I love summer, probably more than your average person. that's probably because I loathe winter more than your average person. I'm not longing for sweater weather, and I hate pumpkin spiced anything. Heat alerts? Bring them on! Before long we will be suffering through windchill advisories and snowfall warnings, so I'm happy to sweat it out for a few more weeks.
But when it comes to life with horses, summer does bring some special challenges. Not just the struggle of riding and working in heat and humidity, but in caring for our equine partners. It's the season of sweat, flies, mud or rock-hard ground, abscesses and thrush, silly scrapes and mysterious bumps. We are lucky not to have much of a fly problem at our barn - it's on top of a hill and there's always a good breeze. But keeping Caprice's hooves strong and healthy this time of year is a struggle. Her feet tend to get a bit crumbly and thrushy in summer, which puts her at risk for bruises and abscesses.
The gang at breeches.com have put together some great tips on caring for your horse during these dog days of summer, and as the seasons start to change into fall. Read more here.
Equestrians say some strange things. We have our own language that often doesn’t make any sense to anyone except us. Cold backs? Husband horses? Clean legs aren’t the opposite of dirty legs? What the heck does all of this nonsense mean? Too bad Rosetta Stone doesn’t have a “learn to speak equestrian” program.
If you’re a new equestrian, have no fear, we’re here to help you out. Hearing these strange phrases around the barn can be confusing and really misleading. All in good fun, here are a couple phrases that you had no idea what they were referring to until today:
You may be thinking- Did someone just ice the horse’s back?
- Displaying signs of a sore or painful back until muscles warm up with exercise, especially when being saddled or girthed.
Used in a sentence: He hasn’t been ridden in a while and seemed to avoid the saddle, he is cold-backed”.
You may be thinking- SImilar to the “birds and the bees”?
- A horse that has been trained for and performs correctly in a certain discipline.
Used in a sentence: It can be so fun riding a made horse after training inexperienced horses.
You may be thinking- Like on a new shiny car?
- White markings on either the legs or face that enhance the movement and initial appearance of the horse.
Used in a sentence: The horse with 4 socks and a blaze has lots of chrome to get you noticed by the judge at the show.
You may be thinking- Is the horse the husband or...?
- A horse that is not easily spooked and is safe enough to bring your non-equestrian boyfriend or husband out on a trail ride. Not necessarily a school master, but is not spooky.
Used in a sentence: The old gelding in the barn is the husband horse- anyone can hop on and poke around.
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