Happy Memorial Day weekend from all of us, both two-legged and four-legged, at Clearview Horse Farm! This weekend marks the kickoff to summer vacation for many families – the kids are out of school, horse show season is in full swing, and it’s a long weekend to boot! But before we go racing off into the sunset, let’s recap the best moments from this past month.
Special Feature: Are you and your horses ready for summer?
If Memorial Day weekend is any indication, this summer is going to be a scorcher. Make sure you and your horse are ready to beat the heat with this short, sweet checklist.
Your Horse: Of course your horse is your first priority, so that’s where we’re starting our list. Spring, summer, and early fall are often the most active months for horses, from trail riding to shows and training, so a little prep work goes a long way to keeping your equines healthy and fit. Make sure your horse is up-to-date on vaccinations, any medications, Coggins test, and farrier work. Take your horse’s current level of fitness into account when planning your rides, and allow enough time to cool down your horse after a long or strenuous ride. Keep a close eye on your horse’s body condition, and don’t hesitate to consult your vet or trainer about adjusting his diet or supplementing with electrolytes if he’s working extra hard.
Yourself: The summer heat can be just as brutal, if not more so, on the rider, so make sure to take care of yourself too! It’s all too easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of your ride and forget about simple precautions like sunscreen and hydration. If at all possible, try to dodge the hottest parts of the day by riding in the morning or late afternoon, and keep plenty of water handy. Clothing choices can make a huge difference in your comfort, so check out shirts with UPF and breathable fabrics for training and trail rides. You can even find fingerless sun gloves to protect the backs of your hands, where people often forget to apply sunscreen. Oh, and don’t forget the cowboy hat!
Your Property: Does your horse love spending his/her days outside? If so, it’s even more important to keep a close watch on the amenities and fencing in your horse’s pasture. Water evaporates much more quickly in the middle of June and July, so check your horse’s water supply often, both in the pasture and in the barn. A shed, awning, or even a fast-growing horse-friendly shade tree will provide a welcome retreat from direct sunlight.
Your Gear: The last thing you want is for a strap or girth to fail in the middle of a ride, so check your bridles and saddles regularly to make sure the leather is in good repair. Lightweight or breathable saddle pads can help your horse stay cooler when wearing a heavy Western saddle. If you’re planning a day trip for a trail ride, consider carrying a spare halter or a lightweight saddlebag with extra water and sunscreen.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite summer prep tip to stay cool in the summer? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!
Word in the Herd
Clearview Goes to the Renaissance Festival!
Arrington, Tennessee hosts the Tennessee Renaissance Festival in May, so we grabbed a bunch of friends, donned our best medieval costumes, and had a blast enjoying the crafts, food, and entertainment! They even have horse-mounted jousting!
We couldn’t talk Don into a costume, but he briefly posed as the Court Jester.
Trail Riding at Percy Warner Park
We’re fortunate in Tennessee to have some fantastic, horse-friendly trails in city and state parks. Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively dubbed “The Warner Parks,” span 2684 acres only 9 miles from downtown Nashville. We got some friends together and spent a wonderful day at Percy Warner Park on their horse trails.
We stopped for a picnic break, but of course the horses wanted to mooch some treats as well.
The wooded trails provided a welcome break from the sun and were absolutely stunning from horseback.
And we wrapped up a perfect day with delicious Thai food at Lemongrass.
Tales of Hay Bales
This is the time of year when we bust out our hay baler and harvest hay for our horses and mules. We recently spent the day in the hayfield, and at first everything was going well. Unfortunately we tempted fate by saying as much, because then baler played up, farted, and spent the next three rows hiccuping along.
At the end of the day, we still got our hay, but the moral of the story is to not tempt fate with a mind-reading hay baler!
Corona’s Texas Road Trip!
Corona recently got to go on a road trip to Fort Worth, Texas for the AQHA Wild Rag Cattle Classic. He teamed up with Mozaun McKibben and went straight to the top in his ranch riding class.
Sounds like things are going great. We want to send a huge thanks to Mr. McKibben for taking such great care of Corona, and congrats on the win!
Ponies of America Show
We always love hosting shows for Ponies of America, as it’s open to all breeds and brings together so many different horses, ponies, and riders of all ages. Our show barn was packed with gorgeous ponies.
