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Spring Fever: Spring Risks Our Horses Face (Part 1)

58a55f33849e831a8c89b09a7df982feRight now spring seems like the answer to all our problems. We’re sick of the cold, the indoor and limited turnout for our furry friends. The weather is rapidly warming up but just as we faced winter risks, spring brings a new set of threats. Take the proper precautions when facing the following circumstances:

For those of us with an indoor, exercising our horses and keeping them in shape throughout the winter was easy.  For those of us who don’t, returning our horses back to a regular exercise routine takes not only patience but extreme care. Pay attention to your horses muscles, like us they can become sore and overworked. Additionally, be aware of overheating since heavy thick coats still haven’t shed out completely. If you have a horse that sweats a lot be sure to provide plenty of water to replenish and hydrate. You may want to consider giving electrolytes or adding Gatorade or apple juice to buckets to entice water intake.

April showers bring May flowers…. And a muddy mess. The only thing worse than an iced over ring is a swampy one. The boot sucking, shoe sucking mud is a breeding ground for fungus, infection and lameness. Clean and dry your horse’s legs well after being out in the mud. The only benefit to the mud…? It’s not hard when/if you hit it.

So break out the brushes and wash those muddy legs, even though we are all relieved that winter is over, there are still risks present, but for the warm weather they might be risks we are willing to take.

My Confession you ask, you’re never too old to play in the mud. 

Girl (3-5) playing in mud

 

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,

Christine
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Hobby Horse’s Show Season Supply List

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Show season is finally here!! After a long grueling winter it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Even though it’s been a while since your last show, don’t panic, just check your checklist. This list should provide some of your basic essentials for your horse show needs.

Horses Outfit             Show Outfit                          Extras

□   Bridle                   □     Jacket                          □   Halter and Lead

□   Saddle pad                 Shirt                            □   Crop/Spurs

□   Additional pads      □   Pants                              □   Standing Wraps      

□   Girth                    □   Socks                             □   Pillow wraps

□   Boots                   □   Tall Boots                        □   Grooming Kit

 □   Saddle                 □   Helmet—hairnet               □   Cooler/Scrim/ Rain Sheet

                                □   Gloves                           □   Lunge Line/Whip

                                □   Belt                               □   Checkbook

 

With this simple checklist it’s much easier to keep yourself organized. Use our checklist or sit down create your own specific to you and your horse’s needs.

 

My confession you ask, Nothing on this list will do you any good without your horse, ask me how i know 😉 ……

 

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

 

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Mane-tenance

Mane-tenance

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After a long winter full of unruly manes, we reach the point in time where it is necessary that we actually do something with the mangled messes we call manes. Whether we are heading into show season, or not, we start to pull, cut and clip our horses back into show ready steeds. There are many methods of mane care, most simply we can pull our horses manes, but there are plenty of ways get our horses hair back in order.

Pulling manes is not our only option. Another popular approach to taming the tangles is roaching. Roaching a horse’s mane is typically the easier of the two since it is essentially a glorified crew cut for horses. Roaching is extremely useful for torn, tangled/unruly manes or even manes that are having a hard time growing evenly onto one side of the neck. Roaching can help these unmanageable manes restore themselves and return to a smooth manageable condition. Although this may provide a quick and simple solution, keep in mind that a roached mane can take a full year to grow back in fully. Plan accordingly!
Although pulling a mane is much more time consuming it is probably more common. Mane pulling is often used to shorten or thin out the mane. Contrary to popular belief you can’t just cut it…in fact, please DON’T just cut it. Pulled manes are much more manageable and even than cut manes. Similar to “people hair” the shorter the hair, the less tangles. Pulling a mane is pretty easy to both learn and execute. Click on the link below for a video showing how to pull your horse’s mane.

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Of course easier methods have been developed, Solo Combs and mane stripping combs have emerged onto the scene with tremendous popularity. Mane stripping combs are simply a regular pulling comb with a razor edge making it easy to rip the mane.  With this tool just be conscious of your fingers against the sharp edges. The Solo Comb uses the same pulling process but utilizes a hybrid of scissors, pulling comb and razor with a handle to facilitate the process.

So, my confession you ask? We’ve all had HORRIBLE hair days.  More likely than not, we’ve taken scissors to both our own hair as well as our horses.

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,

Christine

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