simpler for Americans who have lost their jobs since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Enroll With a Phone Company

Once you are approved for Lifeline, choose from the many Lifeline phone companies, Oklahoma-based or otherwise. You can choose the company and enroll online, in their store, or over the phone.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Making the Most of Your Beach Vacation


If you're looking for a destination that offers the perfect combination of relaxation and fun, consider planning a visit to the beaches of North Carolina. Renting beach houses in North Carolina is a great option for groups of all sizes, whether you're looking for a romantic, two-person getaway or big family vacation that doubles as a reunion. While you're there, make sure you follow these tips to make the most of your time in this amazing area.

Be Smart About Sun Safety
While the summers in North Carolina can certainly be hot, you might find the weather to be more temperate during the spring and fall. Even if it's not a scorcher, make sure you're taking the proper steps to protect yourself from overexposure to the sun. Otherwise, you could be dealing with sunburns, dehydration and even heat stroke, all of which can put a damper on your vacation.


Try Visiting the Beach at Night
Most people enjoy visiting the beaches during the day. However, you can enjoy fewer crowds, more pleasant weather and some gorgeous views when you venture out in the evening. A sunset picnic or evening stroll is a great way to relax and unwind while enjoying the show as the sky transitions from the vibrant hues of dusk to a starlit night.

Take Time to Enjoy Local Cuisine
Whether you're looking for delivery, takeout or the chance to dine at a restaurant, North Carolina beaches have hundreds of unique and local options that you can't find anywhere else. If you're a seafood lover, you should definitely take advantage of the fresh and tasty fare you'll find so close to the ocean. There are also numerous restaurants that have become famous for other types of cuisine, from pizza and donuts to Caribbean-inspired dishes.


Explore the Numerous Historical Treasures
While the beaches are breathtaking, there are several other interesting and beautiful places to visit when you're in the area. The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located where the famous sibling duo piloted the first flight in a powered aircraft. Several lighthouses are also within driving distance, including the famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse. You can also explore the shipwreck of the USS Huron. Many history buffs enjoy stopping by Fort Raleigh, the mysterious settlement that eventually became known as The Lost Colony.

North Carolina beaches truly do have something for everyone, no matter what your age or interests. Don't forget to venture out and enjoy everything this incredible area has to offer.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Planning Your Monthly Budget

Hi all!!

Just wondering, how many of you actually plan and budget your spending? Do you have a weekly budget? Monthly budget? Is it in a physical planner or notebook or do you do your budgets online? I know that ever since Covid hit with quarantine many people have had their finances affected in one way or another.  Some people have had their hours cut, while others have lost their jobs. If you do not use a budget planner now might be a good time to start.

If you are not a planner, sometimes it is difficult to get started on planning a budget and sticking with it.  They say of you do something regularly for 30 days, it will become a habit. I think this is somewhat true, but if you do not remain consistent, it is easy to fall back into your old ways.  So, my first suggestion is to decide if you are going old school with a budget book and pen, or if you are going up to dat and store it all on one of your electronic devices.  Some people find using their phones beneficial since they take their phone everywhere.  It makes it easy to enter those purchases and expenditures right away.

Once you decide which route you are going to take, purchase your budget book and pen or if you are going to keep track electronically look into a good app or even an online budget calculator.  Having an app or calculator you can use will make it easier to create and keep track of your budget.  

After you have your budget keeping book or App, sit down with a list of all your regular expenditures.  You want to include your rent/mortgage payment, all utilities, phone bill, internet, gas, car payment, insurance, etc.  Try to include everything you spend on a regular basis so you don't end up with surprises later in the month. In your budget you will want to include savings and an amount for personal extras.

See how your budget works for a month or two and make changes when necessary.  Try to be strict and stick with what you have planned out. Yes, you may slip up and spend more than you should randomly, but the more you stick to the plan, the easier it will be. 

A tip from a homeschooling mom, here. If you have children teach them about budgets and how to keep track of their finances.  So many today are not taught this in school.  I went to public school and I was never taught how to handle finances. All 6 of my children were taught how to budget.  We even had them take charge of groceries for a week or so and gave them a certain amount where they had to plan meals and work with a budget for purchasing what was needed. Well worth the effort.

Have any tips you would like to share? Leave a comment below!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!