Stable News: Insects of all kinds are reaching a peak here in Maine. Hot and humid late summer conditions are revving up the mosquito and tick populations and the stable flies and horseflies continue to drive the horses and their humans crazy.
This time of year it is especially important to check horses regularly for ticks and insect bites. Some horses may need extra protection in the form of fly sheets, boots, masks, etc. Daily application of fly sprays and ointments, as well as a clean, dry, shelter or stall to escape the worst of the flies is crucial for a happy and healthy horse. Good luck out there, and don’t worry the cool autumn weather will be upon us soon enough!
Training Tip of the Week: We believe that “we ride the horse we lead.” With that in mind if we allow our horses to drag along behind us and not move up when we ask, then likely we will ride a horse that is behind the leg and not light with forward cues. When leading your horse practice having them lead up next to you. Do they respond to forward cues? How light can you be with those cues? The more responsive your horse is to you on the ground, the more responsive it will be under saddle.
Rescue Horse Spotlight: We are so happy to announce that Mary has been adopted! Mary has been with us for training from The Dorset Equine Rescue since last October. At only 5 years of age she has a bright future ahead of her. She is joining two other HWH alumni and the kind folks of Reigning Hope Ranch right here in Maine. There she will participate with their clients in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and will continue her training under saddle. Good luck to Mary and her new family!