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Beat The Heat

Preventative measures to take with your horses in the heat

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Summer decided to show its face later than usual this year. At first we all thought we would get through this mild summer “unbothered”—Mother Nature however had other plans. The recent humidity combined with the high temperatures can be detrimental to your horse’s health. Taking the proper precautions can help you and your horse stay healthy and safe during these periods of extreme heat.

Pay attention to your horse’s water intake. To prevent a serious problem before it begins, make sure a lot of fresh, clean water is provided so your horse has plenty of opportunities to drink. In the summer, as horses sweat they lose hydration much quicker. This process is amplified when it is humid. Horses sweat to dissipate the heat. In humid conditions less heat can dissipate. This makes humid conditions the most dangerous for both horse and rider. If exhibiting signs of dehydration or lack of desire to drink water, try using an electrolyte to entice water consumption. You can also add Gatorade and/or apple juice to their water or even hang salt in their stall or paddock!

Try to make sure your horse has shade. When they get turned out or when you are simply grazing make sure you try to find a nice shady spot so the direct sun isn’t heating your horse and raising their body temperature.

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Get to know your horses and their habits. Pay attention to anything they may be telling you about how their feeling. Heat exhaustion will present itself in a few ways but the most prominent are lethargy, loss of appetite or unwillingness to drink, elevated heartbeat, heavy breathing and usually a raised temperature. A normal temperature for a horse can range from 98-101 if the temperature is over 102 there is reason for concern. In the case of overheating, call a vet and begin trying to cool your horse’s body temp. Hose your horse and put him in front of a fan or even consider rubbing him down with alcohol!

The heat can be very to deal with for both horse and rider. It is important to pay attention to how your horse is handling the extreme temperatures. Don’t forget to take care of yourself as well, the heat can have the same harsh effects on us.

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

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A Salute To The Mayor

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As horse lovers we view our animals as more than pets. They are family, our soulmates and for most of us our first true love. From the moment we lay our eyes on them, we just know… we’re hooked, head over heels, end of story. Unfortunately, what no one tells you about falling so deeply in love is how much it can hurt.

Early last week our boss and longtime friend, Christine Moser, was faced with the difficult decision to put her horse down after discovering a fractured vertebra in his neck. Solmir was a once in a life time horse, THE horse; who in his 34 years fell in love with Christine just as hard as she fell for him.

Solmir had a heart of gold, but it was indisputable who it belonged to. He decided early on upon entering the Johnson and Wales equestrian program that there was only room for one girl in his life—and that was Christine. She was it—his person, and he was her little black dress–that she wore just right. Slowly, Soli began to tell everyone, and those who refused to listen got taken for quite the ride, literally… Having a 17.3 hand horse can be hard to handle, but when he makes it obvious that he’s a taken man and puts his hoof down…it’s even harder, just ask any rider at Johnson and Wales who rode Solmir, usually, rather unsuccessfully.

His demeanor matched his physical presence, grand yet elegant, loving yet loyal. He was a caretaker, he watched over everyone and everything at the barn—Stanhope Stables—and knew when anything was amiss. That’s probably how he got his nickname “The Mayor”.

Losing your best friend and love of your life is not easy. Grieving takes time and memories will make you cry, and keep crying. Eventually the memories will make you smile and offer solace. There is no way to prepare for such a loss, even if you think you’re ready, chances are you’re not. I will say… I don’t think time heals all wounds. For those who say it does, I say you have never experienced loss. Time doesn’t heal, but it facilitates.

Although Solmir is no longer with us physically he has forever left a hoof print in our hearts. It is clear that he made quite an impact considering the hundreds of condolences and memories on Facebook, but we didn’t think that was quite enough…

A Tribute to Solmir and Christine

“The more I think about it the more I think Soli was a guardian angel… I’m actually positive of it. Of course he still is, now more than ever, but here in the physical he served such a great purpose. It is such a rare occasion to love and be loved unconditionally and unselfishly. Christine and Soli did just that, the connection undeniable and beautiful. I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with Solmir, but when I did he told me stories. He was so soulful, just by looking into his eyes you could tell he had so much to say, so much to tell and so much love to give” – Cait Fanning

“Throughout the years I have seen and heard about the relationship Christine and Solmir had. When Christine talked about Soli her eyes lit up and she was always be expressing details about the love and adventures they shared” –Kim Bulmer

““When two souls connect in recognition the entire world goes silent” –Lenita Vangellis That is how Christine and Solmir were, true soulmates.  They were a sight to behold in the ring and in the barn. He told the best stories and always had a glint in his eye when he was up to something ( orrrr about to take off). I’m grateful to have had a relationship with Solmir and to witness firsthand the bond between them.” –Kim Baker

“As the proclaimed “Mayor of Stanhope”, Solmir was always watching over Amelia and I. Even with his wet hay cube kisses, he was always curious and interested in everything going on around him and it was a comfort having him there. I am so thankful to have been a part of his life—it was to know true love to know Christine and Solmir.—Allie Boehm

“I’ve met a lot of horses and horse owners as a veterinarian. I knew from the first story Christine told me about Soli that they had a special bond. His personality was like none other and the love they shared only grew in all these years—you only had to meet Soli or Christine once to know that. I am so glad I was able to share in that bond, even if for a short time. They were so lucky to have each other”—Emily Olsen

“I will always remember, not too long after we became friends, riding in the indoor together. Christine and I switched horses. I jumped a 4’ cross rail on Soli—at least he thought he needed to just it that big—while Christine rode Connor who was always very well behaved (except for that day). We both nearly came off that day”—Andrea Misuraca

Although the outpouring of emotions, memories and kind gestures was grand, we welcome you (and encourage you) to continue and help us pay tribute. Comment on our blog or on our Facebook page; write us any memories you may have, even if it’s just seeing Christine and Soli in passing.

We love you Christine and we are here for you through this experience just as you have been there for us through, well, just about everything.

Love,
Us.

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SPLISH SPLASH, You’re Getting A Bath!

1b6d6ebbc64539eeb30b30fc6ec6e540With temperatures climbing it’s officially one of my favorite times of year, BATHING SEASON! Although my horse might hate me he will be squeaky sparkly clean. Here are a few helpful bathing reminders to keep you and your horse happy.

1.      Pick the right place and time: Chances are if it’s too cold for you to get wet, it’s too cold for your horse to get wet. If it is on the chillier side make sure you bring a cooler with you to the wash stall. Pick a grassy or concrete location. This will prevent the creation of one big mud puddle which negates the whole bathing process, and is terrible for your pony’s feet.

2.      Water is not good for hooves: Use some Vaseline or hoof oil before you bathe to help deflect the excess water.

3.      Shampoo: Shampoo can often dry out the skin. We suggest that you put the recommended amount of shampoo in a bucket and mix it with water. Rinse your horses coat thoroughly and don’t use shampoo on places that can be difficult to rinse, like the face.

4.      Sponges: Similarly to brushes, don’t share sponges. This will help prevent the spread of germs.

5.      Comfort: Make sure the water isn’t too cold. Let’s be real do you want to be hosed down with freezing cold water? The answer to that is definitely no, so don’t do it to your horse! 56cb28a989556ac1d0ea4268b01503bf

Remember, that a nice long date with the curry comb will do the same trick as a bath. It might take a little longer, and you may need some extra elbow grease. BUT it helps you get your guns ready for the summer season and keeps your horses coat shiny and clean. Consider taking the time to curry and only give a bath when absolutely necessary to avoid dry skin and hoof issues.

 

So, my confession you ask? My horse has more hair and bathing products than i do,
and that is a tough accomplishment to reach.
 
May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Christine
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