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Considered by many to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of all, horseback riding can be fun, intriguing and always enjoyable. However, it is well worth knowing a few simple horseback-riding tips as a way to stay safe and make the most out of any riding session. For example, experts always recommend knowing when to get off of a horse. One of the best ways to avoid an accident is to make the wise decision to get off a horse and then regroup. Horses trip and riders get thrown off all the time. Good Judgment In short, always trust your instincts and get off of a horse if you feel t ...

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Family Center Farm & Home is proud to carry Martin Saddlery, the highest quality saddles found on the market today. Martin's talented and passionate craftsmen focus their undivided attention to the fine details every rider is looking for. Each saddle is hand-crafted, individually assembled, specialized by discipline and built to provide a better fit for the horse and rider's needs. Martin is dedicated to giving a superior fit, function and value in a saddle. Consult with our knowledgeable staff to choose the perfect Martin Saddle today!

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Family Center Farm & Home is a proud retailer of STIHL trimmers, “Your Best Line of Defense Against Grass, Weeds and Brush”. http://www.stihlusa.com/ There is nothing more frustrating than unreliable lawn equipment so for those of you that appreciate a well-groomed landscape and want quality equipment, STIHL is your brand. They come in a wide variety of handle variations with features including interchangeable cutting heads, fuel-efficient engines, anti-vibration technology and durability. For our environmentally conscious consumers, we offer electric and lithium-ion battery powered tr ...

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Family Center Farm & Home, your one-stop farm and ranch supply store, is excited to bring you “Chick Days”! Come early for the best selection, no minimums and no pre-orders necessary. Our Harrisonville location in the Mill Walk Mall at 2601 Cantrell Road will be hosting this fun event on April 18th or visit our Paola store at 808 Baptiste Drive on May 2nd. Both events are from 10am-1pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Western style boots were originally made for protection when herding cattle and riding horses but with the rise in popularity of western radio shows and movies in the 1920's, cowboy boots started being seen as a fashion item as well. Today there are thousands of different styles, colors, materials, piping and stitching to choose from in both traditional and fashionable boots. When you are shopping for a new pair of boots, there are several things to consider. It is a good idea to try them on for proper fit so if you are shopping online, be sure to check your store's return policy. If you ar ...

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Family Center Farm & Home is excited to offer printable coupons on our website homepage.  Check out our discount offers on everything from pet food and birdseed to clothing, work boots and power equipment. There are also coupons available for our power equipment service department. Springtime is the perfect time to do yearly maintenance on your mowers, trimmers and other yard work equipment so take advantage of these discount coupons and get your equipment in optimal condition. It's quick and easy to utilize these deals, simply click on the coupon you desire and print or if you are needin ...

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Zero turn radius mowers (ZTRs) are quickly becoming the king of lawn mowing for commercial and residential usage. Their larger engines and deck sizes enable consumers to move faster and cut more grass with each pass decreasing mowing time. For professional mowing companies, this means higher profit margins and for homeowners, more free time These mowers have an advantage over traditional riding lawn mowers with the ability to get closer to objects such as trees and retaining walls eliminating the need for a trimmer. Their rear mounted engines provide an unobstructed view for the driver resulti ...

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Because not all gasoline is the same, there are some things you should know about ethanol before fueling your STIHL power equipment. Most of the gasoline sold in the United States contains ethanol and US law only allows a 10% ethanol content (E10) fuel to be used in power equipment. Filling station pumps should be labeled with ethanol content but if they are not, you should ask the attendant before purchasing fuel for your equipment. Varnish and gum deposits can form inside your equipment's engine. Ethanol can, in turn, dissolve these deposits causing them to become dislodged, mixing with t ...

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There didn't used to be many options for feeding horses besides grass and hay. Adding oats was one of the few choices available when a horse was having trouble maintaining it's weight. The introduction of a wide range of commercial horse feed has changed the way we feed the modern horse. It is important to understand each individual horse's body condition, age, workload, medical issues, caloric intake and energy output when planning their nutrition regimen. Commercial feed is easy to handle and makes rationing simple. It is easy for the animals to digest due to it's uniformity and consiste ...

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Allowing time each week for regular maintenance of your leather horse tack and horse saddles can greatly extend it's life. As leather ages and is exposed to the elements it loses it's essential fats and oils which can lead to cracking, splitting and warping. Routine maintenance and proper maintenance equipment will replenish those essential oils keeping the leather soft, supple and clean. Proper storage of your tack away from sun, heat and humidity is also important. Products necessary when caring for your leather saddles and other tack are glycerin or ph balanced saddle soap, castile ...

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