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.