How to Camp With Your Horse

1.Call ahead and visit the camping site you want to stay at to make sure horses are allowed. Make reservations if necessary.
2.Prepare your horse. Camping horses should be experienced in packing and walking on trails; familiar with restraints; familiar with loading and hauling; accustomed to standing tied; used to crossing downed obstacles and boggy areas; used to the crinkling noises of maps and plastic rain gear; not afraid of hikers with packs or other animals; shod; wormed and vaccinated.
3.Check to see if certified seed-free feed is required for the area. This type of hay prevents the spread of non-native plants. Get your horse used to the hay before you leave.
4.Bring the following: saddle pad, bags, saddle, combs, brushes, hoof pick, blanket, halter, lead rope, feed and water buckets, breast strap, hobbles or a high picket line, grain or oats, hay, fly repellent, fly mask, equine first aid kit and a rake, along with all your camping gear.
5.Find out if a Coggins test and health papers are required for the area.
6.Ask if there is drinking water available for horses, if streams are potable, if horses can forage, if special permits are required and if a corral can be set up.
7.Tie your horse with a high line attached between two trees. Use a "tree safe" strap (one that doesn't cut or dig into bark) around the tree to protect it.
8.Remember to spread out manure to aid in decomposition and reduce flies. 
Tie high lines (a lead rope that allows the horse to lie down and rest) high enough that when a lead rope is attached and hangs loose, the halter snap hangs 2 feet above the ground.
Don't use nylon rope for high lines - they stretch and sag.
Tie horses 10 feet apart with knots that won't slide on the line.
High lines should be made of 1/2-inch hemp or a multifilament poly rope.
Haul out what you haul in. 
Don't take horses where they aren't allowed.
Don't take a horse camping that has never been trail-ridden before.   

How to Read Used Car Classified Ads

1.Figure out the type of vehicle it is by checking out these abbreviations. LB: long-bed pickup truck; P/U: pickup truck; XTRA CAB: two small seats or extra room behind the front seats in a pickup truck; WGN: station wagon; HB: hatchback.
2.Find out what kind of shape the car's in when you read these abbreviations. EX COND: excellent condition; G COND: good condition; CLN: clean (in good shape).
3.Know what extras it has with these abbreviations. CASS: stereo system with a cassette tape player; CD: stereo system with a CD player; LTHR: leather interior; LOADED: has all extras and options; MNRF: moonroof/sunroof; S/R or SNRF: sunroof; CONV: convertible top; A/C: air conditioning.
4.Understand how many wheels are being employed when you see the following. FWD: front-wheel drive; RWD: rear-wheel drive; 2 WD: two-wheel drive; 4 WD: four-wheel drive; OD: overdrive; PS: power steering; ABS: anti-lock braking system.
5.Get a good sense of the engine from these notations. CID: cubic inches displacement, which indicates engine size; CC: cubic centimeters, which indicates engine size; DOHC: direct overheat camshaft; EFI: fuel injection; ENG: engine; 3/4/5/6/8 CYL: number of cylinders the engine has; MPG: miles per gallon.
6.Determine if it's standard or automatic transmission by reviewing the following. STD: standard transmission (stick shift); TRANS: transmission; A/T: automatic transmission; 4 SP(D): four-speed manual transmission; 5 SP(D): five-speed manual transmission (has overdrive); 2/4 DR: two or four doors.
7.Consider the price when you see these notes. K: thousands of miles or dollars; BO: best offer; OBO: or best offer. BO and OBO indicate that you can negotiate the price. 
Warnings: Never buy a used car without having it checked out by a mechanic first.   

How to Avoid Chiggers

1.Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Tuck the pants inside your socks, and tuck the shirt into your pants. Also, be sure your shoes don't have any spots with mesh ventilation, or chiggers could get in there.
2.Spray insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) on your shoes and around your ankles, socks and waist.
3.Buy 100 percent sulfur powder at a pharmacy. Before heading outside, sprinkle some sulfur powder around your ankles, waist and underarms. This is remarkably effective against chiggers.
4.Avoid walking through waist-high weeds, brushing against thickets and tall grass, and sitting down in the grass.
5.Undress immediately after your exposure to chigger habitat and take a warm, soapy shower. Pay special attention to scrubbing the areas around your ankles, waistline, underarms and anywhere there are folds or creases in your skin.
6.Wipe the "chigger hot spots" (ankles, waistline) down with a bit of rubbing alcohol.
7.Have someone examine you for chiggers. Remember that they're extremely tiny, but if you find one soon after being outside, you can remove it before it starts biting.
8.Wash the clothes you wore outside before putting them on again. 
Chigger season in the United States generally runs from early spring to late summer.
Chiggers are also called red bugs because of their bright red-orange color. It's the larvae that attack humans.
Although chigger bites are extremely irritating, chiggers are not known to cause any diseases in the United States.
If you've been bit by a chigger, the site will typically start itching like mad after a few hours. The irritation can last up to two weeks. See "How to Recognize Chigger Bites," under Related Hows, for information on how to recognize and treat the bites.
Fill an old sock with sulfur powder, tie it off at the top, and pat the sock against your ankles and waist to leave a small amount of powder without making a mess.
Some commercial products to use for chiggers are Chigg-away and Chigarid. 
Warnings: Read the label carefully on insect repellents containing DEET. Generally, repeated application is not recommended for a child, and other cautions may apply.   

