Stable News: ‘Tis the season! Cool days are leading into even cooler nights and now is the time to make sure you are ready for winter weather. One of the most important factors in keeping horses healthy through the frigid winter months in New England is access to clean water. We make sure that all of our horses have access to a heated water trough when turned out and a heated bucket in their stalls. Ice cold water is not as appetizing to horses, but neither is hot water, so make sure that whatever heater you use keeps the water at a reasonable temperature. Studies have found that horses will drink the most when the water between 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Training Tip of the Week: “You ride the horse you lead.” There are no truer words when it comes to horses and horsemanship. Though ground manners are often overlooked, we find that starting on the ground is where we can get the most significant changes in our horse’s emotional and behavioral tendencies. A horse should be soft and responsive to the slightest cues from its handler, always looking for, and asking “what’s next?” The horse that follows your leadership from the ground will reward you with its attention and respect under saddle as well.
Rescue Horse Spotlight: Since our last issue of ” The Broadview Buzz” we have welcomed 3 new trainees to our program!
Asher is a 4 year old BLM Mustang gelding from The Dorset Equine Rescue.
Odin is a 2 year old QH Cross gelding also from The Dorset Equine Rescue.
Tales is a 19 year old QH Cross mare from the MSSPA.
We are excited to get to know all of these beautiful equines and to help them find their forever homes.