For Sale Stanhope Gig by C.P. Kimball and Company 1905, Chicago, Illinois  Serial # 3093

Rare Horse Drawn Vehicle.  Stanhope Gig by C.P. Kimball and Company 1905, Chicago, Illinois  Serial # 3093Two wheeled gracefully styled carriage in an older maroon repaint.
This beautiful and fancy Gig is in solid condition, with intact hubs and wheels, axels and main undercarriage in useable condition with newly replaced fenders and dash.  This vehicle would look fabulous in Brewster Green (Rifle Green) with a few repairs it will be sound to drive.  It requires the correct lamps to fit the brackets, as it was purchased without lamps.  The brackets are correct and are a recast in bronze using originals from another Stanhope Gig as pattern.  All other metalwork and hardware is original to the vehicle and in solid condition.  The vehicles black button tufted wool broadcloth seat cushion is present and in relatively good condition.
For it to become a high quality show vehicle it needs some specific repair work. The swan neck ends of the shafts need to be replaced and a new Brewster Green paint job would be the icing on the cake.
The maker, C.P. Kimball and Company of Chicago was one of the most well respected builders and distributors of high quality two and four wheeled horse-drawn vehicles during the “carriage era” (1890-1910) in North America. A good number of their larger vehicles are known to have actually been built by Brewster and CO. of New York, who were the best of the custom carriage builders of the period.  The presence of a 4 digit serial number (3093) stamped into the upper face of the forward wooden seat framing, could possibly relate this specific vehicle to being of Brewster construction.  
The provenance of this vehicle is known and it has an interesting Canadian history. 
Size while seat is level:Length of shaft from whiffle tree to highest point in bend: 54 inchesHeight of shaft from ground at highest point of bend: 43.5 inchesHeight of seat from ground to top of seat (below cushion): 47.5 inchesWidth between shaft at highest point in bend: 26.5 inches
With proper work, this will be a beautiful and correct show vehicle to be put to a very special horse indeed. This vehicle is a very solid, rare, and worthy project which will have a wonderful end result. It would be best suited for a collector who also enjoys driving their vehicles and showing.  May consider offers and can help arrange shipping from this end. 
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Native Grassland as a Main Forage

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March 2019
Heidi Eijgel

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Almost a decade ago, I asked what I thought was a simple question. What exactly is the breakdown of nutrients required to build a healthy horse?  This was quickly followed by a second question.  How do I feed my horses solely on native grassland from August till April every winter, and put them on a more traditional feeding program for May to July, and be confident they are getting the correct nutrients?

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Most over the counter mineral mixes for horses have directions stating to feed with good quality hay.  Many in Southern Alberta have added selenium.  My third question was how much is too much selenium? With so many different supplements and complete feeds out there for horse owners to purchase for their animals, how can we be certain we are not overdoing certain minerals, and under feeding others?  Yeah, that is the fourth question.

My vet recommended I contact Amanda Kroeker, nutritionist and co-owner of ARK Nutrition and she had the answers and more.  But first, Amanda sent me off on a quest to discover the actual nutritional content of my pastures and hay.

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Nutritionist Amanda Kroaker, and Hoof Care Specialist Bob Laye consulting.

That first spring and summer I was sampling grass in all pastures, morning and evening.
I included a soil analysis done a few years ago to the mix, and also included the chemical analysis of our well water for a pretty complete picture of my horses input.  The pasture grass samples (primarily native grass) and the hay samples were sent for a Dairy One nutritional analysis, and that gave us the baseline of nutrient the herd was getting.

Next in this process was a farm visit.  Amanda Kroeker came out on a farm visit and assessed each and every horse in the herd.  She photographed their hooves, measured hoof temperature, looked at their coat quality and even took manure samples.  After synthesizing all the data, she put them in 6 groups; broodmares, developing youngsters, slightly overweight horses, stallion, other riding horses and retired horses.  An individual ration complementing our grassland and locally sourced hay was developed considering the specific workloads and duties of each animal.

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From competition horses to developing youngsters, broodmares and stallions, at Windy Coulee we are always striving to build healthy horses so we can offer the very best of the Canadian breed to our clients no matter what job that horse is going to do.

In the early days, there was no nutritional supplement that offered every component needed for an equine diet primarily made up of native pasture, so I was off buying ingredients and mixing them based on a formula developed by Amanda.   Nowadays, we purchase ARK Nutrition’s Synergy mineral, and complement it with a few extras to complete the ration.

Our horses deserve nothing less than a foundation of healthy food with the correct amount of nutrition, as well as balanced hoof and dental care, a superb vet on call, freedom and a herd environment, topped off with fair and kind horsemanship.

Put that all together and the best practice of Equine Stewardship is your bottom line.

Amanda explains equine nutrition clearly, logically and inspires you to do your best to help your horses health. We came up with some simple guidelines to guide her work at Windy Coulee Canadians:

  1. Use organic and local ingredients as much as possible (this supports Alberta/Canadian farmers who helped the land and the environment)
  2. No animal by-products or processed feed. 
  3. Keep it simple.

Amanda added a fourth guideline: Keep it affordable, and we have found keeping our whole herd on the program is possible.

Windy Coulee Canadian Horses has worked with ARK Nutrition since 2008. Thank you, Amanda, for supporting our ideals and keeping our Canadian horses healthy. www.arknutrition.ca

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History of the Canadian Horse