How to Tone Your Arms on an Airplane

1.Hold your carry-on bag or bags close to your body as you're boarding the plane. With your arms bent at a 90-degree angle, your body upright and your bags close to your body, you'll give your biceps a challenging workout.
2.Place the palms of your hands together with your elbows pointing out to the sides. Push your palms together as hard as you can and hold the position.
3.Grab a heavy book, a stack of magazines or a Sunday newspaper, and with your arms extended directly in front of you (elbows slightly bent), hold the position as long as you can.
4.Placing one hand on either armrest, gently straighten your arms as though you're going to stand up. Try not to use your legs to assist you. Return to your seated position and repeat. This modified dip can be done with your seat belt fastened loosely around your waist for added resistance.
5.Raise your shoulders up by your ears. Hold. Then relax and repeat.
6.Straighten your arms slowly above your head toward the ceiling while holding a carry-on bag or book close to your body, moving as if you're going to turn on your reading light. Return to the starting position and repeat. 
A last-minute dash to the gate can make for an excellent warm-up.
Enroll the passengers next to you to do the exercises with you.
Be respectful of the passengers sitting around you. 
Always follow the safety guidelines set forth by the airline.
The majority of the exercises can be done while wearing your seat belt. 

How to Give Your Mate a Manicure

1.Sit across from each other with a table between you, and make sure your supplies are within easy reach.
2.Remove old nail polish, if applicable, with a commercial nail polish remover. Image a.)
3.Have your mate soak his or her hands in a dish of warm water. Image b.)
4.Remove hands from water and pat off the excess moisture.
5.Pour a generous dollop of hand lotion into your hands and begin to massage your mate's hands. Start with the fingers and work your way towards the wrist, adding more lotion as needed. Image c.)
6.Slather on even more lotion and place hands in plastic bags. Wrap warm towels around them or slip on mitts; let lotion soak in for at least 15 minutes. Image d.)
7.Remove plastic bags and massage leftover lotion into hands.
8.Buff nails. End here if not applying polish.
9.Gently push back cuticles with an orange stick. Image e.)
1..Put on base coat and allow it to dry. Apply two coats of the polish of choice, if desired. Image f.) click photos to enlarge  
Tips: Allow polish to dry between coats. You can use clear polish as both a base and top coat.   

How to Know if a Teenager Is at Risk for Suicide

1.Notice if your teenager talks about suicide or makes statements that indicate suicidal thoughts. For example: "I wish I were dead," "I hate myself," "The world would be better without me".
2.Ask your teenager directly, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" If the answer is yes, ask, "What are you thinking about doing?"
3.In a calm, caring manner, question your teenager about his or her suicide plan: when, where, and how he or she is thinking about doing it and whether there are actual, available means to do it - meaning access to pills, a gun, a rope, etc.
4.Listen carefully to how carefully calculated the plan is. The more specific the plan, the more serious the thoughts of suicide.
5.Show empathy and understanding rather than sounding panicky, irritated or upset. Allow your teen to express thoughts and feelings openly.
6.Stay with your teen until you determine the immediate danger of a suicide attempt has passed. Call your doctor and tell him or her you think your child may be suicidal and you need help right away.
7.Take immediate action to protect your teen if the plan is carefully calculated and you think the danger of suicide is immediate. Call 911 or take your teen to the emergency room. 
Directly asking an adolescent if he or she is thinking about suicide does not create suicidal thoughts or "put the idea in his or her head". Asking about suicidal feels allows the two of you to talk openly about thoughts and feelings, which can be very helpful.
If you are not with the teenager, but know where he or she is, you can still call 911. They know what to do and will take the teen to the hospital if necessary.   

