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Turning horses into more than just a hobby


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

One local family is making it a mission to help people find something they enjoy to do through horses. Husband and wife duo, Randy and Teresa Coyle, owners of Quarters by Coyle's, have turned their love for horses into more than just a hobby.

The Coyles grew up with horses being a large part of their lives from a young age. Teresa has been riding since she was two years old and broke her first horse when she was five years old with the help of her mother. When the Canton couple first dated, they would actually ride their horses to meet up. Teresa lived outside of Harmony and Randy lived outside of Canton. Randy joked that a guy will do just about anything, including riding a horse to see his girlfriend.

Their two boys aren't strangers to horses either. Taylor and Blaine started riding on the trails with their parents at a young age and continued their love of horses as they grew. The boys participated in competitive shows through 4-H and local saddle clubs. Although the boys are out of 4-H now, the family is still active in the Root River Saddle Club, which is a part of the Southeastern Minnesota Saddle Club Association. They participate in shows across the state and travel almost every weekend.

When the Coyles built a brand new horse facility a year ago, they had no idea how busy their upcoming year would be. At their brand new facility, they train, breed and board horses along with giving people horse-riding lessons.

Randy said that training horses other than their own was something he encouraged Teresa to do because he could see how great she was at training their own horses. "She was the only one who didn't see how well she could train a horse," Randy said.

Lessons are another service that the Coyles offer to people who are avid horse riders and looking to brush up their skills. Teresa said the lessons are also great for people who are just looking to experience their first horse ride. Teresa has given lessons to people ages four to 65.

Although she gives lessons to mostly individual people, Teresa has a lot of younger brother and sister pairs that come to her for lessons. Recently, the Rushford Ag class came out for a session and her first large group will be a session with the Mabel-Canton Community Education program.

"The best part about teaching lessons is seeing the smile on the students' faces when they come to the stable," Teresa said. "The smile and excitement they bring makes teaching .....
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A heritage of horsemanship

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Horse people. In this area, it's likely that you know at least one of them. In essence, they live and breath horses and the lifestyle that accompanies it. The countless hours of grooming, feeding, veterinary care, pasture management, and of course, ..... 
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Local resident participates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 1,500.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in ..... 
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Options to limit property taxes on Forested Land

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mel Baughman, professor and Extension Forester, University of Minnesota, led the group of farm and forest property owners through several options and programs that may be available to them to control the property tax bill on forested and some types ..... 
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Information session on Rural Energy for America Program

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rural Development is a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, designed to help not only low income persons to acquire, build, rehabilitate and improve dwellings in rural areas, but to help rural communities with funding fo ..... 
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Cover crop meeting March 10

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Ag producers interested in learning more about how to use cover crops in their own operations have an opportunity to learn from the experience of other farmers. A panel of local farmers will highlight their experiences with cover crops at a meeting ..... 
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Initiative pays farmers to compare fertilizer application rates

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

It's not too late to sign up for the 2010 Minnesota Nutrient Management Initiative, which is paying farmers $1,200 annually for comparing the profitability and productivity of two different fertilizer application rates on one of their fields. Farmer ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News - March 8, 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

SURE Signup

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance ..... 
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Pasture Walk Series to continue in 2010

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The last two years a series of events under the general title "Pasture Walks" have taken place in Southeast Minnesota. Generally, we have started with an indoor activity and then later in the summer gone to a number of farm locations to observe vari ..... 
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