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Remember the Hot Summer?

Living in Minnesota is not for the light hearted, especially with our weather. It can change more than 40 degrees in one day.  I have heard a lot of complaining recently with the cold spells we have been enduring, and I reflected back on our hot summer.  Interestingly enough a lot of the same principles for taking care of your horse in extreme weather apply: lots of water, electrolytes and to be careful when riding or trailering.  So here is a reminder from my August 18 posting on how to beat the heat. With the recent dangerously high temperatures it might be useful to republish two very helpful...

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Misty Caston of WikSmart Coolers

Cooling your horse quickly after riding in the winter can be a challenge, as was discussed in my recent blog “Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter.” The WikSmart Cooler was one of the popular recommendations by many riders.   So I asked Misty Caston, the developer of the WikSmart Cooler and a Minnesota native, to share her story as our “Guest Blogger.” The Story of a Minnesota Horsewoman’s Journey into Invention and Business and What She Learned Along the Way, Written by Misty Caston. Have you ever had an idea that made you say, “Hey, I should invent this?” Well, I did;...

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Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter

Exercising your horse during Minnesota winters can be difficult.  Usually you have the challenge of a horse with a heavy winter coat and unpredictable temperatures.  Some people choose to body clip their horse, which makes the cooling down process quicker, but others do not have this option.  After a good work out horses need to be properly cooled down before putting them back outside or trailering them home.  If they are not properly cooled down they risk the chance of catching a chill, which can make them more susceptible to infections or other problems. Misty Caston, owner of Wiksmart...

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Horse Care Winter Tips

We are in the middle of a very brutal winter, so I wanted to explore the best way to protect my horse from these dangerously cold temperatures.  This is particularly important for those horses living outside.  Cleary Lake Veterinary Hospital recommends “Making sure your horses have water and LOTS of hay!  Hay digestion produces heat and keeps them warm.  It can help to add a teaspoon of salt to your horse’s grain to encourage water consumption too.  And make sure they have shelter from these ridiculous wind chills!” I also found a couple of interesting links:  http://www.discoverhorses.com/all-about-horses/horses-in-cold-weather/ http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33140/horses-require-extra-attention-when-temperatures-plummet http://equestrian.livejournal.com/4368045.html The...

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Happy New Year!

Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, saving money and eating healthful foods. I have found that horseback riding can meet all of the above resolutions. I seem to burn a lot of calories while riding and doing barn chores, thus helping me lose weight and stay fit.  I save money since I am at the barn instead of the mall; I usually get hungry after riding, so I snack on my horse’s carrots and apples, resulting in eating healthful foods. It seems of all the New Year’s resolutions, losing weight is the most popular; barn chores and riding are effective...

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