How to Create a Gift Basket for a New Father

Choosing the Gifts and Basket
1.Select from the following: a large Dad mug, bags of ground coffee, a double photo frame for the office, a new Dad T-shirt, books on fatherhood, disposable cameras, high-energy snacks (to double as breakfast), and a mini photo album for the office. Image a.)
2.Bring his favorite dessert when you visit, especially if he doesn't like to cook or bake.
3.Pick a basket style. Your choices include those with one handle, with two side handles or without handles. Make certain the basket is large enough to hold the gifts you have selected.
4.Decide on the color of the basket by choosing one that complements the family's home decor. If in doubt, choose a neutral color by selecting a natural wicker basket. Image b.)
5.Use shredded paper filling to make the gifts fit snugly in the basket.
6.Buy a humorous greeting card for a new dad. click photos to enlarge  Packing the Basket
7.Wrap each present with a colorful gift wrap.
8.Put a layer of shredded paper filling on the bottom of the basket.
9.Place the wrapped gifts vertically or horizontally in the basket, as space allows, pushing the filling between gifts to ensure a very snug fit. Cover some of the gifts completely with the filling to create mini surprises when the basket is unpacked.
1..Place the basket in the center of a large piece of clear or tinted cellophane gift wrap. You may need two pieces of the wrap to completely cover a large basket.
1..Bring all sides of the wrap to a few inches above the top of the basket. Secure the wrap by tying it with a long, colorful ribbon.
1..Tape your greeting card onto the wrap. 
Overall Tips:
With the disposable camera, take several pictures of the new father holding his baby and a few of the entire new family together. Always take more than one photo in case someone blinks.
Spend as much or as little as you want. Even a small gift basket will be appreciated if it contains items the father will use.
Remember that the basket will be reused in the home. Look for unusual baskets in arts and crafts stores.
Find colorful shredded paper filling in arts and crafts stores.   

How to Renew License Plates Online

1.Check the date on your renewal form - strict penalties apply if you are late.
2.Make sure you have the necessary funds available on your credit or debit card.
3.Determine that you have not moved since receiving your renewal notice.
4.Make sure your renewal notice has an RIN Number.
5.Ensure that your smog certification is filed with the DMV (if needed). If it is not and one is required, you will not be able to renew online.
6.File your insurance with the DMV if required.
7.Locate your state DMV Web site. (See Related Sites for assistance.)
8.Complete the online information and submit it. Make sure that the site offers secure data transfer. 
This procedure is also known as renewing your vehicle registration, and can apply to boats and motorcycles as well as cars.
Not all states allow you to renew your registration online.
Record your confirmation number and keep it with a copy of your bill.
The DMV may charge you an additional fee for renewing online.
Make sure your payment gets credited immediately. 
Warnings: Make sure you pay on time - the penalties for late payments are pretty stiff. 

How to Buy a Classic Dodge

1.Know that the most collectable Dodge cars are the Chargers, Superbees and Challengers built from 1966 to 1971. These cars have become quite popular as collector cars in the last 10 years.
2.Consider a Charger or a Superbee for excellent, straight-line performance and great, tough looks.
3.Choose a Challenger or a Dart GTS for a car with better all-around performance.
4.Focus on cars equipped with the special engines, such as the 440-6 or Hemi, if you want your car to increase in value. Convertibles add big bucks as well.
5.Know that Dodge built some exciting cars prior to 1966. These are increasingly rare, and car parts are difficult to locate.
6.Avoid cars built after 1971 or cars that have been extensively modified. Also watch out for clones. For example, with a few simple modifications a Coronet can be made to look like a Superbee. And if the car doesn't have the original engine or drivetrain, it won't hold its value well.
7.Realize that these cars were relatively inexpensive when they were built, and most were driven hard. Look for signs of rust and abuse. 
Some of the cars described above are getting quite expensive. For cars with similar performance, look for a Coronet with a 383 or a Dart with a 340.
Updates will add to your enjoyment, such as modern tires and suspension upgrades. But keep the original equipment if you choose this route.   

How to Find Restaurant Reviews Online

1.Click on the related sites provided below to view websites with restaurant review information.
2.Or for additional information, visit a search engine such as Google or Lycos.
3.Type in keywords "restaurant reviews." Add a specific restaurant, city name, or zip code to narrow your search.
4.Press Enter on your keyboard or click the Search button to submit your query.
5.Click on a site that best suits your interests or needs from the list of search results provided by the search engine.
6.Follow the directions provided by the site to learn what reviewers had to say about certain eateries.
7.Click the Back button on your web browser to return to the list of search results and choose another site to explore. 
CuisineNet provides an extensive resource of reviews from restaurants in many major U.S. cities.
Find other diners' opinions by checking online message boards or cast an online vote to rate your experience at a restaurant.