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July 2017 Newsletter

Special Feature: Beat the heat with these easy tips!

With temperatures regularly soaring into the 80s and 90s, July has been a scorcher of a month! If being outside in the heat of the day drains you of energy, then you’ve probably wondered how it affects your horse. Fortunately, horses are well adapted to hot weather when they’re not working, and a few common-sense tips and tricks can help both of you enjoy your summer rides.

Sarah and Duchess are certainly enjoying the summer weather!

Sarah and Duchess are certainly enjoying the summer weather!

1. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade.

Access to clean, fresh water is the single most important measure you can take to help your horse cope with the summer heat, whether he stays outside or in a stall. Horses may drink up to 20 gallons of water on particularly hot days, though this amount varies depending on his work load. Make sure to offer a salt block or electrolyte supplement as well to prevent any electrolyte imbalances with your vet’s guidance. If you keep multiple horses in the same field, offer more than one source of drinking water to prevent any bickering, and shade trees or sheds are always a bonus to give them some protection from direct afternoon sunlight.

2. Dodge the hottest parts of the day.

Farm chores need doing, rain or shine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sweat it out during the hottest parts of the day. If your schedule allows, try to do the outside chores in the morning or evening and the inside chores, like mucking or cleaning, within the shelter of the barn during the hot afternoons. Consider an earlier wakeup or a later evening (and maybe an afternoon nap!) to give yourself more time to get everything done in relative comfort.

The same concept applies to riding. Make it easier on yourself and your horse by riding in the early morning or evening instead of the middle of the afternoon. Or take a particularly nice weekend and go on a road trip to a lovely wooded, shady trail. Heat stress and exhaustion can quickly catch up to you or your horse if you’re riding under direct sunlight and not staying hydrated.

3. Take time to cool down after each ride.

How many times have you heard someone preach about the importance of stretching and cooling down after a workout? The same concept applies to your horse. Don’t rush the cooldown routine, even if it means cutting back on the amount of time you spend in the saddle riding or training. Take off your horse’s tack, and alternate short walks with cool water sprayed from a horse. These measures are especially critical if you suspect that your horse is experiencing heat stress. And don’t forget about your own health too! Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion, and don’t hesitate to get yourself and your horse back inside if you begin to feel dizzy, experience excessive sweating, or even stop sweating altogether.

4. Don’t forget about the insects!

Summer heat brings about summer insects, which probably leaves you reaching for the bug spray on a regular basis. If your horse stays in the pasture, use bug screens as appropriate to protect their eyes. A little horse-friendly fly spray will go a long way towards spending less time swatting insects and more time enjoying your ride.

5. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian.

Our advice should in no way replace professional medical advice from a vet. Your vet can advise you on health-related risks from heat exposure and how best to use electrolyte supplements or dietary changes to prevent dehydration. If you suspect heat-related illness in your horse, contact your vet ASAP for proper treatment.

Word in the Herd

Happy Birthday, Don!

Nothing beats a birthday dinner with good friends!

Nothing beats a birthday dinner with good friends!

Guess who celebrated a birthday! That’s right, we’re thrilled to wish Don Charest a happy birthday! We love having such an amazing trainer on the farm. Here’s to many more birthdays!

When Your Dog is the Size of a Pony

You could probably throw a saddle on Ollie as well for a small child!

You could probably throw a saddle on Ollie as well for a small child!

Our friend Phyllis came to visit and ride, and she brought her dog Ollie, a 10-month old Anatolian shepherd. This Turkish breed was developed as a shepherd’s companion, livestock guardian, and protector. Ollie is a gorgeous gentle giant, and he made a wonderful farm guest!

More Awesome Farm Guests!

We loved having Jamie Gardner and her horses stay with us. Here’s a picture of her on Big River Bling.

What a stunning horse! Bling indeed!

What a stunning horse! Bling indeed!

Arena Reports

Mini Donkey Show

We look forward to the mini donkey show every year around Independence Day, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Our show barn and indoor arena were jam-packed with mini donkeys and handlers of all ages, from young children to people who have been working the show circuit for years.

How handsome are these young gentlemen with their donkeys?!

How handsome are these young gentlemen with their donkeys?!

 The spectators had a prime view of the action.

Best seats in the house!

Best seats in the house!

Thanks to everyone who made the show such a great success!

This mini donkey won big in the show ring!

This mini donkey won big in the show ring!

National Working Cow Horse Association Invitational

We closed out the month with an amazing turnout for the National Working Cow Horse Association Invitational. Our show barn was packed with world-class stock horses, our arenas were the showcases for spectators, and we even had food vendors so that people could stay all day without leaving to grab dinner.

Horses and riders continually circulated between their trailers, the show barn, and the arena.

Horses and riders continually circulated between their trailers, the show barn, and the arena.

Check out the number of riders in the waiting area alone!

We had a blast hosting so many expert horse and rider teams!

We had a blast hosting so many expert horse and rider teams!

Spectators had a prime view of the action.

 

Our indoor arena was more than large enough to accommodate the action.

Our indoor arena was more than large enough to accommodate the classes.

The classes were exciting to watch, and everyone had a great time. Thanks to our competitors, vendors, and everyone who made the show a success!

Every good working cow show needs, of course, the cattle!

Every good working cow show needs, of course, the cattle!

Equines and Services for Sale

Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850

Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality! Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Charlie Hutton personally trained Corona, and it shows in his performance in the show ring and amazing personality!
Credit: Kathy Ziegler Photography

Corona Extra Chex, son of Nu Chex to Cash, is standing at stud at Clearview, 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!

Diego, 5 year old gaited flashy TWH gelding – $2500 OBO

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

Diego is a flashy, sure-footed trail horse perfect for an advanced beginner!

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

Upcoming Shows and Events

We’re kicking off August with a Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show, followed by more roping fun as we head into back-to-school season and fall. Make sure to book your stalls and lodging!

August 5-6, 2017

HeartOfDixie

Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show

2 Judge Breed Show

Contact: Beth Maher, Show Secretary

Phone: 256-527-2617 

August 26, 2017

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Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

Sept 9-10, 2017

Dog agility
Zen Dog Versatility Sports Show 
Contact: Gregory Brasen
615-491-3919
Email:  Zendogsports@gmail.com

September 23, 2017

Roping picture

Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

September 27 – October 1, 2017

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Parelli Clinic

John Baar, 5-Star Master Parelli Professional
Kathy Baar, 4-Star Senior Parelli Professional

Contact: Marie Lloyd

Phone: 931-619-0773

October 8-9, 2017

TSHA
Tennessee Stock Horse Show

October 14, 2017
Zen Dog Versatility Sports Show 
Contact: Gregory Brasen
615-491-3919
Email:  Zendogsports@gmail.com 

October 28, 2017

Roping picture

Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

November 18, 2017

Roping picture

Central Tennessee Ropers

Contact: David McRae

Phone: 931-261-7402

Comment Questions: Are you coming to our Heart of Dixie Appaloosa Show this month? How about some roping? Make sure to share your photos on our Facebook page, and stay tuned for future event updates!