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Camping with Cathy
The preeminent authority in horsemanship, trail riding and horse camping.

Q and A's at bottom of page.

 mini videos of trip

Camping with Cathy: Since 1962 Cathy’s love affair with horses consumed her life.  In 1982 She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University earning her University Honors and a secure job.  In 1986 her world became complete with the marriage to her husband who pampered her dreams and allowed her to follow her passion. Then in 1998 Cathy received her Certification as a Equine Sports Massage Therapist.   Cathy now lives her passion, horse camping, and rides an average of 1,000 miles a year throughout North America, Central America, South America, and Europe.  Cathy grew up riding and, with her husband Don, has raised three daughters who did the same.  The family spends much of the three seasons each year on the trail, riding, camping, and developing trail horses.   This passion of Cathy’s lead to an entire business based on getting people started, preparing and outfitting them for trail riding and horse camping. Hill View Farms “Proven Products for Horse and Rider”.  Cathy’s is called upon daily regarding horse related issues and horse camping where she is always happy to share her experiences and knowledge. Cathy Tauer is an innovator, and an expert and in horsemanship and horse camping.  Cathy knows first hand how quickly a weekend can be ruined when an injury or accident happens to either yourself or to your horse.  Cathy’s goal is to have you learn some new ways of doing things both in and out of the arena that will improve your time with your horse and for you to enjoy the little slice of heaven that horse camping brings.  For nothing can be better for a horse lover than camping with their horse.  Cathy undoubtedly is the preeminent authority in horsemanship, trail riding and horse camping and is currently writing a book and producing a DVD series which is scheduled for release summer of 2007. Cathy been recognized and featured in print, radio and on T.V. (June/July 2006 Women inc. magazine; May 2005 The Barrel Horse News Magazine; 12/04 and 03/04 Horse'n Around Equine monthly news publication MN; 04/04 Tack'nTogs trade magazine; 01/04 Paso Fino Horse World Magazine; 7/03 The Country Today Newspaper WI; 3/03 Tack'nTogs Magazine; 1/03 Tack'nTogs magazine; 4/03 Trail Blazer Magazine; 9/02 KCCO Twin Cities-Radio; 9/02 MN-DNR State Report; 6/00 Springfield Advance Press Newspaper; 1999 The Agri News-Magazine; 1999 KNUJ -94.7-Radio; 1998 KEYC-TV Mankato, MN; 1998 Redwood Gazette Newspaper  MN; 1998 Mankato Free Press Newspaper MN; 1998 The New Ulm Journal Newspaper MN; 1998 The Independent-Marshall Newspaper MN; 1988 The Rick Lamb-Radio Show-national broadcast).  to schedule a clinic  For more videos:    Product and Saddling Videos

How to set up a picket line:  View in order
Picket Line Duffel Bag
Picket Line Rope and Tree Saver Video:
Sure Knot Rope Cleat Video:
Picket Line Tightener  Video:
The Horse Positioner: Video for rope line  and  Video for cable or fixed line.

Picket Lead / Cross Tie Video:
Kangaroo Feed Bag Video:
The High Line Picket Pole:  Video

The Ranch Handler Horse Camping Cart  Video

Using fixed high line or picket line and keeping your horses safe.

Making more out of a "one only"  high line.
High line height can be too high.
Safely using a hitching rail / high line unit.
Making more room from a hitching rail / high line unit that was designed for two horses.
How a picket line can avoid a serious injury.

How to use a picket pole when picketing your horse.

My favorite, using just a pole to picket.

Portable Electric fencing. - Make sure you have enough room

The issues with electric fencing go around trees, too high, too low, double strand and push stakes in.

Portable panels/corrals

How high should a hitching rail be?

Camping horse stalls - doing it right.

Say NO to overnight trailer tying.
Choosing a safe camping place for your horse. Too Close for Comfort
Holding tails - when backing your horse out of your trailer
A corral suggestion
Considerations when using fixed corrals
A parks panel corrals - the way it should be done
Concrete curbs  and Double sites and concrete barriers part 2
Making room for your rig.
How horses can get loose using the wrong snap.

How to tie a Bowline knot.

How to tie a hitching knot (the one you use with horses).

Having a wash station and sand pit - nothing can feel better! (ask your park for these!)

The joy of a sand pit. - How campers make due when one is not provided.

The right height for water hydrants.

A tip for picket / high lines that are not attached to your vehicle - using bells to keep your horses safe.

How to avoid the dangers of a mesh / string hay bag.

What is the purpose of a Tree Saver or Tree Hugger?

Save our trees - stay away and use tree huggers/savers.

Clean up your manure and  Cleaning out your trailer and Leaving your manure behind- hope you feel better and The ultimate pig.
Hay forks, manure forks, what is the difference?  
Great people make great parks who accommodate the horse campers needs and provide The right tools to clean up - be responsible.
What does it take to get or what does a 4 star or a 4-smiley face☺☺☺☺rating on a horse campground mean?  Click here
How to palpate your horse before and after you ride - to make sure he is not getting sore from your equipment and excessive riding.
Part A - Part B - Part C

What is the difference between horses backs - asymmetrical? And do I have to use shims? Click here for that information

Saddling Videos - including how to do a safety check for all flexible panel saddles

What is the difference between a gaited horse and a trotting one. Click here for video

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----- Original Message -----
 From: "Michelle"
 To: <hillview@springfield-sanborn.net
 Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 9:20 AM
 Subject: Question about highlining
 Hi Cathy,

 First of all, THANK YOU for the wonderful website and videos of high lining.  I'm just getting started with horse camping, and I've got a lot to learn.  I will definitely be ordering some rope cleats.

 I have a question for you, though.  Some time back, I took my mare camping.  I had her high-lined correctly and safely, but she still got a rear foot over the leadline (when she reached forward to scratch her cheek  with her back foot).  She stepped down, panicked, twisted, and wound up on the ground with her back hoof basically tied to her chin--and her chin pinned to her chest.  She went down like a shot.  Luckily I happened to be  right there when it happened, and she only got a nasty rope burn.

 My question is this: I wonder if it would be safer to attach the lead rope to the crownpiece of the halter?  It seems like that would eliminate the type of incident I described.  But I wonder if there's something else I'm not anticipating.   What do you think?  I'd be very interested in your opinion.

 Michelle McArthur

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hill View Farms" <hillview@springfield-sanborn.net
To: "Michelle"
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: Question about highlining

 Hi Michelle.
Yes I have had that exact same happen and that is why I attach my picket rope to my horse trailer attached to my rig or attached directly to my rig using a picket pole to tie off one end of the picket or high line too. That way if I am sleeping or inside I can feel the tug and then rocking of my rig alerting me to danger.  If you were not there I'm sure your mare would have had a more sever burn.  I also ALWAYS run a picket rope that gives, for a cable or fixed type of pole/line will not and that adds to the severity of the injury.
As for where to tie off on a halter... to avoid her doing this again.... you can’t. Attach the lead where it is suppose to go.  Young and less camping experienced horses tend to scratch themselves and they can get their foot over their lead scratching, rolling, playing - you name it - they are  horses.
 So use a line that flexes, a halter that will pull apart and tie to your rig or use bells on a line that is not, so that you can quickly get up and lend  assistance.
 Happy Camping and thank you for your feedback!!
 P.S treat rope burns with destine baby butt ointment.  Works great for healing.
 ~Cathy "Helping one customer at a time"
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