Confessions of A Horse Mom

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Common Household items, Barn Essentials… OR BOTH

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Horses are an expensive hobby. If you’re short on time or cash don’t worry—take a look around your house and/or garage to find these barn must-haves. Check out these cheap and easy solutions to some of your problems.

  • Tuna fish cans, cleaned out of course, make great bridle hooks.
  • Duct tape is an essential friend of any horse person. (You can fix almost anything with duct tape)
  • Diapers act as padded slippers for abscesses or foot injuries.
  • Dryer sheets—not only act as an air freshener during the sweaty, stinky summer, but also as bug repellent for the rider. Stick one in your pocket or top of your boot when you ride.
  • Dish soap can go a long way in the wash stall giving baths. Dawn Dish soap specifically can also remove oil stains from your pants.
  • Listerine is extremely useful to wash/disinfect buckets and leave your barn smelling minty fresh.
  • Corn oil can be an alternative for hoof oil for your horse’s hooves.

In addition to these substitutes check out our alternative option of the week to learn how to make your own products! A new alternative option will be featured ever week!

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Alternative Options of the Week
Sore Muscle Liniment

20 drops of wintergreen
10 drops of peppermint
10 drops of juniper
5 drops of jasmine
5 drops of ginger
½ – 1 cup of Epsom salt
1 bucket of water

Place the oils in the Epsom salts. Dissolve the Epsom salt mixture in the bucket using some warm water. You can use Aloe Vera instead of water to make a more gel solution.

So, My confession you ask?
Sometimes i borrow toothbrushes to clean my bit, that’s my alternative 😉

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Christine
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Track Talk: The Belmont Stakes

14422838395_56e0211407_bThe final race of the Triple Crown is here and excitement is buzzing at Belmont as people place their bets with anticipation weighing on their minds—Will American Pharaoh win the next Triple Crown? There have only been 11 horses to successfully win the Triple Crown, the last winner, Affirmed, was in 1978, roughly 37 years ago.

The Belmont, like all the other crown races, has its very own signature flower—the white carnation—a seemingly simple flower for such an extravagant event. Of all the crown races it is deemed the most grueling with a running distance of 1 ½ miles naming it the oldest and longest race. Winners receive the Belmont Stakes trophy, a beautifully crafted, Tiffany-made, silver bowl. The winning owner is given the option to keep the trophy for the year that their horse reigns as the Belmont champion.
There is great potential for American Pharaoh to be the 12th Triple Crown winner, but only time will tell how he handles this demanding test.

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Belmont Remembers and Pays Tribute

Before races, the horses circle the walking ring inside Belmont Park around a statue of Secretariat. The statue honors the record setting horse that has still, to this day, never been beaten. Secretariat was a truly remarkable athlete and many horses are still compared to him today.

Ruffian was an impressive black filly that died in a match race against Foolish Pleasure on the Belmont grounds. After suffering a bad break during the match race her jockey tried desperately to pull her up but she pushed through and continued running. This filly is the epitome of the heart and dedication both jockeys and horses have to this sport. She will forever be remembered as having the heart of a lion; a horse that had what it took to win a triple crown, but unfortunately will never have the chance to show us. She is buried in the infield of Belmont with her nose pointed toward the finish line.                                                      

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Good Luck and safest of rides to both horses and jockeys. See you at the post at 6:50 pm.

So, my confession you ask? These horses give us the chills.

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Cait&Kimmy
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The Low Down on Cool Downs

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Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, the unofficial start to the summer, and the temperatures are quickly rising. We’ve already had a few days in the mid 80’s and if you have a horse that hasn’t been clipped or isn’t fully shed out, you’ve got a sweaty, hot mess on your hands. Overheating can lead to huge problems, needless to say, cooling down is VERY important.

Contrary to popular belief jumping off your horse and running to the wash stall to hose him/her will NOT cool them down. Standing still in a wash stall getting soaked with freezing cold water will just lead to tense, tight muscles. Water sitting on your horse’s body prevents the heat from escaping; making your horse hotter than when you started. This is where the handy dandy sweat scraper comes in. If you chose the hosing route, scrape after each spray so the water doesn’t have a chance to heat and insulate.

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Cool your horse as quickly as possible and try sponging hot spots or major blood vessels instead of a full body soak. Use cool water to sponge down the bottom of the neck, chest and “armpits” for the maximum cooling effect.While everyone seems to be in such a rush these days, the most beneficial way to cool down your horse is a nice old fashioned walk after riding. Leave yourself enough time to drop your reins to the buckle, loosen your girth and any constricting nose bands/straps and allow the muscles to naturally stretch and cool.

 

Overheating is a huge concern for horses. Check your horse’s water—be sure it is plentiful—and make sure they are drinking. Consider adding an electrolyte for the hot summer months to ensure proper water intake. Dehydration is dangerous year round but especially in the summer.

So, my confession you ask? I HATE being sprayed with the hose.
I always feel bad for my horse when the water is freezing.

May there always be a hoof print next to your footprint,
Christine
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