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Beat the Heat!

With the recent dangerously high temperatures it might be useful to republish two very helpful articles and obtain some tips for heat stress.   Overall heat stress can occur when the temperature plus humidity is equal or greater than 140, the humidity is over 75 percent or the heat index is over 96 percent. "Be very careful trailering or riding horses in this weather.  Make sure horses have a lot of water, shade and electrolytes,”  advises Julie Stenslie of Wildwood Farm. According to Heat Stress in Horses by Kentucky Equine Research staff published March 3, 2011;  “Horses dissipate...

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Mother Daughter Trail Ride

Most of my life I have been an arena princess but I recently became a trail blazer and decided that one of my goals was to  go trail riding with my eleven-year-old daughter.   Last year for her first trail ride I lead her on the horse.  The next time we participated in a mom daughter trail ride.  The barn moms took the horses out on a short trail ride while leaving the kids at the trail head.  Then we came back and gave the horses to the daughters to go on the same short trail.  Finally a few weeks ago I borrowed a friends Arabian horse and Gabi and I hit the trails alone. The day started...

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Horse Show Tips

It's been almost 20 years since I last showed a horse so this time around I am letting my daughter enjoy the experience and we have learned some pretty useful tips this year that I will share with you.  It would be even better if you could share your tips with us!   At our first show we had the opportunity to sit next to experienced horse competitors.  As soon as they parked their trailer they unpacked their small collapsible table/chairs, Quik shade instant canopy and a garbage bag.  I never thought to bring along anything besides a few chairs and a cooler.  For our second show we followed...

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Relief with Liniment

Fortunately there are many choices when it comes to liniments: gels, sprays, cream and oil just to mention a few.  Which one is best for you and your horse?  That will depend on you and sometimes your veterinarian.  Personally I have used a ready mixed liniment diluted with water to cool my horse in the summer.  I fill a small bathing bucket with cold water and add about ¼ cup of liniment.  I apply it with a large sponge and then use a horse squeegee to scrape off the remaining moisture.  Another convenient option is to take the concentrate and put it in a spray bottle and dilute with water....

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