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Our Newsletter

January 2000




Are those arena lessons getting stale? Try starting a drill team with your group riding lessons. Drill team maneuvers can be designed for any size group and ability levels. Let the students pick the music to get the interested in the program and to think about the rhythm and beats of the different gaits. Drill team riding is a lot of fun, promotes good control of the horse and build teamwork.

Kathy Reimer


Eden, NY


CHA Asst. Clinic Instructor


Use a thin fleece sweat blanket under your saddle pads to protect your thick pad, especially if you use horsehair or other unwashable pads. You can often buy cheap fleece by the yard, then just cut it a little bigger than your saddle pad. They are easy to throw in the washer (when your mom isn't looking) and keep clean.

Patty Bogart-Head


Maple Valley, WA


CHA Clinic Instructor






Many common household products can be used on your horses, especially their feet. Iodine or a bleach solution works wonders for thrush, both as treatment and preventative. A little squirt down the grooves of the frog (commissures) when you clean out the feet will keep your horse's foot healthy. And a baby diaper and duct tape are excellent for bandaging the foot when treating a hoof abscess.

Laura Elliott




CHA Asst. Clinic Instructor




"Founder" is a layman's term for the equine disease known as Laminitis, an acute or chronic inflammation of the laminae (connective tissue between hoof wall and the skeletal structure of the foot). Grass founder occurs when horses overgraze on lush grass pasture and may be caused by a chronic weight gain. Grain founders is more acute and happens when the horse eats 25 pounds or more of grain in one setting. Other causes of laminitis are possible and the condition can cause severe lameness or death. Through aggressive vet and farrier treatments, many horses can be rehabilitated. The classic signs of a foundered horse is when he is reluctant to move and stretches his legs way in front and maybe behind him in an effort to lift weight off his feet; his feet may feel very hot to the touch, front feet are most commonly affected, one or both, or it may include hind feet too. This is a true horse emergency and the vet should be summoned immediately. Efforts to ease the pain should be made and may include standing in mud or deep sand or running water over the feet. Treatment by a knowledgeable farrier over the long term may restore even the most severely affected horses.