We loved watching and cheering on the younger riders.
Thank you to Ponies of America and everyone who worked to make this show such a successful event!
Equines and Services for Sale
Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850
Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, will resume his stud services when he returns from his road trip, and you could not ask for a more personable stallion to sire your next foal. He’s extremely “honest,” in that you never have to worry about guessing his moods before a show or change classes at the last minute. And when he’s not cleaning house in the show ring or training, he has a gelding as a pasture buddy, enjoys his leisure time, and gets along great with other horses on trail rides. In fact, he’s so laid back that people who have never met him are often shocked to learn that he’s a stallion!
Agatha, 13 year old Champion Quarter Molly, Nasma, Showing, Trail and Parade Mule – $8,000
Agatha (15.2h) is a stunning and talented all-around mule and a Western Dressage Champion. She is push button, she can side pass, lopes on the correct lead, you name it Agatha can do it. She is first to the gate and loads/bathes/clips/farrier easily. A true professional, she is subtle and light to ride. She has a beautiful lope and a comfortable trot trained with leg cues and voice commands. She neck reins and can even do a gentle reining pattern with slow and accurate spins! She rides out alone fine, but she gets on well with others. For some reason she is low on the totem pole in the field with other horses, as she is last in line to eat. She loves to be out trail riding and has also shown in the stock mule shows and won in trail, pleasure classes, and reining with a simple flying change. As an added bonus, she also has plenty of experience riding English.
Diego, 5 year old gaited flashy TWH gelding – $2500 OBO
Diego is a 14.2 hand chestnut and white spotted TWH gelding, solid broke and fun trail horse for the advanced beginner rider! We have taken him trail riding numerous amounts of times. He will lead or follow and also rides out on his own just fine. His gait is as smooth as silk and will go all day long, anywhere you point he will go. He is sure-footed and will go through water, over logs, and over bridges. He is up to date on all shots, vaccinations, and Coggins and good for the farrier. The only reason for sale is we are reducing stock, so Diego is ready and eagerly looking for his next trail buddy! He does well at all the local fun shows due to his eye catching appearance and solid gait. Click this link for more photos and a video! http://www.equinenow.com/horse-ad-1059309
Pete Snow (“Alias Royal Snow”), 8 Year Old Registered Appaloosa Gelding – $7000
For anyone who’s a fan of our Appaloosa Hollywood, we’re pleased to announce that his brother, Alias Royal Snow, is for sale! Pete is a delight to ride and as honest as they come. A true gentleman, he is laidback, gentle, and extremely friendly. He would not be suitable for games, barrels, or poles as he is not fast by nature. But for anyone looking for a steady, mature mount, he is well-trained and will take excellent care of his rider on the trails and in trail competitions.
Check out the video link below to see how steady Pete is on Clearview’s trail course and in the show ring.
Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO
Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home. Check out the video below to see her natural talent for pole bending!
Upcoming Shows and Events
We’ve got a packed schedule for June, starting with the Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show this weekend and ending with the Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic. As a special treat, we want to invite everyone to watch our Rally for the Rescues challenge and see how professional trainers have re-trained rescue horses. You can even bid on your favorite in an auction and then work with the trainer to learn all about your new best friend.
Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show
June 6th – 7th
Contact: Beth Maher, Show Secretary
The Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Horse Club knows how to host an excellent show, and this year’s show has plenty of classes to appeal to multiple ages and experience levels. Watch this space for more details!
Rally for the Rescues Trainers’ Challenge
More information: http://rallyfortherescuestn.com/
Several pre-qualified trainers will have had 90 days to re-train a rescue Horse. Watch them compete for high stakes, and then you can partake in the auction to give a new life to one of those lucky rescue horses featured in the challenge. Then spend time on Sunday with your new horse and the trainer that trained him/her to get your new lives together off to the best possible start! Bring your horse for the weekend and ride alongside some wonderful clinicians, or just audit for the day. Enjoy music, supper, events, and crafts.
Tennessee Stock Horse Show and Clinic
All breeds and experience levels are welcome at the Tennessee Stock Horse Show!
We look forward to many more rides, shows, and special events this summer! We’re booking new events all the time, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information!
Comment Questions: Have you visited the farm recently for a trail ride or competed at a show? We would love to hear your stories and see your photos in the comments!